A Crafty Mix


Crafty Storage Solutions for a Small Space

When you don’t have a lot of space, you have to be super creative about how you use every inch of valuable real estate. Our little round house is small, really small so we had to start getting crafty with our storage. Like this large, hammered metal urn.

Large metal urn is more than just an accessory, it's also perfect for storing odd bits

A large metal urn is more than just an accessory

We added a fake topiary on top to keep out the dust and to bring some greenery indoors. But don’t be fooled, she’s more than just a pretty accessory. We also use her to store our picnic blanket and other crucial beach goodies.

The metal urn stores our picnic blanket

The metal urn stores our picnic blanket

The metal fish on the other hand is just for decoration. Isn’t she beautiful? I wish I could remember the artist’s name who made it. I love her simple lines and the contrast between metal and wood. She’s chunky and solid yet she still conveys a sense of grace and elegance.

Our fish

Our fish

In the main bedroom we use a large basket on top of our cupboard to store all our bed linen and some spare pillows.

Don't forget to use the space on top of your cupboards for extra storage

Storage baskets on top of the cupboards

Two more baskets in the open plan lounge, that doubles up as a second bedroom and kitchenette, serve the same purpose.

Storage on top of the cupboards

Storage on top of the cupboards

We also re-purposed this beautiful old suitcase into a table that also acts as storage for all our board games. Adding wheels makes it easier to move out of the way when the lounge becomes a bedroom.

A large suitcase on wheel s

A large suitcase on wheels

We use ammo boxes, which we screwed into the walls in the kitchenette, as cupboards.

Use old ammo boxes for shelves and make a statement

Old ammo boxes for shelves

The ammo box lids make stunning rustic shelves. We simply used L-shaped brackets to hang them up. In the bathroom downstairs we’ve hung a bookshelf on the wall which it gives us lots of extra space for all those little luxuries that makes a bathroom a relaxing haven.

An old bookshelf in the bathroom is a great way to keep all those special things

Old bookshelf in the bathroom

Don’t you just love that sign, lol!! It’s so me. We also added a ladder in an odd corner between the toilet and shower  for some towels.

Ladder for our towels

Ladder for our towels

See that cute little beach handbag? It’s a pocket we cut from a pair of shorts that were falling apart. It’s got sunscreen and all the must haves to protect ourselves from the harsh African sun. The kids already know when mom says “grab the pocket and let’s go” we’re on our way to the beach.

Old repurposed pocket

Old re-purposed pocket

To free up counter space in our kitchen downstairs we spray painted some hanging buckets we found at a garden center and use them to store all our washing up paraphernalia (look mom I used a BIG word 😎 )

Use hanging buckets to keep stuff of the counters in the kitchen

Keeping stuff of the counters

We also re-purposed a wooden fishing tackle box and an office cupboard to make a kitchen island (you can see how we did it here). Look at all that extra storage space. Whoop, whoop 🙂

A Fishing Tackle box converted into a Kitchen Island is perfect for storage

Fishing Tackle Kitchen Island

And don’t forget the space under the stairs in the kitchen. We made this gorgeous door out of old pallets (Note to self – please remember to post that tutorial……).

No more clutter under the stairs

No more clutter under the stairs

We use the cupboard under the stairs to store all those bits and pieces that are an eye sore, like our grungy mop and feather duster. Hubby cut up some 50mm conduit and screwed them into the wall. They’re perfect for storing those odd bits that usually get shoved in some corner.

Conduit screwed into the walls

Conduit screwed into the walls

Clever hey? We attached these funky baskets that we got on Amazon to the inside of the door. They were soooo easy to install and the plastic coating means it won’t rust down at the coast. Bonus!!!

Extra storage in the cupboard

Extra storage in the cupboard

A spice rack

The spice rack

I’m pretty sure if I look hard enough I can find a few more spots for extra storage, and if you’ve got any tips please share, I’d love to hear from you.

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Categories:   Our Round House


  • Posted: October 19, 2016 21:15

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    These are some really creative storage ideas! Love that suitcase!
    • Posted: October 20, 2016 06:12


      Thanks so much Linda ;-)
  • Posted: September 20, 2016 10:58


    These are amazing! I wish I could release you into our home to work your magic there!
    • Posted: September 20, 2016 12:50


      Hee, hee thank you Tracey. When there's no space you just make a plan ;-)
  • Posted: May 31, 2016 16:09


    Michelle, I love all these storage solutions, especially the ammo box, repurposed pocket and the fishing tackle box. Great ideas!!
    • Posted: June 1, 2016 06:57


      Thanks Keri :-)
  • Posted: May 29, 2016 14:57


    That suitcase is gorgeous and I really like the idea of using a big planter to store things. Well done!
    • Posted: May 30, 2016 07:22


      Thank you :-) That suitcase is HUGE and we were very lucky to find it.
  • Posted: May 28, 2016 00:03

    Mary-the boondocks blog

    These are really great ideas. I love the kitchen island you created. And your home is full of beautiful one of a kind eclectic pieces (the pocket) which really reflect your personality. After all that is what a home should be not a cookie cutter of someone else's.
    • Posted: May 28, 2016 08:05


      Lol, that's probably why I enjoy all the things you've done Mary. P.S. I love what you did with the milk crates :-)
  • Posted: May 27, 2016 14:53


    OH MY Goodness! You are so resourceful and CRAFTY!
    • Posted: June 1, 2016 12:42


      Lol, thank you Abby :D