No one tells you when you have babies that time will speed up. Years will go by like months and months like days. I never knew that when my youngest moved out I would cry on and off for weeks. It took me almost 2 years to finally decide to redo her room. Everyday I would walk by and found myself stopping and then just standing in the doorway of the pink room with the green carpet..Staring, reminiscing, wishing I could turn back time.
After months of doing crafts, painting furniture & cabinet doors in the family room I decided I needed a craft room, a place where I could have all my things in one place. Where I wouldn't get paint on the carpet and where there are no doggies walking into paint cans or brushing up against a newly piece of painted furniture. Let me just say it's a good thing I only use water based paints and they like baths.
The ideas started swirling around in my head, walls had to be painted, carpet to be removed. So many colors I wanted to try in this room. I knew I wanted a craft table but not an ordinary one, I wanted a rustic type of work bench and it had to have a chandelier. Meet my new baby. Yes, I gave birth to a craft room, she's cute and girly. She's young yet and still has much more growing up to do but I'm so behind in posting I wanted to share what I've done so far.
After my daughter moved out this room became a catch all of stuff from throughout the house. Notice the Bowflex my husband had to have but hasn't put it together yet...
An old entertainment center that ended up getting dismantled and thrown away for the most part. I kept the door to make a sign out of someday.
The ceiling light in this room wasn't bright at all so I had to bring up my old standing light from the basement.
Midway through filling in all the spots I had cut in. The paint I used was Olympia One from Lowe's color matched to Martha Stewart Sharkey Gray.
All done painting and just finished ripping up the carpet. What a pain it was pulling up those tack boards and staples. I thought about refinishing the floor but because of all the painting and staining that will be going on it would've been a waste of time I think and I in the long run I ended up liking the rustic look of the floor.
Match stick blinds and 3 curtains I used for the 2 windows. I wanted 4 but went a little over budget =/
I saw a picture on a furniture plans website of a workbench and knew that was exactly what I wanted but couldn't figure out how I was going to build it. Reasons being I don't own a saw and the fact that I'm bad at measuring things. I'd make a terrible carpenter. Searching through CL one day I found someone that made these in a few different sizes, the usual size was 6' long by 24" wide. Remember how I just said I don't like to measure things? I asked him to make it 30" wide because I wanted a little bit more table room. When the table arrived we discovered it wasn't fitting through any exterior doors to the house. Ops. So, off came the doors and the top of the table and with a little help and a lot of wiggling it made it to the 2nd floor. I think I'm going to stain in with a watered down deck stain in gray.
I fell in love with the shelving units on Restoration Hardware but it's a tad out of my budget. Tad=ballpark. I found this shelving unit at Home Depot and thought it was along the same style...
Some of my stuff gathered up from around the house.
The bins underneath the table I bought at Home Depot too.
Rattan and wicker baskets I had lying around the house. I really do have a basket hoarding problem. I found locker baskets on Amazon really cheap!
My chandy. I love you. Found it at Home Depot for $99.00 and I had a 40% off coupon.
The desk was an old oak dining room table that I painted black and distressed years ago. The desk divider is an old DVD rack that I painted and laid on its side. Wooden Ikea boxes that I painted and stenciled.
My name is Jeri and I'm a basket hoarder.
My parents groovy old liquor cabinet that I primed and painted. It stores all my paints and stains.
Not even close to finished yet, there's still stuff to hang on the walls and more things to be organized and the way I change my mind and rearrange things, it could be months before I'm finished...
Updated photos now that more stuff has been crammed in, I've had to get a little ingenious on how to store and arrange things while trying to maintain some type of girly-girl theme.
|I wanted a mixture of things to use as storage.|
|Wire baskets bought on Amazon really cheap!|
|Part of an old ladder. For now just hanging on hooks, will eventually screw it to the door. Thought I'd use it to store some of my fabric.|
|This is an old metal shelf system given to me by some good friends. A wire basket that stores my wrapping paper and yard sticks.|
|This is part of two 5 shelf shelving systems I purchased. I broke them up into two 3 shelves and one 4 shelf unit. Each 3 shelf unit is on each side of my desk.|
|Left side of the desk stores my books, magazines, paint chips. Believe it or not I know where everything is. I know, you don't believe me. Neither does the hubby.|
|This would be the other half of the ladder that's hanging on the back of the door. I was playing around with several ideas. Its been in that spot ever since. It's old, has a history and down to earth. Kinda like me I guess...|
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