Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Craft Corner Update

In late September, we tore apart our guest room closet in order to convert it to a craft room for moi.  I can't tell you the level of excitement that I have to see all of my craft supplies, fabric, paper and more in one place and somewhat organized.  The room is not finished, but sure has come a long way.

Really, the credit goes to my husband for making this project a reality. 

Here's what we've done so far. 
Walls- We patched the holes, sanded, and painted the walls in Picket Fence from Martha Stewart's Home Depot paint collection.  This new collection has a wonderful color palette (sea glass, anyone? ) and is truly excellent quality paint, especially for the price.  I wanted to paint the walls in a shade of white to brighten the small room, to emphasize my future "inspiration" board and wall decor, to keep colors pure as I work. 

Window Treatment-Using a great tutorial from Jenny at Little Green Notebook, I made this roman shade from a mini blind.  

While it is really cute, bright and functional, I will probably replace it with faux-wood blinds and a DIY valance to maintain our curb appeal.  As the only window in our house without the wood blinds, it looks a bit strange from the outside. 

Shelves and Desk-The wall shelves are from Ikea's EKBY collection.  The bracket and pine-wood shelf are only $7.00.  You can't beat the price; plus, they are functional and look cute too.  I added a 3/8" wooden dowel that I'm going to cut down a bit and use to store my ribbon for easy access!

The desk chair is also from Ikea. It's the JULES swivel chair.  I love it.

Of course, the desk trestles are from Ikea as well.  They are the VIKA ARTUR trestles with shelves.  The desk top is actually two pieces of pine that my husband cut, sanded and polyurethaned.  He cut a hole in the back piece for all my cords.  
Accessories-At this point, I've just moved everything into the room; I've yet to organize, hang wall decor or think about storage solutions (other than the long and tall EXPEDIT that you can't see in the photos...because it's a closet and I think I'm going to have to get on the roof to get my final AFTER shots when it's totally complete).  I plan to use my existing bins, cans, jars, and boxes but I'm just not sure how yet.  The mesh desk organizers on the desk are actually from my office, when I worked in one...I'm happy to have resurrected them.

My biggest stress at this point is determining the wall decor.  It needs to be simple, inspirational, with some functional pieces like a peg or bulletin board.  We have a piece of peg board in the basement waiting for a transformation.  I think I will frame it and mount it to the back of the door.
Stay tuned for the complete Craft Corner sometime in January--that's my goal at this point--perhaps I will get a couple of key items for the room from Santa?

What do you think of this project so far?  In suggestions and/or ideas to help me finish it off? 

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Patricia Torres said...

oh my!! oh my!! thats a truly awesome workspace.. Wish you loads and loads of creativity..

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

This is a incredible looking craft how you used this closet!!!


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FunnyFaceBeauty said...

WOW This is great. I want a craft room and I don't really make crafts. Hope you will let me know when you get an ebay store!

Krystal said...

you've done a great job so far, how fun!

Torrie said...

It's looking incredible so far!!

I have these (as well as a bulletin board on the opposite wall) above my desk... LOVE them. Use my bulletin board more for "kid inspiration"... art projects/crafts/etc. and these magnetic strips for my own inspiration (+ reminders too)- saw them on Fred Flare (featured in Real Simple too). Here's the link!

Mel said...

Fantastic! You are going to love having a place to create.

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i SO wish i knew how to sew - my friend was over this weekend and she was talking about how she sews and makes NEW out of OLD .. JEALOUS! - i need that skill! .. wonder how hard it is to self-teach? hummm

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