Sunday, October 17, 2010

Ok. The Craft Room

I spent forEVer looking for a picture of my den “before”, but I could only find a couple of isolated shots. It all started with this desk.   I loved it, but it became useless once we purchased our laptop.

Once we sold it, I knew exactly what I wanted. A craftroom. Scratch that—I wanted an obnoxiously girly space just for me that no one could ruin with toys or camouflage gear.

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It started with a table and a hutch. I refinished the hutch from my grandparents, and I painted the table to match. I was so happy to have a large workspace for all my hotglue, glitter, paint, and paper projects.

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Well, after a few purchases, some creative resources, and some major elbow grease, I present you with---------the girl room.

craft room

brown zebra rug  craft room pegboard

feminine craft room

I should have warned you about all the pictures. It’s the one room in my house that I didn’t worry about “showroom quality”. I wanted it to be pretty for me, but my main concern was function. You may notice that I’m still struggling with that just a bit.

craft room pegboard

Don’t believe me? Here’s a snapshot of all the projects I have yet to work on in here. The bench is priority #1. I’ve been looking. We just haven’t found each other yet.

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I’m gonna show you the hutch side of the room. However, no making fun of me just yet. I’m still getting that area organized, but I couldn’t be happier with the amount of storage I now have.

painted dresser

If you have some catching up to do, you can read the other posts I’ve done on this leading up to the grand finale. The pegboard, dresser, hutch, lamp, and chair have all had their own moments.

71 comments:

Zeemaid said...

I love it! What a great room. I wish I had a place like that in my home!

Beth@The Stories of A2Z said...

Oh geesh. Just saw that your "comments" was changed to "witty replies" I feel pressured to be witty. I've got nothing. But an oh-my-lush-ess-ness! Love the room and the pops of pink are fabulous. The girl cave is perfect!

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

wow! I'm impressed. I can't pull together a room like you did at all, it's one quality that I covet!

Erin said...

I would love a girl room in my house o boys! I green with envy! lol
My only suggestion is to try and find a piece of glass for your table top...I bought an oops from a local glass shop ($20) not an exact fit, but my table top still looks brand new and it makes clean up super EASY!

Lettered Cottage said...

Holy cute room Batman!!!
I love EVERYTHING. You rocked it!
:)

Layla

Julie G. said...

I love it, I have a girlcave too! If you lived here, I'd trade you my solid den doors for your glass ones! :)

paperglueetc said...

I have a room that is my girl spot and I refer to it as "The Happy Place" and it sure makes me happy!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a great girl room!

Renee said...

Wow - I love it so much!!!

Leanne said...

That is an awesome girl cave. Love the pops of pink. Now I realize how much work I need to do to mine.

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Lucky you! I'd love to have a craft room. Maybe someday when my kids all move out. I only have about 11 years to go. haha! Everything looks great, Chris. You can be EVEN more crafty now. :)

Room to Inspire said...

Your room looks amazing - what a great space to be your creative self! You now have me re-thinking my space...

Chelsea

Kristen said...

Sweetheart - I don't know how to make a whitty reply but I can make a witty one. This room totally looks like you - a bit of natural, a bit of girlie...and lots of great space to make more amazing things. Totally loving the rug!!!

Ok, that wasn't witty or whitty. But I love the room! Could you do hourglass curtains on the french doors to give it a bit of privacy that way?

Chris said...

Did I seriously spell it wrong? That's it. Back to "comments" we go.

Debra said...

I think it looks great. I love the idea of a girl room. Now I need to work on that!

Amy@OCD: Obsessive Creative Disorder said...

I'm not even sure what to say! You said you're still working to get that area organized??? I've lived in my home for over two years and just got to clearing out the craft room floor! AND I might add that I have wall to wall stuff holding my craft supplies! I look like a hoarder! Your room is beautiful! It looks so calming and relaxing!

Amanda said...

What a beautiful craft room -- love the rug (and trying not to feel too envious)!

Rita said...

Oh how wonderful to have a room all to yourself to just use for crafts and whatever else you want to do. I know that you will certainly enjoy this "girly" room very much! Have fun!!!

Chrissie said...

What a glorious space! I love your room, all of the touches of pink in there are perfect. You are sooo lucky!

Madigan at madiganmade said...

I love the room. What do you mean it is not 'showroom' quality? I think it is beautiful. I wish I had my own little space to call my own.
(and 'ditto' to everyone's comments about the hits of pink. love.)

Courtney said...

You MUST share where you got the rug! I love it!

Krystal said...

Its so pretty.... I want one!

Erin said...

Love the room! Am a little jealous. I was just wondering if you would share where you got the baskets that you use on your pegboard. Thanks.

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

So nice to have a room of your own- and with so much storage! I love the dresser you redid and the cute side table by the chair. Have you locked yourself inside and told the others you're never coming out??!!

Sarah said...

What a great room. I love the colors and the fabrics. The zebra rug is delish. Well done!

Tiffany said...

It looks great!! Did you make that lampshade? I love it!

Pricklybranch Manor said...

This is GREAT Chris! I love it! Talk about insiprational. This is just what I need to get me motivated. I was wating to start on my craft/girly room utnil the boys went on their camping trip BUT now I think I'm gonna bust my ___ to get it done so I can craft while the boys are gone. That sounds so much better right?! LOL Thanks for sharing as always. You're pretty much the most AWESOME blogger I know, er I mean read? Well, you know what I mean ;)

Caren said...

It's beautiful! I especially love the zebra rug! Great job!

Mari said...

Awesome job...I WANT one too!!

Kim said...

How beautiful and girlie, it's really coming along. I love your furniture redos, the chairs and lamp really catch my eye. You're so lucky to have a girl cave.

Dream Mom said...

Wow, very pretty! Love the wall color, the flowing white drapes and the touches of pink. Can a girl really go wrong in this room? I think not:)

I do have a few suggestions...I am not liking the hutch-scale is a bit off (small) with the rest of the room which I love. Remove the hutch and then you can bring the item to the left of the desk (not sure what it is) over to that spot and then you won't see it when you come in. In that open space to the left of the desk, I'd put that second chair (if I remember, you purchased two chairs and redid one of them so far?). You can flank it at an angle against the wall or you reverse the sticks and put them in the other corner and the second chair in the corner with the sticks to balance the room out. Oh, and one of the commenters mentioned something about a piece of glass over the table. I would definitely get that. The glass places can come and measure to fit if needed but I think you'd be fine taking your own measurements. You'll get to pick the little pads that go between the glass and the desk top. I ruined a pretty desk I had by not getting the glass for it; now I have to refinish it.

Great job.

heidi @ wonder woman wannabe said...

B-E-A-utiful!! Can I come create in your craft escape?! :)

My Cottage Charm said...

Your room is adorable! How about putting some privacy film on your doors..you just cut it, wet the glass and squeegee it on....walla, privacy! Love all the storage options. I would love to have a whole room for all must stuff...right now I just have a closet for all my stuff. :-( (but it's better than just digging through boxes! lol
Have a great day!
HUGS

Missy

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Chris, it looks so great! Good for you, getting a room of your own. Love how you are getting it organized and prettified too.

Susan Crabtree said...

LOVE IT!! For the spot left of 0the peg board, I would create an inspiration board-beautifully framed (of course) to feature all of your project ideas.

Ashleigh said...

cutest craft/girl room ever!!!

Beth said...

Lovely room, I'm jealous! How about some rice paper or vellum on the glass of your doors? I have "sidelights" on my front door and wanted some privacy. You can see us sitting at the kitchen table if you look in. I can change it anytime I want and it wasn't expensive.

Samantha @ smitten with the smiths said...

Fabulous!! I am starting to re-do a guest bedroom (a tiny one) into my craft room and if it turns out anything like this my family will never see me!

To The Moon and Back said...

I absolutely LOVE IT! Wish my room was all girly and I didn't have to share it as a home office with the hubs;)

Carol said...

I love the room!! Dare I say that it's too pretty? I'd be afraid to make a crafty mess in there!

Melanie said...

Beautiful! That's a room I would love to escape to every evening to just sit in and enjoy the quiet and the clean girly-ness. Can I ask you where you found the big art piece (looks like cherry blossoms tree)?

Lisa Cash said...

Wow! That was a lot of work - looks awesome! I wish my mom-cave looked this posh. :-)

lorchick @ ON{thelaundry}LINE said...

Looks lovely! I like all the pink. I think I need more pink in my craftroom. Besides the pink iron and the pink ironing board, I mean. And the pink broom bristles, ahaha.

I'll be honest, though, I gigglesnorted over the idea of a room that can't be messed up with toys or camo gear. I am not a believer. I used to be, but there is a little plastic donut under my craft table, and some camo polarfleece splayed on the table (My own fault. I had a heart attack when he wanted to pay over $20 for a too-small plain old camo polarfleece beanie. "I could make you AND all your friends hat like that for HALF that price!" I exclaimed. Me and my big fat mouth.)
and the room has only been done for like a month or two... this is surely just the beginning of the end.

Ashley said...

That looks great! Maybe someday I can have a craft room :o).

Becolorful said...

Girly but sophisticated. The wall color and the rug make the room for me but then add in the touches of soft blue and it is ultra glam.
You will continue to tweak it but it is looking spectacular.
Pam

Olivia @ Swan White Curtain said...

Oh girl, that is gorgeous! I love the zebra and girly hot pink pops!

Michelle (www.thereallifemom.blogspot.com) said...

Ummm...I love this room and I am very jealous! hehe. It is so beautiful and girly! I love all the pink accents! Enjoy your space!

Amy Pearce said...

Ooo I love it!!! I just did my craft room last week and it still has a ways to go...I need more storage! It looks a little messy without!

THOUGH I put down a gray rug and I had wanted a brown zebra striped rug so I was so excited to see yours! Where did you get it???

Laurie Jones said...

I love that I'm seeing more and more girls spaces! We deserve em! Yours turned out great!!!

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

WOW! AMAZING! I love it so much!!

Heather said...

It's beautiful! Wanna come decorate my house?

Jerri-Lea said...

That's way to neat and organized to be a craft room!! Good job!!

Rachel and Danny said...

Oh the wonder! That room is seriously something I would hand pick out of a magazine to be put in my future house. Dang, girl - you have some serious talent and an eye for loveliness. I want a space like that someday to work in!!

The Munro Family said...
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The Munro Family said...

It's lovely! Just found your blog and I adore it.

Leona :)

http://munrobunch.blogspot.com/

Lucrecia said...

I love this! I'm just finishing up my woman cave and know now what I need for curtains!!

Stephanie said...

Love all the hard work you have done for you own girl space. The rug is a great feature in the room.

Karly @ Jellybean Junkyard said...

I am in love and VERY JEALOUS! I'm cramped into a corner of the garage to work!
Loving the zebra rug! Where did you get it?

Richella said...

Wow. That's about all I can say; otherwise, I'm pretty much speechless. One moment please. . . .

Okay, I've found my tongue again. I've loved every element of this room as you've shown them, but all together they are just fantastic. What a wonderful place to work/craft/play/dream--or just to BE. Congratulations on creating such a cool space!

I'll end the same way I started. Wow.

FOUR ALL SEASONS said...

Love your new look!! What a great look! Our daughter moved out 4 years ago and I was also going to make her room into my get away room (girl cave), but I am sad to say I never got it started. I opened my own business a few months later and well, the rest is history. My get away room is not my catch all (junk room). But now you have inspired me to just do it!!

Marianne@Songbird said...

Looking good! looking very good. Girly, elegant, sophisticated and practical. You are my kind of lady!
About the privacy issue. Those are glass doors aren't day? What about sticking some of the window vinyl on them. I have used it on the window and door facing outside in my guest room. It makes it much harder to look through but still let's in light. And they have it in nice patterns these days that from a distance look like carved glass (is that the english term). Anyway just a thought...

Tammie said...

I love your room. You have done a great job. I want one too! I actually want a whole outside building that I can call my "studio" just for me. ALL MINE!

Melanie said...

Your room turned out really nicely. You have done a great job. I know that you are going to enjoy it.

Brook said...

Love, love, love! It's so cheerful. I'm in the midst of redoing my craft room and it's a huge, giant mess! I hope it can look as great as yours soon. Love the peg board on the wall.

Organize with Sandy said...

I love that pegboard!! I would love you to link this to my Organizing Mission Monday (keeping it open through the week)..
I know it is an older post... but who cares? It is great!
http://www.organizewithsandy.com/2010/12/20/sandys-organizing-mission-monday-link-party-week-1/

Hope to see you there!

Robyn said...

Just found your blog and LOVE your room! WRT the doors, have you thought about frosting the glass panels? Gives you privacy, but still lets in loads of light.

Jamie @ Happy House, Happy Home said...

Can you tell me the brand & name of the paint you used? I absolutely LOVE it... it's just the color I've been searching for!!

{the vintage wren} said...

Great girlie room, all of that elbow grease really paid off. Love it. Carrie

Redlilocks {Swoon Worthy} said...

What a fab space! Isn't it funny when we look at our own homes we think, 'that needs to go, I need to sort that, I need to buy that' and yet when anyone else does, they only see a wonderful room.

Anonymous said...

Hi- I love your place! I didn't have time to read all the replies, but I wanted to give you the suggestion of frosting your glass doors. There is a spray kind as well as stuff in a bottle. My office has clear glass doors and I love them, but I always figure I can frost them if I want more privacy. Another thing that is available is a covering that comes in rolls like wallpaper, and the possibilities are endless. You also could use material and dip it in starch and cover them, too. Good luck!

Funky Finds said...

It's gorgeous! Very inspirational!

Jessica D.
http://funkyfinds.com

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