I feel like I've been waiting forever to share this blog post with all of my crafty friends! Some of you who know me know that I have been working hard on re-modeling my craft room over the past month. When we moved in to our (very aged) home earlier this year, I fell in love with the loft area as soon as you come up the stairs. I knew that this area HAD to be my craft space... just a little problem... there was no way on earth I was moving everything into this space and working around it to re-model and make it my perfect little getaway. I knew this would be a bit of a project and it would take some time, so when we moved in, I set up shop in my bedroom with most of my craft supplies spilling into our foyer. That wasn't the most attractive site, but it had to do because I had big plans for the loft area upstairs and I new someday that I would have it completed!
About a month ago, I decided to dive in and start the project myself. I took a few "before" photos. I'm thankful that I did because I never realized what a big transition some drywall patch and a few buckets of paint could make until now.
Here are a few before shots...
Here's a "work in progress" shot that I took after I pulled up the carpet and started painting the ceilings... pretty much everything was in need of a paint job... especially the floors after I ripped up that disgusting carpet!
Before I do my big reveal... I will show my inspiration for my room... I'm totally going to plug myself here... earlier this year, I was at a scrapbook convention and a lady was there selling Thirty-One gifts products. Her booth was swarmed with people so I wanted to see what it was all about. Yep, just as I suspected... a new addiction. I purchased a few organizing totes at the show... when I got home, I talked to my cousin who also sold Thirty-one and she convinced me to sign on to sell. Mainly, I did this so I could fuel my new addiction at a discount.
Then the new Summer catalog came and I was in love. The new Minty Chip pattern was it. That was what I HAD to center my craft room around. I've been waiting for the right scheme for a while, and this was it. Lime, teal, all of the pretty brown tones, some grey mixed in there... PERFECT! So I started purchasing little by little and got a few totes to load my crafty supplies in. I went to Lowe's and did a few color matches for paint colors.... and here is the end result...
If you couldn't guess... I have done A LOT of work to this room! My husband is a carpenter, but he thought it would be cool to "let" me do this one on my own. Yeah. After I ripped up the carpet I wanted to quit, but I knew this would never be my dream room if I didn't keep truckin' along. No more holes in the walls, no more nasty carpet, no more blue ceilings! I couldn't be more happy in a room than I am when I sit in my craft room. It's like my little sanctuary! The colors make me so happy. I sit and look around and cannot believe what this room was just a few months ago and now it's everything I have dreamed of.
It seems like everything has come together beautifully. I was able to find some fabric online for my valances that matches perfectly. I also scored a few items from a couple of thrift stores.... and now, my Thirty-one bags have a place to sit where they blend in beautifully and become a part of the room!
One of my favorite accessories to my room... my Authentique paper racks. I love my job and I'm lucky to have this beautiful paper displayed beside my desk to look at every day!
Another one of my new favorite accessories... this little wire/peg rolling cart thing. I picked it up for $25 at a "junk" store as I like to call it. It serves a nice purpose of holding my spools of ribbons! I was able to find some bowls at the dollar store to fit the metal circle racks, but they didn't have enough, so I'm heading back in a week to see if they have more. I plan on putting little crafty do-dads in there.
Originally, I bought Reagan this little monster warmer for little wax melts... she calls it the "Monster Smeller" ... but I decided that it matched my room better so I hi-jacked it hehe. I think it's cute. Don't worry, I didn't steal from my 4 year old, I promised to get her a "Princess Smeller" as she calls it... from Scentsy to match her room.
I had a little "nook" type area left over... I could have crammed it full of craft supplies (literally, I could...) but I decided to make a little "kiddie craft area" for my daughter. I color matched the lime green paint and painted an old table that I found. I need to get a white chair to match, but for now, pink will do!
I'm not COMPLETELY finished with my room... as you could imagine, I still have to make room to hang some of my crafty creations! I have another small little nook type area as soon as you come up the stairs and I want my husband to build shelves for my mini albums and stuff to be on display. I'm sure I could add a few more things in here and there, but for now, I'm pretty proud of my big accomplishment!
But wait... Did I stop there? NOPE! My daughter's room is connected to my craft room (with a door)... her room was also just as bad! So as my treat, she now has a beautiful pink girly bedroom! I don't have photos right now, I'm still waiting to finish a few things, but photos will be coming soon!
Annnd here's my plug to myself....If you're interested in thirty-one products for your craft room, make sure you check out my site! I promise, you will love it! https://www.mythirtyone.com/emilylanham/
Thanks for stopping by today and checking out my crafty space!