The craft room is finally done! Here’s a quick reminder of what it looked like when we first bought the house:
We took down the wire shelving, pulled up the carpet, painted over the blue wall and finished off the wall under the cabinets.
Then I moved all of my junk in … (this is not the “after” shot)
Another angle. A mish-mash of all of my crap…
Then I made some mail holders out of some old vinyl records and made a paint chip calendar out of a framed pic I found in my neighbors trash (see below). The colors are Glidden’s Sunbaked Orange, Tropical Coral, True Peach, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Spicy Banana Pepper and Dove White. Note: Glidden’s Spicy Banana Pepper matches Rustoleum’s Lemongrass spray paint perfectly.
I also spruced up the ugly cabinets using electrical tape from Home Depot. You can check out that post here.
I even recovered my ironing board with the help of this tutorial. I also gave my barstools a little revamp of their own by recovering the seats and sewing some chair back covers. That doo-doo brown thing on the wall over there is a ceramic piece I made for my grandmother – it’s supposed to be green eggs and ham, but… kiln firing fail, whaddya gon’ do…
My tool chest and fabric cutting table. I need to use my Silhouette to cut some adhesive vinyl and add the words “of crafting” right under “US General”.
I kinda went crazy with the Silhouette labeling everything. I also used some leftover paint chips to add some color to my cubby. A pic of my mom, vintage bottles from my wedding, my great grandma’s brass ducks and my grandma Sally’s sewing machine oil and baby elephant… I like having these things within eyeshot, it’s crazy where inspiration can come from…
More Silhouette labeling attached with some old mustache clothespins I made for my wedding…
I even used the Silhouette to add some color to my magnetic office supply organizer from Ikea.
I painted my thread holder with Rustoleum’s Lemongrass. When I was doing my canvas art, I did one more that was just wrapped in fabric. I love that pattern.
I used an old gas can to hold some fake foilage. That box is a Tommy Hilfiger box that held some perfume I got in sixth grade, now it holds old tapes of my grandma Sally reading me Dr. Suess books. She would mail them to me and we could read along together. I covered it with stamps and Mod Podge. Yeah, I used to collect stamps. The lace vase is covered in lace from my wedding and the keys are just a few of the hundreds I inherited from my Grandpa, keeper of everything. I picked up the Ball Jar at a garage sale. Inside that jar is a little fabric coin purse that my grandma Darlee gave me. The little coin purse was full of pennies and almost disintegrated. Darlee explained to me that my great grandmother was saving pennies for me in the short time that we shared the earth together. A reminder to always save your pennies. One of the best gifts I have ever received.
I also picked up a bathroom towel bar from Wal-Mart for about 8 bucks to use as a place to hang some of my totes and baby dresses.
When I was doing the vinyl record projects , I came across The Andrews Sister’s album…
…the colors were perfect for the room and with songs like “Beer Barrel Polka”, “Rum and Coca Cola”, and “Beat Me Daddy”, these ladies needed to be on my wall. I painted the two smaller canvases and then glued a couple quote cards on them that I found at JoAnn’s on clearance.
And, let’s be clear, this is a WOMAN cave.
“This is a fully functional babe lair. Chicks are helpless against its powers.” Garth Algar
The rug was about 30 bucks at Wal-Mart and the chalkboard art back there was made using this technique.
Okay, one more look at the “before”…
…and the “after”…
I am so grateful to have this space to create and be inspired. This room is a super special place that would not exist without all of the wonderful women in my family – Both of my super seamstress grandmas, my penny pinching great grandmother, my other great grandmother who thought farting was funny, and her mother who hand painted china and floral scenes…. and my mom. God knows I miss her daily, but I know she would be so proud of all that I’m doing. Even though she ins’t here, she inspires me daily. I certainly can’t forget my grandfather, the tool collector, keeper of doo-dads, king of repurposing and, last but not least, Dad. The one who taught me to “do whatcha can with whatcha got”, the one I call when I can’t figure something out, the one I call for a laugh, the source of my funny and my love of pranking, the one shares my obsession with organizing and hanging on to things that you “might be able to use one day”. This room is an amalgam of all of the inspirational people in my life, here and gone.
You know what time it is?! Time to make something!