Stuff everywhere, too much stuff, 1 too-small table, 1 too-big table, 2 new pieces of furniture for the new layout all stuffed into a small "den" sized room.
It was claustrophobic and I couldn't craft in there. And people coming over for Corey's birthday was my motivation to get moving on the transformation that I had been meaning to do for months.
The plan for the transformation is to create an area for me and an area for Corey. My area is broken up into a sewing desk and a paper-crafting desk. Corey is still figuring out what he wants to do with his area.
I bought 2 storage pieces at Ikea and had already reorganized stuff out of my old plastic drawers into the new pieces back in September.
I also got a Helmer drawer unit for the paper-crafting area to hold scissors, gluesticks, paper, stamps, ink, craft paint etc.
I had already bought the 2 new pieces at Ikea, so the next step was spray painting my old file cabinet white to match them. The top file drawer has all my high school & college files that I am keeping and the bottom one has all adult stuff like taxes, insurance, house stuff etc.
I've had this since junior high and $0 is nice on the budget. I used the white appliance spray paint that I had originally bought for a redo on a used garage freezer, but then it broke and we bought a brand new one instead. So I was happy to have a use for this already paid for spray paint.
I got lucky because I got this done on the last nice warm day in November. It doesn't look perfect, but it looks way better and it's f-r-e-e.
Here is the room after I sorted & decluttered, with the wrong sized tables out of the room, and the 3 new pieces in place and 1 temporary place holder in place:
The plastic drawer unit has all my fabric in it and I am going to build a new piece to hold it all in a better way. But until I do the plastic drawer unit is there.
The corner is still a mess. Some of it will go in the last piece that I still need to build, and lots of it will go into the not-yet-built living room bookcases one day. And I also want to build some window seating/storage in the two corners at some point.
The desktops are oak veneer plywood cut to size. I attempted to match them to the wood trim stain like I did with the coat hooks.
Pre-stain, post-wood conditioner:
And in place in the Craft Room:
|The sewing area (machine under desk because plastic drawers can't take any weight|
|The paper-crafting area|
It is so luxurious to have two separate crafting areas!
Still to do in here:
- build the wooden fabric storage piece to replace the plastic drawers
- add some sort of quarter round to the desktops for a more finished look
- add shelving on the walls above the desks
- redo Corey's corner
Still to do in the next round at some point:
- refinish the wood floors under the carpet
- build window seats/storage in the corners
- make roman shades for the windows
- buy my way-too-expensive dream desk chair on a fabulous sale and wheel it back and forth between my two areas on our refinished wood floors
Since getting the Craft Room to this point I have already finished a quilt! It's so nice to be able to be in there and have it feel so open. I am glad it's usable now because I have quite a few homemade Christmas presents to work on!