My Craft Room

Sorry for the delay…I know I promised this last week, but right now my full-time job is taking most of my time and energy, which doesn’t leave a lot of time left for me to create and blog in the evenings.  I should get back to a better balance of work and fun soon!

When we finished the basement, one of the perks for me was that it freed up one of the spare bedrooms upstairs  so that I could create my craft room.   What is now the craft room, has had many different looks since we moved into our house.  Our initial plan for the room was to use it as the guest room.

Craft Room - Before as spare bedroom

It was very crowded.  And, we never used it as a guest room.  Then, we swapped the guest room with the office.  It worked better for us, and the guest room was transformed into its current look.  The office was originally a combination of furniture from my house and Bob’s house.  Then, eventually we got the desk that Bob now uses in his Music Room in the basement.  It was in the office upstairs before the basement was finished.  So, when the basement was finished, it left a blank slate for me upstairs to create my craft room.  I had a clear vision for the room – I wanted a large desk that I could have room to spread out when I was working on crafts, and I wanted a comfortable place to relax and maybe read a book.

Craft Room - After full view from doorway

I have everything I wanted, and was able to furnish the room with all used furniture.  I’ll admit I made a mistake on the desk at first.  I caved and bought a little desk at a used furniture store, but quickly realized that it wouldn’t suit my needs.  At the time, I still had a desktop computer, so I wanted room to hide all the components under the desk.  The little desk didn’t cut it.  I made it work until I found this large desk when I was out for one of my Saturday morning thrift store adventures with my friend.

Craft Room - Desk before

The desk matched the dimensions of the space almost exactly, and it was only $119 for this large desk.  It was a bit deeper than I originally wanted because of the windows in the front of the room, but I really did want all the space.  I knew I could change the look of the desk with a quick coat of paint.  Next step was the place for relaxing.  I began my search looking for a daybed, but I wasn’t finding anything.  But, then I found a sleigh bed on Craigslist and thought a bunch of pillows could make it function like a daybed.  I think I ended up paying $70 for the daybed.  I did the same thing with it as the desk, just gave it a quick coat of paint.

Craft Room - Desk and Bed before decorating

At this point, the room was very bare.  I did buy new bedding, I believe it was from Kmart.  After I got the desk and tried working at it, I ran into another problem.  Most of the chairs I had or found were too high.  Once I sat on them, I couldn’t fit my legs under the desk.  So, I spent a lot of time going to yard sales and thrift stores with my tape measure trying to find a chair that I could make work.  Finally, I had luck at the Goodwill.  Unfortunately, I must not have taken a before picture, because I can’t find one in my files.  But, it was a plain wooden chair for $5.  I inspected it and knew that I could easily remove the wooden seat, add foam and fabric to make a cushioned seat and give it a coat of white paint like the rest of the furniture in the room.  I did just that and I have a very comfortable desk chair, that I can actually sit in and fit my legs under my desk (its where I’m sitting right now).

Craft Room - Desk Chair - painted and reupholstered

The other projects I did on the desk side of the room, include the fabric bulletin board for family photos.  I found a cork board at a yard sale, popped it out of the cheap frame, wrapped it in batting and fabric and then used ribbon and bronze nail heads to make the grid.  I love that I can easily change the photos as time passes.  The floating shelves we originally in our living room, and we weren’t using them anymore, so I moved them to the Craft Room to give me more space to decorate.  I change them seasonally.  I just went back to mainly butterfly décor, because I have tons of it from my previous home.  The lamps are from the same thrift shop that I bought the desk.   The desk decorating is still in flux.  I had a desktop computer until a couple months ago, and I have not finalized how I want everything to look now that I have the laptop.  Its weird, but the desktop monitor provided height in the middle of the desk, and now I feel like everything looks flat.  The wicker chair is the mate to the one in the basement that I got from a friend at work.  I sewed the seat cushion and pillow cover.  Even the trash can and little chest were yardsale/Goodwill items that I picked up.

Craft Room - After Desk side of room

When I just added the new pillows to the bed, it led to me changing all the décor in the room.  It quickly went from this:

Craft Room - Before

To its current look, which includes the new pillows and a bit more butterfly artwork.

Craft Room - After sleigh bed with new pillows and wall art

I had bought this book years ago, because it had colorful butterfly book plates in the back.  It cost $1.48 at Ollies.  So, I used two pages in my new wall art.

Craft Room - Butterfly book for artwork

One is in the small 5×7 frame on the shelves.

Craft Room - Butterfly decor on floating shelves

And the other page is part of the gallery above the bed, in the center on the bottom.  I kept two of the frames the same – they just each have a piece of scrapbook paper in them.  The larger butterfly print was originally a fabric stretched on canvas that I bought at the monthly church thrift store for 10 cents.  I removed the fabric from the canvas (it looked cheaper that way) and then popped it in  a white spray painted frame.  The individual butterflies were from my grandmother.  They got a coat of spray paint too; they were originally very brassy with a wooden center.

Craft Room - New Butterfly wall art

The mirror that was here got relocated to the other wall, which is the small space between the closet and the door to the hallway.   The mirror now reflects the light from outside instead of just the other side of the room.  Framing the mirror are more butterflies with a fresh coat of spray paint.  These were originally dark brown.  They are very sentimental because my Mom has a set at home.  I found these in my thrift shopping travels and knew I needed to have them.  I’m happy to finally have a place to hang them.  The bamboo shelf is from the same thrift shop as the desk.  As I think about all my purchases from that shop, I’m very sad that it is now closed.  This whole wall, as skinny as it is, contains many sentimental items.  The little tin lamp is a tart warmer, that was a housewarming gift from  my Mom when I bought my first house.  The shadowbox is one I made with my wedding bouquet, Bob’s boutonniere and our wedding invitation.  The bottom shelf has all of my scrapbooks that I have filled with pictures of our trips, wedding, and just life in general.  And, they are sharing the shelf with our unity candle from our wedding.

Craft Room - Bamboo shelves and wall decor - after

I am thrilled with how this room has evolved.  It functions well for me as a craft room, and is pretty enough that I just enjoy sitting in it to relax.

Craft Room - After full view from doorway

I’ve seen some beautiful and amazing craft rooms out there.  Do any of you have a designated craft space?  Or, do you just use whatever space suits the project at hand, table, floor, etc.?

A touch of Easter

Easter Decorations - DIY spraypainted branches with hanging eggs

With the beautiful weather we are having right now, I knew it was time to decorate for Easter and begin preparing for Spring.  I started with reusing my spray painted branches that I’ve been using since last Easter.  I used them in the Fall and Christmas time too.  I put rocks in the bottom of the vase and hung speckled eggs on the branches.  I placed everything on a spring runner and added the candlesticks that I used at Christmas.

Easter Decorations - Dining Room Centerpiece  Branches with hanging eggs

The next area that got a touch of Easter was our mantle.  My Mom gave me her ceramic Easter village a few years ago.  Last year I used it in the foyer, but I decided to try it on the mantle this year.  I’m not sure if it will stay there or not, but I like having some decorations in the living room.

Easter Decorations - Easter village on mantle -no lights

The nice part is there is an outlet on the mantle, so it is very easy to light it up and enjoy the glow.

Easter Decorations - Easter Village on Mantle

My craft room got a touch of Easter too on the floating shelves.  I already had gotten out some of my butterfly decorations when I took down the Christmas and Winter ones.  So, I just added the bunnies and egg.

Easter Decorations - Floating shelves in craft room with butterflies and bunnies

The final area that is ready for Easter is the foyer.  I had everything I used, other than I bought the little basket at a Church thrift shop on Saturday for 10 cents, and I created the Easter “art.”

Easter Decorations - Foyer table with DIY ar and eggs in baskets and vases

I even made use of our junk mail that I had shredded as the nest for the eggs.  This is the first I found somewhere for the little purple vase and purple candlesticks.  I’m not sure when or why I got them, but I must have known I would find a use for them some day.

Easter Decorations - Eggs in vase and candlesticks and purple thrifted vase

I made the Easter art using my Cricut.  If you are a Cricut user, it is the Celebrate with Flourish cartridge.  I realized it will come in handy for more than just scrapbooking our holiday memories. The vase of faux flowers normally sits on my desk, but I thought the touch of Spring flowers worked well with the other Easter decorations.  I used more shredded paper as filler in the basket, so that the eggs were popped to the top of the basket.

Easter Decorations - DIY Art using cricut - eggs in thrift basket - flowers in vase

Are you enjoying a taste of Spring weather where you are?  Have you decorated for Easter? What are your thoughts….should the Easter village stay on the mantle, or should I move it somewhere else?

 

 

Spring-Thing-Party

 

Our Living Room

I’m discovering that Winter time poses an additional challenge for me, besides just trying to get through the short, dark cold days.  The lack of daylight hours that I am home has proven difficult in trying to get photos for blogging.  My photography needs all the help it can get, so when the sun was shining recently I took advantage and snapped some pictures around the house of areas that I have not shared yet.  I did show you the Odd Corner in the Living Room, so I thought it was time to share the rest of the living room.

Below is the view of the living room from the odd corner.  The kitchen is off to the left, the foyer is the opening in the middle, and the view on the right is into the guest room.

Living Room - View from chairs

This is the view standing at the patio door.  Our living room is heavily used since it is the central part of our home.

Living Room - View from Patio Doors

Overall, the room is decorated pretty simply.   I always think it feels better with some fresh flowers.  I’ve gotten a lot of use out of my spray painted vase.

Living Room - Flowers in spraypainted vase

I had the sectional before we got married, so its been around for a while.   I’ve already added extra poly-fil to the back cushions to give it a little more cushion.  At some point, we’ll get a new couch, but I think we’ll have to replace it with another sectional, since the corner of it is where Puddy spends a lot of his time.

Living Room - View from Kitchen with Puddy

I had to close the curtains on the patio door to get the picture below since it was so sunny.  This angle shows you the dining room, the kitchen bar and a sliver of the breakfast room in the background. I love that we get such warm sunlight in the hub of our home.

Living Room - View from Hallway

As we are beginning to consider a new couch, do you have any recommendations?  Should we stick to a sectional?  Or, is there other furniture we should consider for a better layout?

Natural and Faux Fall Decor

I already posted some of my Simple Fall Decorating here.  But, I didn’t stop there.  I added some more touches of Fall to our house, some compliments of nature, and some faux items that I picked up here and there.

Our porch is a combination of the two.  I filled my flowerpots with pumpkins and guords.  The guords were compliments of my sister’s garden, which I very much appreciated.  The wreath is one of my yard sale finds from a few years ago.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to hang the same old wreath again, but I also didn’t want to spend money on a whole new one.  So, I choose a few new picks at Jo-Ann Fabrics to give it a bit of an update.  I added the ones with the pine cones, sprays, and the red flower.  It was just enough for me to feel like it had been refreshed and good for another Fall season.

This vase is another combination – real pine cones and faux leaves that I picked up at Dollar Tree.  I’ve used real leaves in this same form in previous years, but they would always break apart too easily, so this year I bought the fake ones so that I could use them again and again.  I’ve had the same real pine cones for a few years now.  I just bag them up and pack them away, and they have stayed in good shape.

This is our decorations on the coffee table.  I keep it pretty simple, because our coffee table gets used.  I like to be able to easily push the tray out of the way.  I know some people are very opposed to fake flowers, but for Fall I liked being able to just pop them in the vase and keep them for the whole season.  The vase is another one of the vases that I picked up for free at a yard sale and then spraypainted. 

The see through green was transformed with a few coats of metallic gold spray paint. I think it really helps to bring out the texture in the vase.

The leaves in the crock is actually from my Mom’s house (just ignore the dog bone).  Mom chuckled as she said she decorated for Fall and pointed to the crock, but I thought it was a nice simple idea to add a touch of Fall to her house.  I hope she doesn’t mind me sharing with the world 🙂

I shared our Fall dining room table before, but I added the colorful gourds to each end to bring in some more nature.

How do you decorate for Fall?  Natural, Faux, or a combination?

DIY Show Off Fall Festival Party

Cheap Sconce Makeover

My sconces makeover took much longer than I expected.  The actual transformation of the sconces was relatively quick and easy.  This is the before look, which I showed previously.

I bought the sconces for $2.99 each at the Salvation Army.  I gave them a few thin coats of spraypaint, and they were ready to be hung.  I ran into issues with finding the right candles though.  The distance from the candle holder base to the ring was 6″, which I thought would work with most standard pillar candles, but unfortunately most 6″ pillar candles are really only 5.5″, so it ended up looking really strange.  I did find some nice candles in my searches, but I was not about to pay $27 for a candle to put in a sconce I paid $3.  Finally, I found success at Wal-Mart.  They had 8″ pillar candles for $6 each.  I bought 2 and was finally ready to share my sconces.

The only problem was that the overall look  just seemed weird.  We had the picture hanging on the wall for a long time and it always looked very sparse in its surroundings. I should have taken an true before picture to show how lonely it looked.  Its a very long wall in our basement and the couch doesn’t sit directly against the wall, it is probably about 10-12 feet away from it, so the long wall really needed help.  The sconces did help, but then I decided to try what had once been our foyer table under the picture.  This was all part of the rearranging that occured with my free corner shelf and the sconces.  The previous foyer table had just been living under another picture in the basement near the bar/dining area of the space.  So, I stole that table and its accessories and lived with it under the picture for a while and decided it could stay.  Here’s the current look.

And,  here is another view so that you can see the perspective of sofa in front of it.

It is also really difficult to take nice pictures in a basement!  These are about as accurate as I can get the colors without much natural light.  So, what started out as quick little project, ended up creating a lot of rearranging in our basement.  But, the good thing is I think it created some improvements.  The lamp on the table under the pictures creates really nice light as we are relaxing on the sofa watching TV or reading.  I have more areas of the basement to show in some upcoming posts.  There were many projects that happened along the way as we furnished the basement.  Plus, I’ll share the true before and after of the basement with the concrete walls and floors, to the warm cozy family area we have now.

Anyone else work on a quick, easy project that ended up snowballing into many other projects?

Be Our Guest

Our guest room is a good example of working with what we have.  Puddy says, “Come on over and be our guest!” Of course, you might have to kick him out of the guest room….that bed is one of his favorite spots, mainly because he can see right out the front windows and bark at anyone who walks by.

When Bob and I bought our house, I didn’t have much furniture to contribute to it, outside of the living room furniture, because most of my furniture was hand-me-downs that were on their way out.  Bob fortunately had more furniture that we could use in our new home.  Since we had decided on purchasing a new bedroom set for our bedroom, we used Bob’s old furniture for the guest room.  He had a queen size bed on just a frame and a set of dressers and night stands.
Just like many other rooms in our house, it took a while before I decided on how I wanted to decorate the room.  Finally, I decided to paint it a nice cheery yellow.  I can’t recall if that was before or after I completed the headboard makeover.  I knew I wanted an upholstered headboard, but wanted to make it as inexpensively as possible.  I finally found one on Craigslist that I thought would work.

I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for the headboard, maybe $45.  I know the person was trying to sell the whole set of matching bedding to go with the headboard, so I negotiated the price by buying only the headboard.  I took off all the old fabric and then used a white duckcloth to reupholster it.  I used a white trim to hide my staples in the seam, because I have not yet mastered welting.  I’m still considering using nailhead trim in that space to give it a little more interest.

The rest of the guest room has some other small projects of mine, as well as yard sale finds and Home Goods/TJ Maxx purchases.  The quilts are from Home Goods/TJ Maxx, as well as the flower pillow.  I bought the yellow pillows at a church thrift store.  The 3 pictures are Monet prints that I bought at a yard sale with the intention of just using the frames and painting them and adding my own pictures, but one day I held them up in the guest room and decided that they will work for now.

The only other projects are the “vases.”  I took a wine bottle and some vases that I either got for free or 50 cents or less at yard sales and decided to spray paint them.  The wine bottle got a nice yellow color, while the vases were painted a metallic silver.

Anyone else reupholster a headboard?  Or maybe spraypainted vases for a new look?