Craft Room Reveal

The craft room is finally done! Here’s a quick reminder of what it looked like when we first bought the house:

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Another angle:

Craft Room Reveal | www.heartsandsharts.com 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)

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Another angle.  A mish-mash of all of my crap…

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After:

Craft Room Reveal | www.heartsandsharts.com The colors were inspired by this fabric.  It all started with raising my workstation

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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. 

Craft Room Reveal | www.heartsandsharts.com I also spruced up the ugly cabinets using electrical tape from Home Depot. You can check out that post here.

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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…

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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”.

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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…

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More Silhouette labeling  attached with some old mustache clothespins I made for my wedding…

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I even used the Silhouette to add some color to my magnetic office supply organizer from Ikea.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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When I was doing the vinyl record projects , I came across The Andrews Sister’s album…

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…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.

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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

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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”…

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…and the “after”…

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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.

Enough sap.

You know what time it is?!  Time to make something!

 

Comments

  1. Rhonda says

    Love this space this inspires me to get working on my basement craft area!!! Love all of your family heirlomes I also have some of those it adds so much to your space!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Terry says

    While I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your craft room transformation, what inspired me most was your personal touches. The items from family members that continue to inspire you are obviously previous to you. Your story had inspired me to search for those items from my grandparents and parents have given me and use them as remembrances and inspiration for my own “woman cave!”

  3. says

    I just had to comment to let you know how much I LOVE your craft room! My craft room is a catch all room right now, goodness you made me realize how badly I need to get in there and figure it out!! AND you are hilarious, I am a scanner and you made me read through the whole post!!

  4. says

    This looks fantastic! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

  5. Shirley says

    I love your craft room. I am wondering why you took down all of he racks and shelving. I would give anything to have all of the shelving. How big is your room? I am trying to make a craftroom out of a little bedroom and I am not sure everything is going to fit. Thanks for sharing.

    God Bless

    • says

      Thanks Shirley. The room is about 17’x14′. That kind of shelving drives me crazy. Plus, I’d rather have some sort of storage where I can hide the mess and keep things looking cleaner.

  6. Christine S. says

    I honestly can’t remember this morning where I came across the link that got me to this post of yours but I’m so glad that I clicked on it the other day and took a look at it this morning!! Thank you for all of the wonderful ideas and sharing the sentimentality of your room. I have definitely been inspired by many things in your room! Have a GREAT weekend!

  7. says

    Oh my gosh! I love this space! :) I would love to create something fabulous in it.
    I would love to feature your craft room on my organizing blog, Organize and Inspire. Would that be okay with you? I would use no more than 1 or 2 of your photos, and include full credit to you with a link back to your site.
    Just let me know!
    Thanks!
    Traci

      • says

        Hi Dena!
        I posted about your craft room tonight on O&I. I loved reading about all of the special meanings behind so many items in your craft room. That is so precious! I lost my mom four years ago, so I know how “things” can hold such much love when our loved ones are gone. Thank you for letting me share your craft room!

        I usually pin images from O&I onto my Beneath My Heart pinterest pages to help draw traffic. Is that okay with you?
        Your watermark will stay on the images and your blog url will be in the pin description.
        Just let me know.
        Thanks!

  8. jeanette says

    So “jealous” and totally inspired by your fabulous craft room makover! Love all the ideas and enjoyed reading about the family history of the special items you included that inspire you. Really great job! Bravo!

  9. Marilyn says

    I love your craft room and I am envious. You have given me some great ideas for my craft room. Thx & I signed up for newsletters and ideas.

  10. says

    Holy cowabunga dude!! Come decorate my ‘office’ area!!

    My favorite part is your amazing ability to mix old with new. Seriously I’m drooling more with every photo~~

    Forgive me, but did you make that yellow geometric and feather print?! If so send me to THAT link :p

    Also where did you get your white drawer storage (the one with all the pink labeling)? They look shallow and wide enough for virtually any crafting projects!!

    You rock girl!
    Trisha D.
    Black and White Obsession

  11. Darlee says

    It is all wonderful Dena… All of your inspiration and the nice things you say about all of us that love you soooooooooooo much. So I guess when I leave this world you will have a lot of things to carry off…better get here before the rest throw them away. I love you so much and enjoy seeing what you have made.

  12. says

    Wow, I love your craft room! I’ve been redoing mine as well so I’m hoping to be able to share on my blog soon. :o) I think my favorite parts of your room are the vinyl record holders, the calendar you made from your neighbor’s trash, and how you labeled everything. No more opening every single drawer and container saying “hmmm, what’s in here?” lol!

    Tania

  13. says

    It looks amazing! I love how you have so many pieces of “yourself” throughout the room. My favorite is the “this is not a drill” print. lol. I’m still amazed by those vinyl mail holders too.

  14. renee stormer says

    Looking at all the work you’ve done and all that you have accomplished. I cannot tell you how proud I am of you. The last part about your family and your traits and the inspiration of your mother made me have tears. I am so glad that you shared all of this with us! Love you, more than you know!
    Renee

  15. says

    So excellent! Actually brought a smile to my face when I saw the “after”. I love the color combinations you used. So many great DIYs and find in that space. Thanks for sharing with us!

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