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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Dream Begins {A Craft Room Makeover} Reveal

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Well it is finally here! My craft room makeover on a budget. I used things I had already to recreate a workable room. I changed my furniture arrangement to better suit me. This is my story!


When my last child left for college, the house was very quite. The empty nest syndrome set in. It took some time to adjust to the calm. I began sorting through pictures and past schoolwork in an office/bedroom with tears in my eyes. The room became a storeroom of memories. I missed my kids but knew it was time to make a change. I started and failed many times. Then right before Memorial Day I cleared the whole room out to start again. Everything went into the hall. Then I had people over and everything went back into the room!!!

I am an artist, a blogger, a wife and mom. Many hats are worn, like most women! I seldom had time for creating at home and now that the kids have gone I needed my own space. I really didn't have the extra money or the motivation to do a whole room. Then I went to the Haven Conference and met some amazing people. I came home pumped and knew I had to use that new found energy.
While I was there I met with Shaw Flooring.  They were doing a contest on redos. If you sent in your redo you got an area rug FREE! I knew that would give me the motivation to finish!

 All the years of volunteering for school, transporting children and making things for the kids had come to a close. It was time to finish what I had started. It was time to get organized. Create a craft room out of this office/bedroom. Somewhere I can work out of. Somewhere to create!

This is how it started....




What a disorganized mess!!!

I ran around the house looking for things to use in different areas of the room. I created different zones in my room. A table for my main workstation and my desk for blogging. I hung crates for storage and mementos. I added a wall of cubbies and shelving to hold jars and bins filled with small crafts. I want this room to express who I am.


 I painted my own canvas valances and hung it over the windows using things I had on hand to keep this redo cost efficient. I scattered around pieces of me by incorporating where I lived, toys I kept from childhood, family pictures, my painted works and more. I used color around the room and mixed contemporary and vintage styles. This room was me!



This was an old catering basket that I turned into a shelf by adding paint sticks across the bottom for my stamps to sit on. The pot lid holds my favorite Purdy brush! The bottom shelf holds my rulers. The basket for my clothspins is a gutter screen.

jars and cubbies



My blogging area!


I used old crates for shelving above my blog station. I made the memo board from an old blackboard.

My storage area for supplies!


Old drawers for storage.




My paintings/valances are titled The Dream Begins. It is so fitting for the room. This space became so much more to me than just a room to make things. By adding character and heart, I made it a space that feels like home! Let the creating begin!




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21 comments:

Grammy Goodwill said...

I think your room looks great. I like the different areas that you set up and all the special accessories that you added. I've been working on mine, but I'm stalled at the moment.

Lesley said...

Bravo! (the sound of hands clapping together) Bravo! (whistles)

You did it and it look fabulous! Congrats girlfriend.:)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks amazing!!! i love the thoreau quote!

Anonymous said...

Oh Deneen ,. i love the room! I especially love the black desk area ... I have black damask in my bedroom and I see a little bit of it on your bench. You have done an awesome job and should be very proud! I am so grateful for the way today started and happy to see how much you accomplished in it. Thank you for being you ... Nance

Sarah Scherrer said...

Inspiring!

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Thanks Nance and Sarah!

Geri Johnson said...

Great job lady! I have a room I want to make into a crafty room too so thanks for the inspiration! I love the colors you chose also. And I love love love your idea for using a painted canvas as a window valance! That is brilliant! Even people who don't paint could do that by covering a canvas with fabric!

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Oh my gosh Deneen what a wonderful place to create. You did an amazing job. Love the colors you picked for your creative space ~ so bright and cheery. Love all the wonderful touches you added too ~ great storage ideas!
Thanks for sharing & inspiring!
Prim Blessings
Robin

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

It turned out fabulous, Deneen! And SO you! :) A very inspirational space!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

Now that's a transformation!! looks great so organized!

reFresh reStyle said...

I love it! I need you to come help me, my crafts are scattered all over the house...not good! I hope you win the rug :)

blhitchcock901 said...

Thank you for visiting and following. You are such a great creator. I will follow you. I have much to learn. I LOOOOOVE yor craft room! Wow. YOU ARE GOOD!

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

We all are learning! Thanks for the follow and sweet comment!

Tammy Partin Spangler said...

It looks great and is so organized!

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Thanks Tammy! Now if I can keep it that way!

Susan Erb said...

Love,love,love! So much inspiration and I would love having different zones for my different activities.

Sue

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Thanks! The zones really help.

Maureen Hayes said...

Congratulations on creating not only a beautiful and creative space, but one that is uniquely YOU! It is lovely, and I wish you years of happy and creative days in it.

Teri said...

Beautiful! It's very inspiring to me as right now I am tearing into the basement "clutter room" and making it into my hobby room. The task is daunting and this TN humidity isn't helping (I drag my feet when it comes time to move stuff out to the shed to store until I'm done).

But maybe I can get my motivation up and get this job done!

ohiofarmgirl said...

I think this is one of the best make-overs I have seen. I love how it is organized with a little flare! I have a room that I a would love to use as my craft room but first I have to figure out how to get the internet to reach that far...so after the new year I will be off to find some answers!

Chasity Burnett said...

Love how you used the drawers. Beautiful room!