Yes, I have a new craft room, and it’s dedicated to only papercrafting. There is not my computer with paper clutter from bills, office work (I work from home), printers, other computers, etc., etc., etc, . . . . So refreshing!
It all began when my son moved out. I had initially wanted his and Ryan’s old room because it has built-in shelves and drawers (my husband made them – he’s sooo talented at woodworking), and I thought this would be perfect to store all my crafting supplies, but the room is the smallest room in our house and I wanted a little stretching room; so, I took over my daughter’s old room, which had become my son’s room when she married and moved out; therefore, the Electric Lime walls you will see in the before pictures below (Josiah never cared about repainting – such a guy thing).
As you can see in the closet photos, it was still full of his things and he has been moved out for several months.
Josiah, my son, has been painting as a side job for the last year; so, I paid him to repaint my walls a nice light blue/green color. In real life it looks more light blue (FSJ Pool Party). I was aiming more for FSJ Cool Pool, but I am definitely not good at determining what pain chip colors will look like on a wall and in different lighting. Even though, it’s not the color I thought I was choosing, I really like it. It is light and bright and invites you to come in and create.
He painted the room while I was on vacation so the room could air out before I got back.
Here are the pictures of right after Josiah painted.
Once the room was painted. I got my son, Josiah, to go with me to The Container Store to purchase the desk tops. I chose these because the comparable ones at Ikea were a little too wide and when two desks are back to back you cannot easily pass supplies to the person across from you. Then, we went to Ikea to purchase the file cabinets, legs and small desktop. Here are the items I purchased:
Ikea has a corner desktop for $49.00 I may purchase in the future, and I will probably purchase another desk top from The Container Store as well. Note: If you have any chemical sensitivities, the Ikea table top and file cabinets give off a chemical smell that could trigger an asthma attack or cause bronchial issues. I had to have my husband seal the underside of the Ikea table top and as many of the desk drawer bottoms as he could – he had already put together one whole file unit before I asked him to seal any exposed areas.
Once my husband put everything together for me, the process of moving crafting supplies began. Here are some moving into the room pictures.
The stacks of paper, trimmers, shelves, die-cutters, etc., is a result of my friend, Cheyenne, deciding I needed my bookshelf my husband had made for me years ago in the closet of the craft room. I told her it could not be placed in the room because we have a right angle turn and the shelves are ceiling height. That did not deter her. Before I knew it, she had taken everything off; thus, the stacks of supplies, and had Kenneth helping her to move it to the room. Here is the picture where they decided it couldn’t fit through the hallway into the room.
Well, never to be hampered by any obstacles, Cheyenne asked Kenneth to cut the shelves in half and then we could stack them on top of each other in the Craft Room closet. Bless his heart, this was one of the few and rare days he had off and there he was sweating to death in the blazing heat cutting the shelves in half. He is the best!
I did not get a picture of Kenneth in the process of re-imagining the shelves, but here is a picture of them in the closet.
I took the top one and flipped it upside down to add a little interest to unit.
I will be taking more pictures of the room in a more finished version. I still need to have either my daughter or husband spray paint my stamp pad holder white and I want to purchase some pvc gutter pipe and make a few ribbon holders. I am very pleased with how the room has developed. If you look at the closet picture above and to the right of the bookshelf is un-used wall space. I need to spackle the holes in the wall (where the previous shelves were hung) and paint the wall white; then, I’ll have my husband make a few more shelves. My goal is to have nothing on the floors; everything on a shelf.
Make sure to keep an eye out for New Craft Room – Part Two.