Craft Room Re-do

20 Oct

The previous owner of our house decided to paint the entire interior a neutral color.  Instead of being all HGTV, it comes off as dingy and depressing in many of the rooms.  My plans all along were to paint the kitchen and adjoining breakfast room, which serves as my craft room, a combination of pink and white.  Non-traditional for sure, but it works well with the green and white tile floor.  More importantly, it makes me happy.  I’d hoped to get the painting done before we moved in, but our house was given to us in a filthy state, so I had to spend the time prior to move-in cleaning like a madwoman.  Painting didn’t happen.

I also learned how impossible it is to get extra, nonessential projects done when you have a baby to look after.  Somehow, it always seems more important to cook dinner and do the laundry and cleaning during nap time.

I finally got fed up and decided to paint.  I pulled meals from the freezer for our dinners and got to work.  My husband (wisely) advised me to do only the craft room and not the kitchen at that time.  I was annoyed, but he was right.  It was too much work and mess to have done it all at once.  But the bad thing is that the kitchen is still ugly-dingy.

The horrible before pictures:

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During the painting process:

While I'm proud to say that I did most of the painting myself, my husband did help.  He even replaced all the outlets and light switches so all would be new and clean.

While I’m proud to say that I did most of the painting myself, my husband did help. He even replaced all the outlets and light switches so all would be new and clean.

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Painting is finished:

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This was all done back in May.  I’m finally posting about it in October because I just finished putting the room together.  All the furniture was moved back in right after we cleaned up all the painting mess, but I wanted to get stuff on the walls and clean up my other mess before I took completed photos.

This is the view if you're standing in the kitchen.

This is the view if you’re standing in the kitchen.

My craft table

My craft table

Storage

Storage

My lovely butterfly batiks that my dad brought back from Barbados for my sister and me over 30 years ago

My lovely butterfly batiks that my dad brought back from Barbados for my sister and me over 30 years ago

More storage

More storage

My craft table (covered in paper-punch mess from the toddler) with my inks and some of my ribbons on the wall.  You can also see my kitchen, which still has our mess from lunch on the counter.  Oops.

My craft table (covered in paper-punch mess from the toddler) with my inks and some of my ribbons on the wall. You can also see my kitchen, which still has our mess from lunch on the counter. Oops.

I was so happy to finally have all this put together that I made some stuff last night.  It’s so nice to have a functional and cheerful space again.  The only problem is that this room has now made the kitchen look even more dingy and drab than it did before!

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7 Responses to “Craft Room Re-do”

  1. twentysixcats October 20, 2013 at 7:57 PM #

    What a gorgeous room! I bet you love having all that natural light for working on crafts!

  2. Connie October 20, 2013 at 10:35 PM #

    It looks great. I love the pink and white combination. All of the storage is wonderful. Can’t wait to see the kitchen.

  3. carrie October 21, 2013 at 6:56 PM #

    Such a fun craft room. Enjoy!

  4. Becky October 22, 2013 at 6:24 AM #

    Very cute! How do you keep your toddler from getting into all of your crafting supplies? I have to keep mine locked up tight 🙂

  5. Anne Marie @ The Oklahoma Texan October 22, 2013 at 9:48 PM #

    The toddler totally gets into my craft stuff. In fact, lately he’s become obsessed with my paper punches. He pulls them out and asks for me or my husband to help him punch out shapes. I’ve had to reorganize a few things. I put anything that can stain out of reach. I put some kid-friendly stuff in a few storage drawers just so I wouldn’t worry so much when he inevitably gets into things. He seems to be aware now of what he can and can’t touch. More or less. It’s still a learning process. He often takes an armful of craft felt that he pulled out of a drawer with him when we go places. I’m sure we look nutty, but whatever. Just not a battle worth fighting.

    But there’s also a baby gate that blocks off his access to the the kitchen, and he can only get to the craft room through the kitchen. That’s the main tool of toddler prevention!

  6. Commentor November 25, 2013 at 7:41 AM #

    I love it! It looks beautiful, especially with the floor!

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