Craft Room Tour

Have you been following along the Craft Rooms and Spaces series hosted by Angie at Country Chic Cottage? It’s so fun seeing where bloggers create, getting ideas and motivation to maybe initiate some spring cleaning and organization in your own space?

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Thanks to Angie for the invitation to participate! I had no choice but to finally put things away. Here’s my chaotic craft room when I agreed to join the series…

craft room mess before

Yikes!

I’ve made some changes and cleaned things up for your arrival today. Ready for oodles of pics? There’s lots to see!

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Looking into the room from the hall (the resin button plaques on the wall are several years old, so no source to list).

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One first thing you’ll notice is this room is PACKED full. But when everything is organized and tidy and in it’s place, its a great space for getting creative. The old farmhouse dining room table serves as a great workspace.

diyshowoff craft space

The skirt is sewn into simple custom sized rod pocket panels and attached using tension rods on 3 sides. I’m ready for an updated fabric/pattern but what I really love about the skirt is that it hides even more storage (things not so pretty to display, boxes of supplies and such) under the table. 

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The walls are lined with inexpensive shelving units, some tucked for a perfect fit against the back wall, providing TONS of storage and organization. A string of lights adds a fun festive feel.

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A small DIY desk area holds our desktop computer, although I’m more inclined to work from my laptop in the living room most days. 

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I love the mix of old crates, baskets and vintage finds for storing craft supplies, mason jars for scrap ribbon by color…

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I recently added some shelves to the window for plants to bring some “life” to the space. 

diyshowoff craft room

 I love that this window sits low, close to the floor. The shelves add a little privacy (second floor) but still allow for lots of natural light to flood the room.

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I don’t remember where I got the light fixture (maybe Urban Outfitters years ago) but I really like the cage and sometimes clip cards or paint swatches there. 

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The walls are filled with a mix of fun frames collected over time, some with family photos, others just random art or thrift store finds and continues to grow here and there. 

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Pet Silhouette Art Tutorial

Framed Pet Silhouettes on Burlap

A DIY chalkboard + cork board + burlap message center helps keep ideas and schedules more organized. 

DIY burlap message center Craft Room message center

A lot going on, right? A LOT of junk which I’ve unsuccessfully tried to downsize but perhaps one day I’ll grasp the truth that if I haven’t used it in 10 years, I probably never will but I’m still waiting for that day to arrive.

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Ready to see more craft spaces? Start the tour at here to see Angie’s super organized space. Or if you’re visiting from the creative room at Major Hoff Takes a Wife, welcome friends! I’m so glad you stopped by! Or following along and ready for the next awesome craft room tour on the list? Head over to Homemadeville!

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Eclectic Guest Bedroom Ideas

When I shared our family room and kitchen in the What’s Your Style Series, one style those rooms (and all rooms in my home) share is “eclectic”.

Visiting from the beautiful bedroom at Shabby Love? Welcome, friends!

When you do what you love, specifically on a small budget; thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales, yard sales and Craigs List become favorite sources for unique, eclectic decor. Our guest bedroom is no exception. 

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and a mix of old and new.

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Small budget? Wrap a canvas you already own with pretty wrapping paper to freshen up old decor. 

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Layer the bed with a folded top sheet topped with a throw blanket. Cat optional. 

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Eclectic: mismatched furniture, a mix of pattern and colors, collected-over-time gallery wall, DIY accents, a painted floor and flea market finds. 

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I’m in the process of planning a re-do on our other guest room/dressing room. Our master bedroom is a disaster since the day we moved in but always seems to get pushed further down the priority list. What’s your style and favorite bedroom in your home?

Posts related to this room/DIY in this bedroom:

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See more of my style in the DIY Show Off Home Tour.

Ready for some more bedroom inspiration? Check out these bedroom beauties in the What’s Your Style Series:

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Thrifty Gallery Walls

Just popping in to show off of my girls’ gallery walls. 

Ali’s apartment living room gallery wall is a mix of clearance, IKEA and thrift store finds:

gallery wall

Bri’s living room gallery wall has fun a mix of art, clocks and barometers:

clock gallery wall

Bri’s gallery wall going up the stairs of estate sale and yard sale treasures…

stairway gallery wall

 and one more in progress…

eclectic gallery wall

Aren’t they awesome? I love the eclectic mix! Inspiration to start your own with yard sale season just around the corner. 

See more here, herehere, here, here and here.  

Do you have a gallery wall?

Cheap and Easy DIY Temporary Accent Wall/Wall Art/Gallery Wall Template

I’ve been working on creating a “summer carnival mantel” for the “Fun in the Sun” Blog Hop. I wanted a background that was “NO COMMITMENT” and decided foamboard + FrogTape would do the trick. 

foamboard wall art  

Materials:

  • tri-fold {display} foam board
  • FrogTape

*I’m a member of the FrogTape blog squad and this is a sponsored post.

foamboard wall art tutorial

Tutorial:

I simply alternated FrogTape stripes on each of the 3 sections of the tri-fold display foamboard…

foamboard  

foamboard FrogTape wall art

I wrapped the tape around the outer edges and used my thumbnail to secure the tape edge into the fold for a clean line into the inner creases. 

FrogTape Wall Art

All done! FrogTape green worked out to be a great accent color for my colorful and eclectic summer carnival theme (have you seen my multi-color curtains in the family room)?

family room

Best part? Totally re-usable for changing up decor! Try wrapping paper, fabric, vinyl decals…add interest, color, pattern, texture. Great for rentals. So many options! *Note: Paint is not a good option and will warp foamboard.

Hanging:

The thing I loved about using this as a background for my ‘fun house’ mirror wall was that with the foam board laid out on the floor, I arranged the mirrors and frames. Then marked where I wanted things to hang with a pencil.

tracing wall gallery

Since it’s super light weight, hang with Command Strips.

hanging foamboard  

It’s nice that the command strips allow for moving around to be sure the foamboard is level.

Ievel

 

foamboard wall art

Nail through the foam board for placement of mirrors, frames or art.

hanging gallery wall

Then display! Here’s a sneak peek of the ‘summer carnival’ mantel…

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And when I’m ready to change things up like I usually do, I can cover the foam board for a completely different look.

foamboard wall art tutorial

Neat, right?

Why I love this project:

  • Easy.
  • Cheap.
  • Lightweight.
  • Great for gallery wall template.
  • No commitment.
  • So many customizable options.
  • Re-usable.

See the summer carnival themed mantel for more pictures. 

summer carnival mantel

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Thrifty Gallery Wall and Room Accents

Angel’s room, part 2:  This post is sponsored by FrogTape. The other day I shared painting and stenciling faux-paneled walls. Loved the soft lilac color and subtle damask stenciling.

paneled damask walls

These pictures were taken last year at this time…I’m so behind! I apologize in advance for the poor quality. The reveal photos will be better!

painted paneled walls

This is my niece’s room. Angel loves all things art including drawing and painting and since I was working with a tight budget, I knew that thrift store picture frames for her to display her work on a gallery wall with room to grow would be the perfect way to decorate one of the walls in her room.

thrift store gallery wall

Picture frames were painted with a touch of Valspar’s sample paints in Raspberry Brown and uh…I don’t remember the other color but it looks like Raspberry Sherbet. I had Bri create some chevron patterns on the back board of the frames using FrogTape for a temporary pop of color until Angel arrived and unpacked her own art work and drawings.

FrogTape chevron

Even the light switch cover on the same wall got a painted stripe-y design using FrogTape and coordinating colors in order to blend in with the gallery collection.

light switch cover on gallery wall

I added a few thrift store prints, a spray painted owl plaque, plate and empty frames then laid it all out on the floor to get an idea of placement. I like placing the largest piece in the center and working my way out. And yea, that green carpet. Yikes! But sometimes you have to work around what can’t be changed, especially in a rental space. It’s a small room, so not much of it will be seen.

gallery wall display

When I was happy with the layout, I transferred it all to the wall. I love the collected look and can’t wait to see Angel’s artwork added to the mix. The gallery wall has room to grow on either side, top and bottom.

thrifty gallery wall

Sometimes you have to work around what can’t be changed. ::hello ugly green carpet:: It’s a small room, so not much of it will be seen, especially with a full sized bed going in the room. I was able to find a colorful rug runner with Angel’s favorite color purple, our additions of raspberry and a touch of green to run along side or at the bottom of Angel’s bed, so the carpet hopefully won’t feel so out of place…

multicolor rug runner

It helps!

gallery wall and area rug

Thrift store lamps were spray-painted a dark plum color…

painted lamp

and pretty coordinating accent pillows on clearance at JoAnns…

purple pillows

All done and just waiting for Angel to move in. She loved it, by the way! I’m still hoping to get over to get some room reveal pictures. One of these days. :)

thrifty gallery wall

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DIY Chicken Wire Wall

Meet: Kate from Kate & Kuby. Kate is a DIY’er with a recently new-to-her home and a goal to decorate the entire house (including nursery) before the arrival of their sweet little bundle of joy in October – all on a small budget. She’s been doing an amazing job. Her favorite project so far (and mine too) is her DIY chicken wire wall…

DIY chicken wire wall

Materials:

  • Chicken Wire
  • Staple Gun

chicken wire

Wall before:

wall before

Chicken wire wall after:

chicken wire wall after

Genius! Now it’s a reusable gallery wall!

chicken wire gallery wall

Total cost $25. Easy and affordable. I love the look. I love it’s functionality. See the full post at Kate & Kuby – DIY Chicken Wire Wall.

Here is a sneak peek of a few more fun DIY from Kate:

DIY Anthropologie Letters

DIY anthropologie letters

DIY embroidery hoop art

DIY newspaper trashcan makeover

trashcan makeover

{original newspaper/outbox DIY waste basket tutorial}

Vintage craft/office makeover

Meet: Shelby from

Honeysuckle blog

She’ll be having a baby in a few short months and to make room for baby, switched around several rooms in her house. One of Shelby’s biggest challenges was to combine her office and craft spaces into one multi-functional, organized splace.

The large L-shaped desk was a DIY project…

vintage craft room/office

Don’t you love the windows, the light and that view?

The rest is creative fun vintage finds turned useful. So many treasures, such clever ideas.

craft room pegboard

wrapping paper roller

gallery wall

vintage office chair

craft room/office French doors

vintage mail sorter

craft supplies

vintage canisters

vintage office/craft room makeover

Shelby shares all of her DIY at

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and vintages treasures in her Etsy shop…

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Ps. Look for her beautiful mud room – gorgeous transformation!
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What’s all the HOOPla? DIY Hoop Art Tutorial

My friend Amanda from

Mommy is Coocoo

created  a wall of beautiful art using embroidery hoops and pretty fabrics. Super easy and affordable do-it-yourself to fill up an empty wall space. So many options for making a design for a custom color palette and space.

Materials:

  • Fabric fabric scraps
  • Embroidery Hoops embroidery hoops

Tutorial:

  • Simply stretch fabric in embroidery hoops, trim to size and hang. Amanda recommends not putting a whole lot of thought into it. Sometimes a random surprise is the best plan.  fabric hoop art tutorial

Wall before:{naked!}

bare wall

Wall after:

hoop art tutorial

Fun, colorful, affordable, super quick and easy wall art that makes a big beautiful statement!

hoop and fabric wall art

embroidery hoop wall art

See more creative DIY (and more!) from Amanda at Mommy is CooCoo!

 



DIY Project Parade and re-arranging the living room.

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Winter gives me spring fever. I love being snowed in when I don’t have to go out but I can’t sit still and get bored looking at the same old thing (as if I have time to be bored) but staring at the same four walls day in and day out and looking at tons of inspiration (thanks to my talented blog friends!) – well, it makes me itchy to re-do and re-arrange. And so, my living room was the victim of my decorating bug. Today, I give you the evolution of the living room.

Earlier this week I shared what I’m reading and where I read

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DIY Project Parade ~ vintage inspired craft room/office reveal

I think I’ve only shared a peek of my craft/office space in the past. I challenged my flu-fighting self to clean it up yesterday in order to accomplish something. It sometimes quickly becomes a dumping ground for everything craft related. Note, this is a tiny room…so while it looks like I may border on ‘hoarder’, it is all organized!  I confess, it’s not only craft supplies but just things I like and things that I might find a use for in the future. It is a lot crammed into one small room.

vintage craft room

{from the hallway. Large buttons are old – no shopping source.}

This room before was a spare bedroom that never got used…

before

 I moved the bed to a guest room downstairs.

And moved my office/craft stuff upstairs. (So visitors don’t have to see a mess if I’m in the middle of a project.) Now, everything old looks fun and organized. I love that I don’t have to always use the dining room table for craft projects.

after

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DIY Show Off – Living Room Before and After Reveal

LivingRoom Transformation:  Here it is when we bought our home. Before, at time of closing:
Lots of strange angled corners to work with.
We repurposed this mirror by taking it down and framing it (more details here). It hangs in our back entry way.
The white walls were painted wallpaper. Fun!
We also tore out the nasty carpet and refinished the wood floors.
Then, I always wanted a red room. So – I painted the room red. It wasn’t quite what I pictured but I really loved it for a little bit. Excuse the mess. Some of these I snapped right before I began painting.
We installed French doors between the living room and family room.
We mounted the tv above the fireplace…I’m not sure if you can tell, but there aren’t a lot of options (wall 1=staircase, wall 2 = entry to hall and built-in shelving, wall 3 = French doors, wall 4 window/fireplace/window). It’s really not too high for viewing. We’ve adjusted to it being there. Our wood burning fireplace isn’t used at this time (another future project). Since behind the fireplace is a brick chimney and the walls are plaster, I currently hide the wires with garland (upcoming project to build up the fireplace surround will take care of that problem). Brick? Someday we’ll replace it with marble and I got a dirty look when I suggested we paint it. Mr. DIY does not like painted brick.
It didn’t take long before I didn’t grew tired of dark red. The room wasn’t getting any light. It just didn’t “feel” like the right color.
Here it is today:
Color is Benjamin Moore Smoky Taupe. It changes color in different lighting.
Mr. DIY’s leather chair has been replaced with another leather chaise. Compromise.
Updated pictures below.
My thrift store find – wine corks.
Vintage French linen pillows – Restoration Hardware
French pediment – Ballard (I plan on adding more trim to the French door to fill in the gap)
It’s weathered and says “Flanders Sweet Shop”
Drapery is from Target and Ebay. I ordered an extra panel to lengthen them. I love them framing the French doors.
I scored a bunch of vintage boxes and crates at an estate sale (3 are the same found at Pottery Barn for $24. I paid $8 ea!). This little box holds the remote controls.
Wall art from vintageprintables.com. Tips for hanging a wall gallery.
My style? You’ll see that I have a bit of interior design ADD. French, vintage, traditional, farmhouse and so on but the thing I love about designing my own space is that I can decorate with things I love and I don’t have to follow any rules. And we’re obviously not minimalists. It’s for us, not for a decorating magazine, right? We love how much taller and bigger the room looks and our mix of decorating styles works for us. I’d love new furniture but it’s not in the budget and this set from the 90s is in excellent shape. It works for now.
A few updated photos/fall decorated…
before
after
before
after
French doors in living room
before
AFTER

aged, vintage inspired wall letters
What do you think?
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DIY Show Off – Vintage Inspired Craft Room Reveal

Craft Room Makeover:
Here is the before picture. Scary!

Then, just an extra bedroom:

Craft Room Reveal

vintage craft room

vintage craft room

 

Baskets and vintage crates hold craft paints, ribbon, sewing supplies, glues, hand tools, stamps, tape, etc.

vintage craft room, organization

I love my flea market finds: Wire paper bin and wooden carpenter’s tool box, old crates…

vintage metal bin

The walls are covered with pretty things I’ve collected over the years, family photos, yard sale treasures, things that inspire me, TLC art and DIY art.

{sorry for the glare}

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(clock is a few years old from Target – not sold anymore)

wall gallery

vintage craft room

Ribbon scraps in mason jars…

ribbon, mason jars

Fun string of round bulb lights create a circus/party atmosphere…

vintage craft room

vintage craft room

My director’s chair from the Shaw/HGTV Home room design challenge

craft room

vintage craft room

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DIY Show Off – Budget Friendly Guest Bedroom Before and After

First Floor Guest Bedroom: (THIS IS THE BEFORE.)

before

My desk is a farmhouse style table and I sewed a table skirt to hide the wires and computer hardware:

Here’s my chandelier too:
NOW (after) it’s a guest room! See the full reveal HERE.
Stripped of everything shown above:
Now after painting the floor, installing new baseboard trim, painting and mostly all thrift store, flea market and junk store finds:
painted guest bedroom floor meets painted guest bathroom floor
stenciled/painted floor:
still need curtains!
view from the dining room:
(thanks to Butch for installing the light fixture for me!)

Few updates:

ladder turned magazine/throw holder

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Plate Wall Tutorial

I shared this over at the DIY Club but wanted to have it here in the archives too. I love using plates as wall art but I don’t like the hanger showing. It’s usually brassy. Just not my style, ya know? When I first discovered Dischangers, I knew I’d finally have my wall of plates. They’re affordable, super easy to use, strong and invisible! 

I am collecting plates in white and my decorating ADD has me rethinking I need some with color. Especially after Bri decided she wanted a plate wall in her dining area too and collected patterns and colors that work for her.
How to Hang Plates

1.  Choose appropriate size Dischanger for plate.

2.  Wet finger and rub the back side of the Dischanger to activate glue. Wait a few minutes.

3.  Press down on back side of plate (check to make sure design on front and Dischanger on back line up if plate has a design – so it’s not upside down or sideways).

4.  Let dry 24 hours. Ready to hang!

5.  Using the back of a large piece of wrapping paper cut to the size of the wall space. This makes planning and execution so easy with beautiful results (exactly as planned).

6.  Lay out plates in a pattern.

7.  Once plates are arranged, trace plates on the wrapping paper. Mark where the nail will need to go. (You may also want to number the plate on the back and match it with the traced circle on the paper so there’s no confusion on placement.)

8.  Tape paper onto the wall.  Add nails where indicated.

9. Take down paper and hang plates.

What do you think? Do you have a plate wall?  Include a link in the comments. Let’s see it!

Here’s another look at mine:
all white…

with blue…


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Guest Bedroom Details – Sheers, Wall Art and a bonus entry in the giveaway

Welcome to Monday!  It’s going to be a great week, right? Yes! Yesterday, I moved the furniture around in the guest room (I promise there won’t be too many more posts about it!). It looks like my first thoughts on furniture layout are the best option so I moved the furniture back into place. Ugh! I know we still need curtains and I’m thinking along the lines of DIY since I’ll need at least 8 panels.  
Since the furniture is pretty much where it’s going to stay, I decided to start putting up some of my thrift store, garage sale and flea market finds – a little gold glam, tacky medallion, basket texture, distressed sunny yellow, Van Gogh print, blues, quote printed from TLC and the pretty DIY brooch wreath but it all comes together for an interesting display.
Nothing matches.  Nothing is new, just junk things and prints I’ve picked up and had lying around, definitely collected over time and I love how it looks grouped together. 
Still a few spots to fill in. More thrift shopping! 
blank wall before
now…
 The walls won’t be bare for long!  
Lalka has a few words to say… “I looooove this princess bed.” (She does love the bed but she loves following me around too. Or maybe she loves being in pictures?)
before

But I think something’s missing.

Me: When I was shopping at WalMart and picking up my Better Homes & Gardens products, I decided to browse around and look at other BHG products too. I actually saw a lot of pretty things.  I spied these sheers with gold swirls. 84″ long panels for $4.97!  What a great price!
Now how to get them to work with the canopy?  I cut off the tags and used the 2nd seam of the sheer panel as a folding guide and sewed a straight line to create a larger pocket. I didn’t measure anything but after one panel, I remembered to check to be sure the length would work and luck was on my side! 
I simply unscrewed the finial, lifted the beam and slid on panels.
I love the way it softens the posts and adds a little luxury. Wouldn’t filling in the whole thing be fun? Just like a big luxurious sheer fort.  Dreamy. For now, I’ll be a grown up and live with it this way. ;) 
Do you like how it’s coming along? I promise you won’t here a squeak or peep from me about the guest room for the rest of this week. I’ll be busy trying to catch up with each link from the parties last week ~ so many friends to visit!
Hope to pop in to see you!
Giveaway Bonus Entry:  Copy and paste this bold text on your Facebook page: “sheering” the @BHGLiveBetter giveaway at @DIYShowOff” for another entry for the $100 BHG/WalMart shopping spree.  Then paste the same in the comment section of the giveaway at:  http://thediyshowoff.blogspot.com/2011/10/guest-bedroom-reveal-and-100-bhg.html.
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Don’t forget – Starting today, I’ll be over at True Value’s Ask the Blog Squad on Facebook. I’ll be hanging out there all week long.  Head over, “like” them, visit me and feel free to ask DIY questions this week and I’ll do what I can to help!  :)

Thanks so much to The Saturday Evening Pot for featuring my Christmas centerpiece in her 100 day Christmas Countdown (oh my…is it getting that close already?)!

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