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?

DIY Show Off craft room tour

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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Stylish Spaces – That DIY Party Highlights

One of my very favorite sources of DIY eye candy – your room makeovers. Here are some gorgeous room highlights from That DIY Party…

Entryway Style at Circus Berry

main-entry-style at Circus Berry

Kitchen Makeover at Turtles & Tails

Kitchen makeover at Turtles and Tails

 Kitchen makeover at Fisherman’s Wife Furniture

kitchen makeover at Fishermans Wife Furniture

Kitchen makeover at Maggie Overby Studios

kitchen remodel at Maggie Overby Studios

Kitchen progress at Nalles House

kitchen progress at Nalles house

 Hot beverage bar at Creatively Southern

hot beverage bar at Creatively Southern

Master Bathroom Makeover at HomeRoad

master bathroom makeover at homeroad  

Family Room Makeover at That’s My Letter

family room makeover at That's My Letter

Fall living room at the Happy Housie

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Pudel Design studio reveal

Pudel Design Studio Reveal

Boys bedroom reveal at Little Bit of Paint

boys bedroom makeover at Little Bit of Paint

Vintage industrial boys’ room makeover at Freckle Face Girl

Boys Vintage Bedroom at Freckle Face Girl 

Coral, Aqua and Navy girl’s room makeover at The Chronicles of Home

coral navy girl room at The Chronicles of Home

Bunkroom at Hunting Creek Homestead

bunkroom at Hunting Creek HomeStead

Twin boy nursery at Our Pinteresting Family

twin boy nursery at Our Pinteresting Family

Shared girl/boy bedroom with vintage Disney theme at Persia Lou

vintage disney shared girl boy bedroom at persia lou

See more DIY:

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Thanks to these talented ladies for linking up their inspiring creativity and hard work! 

Cecilia’s beautiful Christmas Tree for the Christmas tree party & contest.

Cecilia's Christmas Tree

Family Room Makeover in Progress

I have been working on my family room for years. It keeps getting pushed to the back burner. Ever have one of those rooms?

repurposed coffee table

When we first moved in, we removed carpet. Then lived with plywood subfloors for a few years before finally installing bamboo flooring.

calibamboo

I painted the French doors a beautiful Benjamin Moore Pacific Ocean blue with glazing when I created a door pediment from an old headboard…

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And the old hunter green striped LaZBoy sofa was great quality but I was thrilled when it got slipcovered…

before

hunter green striped sofa

after

Comfort Works slipcover, living room, beach theme

And then I saved my money to order the Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower fabric I had to have to make curtains. That fabric sat untouched for a year. I finally got the curtains sewn but not hemmed although you couldn’t tell in photos.

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It’s a room that I tend to decorate here and there, one we rarely use so it gets cluttered up, but it’s never really been finished.

Until now. With the help of Overstock.com, this room is getting “polished”… i.e. “completed”. I also want it to function more as a studio/work space too since it has great lighting. It’s finally happening!

If you’ve ever shopped at Overstock, you know there’s a great selection of all things home related at great prices. And I love shopping the WorldStock section for beautiful handmade home decor and furniture. 60-70% of the purchase price goes back to the artisan and suppliers! 

Here’s a sneak peek at my Overstock order. Definitely eclectic…just the way I like it! Some things will have a bit of a DIY spin.

overstock makeover

 

  1. Will H. Bradley ‘Modern Poster’ Canvas Art
  2. Megan Romo ‘Fair V’ Canvas Art
  3. Fuchsia Mulberry Thai Silk Cushion Cover
  4. Goldtone Blue, Black and Brown Thread Earrings (India)
  5. Iron Wall Mounted Deer Head Figurine (India)
  6. ‘Spring Romance’ Cotton Wall Hanging
  7. Michael Tompsett ‘World Map – Navy’ canvas art
  8. Walnut Espresso Criss Cross Table
  9. TRIBECCA HOME Swindon Rustic Oak Turnbuckle Dining Bench
  10. Casa Cortes Vintage Adjustable Metal Bar Stool
  11. ‘Canyon’ 18-inch Tweed Braided Basket
  12. WallPops Kolkata Stripe Stairs Decal Pack
  13. White and Navy Hotel Shower Curtain
  14. Small Tesy Residence

SEE THE FULL REVEAL HERE

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Winners are MINDY Y. who tweeted about the giveaway and BRANDY with this comment: Something I would add to my wish list is paint for every room in my house, including all the little things like tape, items to remove wallpaper, etc… Wallpaper…..the reason I have not painted before now!

CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES! Please respond to the email I’ve sent to claim your prize within 24 hours. 

$100 OverStock Gift Card Giveaway

But wait! There’s more! Overstock is generously donating a $100 gift card to TWO DIYShowOff readers! Two ways to enter to win:

FIRST:  Visit OverStock.com. Come back here and leave a comment below sharing what you’d add to your wish list. One comment per visitor. One winner will be chosen at random from the comments on 11/14/13.

THEN:  For more chances to win, stay up-to-date with DIYShowOff and share the giveaway via the entries on the Rafflecopter form:

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Good luck! 

Disclosure: I was provided OverStock store credit to makeover an area in my home and to host an OverStock giveaway. All opinions are in my own words and my own experience. OverStock has been one of my go-to online shopping sources for years…just one of those places I check out when searching for home decor or gifts. :) 

DIY Alphabet Burlap Cork Board Message Center

Hello DIY friends! One of my favorite stores is Michaels - although it’s one of those stores that I can’t run in for just one thing because I end up with a cart full of the cutest decorative accents and more materials for my craft stash. You too, right? Well, Michaels just announced the addition of pre-cut craft fabric to the thousands of creative products available in its stores, providing us with one-stop shopping for DIY projects. This is BIG HUGE news when you live in a smaller city with only one local fabric store! While I was there, I also discovered that Michaels sells a complete line of sewing supplies as well…this cuts my shopping time in half. One store instead of two. Bonus!

DIY burlap message center

Michaels supplied me with this awesome stash of fabric as a part of a promotion for their new line of home decor fabric. Isn’t it darling? 

Michaels fabric line

The alphabet burlap is ADORABLE! and a perfect match for my craft room so I decided I would make myself a burlap covered corkboard message center to help keep me organized. Cork board, Chalk board, Clip board AND burlap? That’s what I’m talking about! A fun combo!

Materials:

  • 36″ x 24″ framed corkboard
  • Crafty Cuts alphabet burlap
  • 4 pieces of thin wood trim (Michael’s also sells a small miter box & saw)
  • Black spray paint (or you could probably get away with one can of chalkboard spray paint)
  • Spray adhesive
  • 3 clipboards
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Hot glue (and hot glue gun)
  • Embellishments
  • Push pins

Corkboard/Chalkboad/Clipboard Message Center Tutorial:

DIY message center

1. Measure and (miter) cut small trim pieces to fit inside of the corkboard’s frame. 

DIY burlap covered cork board

2. Iron burlap. I used my iron’s highest setting and sprayed water (not steamed) to get out wrinkles. Iron both sides. 

ironing burlap

3. Measure inside of corkboard frame and cut a piece of the burlap to those measurements (mine was 34.5″ x 22.5″). If you subtract 1/4″, it will save you from having to trim the fit later. If it’s a smidge small, it’s okay (and actually better) and will be hidden by the added wood trim later. Set fabric piece aside. 

alphabet burlap

4. Spray paint the corkboard frame and trim pieces black. I was okay with imperfect coverage for a distressed look. (You could also sand edges when dry.) No need to tape the corkboard since it’ll be covered later. Let paint dry. 

DIY burlap corkboard message center

5. Give the cut burlap piece a coat of spray adhesive on the back side.  (I do this outside because of the overspray but be mindful of the wind direction blowing the adhesive spray mist as well as when picking up the sticky burlap, not to touch/fold which mine did but easily quickly pulled apart.) Immediately move to step 6.

DIY burlap covered cork board message center

6. Working from the middle out, smooth the burlap over the corkboard (inside the frame). It’ll be reposition-able right away if needed. 

DIY burlap covered cork board

7. Next I used hot glue to attach my small mitered trim pieces over the burlap edges, right next to the inside of the corkboard frame. This covers the edge of the burlap.

DIY burlap covered cork board

If you need to re-cut a mitered piece or accidentally scratch the black paint finish, simply fix it with a black Sharpie.

DIY burlap covered cork message center

8. Embellish as desired. My mitered edges surprisingly were a great fit after the mitered cut fix above, but these adorable flower embellishments attached with hot glue would work for covering a not so professional {tricky cuts!} mitered fit too. 

flower embellishments

9. Clipboards: Remove metal clip hardware, coat with chalkboard paint, let dry and repeat a second coat and let dry. 

chalkboard clipboard

10. Season chalkboard by rubbing the length of a piece of chalk over the complete surface then erasing. 

seasoning chalkboard

11. Re-attach clips. I found that using a twist tie to hold the clip open then lining up screws made reattaching the clip to the board a lot easier (because of the spring in the clip). Once screws are in place and tightened, remove twist tie. 

reattaching clipboard hardware

12. Embellish chalkboard clipboards if desired. I numbered mine and added some cute stickers. 

decorating chalkboard clipboard

13. Hang! Corkboard should come with hanging hardware but large Command strips will work too. 

alphabet burlap message center

It’s perfect for my black, natural, vintage inspired craft room. Lovin’ it!

craft room

There’s a lot of “stuff” in this room but it is clean and organized!

craft room / home office

I was provided with fabric and a Michaels gift card to complete the challenge. Michaels.com and Michaels Pinterest Boards feature project ideas that use fabric, including throw pillowslamp shadeschair seat covers, and bracelets. Laminated burlap, a Michaels limited exclusive, can be fed through most home printers to add personalized messages and images to fabric projects…I want to try that next!

Summer Home Tour

Welcome to the Summer Tour of Homes Day 2! If you’re following along and just popped over from visiting Emily’s gorgeous home at Decor Chick, welcome guests!

Summer Tour of Homes

I’m so excited to participate in Day 2 of the Summer Tour of Homes hosted by Gina at the Shabby Creek CottageIt’s my favorite time of year! Longer days for productivity and lots of DIY.

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Are you ready for LOTS of pictures? I hope so! summer chalkboard

Most of our summer is spent outdoors. We do a lot of summer entertaining, hosting BBQs and family cook-outs. So making our outdoor areas pretty is where our tour begins…

barn patio

We have a bank barn which we use for storage (much like a huge garage), but the bottom part opens up into our BIG party gathering space in the summer where we can set up volley ball in the yard and sit around a bon fire.

teeny tiny scary before picture…

barn before

The barn patio area provides a covered space for setting up a picnic buffet for entertaining or a quiet place for relaxing. Improvements are still on the DIY ‘to-do’ list but you can see it’s a big improvement already. This area has been a great location for grad parties, a co-ed baby shower BBQ, a fashion photo shoot, family reunions, picnics and cook outs.

barn patio makeover

outdoor entertaining

outdoor living

party patio

barn party patio

red and turquoise patio

Sources: DIY painted foam playmat art tutorial, tire planter tutorial coming soon, DIY tissue paper poufs and banner, old weathered door/barrel buffet, spray-painted accessories (Rustoleum Lagoon), turquoise crocheted accent pillow (Target), red petunias, outdoor area rug (Better Homes & Gardens, WalMart), red accent pillows (Target), blue mason jar vase, red outdoor fabric table cloth (Kmart), DIY framed chalkboard. 

The patio off the back of our home also got a mini-makeover last month with some cleaning, refreshening accents with some spray paint, some re-arranging, flowers and a few new decorative touches…

(see the before the patio and installation)

before

patio-before

patio makeover

patio-makeover

patio makeover

The patio swing was looking a little tired and inspired an outdoor swing/daybed makeover  patio daybed

My hubby’s favorite hobby is cooking and having fresh herbs near the French doors to the kitchen is convenient. Decorative and functional with our free standing pallet herb garden

free standing pallet herb garden

patio accents

One of the things I loved about the property when we purchased our home was the mature huge grape arbor. It was very rickety but the grapes were plentiful…

before

grape arbor before

We rebuilt the framing and added a gazebo to the center…

grape arbor gazebo

This year we’re recycling a pile of old bricks for a paved walkway and seating area underneath the gazebo (more on that coming up this summer). Again, a work currently in progress, but check out those vines! LOVE!

grape arbor gazebo

It’s been a while since I’ve done a home tour. Things are mostly the same with some rearranging but here are some most recent pictures. Our house before was down right disgusting and scary but we saw past that to the potential…location, charm, character, size. But definitely a true fixer upper. 

kitchen (links to kitchen before/after, more pictures, DIY door clock tutorial, spice loft, sliding ladder, marble subway tiled backsplash how-to, painting cabinets, cook book library, etc.)

farmhouse kitchen makeover

kitchen tour

before

kitchen before

 after…

farmhouse kitchen

farmhouse kitchen tour

eclectic farmhouse kitchen

eclectic kitchen tour

The French doors lead right to our patio. It’s so convenient for entertaining and hosting BBQs. The sun sets on the other side of the house so evenings are shaded and comfortable. Perfect for alfresco summer dining. 

before…

farmhouse kitchen before

farmhouse kitchen before

now… DIYShowOff kitchen tour

powder room before and after

powder room

dining room

before

dining room before

now…

diningroom tour

diningroom makeover

DIYShowOff diningroom

farmhouse dining room

eclectic dining room

DIYShowOff dining room

I’m always re-arranging the sitting room. It’s gets a makeover about once a month. It’s an ever changing multi-functional space. Sometimes it’s a sitting room, sometimes a dining area or mudroom.

before

sitting room before

This month, it’s a small office/work space…

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DIY: no sew script drop cloth curtains, wall mounted pallet shelf, French doors, slate floors, pet gate, globe light fixture cover.

half-globe-light-cover

Our stairway landing hasn’t changed at all. I just love it the way it is. For now.

stair landing

And the family room is still a work in progress so these are a bit of a reveal since I haven’t shared little things in this room before, but fun DIY art and lots of color adds a touch of summer…

family room

Still a lot of DIY planned for this room!

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headboard door pediment tutorial

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DIY chevron garden sign, painted thrift store candlesticks, Today will be the Best Day sign, DIY curtains (fabric is Waverly Santa Maria Desert Flower), window/chandelier coffee table, and a DIY chandelier planter tutorial coming soon.

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free standing fireplace surround with pallet shelving  faux fireplace with pallet shelving

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Last but not least, even CocoRosie, our Italian Greyhound, enjoys the summer weather with her shaded dog bed

DIY shaded dog bed

Whew! Lots to see, right? Thanks for sticking around if you made it through it all! You can see more room by room before/after and DIY at the DIY Show Off Home Tour

Are you all set for summer? Don’t forget to link up your summer home tour on Friday, June 7th at the Shabby Creek Cottage summer-tour-of-homes-schedule

DAY 1 (June 3rd)

2 – The Nester @ Nesting Place
3 – Mandi @ Vintage Revivals
5 – Ashley @ The Handmade Home
6 – Kristin @ The Hunted Interior
 

DAY 2 (June 4th)

1 – Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative
3 – Chris @ Just a Girl
4 – Brooke @ All Things Thrifty
5 – Karen @ The Graphics Fairy
6 – Emily @ Decor Chick
7 – Roeshel @ DIY Show Off
 

DAY 3 (June 5th)

1 – Melissa @ The Inspired Room
2 – Wendy @ The Shabby Nest
3 – Donna @ Funky Junk Interior
4 – Marianne @ Songbird
7 – Brittany@ PrettyHandyGirl
 

DAY 4 (June 6th)

1- Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality
2- Traci @ Beneath My Heart
3-Stacy @ Not Just a Housewife
4-Jen @ Jennifer Rizzo
5-Lindsay @ Makely Home
6-Sandra @ Sawdust Girl

One room, multi-functional – a makeover story {dining room/home office}

Meet: Sweet Monica from Monica Wants It. I’ve e-known Monica and her amazing DIY talents for quite a while. I’m super excited to ‘show off’ her most recent project. This girl (and her hubby) put in some long hours and hard work and it’s well did an amazing job!

Combined Home Office/Dining Room Makeover

They started with a room which is a combined home office and dining room with dark paneling, wall paper and nothing Monica’s style…

before

dark cabinets and paneling before

They took down the cabinets, removed the dark paneling and stripped old wallpaper…

old paneling old wallpaper

put the cabinets back, gave them a fresh new look with paint, new countertops and hardware.

in progress…

painting cabinets

after

painted cabinets

Huge difference from the old dark before…

painted cabinets

They painted the walls and installed crown molding. The installed new flooring and swapped out the ceiling fan. Makes you crave a break just reading about it, doesn’t it?

DIY room makeover

Then Monica worked her decorating magic…

Wow!

home office

My favorite of her DIY decorative accents is this chair

chair makeover

and framing Restoration Hardware catalog pages…brilliant and so pretty!

DIY framed Restoration Hardware catalog page

The entire room is a beautiful place to entertain, dine, work, relax…I might even sleep in there!

DIY dining room makeover

dining room makeover

dining room makeover

What do you think? It’s so hard to believe it’s the same space. Glam and comfy and so functional! Love it! There is so much more to see! Pop over to see the full original post with more pictures and details at

Monica Wants It

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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

honeysuckle
and vintages treasures in her Etsy shop…

honeysuckle

Ps. Look for her beautiful mud room – gorgeous transformation!
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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 – 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}

wall gallerywall gallergy

(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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Office Reveal by The Weekend Homemaker

Crystal from 
The Weekend Homemaker

decided to take a rarely used and poorly decorated dining room into a room that they now use everyday! After selling some of their old things, this makeover only cost $105! WOW! Ready?



Here is what the room looked like in it’s previous life as a dining room .



And here is the finished home office.









See the details and cost breakdown at You’ve Come a Long Way Baby at The Weekend Homemaker. 


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Roomspiration – Craft Rooms

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Have you been following along and participation in the Roomspiration series?  Today it’s Craft Rooms hosted by Shan from

You MUST see her awesome craft room! It’s so organized and pretty and you’ll drool!

My craft room/office combo is actually in the works. I’m in the process of moving my office/craft room upstairs (to be able to close the door when it’s a disaster) and create a pretty guest bedroom downstairs. I just emptied this room:

Before (although the twin bed has been gone for about a year)

Now that room is completely empty.  When we moved in, we removed the gross carpet and just live(d) with plywood.
(cleaning out in progress…)
The mood board I created is intended for this room! 
And there wasn’t a door on the bathroom!  We added one soon after we moved in and it’s time to add trim to this side of the door frame. The opening on the right used to be a walk-through closet. It’s now our laundry room. (Another project one of these days!)
Okay – enough about the guest room! Back to the craft room!

Most of my craft junk has been moved into our unfinished family room.  It looks like this…YIKES!  Where does all that stuff come from?!!!
Just keeping it real!  The family room is another project on our DIY list.

However, here’s where what I’m keeping is all getting moved to, everything in it’s place…

I‘m not quite finished and it’s all just moving, re-organizing, sorting and purging and using things I already had into a room that didn’t need re-painted at this time.  I still have to move my sewing machine in here. Nothing new in the room but it really needed organized and downsized and I love the way just a new location with old t
hings feels fresh and new, don’t you?

See more real craft spaces and link up your own at Family Brings Joy.

Next up = dining rooms on Friday at Involving Color!

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{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }  Touch of Gray
The Blooming Hydrangea  The Mustard Ceiling
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DIY of an 1895 Historical Home

Meet: Mandy, a beautiful thrift shopper and DIY project lover from

Biblical Homemaking
Ready for some DIY before and after room makeover eye candy?
Office Reveal:
Before
(sage green, brown trim and painted floors)
Beautiful stained glass window!
Dark
Amazing After 
LIGHT!
Fun pops of color – just the right touch!
Love the freshly painted white trim and lightened floors.
$5 desk and $20 armoire!
Hello gorgeous pocket door!
Isn’t this entire chalkboard wall fabulous?!
and best of all, an unbelievable budget!  See HERE for the original post with all of the details. 
Bathroom before leaves a little to be desired, maybe even a lot…
But now, it’s beautiful!  They put up beadboard, installed new wood floors, a new sink, cabinet, faucet and light fixture.  They added a new door and refinished that gorgeous claw foot tub.  They wallpapered, textured and painted it a warm yellow.  Lack of any natural lighting affects the picture color, but you can still see that their hard work paid off BIG from the pictures below:
See MORE pictures at Mandy’s Bathroom Reveal.
A thrift store treasure hunter too! 
Piano bench before:
Such a pretty girl now…
See more from Mandy at Biblical Homemaking, including her pretty what she wore posts – so fun!
Mandy, thank you so much for sharing your DIY ~ you’ve done an amazing and gorgeous job with everything!  Can’t wait to see more!  

Thinking Ahead to My Next DIY Room Transformation

Once the kitchen is done – I’m going to rearrange two of the spare bedrooms.  The first floor bedroom is right off of the dining room.  It’s going to be my next project.  Right now that room is a craft/office area.  It’s always a mess.  It may or may not currently only have a path to the desk.  Okay, seriously…if I was sitting at the desk and you walked in, it’d take days to find me.  
It used to look like this.  Then the twin bed became my niece’s big girl bed and a tornado (not literally) went through and it doesn’t resemble this anymore except that the mirror with the broken scroll and curtains are still there.
We have a smaller extra bedroom upstairs with this beautiful poster bed in ivory…
That bed is getting moved to the bigger room on the first floor but I’m keeping my office there too.  It’s a blank slate.  Plywood subfloor.  Four unframed windows.  Tiny closet. A French door with sliding barn door hardware lead to the dining room…the door in the background shown here:
and there are doors leading to the laundry room and this bathroom:
Both the bathroom and laundry room open to the family room.

This room will be my first attempt at DIY wainscoting and framing the windows.  I can also either paint the floor like I did in the bathroom pictured above but depending on budget, I’d love to go ahead and get the dark distressed, wide planked bamboo we’re installing in the kitchen, dining room and pantry (2 more weeks!) and eventually the entire first floor..
Antique Java Wide Plank Fossilized Strand™ Bamboo Flooring
I snagged a beautiful lantern type pendant from Habitat Restore last year that’s going in here too! It’s similar to this PB version except a beautiful antique gold…

Gothic Outdoor Lantern, Bronze finish
What’s the color scheme you ask? (You were going to!) I know I’m using a creamy white and antiqued gold.  Other than that, I’m still gathering inspiration. I’d love to maybe use navy.  But I’m also leaning towards rustic reclaimed wood tones paired with the ivory and gold.   
Most of my other furniture will be from thrift shops, Craigs List or estate sales but for a desk I’m considering something along these lines…
Hooker Furniture Mélange Bennett X-Base Writing Desk
I love pairing rustic/vintage with sophisticated…it may not be everyone’s decorating choice, but I do what I love. 
Something like this is pretty…
American Drew Camden White Drop Lid Work Station
A desk armoire is a great choice too, especially to keep all of the ugly desk top computer components hidden when not in use. 
Home Styles Furniture Homestead Cabinet with Hutch in Distressed Warm Oak
This is the look I’d love to have…
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Do you have a home office combined with another area?  Any advice or pictures to share?  I’d love to see how it works for you!  

The Mustard Ceiling

The Mustard Ceiling

I‘m sitting here multi-tasking: surfing the web, looking at entries for today’s blog post, searching inspiration (I could look at beautiful homes all day long), taking a break for dinner, trying to figure out how the Nook works that I got for my birthday and watching “Speed” out of the corner of my eye. Anyway, my point is…I came across Elizabeth’s home tour, before and after transformations and DIY projects and knew right away that I wanted to introduce her to you.  I love that feeling – motivation that I get from the blogging community, don’t you? Elizabeth will inspire you.

Her blog is dedicated to her obsession with interior design, do-it-yourself projects and other daily musings.  :)

Here are a few before and afters of her gorgeous home. 

Kitchen before had charm but an outdated feel with what she calls ‘groovy gold’ countertops and matching dishswasher…
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Kitchen after is so pretty with even more charm. I’m glad she kept the sink – love that! The open shelving is so convenient and a great way to bring more interest to a wall of cabinets.
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Bedroom after…chocolate! I spy with my little eye something beginning with a L-O-V-E (remember that car game?!). A couple of things I want: that bedding, the chairs, that rug and chandelier!
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I want to curl up on the couch with a throw blanket and good book and never leave this living room:
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See more of Elizabeth’s before/after home tour at the The Mustard Ceiling Before/After.


Elizabeth’s husband also contributes to The Mustard Ceiling blog.  I love this post about the “Cloffice“(closet office)and living with an interior designer…
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And great tutorial on wainscoting (their gorgeous dining room):
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Learn how to DIY these chevron magazine files at “Dressin’ it Up“. So cool!
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See more of Elizabeth’s DIY projects as listed below:

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It makes me want to get up off the couch and tackle every project all at once, not knowing where to begin!  Thank you so much for sharing your before and afters and DIY, Elizabeth (and Alfred).  Beautiful job on every single detail!   

Before and After at Casa Greer

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Elsa from Casa Greer is very excited to share her before and after transformations and I’m honored to share it with you today.  We all know the power of paint. It can be scary but overcoming fear and doing something fun can work miracles and magically transform boring and sometimes even ugly to SHAZAM! Wow! Gorgeous!

Take a look at Elsa’s plain but clean and tidy laundry room before…


After is Charm and Beauty…fun stripes and gorgeous accessories:
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{View from garage.}

{Opposite wall with door leading to garage.}

{Close up of cute baskets from TJMaxx.}

The baskets and ironing board cover (TJMaxx) are a perfect accent for her aqua/white striped walls. 
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Elsa’s office before was a place that collected everything  and anything that didn’t have a ‘home’, storage for things that needed organized (sounds familiar is it just me?).  


Now it’s an organized space to get serious about creativity, DIY and fun projects…





Beautiful job, Elsa!  Thank you so much for sharing your hard work!  

Want to see more?  
Head over to Casa Greer!  She’s started a DIY tab with some great projects!

Adventures of Ordy and Joon

The Adventures of Ordy and Joon
Sometimes “before” is pretty and sometimes “after” is stunning.  That’s what I see in Joon’s office/craft room/studio makeover reveal.  Here it is before.  Pretty and fun:
You’d think that was her “after”, right?  You’d be wrong (me too).  Here is her amazing reveal:
I love the gray and white horizontal stripes, the chalkboard wall (great space for notes, ideas and inspiration) and her over all organization.  Don’t forget the beautiful coral drapes and frames.  



So envious of her craft stash!  See more pictures on her original post.

You can see more details (tons of accent and organizational eye candy) at her OFFICE REVEAL.
I love her beautiful bedroom – that duvet?  Her Pottery Barn Duvet Wanna Be!  Lucky girl – it’s gorgeous!
One of the things I love about Joon is she gives her decorative accents and accessories names and personalities! It’s so fun reading her posts!  MEET STANLEY (Stanley’s just 1 example of the accessories you’ll meet! Darla and Stella are shown above too!)  
Head over to meet Joon – you’ll need a little time to visit her posts though (warning – it’s addicting!).  She’s also hosting a Follower Appreciation Giveaway you don’t want to miss!
Joon – I love your creativity and style. Your projects are awesome! Thank you so much for sharing!

Love Your Room

Shoshana from Love Your Room has some amazing talent. She’s an interior designer and has been featured at HGTV and Houzz.com. Let me show you why that is! She can be inspired by a pizza box and make her home office look like this:


 

What?!  Yep.  Huge pizza box = large stencil.  Gorgeous, isn’t it?  I love it!  You can see her full post with more pictures at Home Office Inspired by a Pizza Box (including a how-to).
She also has a Super Easy (at least her headboard tutorial makes it look easy) DIY headboard. Cost = $63!


And finally, looking for more photo wall inspiration and tips on how to make it look great?  

Shoshana – LOVE YOUR ROOM!  Thank you so much for sharing your awesome, helpful tutorials!

See more of her blog at Love Your Room<
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Closet Office – More than Rubies

With a new baby on the way and a craft room turning nursery, Amber from More than Rubies was looking for a place to organize her craft supplies and create an office space.  After a lot of research, they decided to turn the guest room closet into an office. Here are some pictures of her inspiration:



From blisstree.com



from dwellerswithoutdecorators

First, they cleaned out the closet (before):

Second step was to re-vamp an old computer desk (a GoodWill find).
They used 7ft piece of plywood to extend the desk top to fill the closet.


Sanding, priming, and painting.


After getting the painted desk and desktop into the closet, they added some side shelving for additional storage…



As a finishing touch, they added a piece of molding to the front of the desk so that the plywood addition wasn’t so obvious. It worked out perfectly!


Now, they have an fun space for Amber’s craft supplies and a small organized office area!  




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The total cost of the closet re-model was about $100 dollars. Amber plans to find curtains to cover the opening for when it’s not in use.  


Creative use of space, Amber – I love that it’s so organized/out of the way!  Thank you so much for sharing your hard work!

For more of Amber’s DIY projects, visit her blog at MORE THAN RUBIES.  

Jones Design Company

Emily from Jones Design Company is a sort of new blogger and you’re going to get your DIY/decor fix when you meet her.  Her entire home is gorgeous and I’m so honored to share a peek with you but then you have to head over to her blog to check out more of her DIY and decorating talent.  Be prepared for lots of pictures, i.e. eye candy but I just couldn’t pare things down. 

Here is her daughter’s nursery.  Love the soothing muted color scheme.  It’s so pretty and so comforting. And the vintage details make me want to live in this room.
My heart is happy every time I walk past Audrey’s nursery. The colors, the patterns, the fact that it is the girliest place in our house.  At first, when Ryan saw the color I was asking him to paint, he questioned me. Why blue? It was my one chance to go pink, and I chose blue.  I guess I’m just not as crazy about pink as I am blue. I’ve realized as I’ve spent time in her room, that if I could decorate my home any way I wished {without considering the four males that reside with me} it would look very much like our sweet Audrey’s room.
So let me welcome you to the nursery {beware, there are many photos!}
First, the before.
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This was previously a boy’s nursery {go figure} and I loved the stripes. I originally wanted to use our guest room as the new nursery and us this room as the guest room so that I wouldn’t have to paint over the stripes, but that didn’t happen. So goodbye stripes.
And here it is now:
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We’re still missing a few key elements {a chandelier – I just haven’t found the right one; a large sheepskin rug; a canvas painted with her scripture verse on it; a few more pillows}, but it is as good as it will get for today. The rest will happen over time. I’m learning to be okay with that …
Some of my favorite things:
:: the wallpaper {actually flat sheets of gift wrap that I have adored for a long time}
:: the ruffles on the curtains
:: the old gold frames {from my grandparents’ collection. They passed before I really knew them, but I think we would have gotten along beautifully. Both were actors and artists – my grandfather did set designs for theater, my grandma taught acting classes to Judy Garland. My mom mentions often that I would have loved her home growing up – glamorous and eclectic at the same time.}
:: the vintage little dresses {I bought one before I was even married and the other was my mom’s}
:: the pink ruffle pillow {I was not planning on putting pink into the room, but I found the pillow and then my mom gave me the crown artwork and it just came together.}
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So, I wanted to live in the nursery but then I saw her amazing office transformation.  I just love Emily’s style.  Pretty, feminine details and the ‘painted wallpaper’ is stunning (tutorial HERE) and my office needs a chalkboard wall.
When you walk in the front of our home, to the right is this room.  It started as my office, then we switched it to be Ryan’s office, then a sitting room and now back to my office {can you tell we’re a little fickle about decorating?} 
Anyway, here is the room when we first moved into our home.
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And, after hours of painting and a little fluffing, here it is now.
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I wrote about the start of the project here & about the chalkboard wall here.
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The self-induced motivation seemed to do the trick {albeit a few hours late}.
One more then you’ll have to visit her at her blog for more decor magazine worthy living.  Her dining room is by far one of
my favorites.  I agree with her.  Barn door tracks are so cool and we plan on using one for a French door in our dining room that leads to our office but now she has inspired me.  We have the perfect spot for a big beautiful window too.  I love the glam-country atmosphere in here:
The first room you see when you walk in our front door is the dining room.
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While we don’t use it often, it is such a luxury to have when we’re hosting a big party or holiday meal {in fact, my mom got engaged around this table at our Thanksgiving dinner last year!}
We had been wanting to do something to separate the space from the entry and when we saw this window at our favorite salvage shop, we knew it would be perfect {if not totally impractical}.
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Ryan hung it from barn door tracks so that we can slide it open if we need to {but mostly just because barn door tracks are cool}.
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Fortunately the boys have not paid much attention to the gigantic hanging single-paned window because old window + three rambunctious boys will never equal anything good.
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Our massive table {shown here without the leaves} is from Restoration Hardware {bought at the outlet store for a bargain}, the chairs are slipcovered Parsons from Ballard Designs and the seagrass chairs are from IKEA {although I don’t see them on the website so maybe they are discontinued}.
The big dresser {affectionately called ‘the black thing’} in the corner is one of my favorite pieces we have. It swallows our linens, napkins and serving pieces.
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The chandelier is also one of my favorite things … crystally, sparkly and old. We took it from our old house and guess it is from the 1950’s {although now that I think about it, we really have no reason to think that. Regardless, it is great}.
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The table is all set … I think we need to have a party!

I almost don’t want to share this with you because it lessens my chances but she is having one amazing giveaway! 

Thanks Emily for sharing your gorgeous home!  I have to tell you that I am so inspired.  Your decorating talent is simply beautiful.