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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Craft Room Makeover

I mentioned way back in January that I bought a bunch of new stuff at IKEA with my Christmas and birthday money (thanks, Mama and Daddy!) for my craft room. The idea was to put it all together, do a little redecorating, then post pictures. The furniture was put together quickly and moved in, but the decor took a bit longer. Some of it involved sewing, and I have to work up the nerve to do that.

It took 6 months.

You see, I bought a package with 2 curtain panels in it. One curtain replaced the closet door. The other was to be cut up and made into a valance for the window. Not only does sewing intimidate me, but math does, too. All that cutting and sewing also involved precise measuring, ironing, and pinning. Blah. I wasn't looking forward to it, so I put it off. And off. And off.

But I finally did it all this week, and I'm very proud of the end result. So without further ado... My new and improved craft room!







I have to say that I love those drawers pictured above. Not only do they hold a ton of stuff for my papercrafting, but I have an entire drawer just for paper scraps! I can easily dig through it, unlike my former method of paper storage which was cramped and too small. Ah, bliss.




And finally, a little something I made as inspiration for the purpose of the room.



Tutorials to follow.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very nice!!!! Your valance looks great. I have put off making mine too. My craft room has been a work in progress since Feb. I'm glad to know that I'm not alone!!!!

Connie (chubmoma@verizon.net)

ashley @ twentysixcats said...

Wow! That looks great! I put off sewing projects too - especially ones that involve math. :-)

I especially like the words "create" that you put above the window!

baby gifts said...

The room looks great! I love those blue baskets you have on your bookshelves. I hope I can also do a quick and neat makeover on my craft room.

Rhonda said...

you did a good job - and I hope you have lots of time to create fun things.

Anonymous said...

I love your makeover - the room looks cheery and inviting.

Gypsy Chaos said...

I love your room! If mine would only stay clean long enough to take some photos....

For a valance that doesn't require sewing, you can make one from foamcore board and cover it. You need foamcore, masking or duct tape, ruler/tape measure, straight blade to cut board, scissors to cut fabric, and a few nails or pieces of velcro to hang the result.
I can explain if anyone wants to know how.

Beth said...

You room looks wonderful! You must be happy, to have it so neat and organized. Thanks for sharing. We plan to strip the wallpaper and paint in our dining room this summer, but it's so hard to get started...

*carrie* said...

Anne Marie,

That fabric is so cheerful! And I really like how you did the word above the window. Thanks for sharing your inspirational space.

Rean Day said...

Wow! The room looks great. What a creative space for your crafts. I love the table you have in there, is that storage between the two tabletop pieces? The room is so cheery, thanks for sharing!

Sue said...

Fabulous! I think you've created my dream room!