I have *nearly* completed the cleaning and redecorating of our Office/Craft Room, and decided that with so little left, I could get away with showing you all now, rather than waiting till DH gets the last few items taken care of.
We moved into this cute little house in Kentucky last year, when I got a job down here, but after having been students so long, were not in a place financially that we could do much of anything to decorate much of the house. (I was seriously too poor to even do things like make my own curtains.) We have spent the last year and a half here and like it, but know that we ultimately want to buy our own place in the next couple of years once DH finishes school and gets a better job. So, we'll be here a while, but eventually we will leave. That kind of makes you go back and fourth over wanting to decorate. Also, we can't paint the walls, which are tan with white trim.
These last few weeks we've been having "cold" weather down here lately, and had to get a space heater to keep our office warm enough to make sure the hamster doesn't go into hibernation. Jim and I decided that with some of the money we got for Christmas that it was finally time to reorganize and redecorate the office. He works at Sears now, and they were having a big sale on all home organizational items right after Christmas, and they gave him an extra discount for the day so we picked up 3 of these black metal shelves. I'm going to say right now that they were not my first choice in terms of looks, but they do hold a LOT of stuff, and accommodate plastic storage bins very well. I think after the sale and Jim's discounts we got all three shelves for about $100. I also got the thermal lined curtains on clearance at Walmart for $11 each, and the rods at BigLots for $6 each. I like the rods, but I'm thinking of spraying them black to match the shelves.
Finally, there's the rug. Anyone notice how freakin' expensive area rugs are lately?!?! I looked everywhere, but nothing was right. I wanted something to compliment the curtains and black shelves, but everything I found was either too small or too expensive, or shag. And let's face it, shag is no good for dropped beads OR pins. And the rug really needed to be square rather than rectangular... The rectangular rugs I was finding were at least $300, which was just plain out of our price range. Finally I found this Awesome Rug on Overstock.com for $112, with $1 shipping!
We spent several days moving things out of the office and into the rest of the house, putting together the shelves, and organizing the items that were going onto them into plastic bins. I found all the matching bins in shades of tan with white handles at Walmart for $1.50 (for the small tan baskets) to 4.00 (for a set of 2 11"x8"x5" bins). The red plastic baskets came from Dollar Tree.
And here's the room from the door:
My desk, which is really a dining table that I got used for $75. The small quilt at the top of the wall was from karin_.
Inspiration board and the awesome memory board that Ex_Gratia made me(featuring broaches from karin_ and Pinkleo, and HP ornaments from craftypuppymom):
"Cork Board" my mom made me for Christmas. (I need some new pins and broaches to fill it with.)
Much, but not all of my craft supplies, organized into our new shelves, including, ribbon, felt, yarn, trim, batting, jewelry supplies, scrapbooking paper, pains, glues, and finally fabrics:
Our new thermal backed curtains (not bad for $11 each on clearance at Walmart), Jim's music corner, and the hamster duplex:
DH's side of the room, with his new desk. On the closet door is a plain old shoe organizer that I've filled with my most frequently used supplies, like pens, pencils, markers, pliers, and hand sewing supplies:
And here's the sad looking room, a big mess when we first moved in:
So the totals come to:
$100 - shelving
$113 - rug
$44 - curtains
$12 - curtain rods
$38 - tan plastic bins
$307 for a Craft Room that makes me feel creative, organized, and warm!