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« on: February 12, 2009 10:31:04 AM »



So my New Year's goal was to finish up the craft room. I've been working on it sporadically for the past couple of years and now it's all done! Of course I have a ton of pics!

I painted the door ala Sticks, to set the mood. It makes the end of the hallway look very cool! This side of the door has some crows and starlings on it, which I love, and then the four seasons are represented going around the edges.







The craft room side of the door, you won't really ever see unless you are in the craft room with the door closed. So I just put crafty things and some fun things on that side. The quote at the top says, "Some pursue happiness, others CREATE it."







Okay, so here's the working part of the craft room. It has to accommodate a whole family of creative people, so it has workstations for my sewing machine, Chad's miniature painting, and the kids. (And my future parrot!) First thing we did was put in some flourescent can lighting, put in the crown molding, paint and put in a floating Pergo floor. I made certain to use a floating floor so that if it gets trashed then it will be easy to remove and replace.



Here is where Chad paints his little warhammer guys and then the kids get the remaining corner, though I usually find them crafting on the floor instead. The upper cabinets are from IKEA.



Notice the handy paper towel holder and old-school pencil sharpener. I specifically made the counter a floating counter (more on that in a bit) and we all have rolling drawer cabinets, so the floor is very easy to clean - yay! It also makes it easy to adjust the size of the workspaces in case you need to spread out.



The floating countertop. This was my first time using my router! It is made of two layers of particle board, with laminate on top. It is almost 2' deep. The entire countertop is in two pieces for maneuverability. First I screwed a wall cleat along the entire length at the height I wanted (it is painted blue to blend in). Then I got these Speedbraces off Amazon and put them on each wall stud. (They are about 20 bucks each, so that was the most expensive part of the countertop). Then I cut the first layer of particle board, using a template I made to router the curves perfectly. Then I attached a second layer and routered the edges of that flush with the first, and cut grommet holes for electrical cords. Then put on the laminate. It is pretty solid! The only problem that I ran into is that there was an electrical run in the wall exactly where I wanted to screw the braces into the studs. I had to open up the wall in those spots to make sure I wouldn't electrocute myself while screwing them in.



The curtains I made to match the door. I just sewed white curtains and then used wonder under to fuse some checkered fabric strips and ribbon onto them.



Closet doors. We replaced the old bypass doors with bifold doors. I prefer bifold doors because you can have both sides open at the same time. To make them cute, I painted two sections with chalkboard paint (one for each child), and then had an old mirror cut to fit another door, and had a piece of sheet metal cut to fit the last one for magnets.



Inside of the closet! It's a big mess already! We placed the shelves once we knew how big the storage drawers and cubes were, so they fit perfectly.



This is my favorite part! I lurked on craigslist for forever waiting for a built-in ironing board and I finally found one for 35 bucks! New ones are over 400 dollars! Woo hoo! It was almond colored and I took it apart and painted it.



Here's the inside! It even swivels out! I made a new ironing board cover for it too.



That's about it! I'm so pleased about how it came out and It's gotten a ton of use already!  Grin Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2009 10:40:27 AM »

I am green with envy.  I am also filled with crafty admiration.  That room is amazing, and how great to have a place to craft as a family!
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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2009 10:43:46 AM »

If i could be half this organized about my crafting... I might be able to con my hubby into letting me buy more yarn..lol. Congratz this looks awesome!
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2009 11:49:56 AM »

so incredibly cool - I LOVE the door and the ironing board most of all and I will join the envy club in how I feel about your beautiful organized room!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2009 12:40:23 PM »

I don't know what I love the most. Maybe it is all the bright colors. This is a wonderful, creative room! Thanks for the insipration.
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2009 12:46:31 PM »

That ironing board is a fantastic find! nice work.

This room is gorgeous... my jealousy is overwhelming.

Congrats!
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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2009 03:14:10 PM »

Thanks everybody!

thisbirdsabsurd - I just had to comment on your cute grey! That is the kind of bird I'm hoping to adopt in the (hopefully) near future. Smiley I'm sure a lot of the crafting that will be happening in this room will be bird-related! My daughter is already making toys for her budgies, we have a huge bin full of toy parts.
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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2009 06:02:14 PM »

Love it Love it Love it!!  I like the simple blue and white with the mirror and iron board door the color.  Beautiful!
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2009 08:55:45 PM »

Sugarbeth - I have three greys - as well as several others.  They are a joy - so funny and I'm sure they'll be an inspiration for future crafting! (They love to help.) Cheesy  If you need any info I'd be happy to help.
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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2009 05:43:52 AM »

This room makes me so HAPPY!

From the very inviting outside door to the closet doors to the ironing board door, it's just so JOYFUL!

And it sounds like a place of family harmony........ Yay for you!
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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2009 06:33:39 AM »

That's really cool. Actually I have a friend that works at sticks here in Des Moines.  I love the craft room!
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« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2009 07:06:19 AM »

This is brilliant!
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« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2009 09:43:51 AM »

This is so beautiful and what a great gift to give to your family.  I'm really speechless, so cool!


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« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2009 10:25:23 AM »

I wish I had a crafting space half as cool as this one!  Smiley  Unfortunately I don't have a room to dedicate to it... ah well, someday.

I love the color you chose for the walls, the built-in ironing board totally rocks, and all the painted features are fabulous (the door, the ironing board door, etc)! 

I'd love to work in a space like this.  Great job!
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« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2009 11:03:10 AM »

Waaaaait! Fuse? Huh? You mean to tell me I dont have to sepend hours on end sewing ribbon on? How does one fuse? Where does one buy "fuse"? Im  con"fuse"d
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« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2009 12:47:07 PM »

Man!  Im so jealous of your space.  And I love love the color of the walls.  My craft space is about the size of a port-a-potty.  Did I mention that Im jealous?
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« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2009 01:06:23 PM »

This is absolutely amazing!  I can't believe you did all of that yourself!  You're like ultimate crafter!  I am in awe!
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« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2009 02:51:42 PM »

Waaaaait! Fuse? Huh? You mean to tell me I dont have to sepend hours on end sewing ribbon on? How does one fuse? Where does one buy "fuse"? Im  con"fuse"d

Oh yes! Fusing is the way to go! Just ask for "wonder under" or "fuse-n-bond". It's great for stuff like this or costume hems.
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« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2009 03:48:17 PM »

I can hem with it too? WOW this is gonna put my stapler (hem-it) out of buiness.
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« Reply #19 on: February 13, 2009 04:11:04 PM »

Fantastic!  I love your mad painting skills - so colorful and happy.  Your closet doesn't look a mess at all.  I'd be ashamed to show you mine!  lol  Good for you and the router.  My SO has one, and I have been wanting to try it - he never has and it sits in the garage.  I am pretty handy with tools, so maybe I'll give it a try.  And I'm glad you didn't electrocute yourself - yeah, that hurts.  Many years ago I lived in an apartment that had a built-in ironing board - loved it. 

Just such a great room.  Goof for you and your family.
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I'm so envious of your mad painting skills!  You work looks as good if not better than sticks.  Beautiful work again. 
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« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2009 07:35:03 PM »

This is so cool. I wish I had a whole room that was dedicated just to crafting. Especially one that I didn't have to worry about the children messing up and ruining.
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« Reply #22 on: February 20, 2009 07:08:47 AM »

I love Sticks and I love your colors and your art!  How nice to have a beautiful room to do all your family crafts in.
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« Reply #23 on: February 23, 2009 08:48:58 AM »

Your painting work is great!  Better than the inspiration, I think.  Did you use brushes or paint markers?
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« Reply #24 on: February 23, 2009 09:15:28 PM »

Your painting work is great!  Better than the inspiration, I think.  Did you use brushes or paint markers?

Brushes. And thanks! Smiley
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Brushes. And thanks! Smiley

Would you mind sharing what brand of brushes you use?  I'm thinking of doing some detail painting on my walls, and I have brushes with either hard plastic bristles or nice soft ones that fall out into my painting.   Roll Eyes
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Would you mind sharing what brand of brushes you use?  I'm thinking of doing some detail painting on my walls, and I have brushes with either hard plastic bristles or nice soft ones that fall out into my painting.   Roll Eyes

I got my brushes from either Michael's or Joann's. They are some of the cheapest brushes that they have there - lol! They come in a pack of 5 or so brushes of varying sizes, and the handles are see-through colored sparkly plastic in different colors and the brushes are some sort of brown fake sable-like hair. I LOVE these brushes. I have another couple sets of them that I use for facepainting the kids, and they work perfectly for that too.
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« Reply #27 on: February 26, 2009 01:02:45 PM »

I got my brushes from either Michael's or Joann's.

Thanks for the info!
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« Reply #28 on: February 27, 2009 10:15:17 AM »

I am simultaneously excited, gushing with ideas, and envious that I didn't come up with this idea myself.

We have this third bedroom that is currently full of crap (you know how those rooms can be), and we've been bickering about what to do with it.  But three of the four members of our family are crafty/artsy people, and this might be the best compromise ever!!!

Your room looks like it's such a joy to be in.  Have fun!
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We have this third bedroom that is currently full of crap (you know how those rooms can be)

Oh yes, I know how those rooms can be. Before this was known as "the craft room", it was known as "the crap room". lol!
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« Reply #30 on: May 10, 2009 09:19:05 PM »

This is gorgeous! I hope it brings you joy.
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« Reply #31 on: May 11, 2009 06:01:29 PM »

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!
The door is by far my favorite thing!!
You did an awesome job on this, I wish my area was half this cool!!
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« Reply #32 on: May 11, 2009 06:12:35 PM »

How do you keep little hands out of places they dont belong? I have so many issues with keeping little hands OUT of my ink pads (way to messy and I have white walls).
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« Reply #33 on: May 15, 2009 06:52:59 PM »

How do you keep little hands out of places they dont belong? I have so many issues with keeping little hands OUT of my ink pads (way to messy and I have white walls).

This room welcomes messes. I don't care if the kids get into the craft supplies as long as they work in the craft room. This way it's contained to one room instead of the whole house. Smiley You should see it right now...it's like a tornado hit it. Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: May 16, 2009 01:09:38 AM »

 Seriously gorgeous! I love all your paintings! I like the use of color much better than the original artist's style.
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i am so jealous it's not even funny, i love it
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