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Topic: Craftroom/Office Redecoration & Reorcanization in Red/Black/Tan (Pic HEAVY)  (Read 5351 times)
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« on: January 13, 2010 08:42:56 PM »

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!

« Last Edit: January 13, 2010 09:10:38 PM by jennieingram » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2010 03:25:23 AM »

Good job, I just recently got my craft studio in order too, and am loving it.  It makes me feel more inspired when I get in there.  I have already finished 1 quilt and started 2 more since the beginning of December '09.  Tha's lamost more than I did the whole rest of the year with it in a disarray!

I never would have thought to use a dining table for a craft desk jst because it seems way too big, but you know it looks like it works well.  You have all that space along the back to store things, and then still have plenty (or at least a lot of) work space left...  I have 2 6' long plastic banquet tables that I love, but if I put stuff along the back like that it really eats into my workspace.

I also love how you have a hamster condo!  It looks like fun for the little guy.  I have guinea pigs, and I wish they made stuff like that in their size!
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2010 07:37:51 AM »

a. i have the jealous
2. the shoe organizer is sheer genius! i look forward to stealing this idea from you Wink

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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2010 07:52:58 AM »

awesome re-do on a budget--very inspirational--looks like you got function and a nice looking room to boot--great job and nice that both of you worked on it to make it work for two!

love that you incorporated stuff that other craftsters made as well!

« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2010 06:49:46 PM »

I love shoe organizers too. I use them in my bathroom too for make-up and brushes.

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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2010 04:57:27 PM »

This is a very workable room.  I'm always trying to get ideas I can use, and I love looking at other peoples sewing rooms.

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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2010 08:51:23 PM »

i love your idea of putting that shoe hanging thing of the back of your door for storage & organization! nifty!
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