Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Evolution of a Craft Room: Part One

I'm cheating on my kitchen.  Seriously, I was in there yesterday to make dinner and had to say to it, "Hello, old friend!  I've missed you!"  The other lover?  My new craft room.  Or office.  Or croffice, as we have been calling it. 

We have been madly involved with making our former guest room into a real, live, place for the lady.  Our former "croffice" is now the new guest room, and both spaces are so much happier now.  I debated about whether or not to wait on posting and make it a "big reveal," but in reality I'm too excited about the little changes happening to be patient.

Weekend One:  I wish I had done a better job of taking "before" pictures, but here is the one I do have of the room, just before we Peter painted:


Just imagine a treadmill stuffed in there, a table with a t.v. and LOTS of crafting supplies piled on the bed.  That's how you would catch this room on any day of the week.  We sold the treadmill & t.v. on craigslist, tried five different "tiffany blue" patches on the wall, and came up with this:


EXACTLY the color I was looking for - Benjamin Moore's "Waterfall."  I didn't have a Tiffany's box to compare, but if my memory serves me correct, it's a perfect match. 

Weekend Two:  Find & install my girlie chandelier.  I found it at Home Depot and it had everything I was looking for - a white antique finish, crystals, and the ability to hold 60 watt bulbs.  I think every lady needs one of these somewhere in her home - especially if she does not have girls!


Peter painstakingly made my dream of crown molding come true.  I wanted something simple, and this was perfect.  And we learned that we need to invest in an electric miter saw for any future projects :).


I found these faux red tulips on clearance at Wal-Mart yesterday and knew they belonged in here.  My overall color scheme will be the Tiffany Blue with black, white, and red accents.  This purchase confirmed my vision of splashes of red!


Peter also put shelves up in the closet - but I'll post pictures on that when I am done organizing...and oh yes, it will involve me getting mean with a clearanced-out label maker I found at Target!

12 comments:

Jon and Sarah said...

It's looking great! I can't wait to come by and see it sometime.

Mom B. said...

Wow, you've been busy. Looks great and I'm sure you will enjoy the room! Like you said, every lady needs her own space to be able to "mess up" and close the door on.

Sariah said...

LOVE the color of your wall! I have wanted a color close to that for a room, but have yet to find that room! Too many people, not enough rooms for me to claim one! One of these days...

Lis said...

Oh, friend! How I am living vicariously through you right now!! :) (Can't wait to decorate/redecorate SOMEDAY!) Love your choices and am so excited to see more of your space! Yay for croffices!!

How are you guys? Great to see you last summer!!

Megan said...

oh, I'm so in love! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that chandelier! So, I know you moved your guest room, but I think I will just have to bust out an air mattress and sleep in your "croffice" if I come visit!!!

mollie said...

Ruv it! Especially the red....so timeless! Can't wait to see it!

Nate and Amy Family said...

Ooh, it's looking so fun! Beautiful- I love that it is your own "place for a lady" how cute that it goes along with your blog- you're sooooo creative- you inspire me!

Melanie said...

so pretty. I love it. Some day I hope to get a "ladies" room all to myself. I soooooo deserve one, don't you think? I know...you can design it for me. :)

cwarren said...

So classy! I love the paint color! Finding the perfect color can be tedious. I love the chandelier. It has so much charm and personality. I have to admit, I am a tad jealous! Okay, more than a tad...

Rebecca Luke said...

Lovely! Wish I had a space of my own! It's true in a house full of boys, a lady needs a space to feel like just that! Beautiful work!

Anne Marie said...

Gorgeous, friend! Love your ideas.

Lizzy said...

hello! just wanted to say what a beautiful room and also offer tools you are welcome to borrow. Ryan and I are HUGE project people and he has a ton of tools for just such projects. :) Please call if you are in need of an electric miter saw or anything else. Beautiful work! Can't wait to see the end results.
-Liz Conrad