Craft Room Makeover – Reveal Day!
This craft room and art studio has come a long way! I’ve painted and stenciled the floor, refinished an antique table, DIY’d a ceiling fan with a gold finish, made clay labeling tags, reorganized, built art ledges, and reupholstered a chair. Whew!
If you missed any of the projects, you can find them here….
week 1 | week 2 | week 3 | week 4 | week 5 | week 6 | week 7
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And a big “thank you!” to the One Room Challenge team, Better Homes and Gardens, and all the other sponsors who made this thing happen!
Where the craft room makeover started:
Bad lighting, really bad storage and organization, and floors the color of burnt hummus….this was what I started with in this space.
But with it’s planked walls, high ceiling, and built-in bookshelves, it did have a lot going for it.
This room was where my husband worked every day, before we added onto our house and he moved upstairs to his brand new office. Just to refresh your memory, here’s where my craft room makeover started…..
I’d had my eye on this room for a long time, though, in hopes that it would someday become a space of my very own. A space where I could spread out my supplies and work on projects to my heart’s content without getting in anyone’s way.
After lots of design planning, a few changes of mind, and many weeks of hard work, this is what the space looks like today….
What a change, right?!
Of course, it all started with the stenciled concrete floor….
The whole space is now light and airy and feminine.
It is still a workhorse-type of a room, so there are lots of storage baskets, paints, and supplies in here. And I don’t mind seeing supplies on shelves (I have open shelves and even an open pantry in my kitchen), just as long as they are neatly arranged. All of my bottles of paints and stacks of fabrics are “artistic” to me and I’m happy to have them in the open.
But some things are still hidden away. I didn’t like seeing all the stuff in the plastic tower of drawers. It just wasn’t neat, tidy, or “artistic” at all. So, I did cover that one with a ruffled slipcover….
The open shelves are simply pieces of pine that I stained and then we attached with these brackets.
Also, I have paperwork that I only rarely need and didn’t want it taking up valuable drawer space. And I certainly didn’t want that to be displayed, so I put it inside of the vintage suitcase under the table. To make it easier to move, I put it on casters.
The air-dry clay tags I made and placed on the storage baskets are working very well to keep my supplies organized. The fact that I can wipe the labels off and re-write on them if (no, definitely when) I eventually reorganize, will be so helpful.
Earlier, I said that the room looks light and airy and feminine. You might remember that I was having to design around a couple of decidedly masculine items in this room that couldn’t be moved….at least for now. One was a trio of taxidermy pieces and the other thing was a large safe.
The deer got some flowers….
And the safe got some oil paintings and a tassel…. ?
The safe is actually very functional in here. Up on top, it’s holding some metal drawers with lots of small supplies. The front has a few of my oil paintings attached with magnetic bulldog clips. And on the side, a couple of super strong magnet hooks are holding my tabletop easel and extra ribbons. I love these hook magnets!
I also love these plants in macramé hangers. Who would’ve thought that macramé would make a comeback? Ha! The plant on the right is a real plant. I ordered if from Etsy (similar plant here) and, unfortunately, it was shipped right when we had a very unusual cold snap. I’m hoping I can nurse it back to health. The plant on the left, is a faux succulent. If the real one doesn’t make it, I do have extra faux ones I can plant. ?
I took down the old curtains and ordered this wood shade. I have several of these throughout the house and they are awesome!
The shade is cordless and you just pull it down with your hand and then give it a push and it slides right back up! No dangerous or unsightly cords necessary:)
Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, the specific shades I bought are on manufacturing hold. But on the same site, there are several other similar shades .
Also, I hung a mobile above the safe. I took part in a small art challenge last year where we painted or drew on one index card a day for a month. I hung a few of those index cards and some small pieces of clay art on the mobile….
As I mentioned last week, I’m a beginner oil painter and wanted to have a place to display my work.
So we built these art ledges…
I love that when I look at my artwork, I can see my progress over the course of the past few months. It gives me extra motivation to keep painting and improving.
If you are interested in art lessons and an art community, I am a member of Vital Art Sessions. The group only opens to new members a couple of times per year, but you can check it out here.
A 3M hook on the side of the navy bookshelf holds my apron….
Vintage crocks hold some of my paintbrushes and palette knives….
The desk and bookshelves:
The other side of this craft room and art studio has built-in bookshelves. They got a fresh coat of white paint, some upgraded storage and organization, and some decor….
I usually paint here at this desk. In order to give it a little extra coverage, I bought a length of gold polka dotted oilcloth. I still put some paper down before I paint, but the oilcloth wipes up easily and helps protect the desk surface…..
This is a great spot to sit and paint!
And I personalized it by taping some photos of my husband and kids to each side….
Also, I bought a rolling cart that’s loaded with extra art supplies. I can just roll it over to the desk when I’m ready to paint….
Some of the decor in this craft room makeover is functional….like this jar of ribbon scraps with a bird perched on top…..
And some of my extra silk flowers on top of the bookshelf….
And of course, books….
And the vignettes that are purely decorative were free because I “shopped” the house to find them…
The end result:
It took quite a bit of work to whip this space into shape (especially the floor!). But in the end, it was totally worth it. No more paint projects on the kitchen counters or sewing projects taking up the dining room table.
I am loving this new crafting room and art studio! It’s a wonderful, creative space I can call my own. ❤️
Thanks for following along with my craft room makeover. I hope you’ve also had a chance to see some of the other talented designers as they’ve taken the One Room Challenge.
I’d love it if you’d leave me a note in the comment section below and tell me your favorite part of this makeover series or if it helped you find a creative way to organize or decorate a space of your own.
It is absolutely stunning!! It is just as you said, Light, airy and feminine! Well done!!
Thank you so much! It’s just how I hoped it would turn out and I’m going to get so much good use out of this revamped space!
Emily Grizzle says
Wow! What a big change! It’s challenging to make a room functional and pretty. I’ll be stealing some of your ideas for sure when I get my own space when that bedroom at the back of my house becomes available. ?
Thank you! Yes, functional and pretty can be a tricky combo! And you will love having a dedicated space of your own:)
Mary Evans says
You are a very talented lady. That was a huge makeover in a few weeks.
It has turned out beautifully organized. Light and bright and airy to have space
To paint ? and craft.
Love the flowers on the deer head. That may be a new winner for us ladies
That did not know what to do with an animal in our den.
The floor is awesome. I know that was looooong days for you to accomplish
The finished look. Love, love the floor.
Thank you, Mary! I sure appreciate your sweet comments! I didn’t tell my husband what I added to his deer…I just let him discover it for himself:) He didn’t mind it at all. ? And, yes, the floor took quite awhile to complete, but it’s definitely my favorite part. Have a great day!
Kelly Enders says
Just beautiful! Such talent you have. Can you please tell me where you got the desk chair or at very least the style and finish- Want these type of chairs in my kitchen. Thank you!?
Thank you, Kelly! The chair was part of a set that I bought at an estate sale. I think the style would be classified as a Louis XV and the finish is a natural (maybe light honey) color. You can see a closer look at the chair in this post…https://frenchbluecottage.com/using-a-dining-chair-in-the-office-one-room-challenge-week-7/
Hope this helps a little!
what a fantastic studio and i love that you’ve made it perfectly fitting for you! i was just going to say did you paint those artwork on the art ledges. I love them and you must set up shop for them! they are so special and look amazing. Also love the display and store your art supplies .. what an inspiring way to start an art piece.
Thank you so much! I am absolutely loving this space for painting. I do hope to eventually get good enough to set up a shop for my art. Thanks for your kind words!
What a beautiful craft space. Every detail is perfect for inspiring creativity. Congratulations on a great job with the ORC
Thank you, Sonya! I’m loving the new space. I’m going to be in this room a lot!
Julie Briones says
Carrie, your new craft room looks amazing! The floors, the built-ins, the extra storage under the table, all of it is wonderful. You have SO much packed into this space, but it looks lovely how you arranged it and added your touches… doesn’t look at all like a cluttered mess! 😉 (Great idea with adding florals to the dear… I think you should go a little more crazy feminine on all three pieces! 😉 )
Thanks, Julie! I really tried to strike a balance between storage and prettiness.? And you may be right….the other animals maybe could use a little something “extra fancy”! ?
This is seriously the most beautiful craft room I have seen. Your hard work really paid off. This former teacher gives you an A+.
Thank you, Paula! This is one of the nicest comments I’ve ever received and you made my day! ?
That floor is amazing! What a great space, fantastic job!
Thanks, Tina! I’m thrilled with the results:)
Oh my gosh your stenciled floor is amazing! It is much lighter and brighter and i adore how you arranged that wood table and all the storage around it!
Thank you, Kristen! It is sooo much lighter and brighter in this room. And I really tried to pack in as much storage as possible, while keeping things pretty:)
Jennifer Gainer says
This is absolutely gorgeous was a great space! I love the shiplap and those floors are amazing, the farmhouse tile stencils are so pretty and love that you used multiple colors to pull in the cabinets like the navy, bravo!
Thank you, Jennifer! I lucked out with the wood already being on the walls and ceiling, for sure. And the floor is definitely my favorite design detail:)
This is a crafters DREAM space! I love every single detail and am soooo jealous. Congratulations on designing such a gorgeous space to craft!
Thank you so much! I really had so much fun designing and decorating this space…..and it’s going to get tons of use! I’m so appreciative of you for following along as I tackled my first ORC.
Wow!! What a fabulous transformation! I love your style and enjoyed seeing how this room came together week after week. Your hard work and creativity has resulted in such a beautiful space! My favorite part is the floor…it is gorgeous! Pinned!
Thank you! I’m so appreciative that you followed along with my first ORC makeover. I’m sure enjoying this room:)
Carrie, I’m in LOVE with your craft room! You did an amazing job in such a short time frame. That painted floor is a show stopper! You just nailed every last detail. I agree with Paula that this is the most beautiful craft room ever! I’d never want to leave this room! Pinned 🙂
Thank you, Rebecca!! What a sweet comment…you made my day! I am really loving getting to work in this space:)
Karins Kottage says
What an inspiring craft room! I really love how you have a place to show off your artwork on the open shelves. Your stenciled floor is amazing…so beautiful! Your wooden ceiling really makes this room feel warm and cozy. You did such a fun and clever way to display your paints in the open frame. Every detail is so thought out. I would love to have you join my Centerpiece Wednesday Linky party and share this post with us! https://karinskottage.com/2020/07/welcome-to-centerpiece-wednesday-july-8.html Hope to see you there!
Thank you, Karin! My new crafting space is really working out well…I can find what I need and finally have space to paint and sew:) And thanks for the invite to Centerpiece Wednesday…I’ll come check it out!
Carrie, what a fabulous transformation. So light and bright and place for everything. Love the flowers on the deer! Thank you for sharing at Tuesday Turn About.
Thank you, Carol! I’ve been painting and crafting in here for a few weeks now and it’s been great:)
Kathy A says
What a lovely room; makes me a bit more inspired to take a stab at a spare bedroom that “has nothing spare” about it!
Thank you, Kathy! I think you should go for it:) It always makes me feel good to get a room organized and under control. And if you get a little slice of space that’s just for you….even better!
Debbee M says
Carrie, I am stunned! Your craft room is ab-so-lute-ly FABULOUS. Sooo many details to swoon over. Pinned!
Thank you, Debbee! I packed as much in there as possible! It really is working out well for me….I’ve been painting, sewing, and crafting up a storm already. ?
You must LOVE this room! You are so fortunate to be creative and artistic and have a space for that endeavor. The floor sets the mood – what a transformation. Well done.
Thank you, Brenda! I am loving this space! I think I’ve used it just about every single day since I finished it. Thanks for your kind comments….I sure appreciate it!