Friday, February 17, 2017

My New Craft Room

Today I'd like to share my new craft room!  When we were planning our new home last year, one thing I knew I wanted on the main floor was a space I could sew, scrapbook, and craft.  In our previous house, I used several areas, the basement, kitchen and second floor master bedroom.  I was always running up and down the stairs and thought it would be so handy to have everything thing in one place.  

We designated the small bedroom on the main floor for this purpose.  Here is a little tour.
It's not big but it is working well for me right now!  The workstation above has room for my new sewing machine (!) and my computer.  I have my printer in another room and will eventually move it in here.  My genealogical material is on the shelf and I plan on adding more shelving and/or bulletin board space between the counter top and current shelf.  It's so nice to be able to leave my machine and computer and other things out and ready to go, yet out of the way!  

The table in the right foreground is our old kitchen table.  I can add the leaves when I need a larger area to work on.  It's an heirloom from a special aunt.  She was forever refinishing and re-purposing furniture so I plan to repaint it someday soon.  Any suggestions??
The other side of the room is mainly storage.  I had the workmen leave the closet doors off.  I added the curtains with a tension rod to close the area.  The storage cabinet is one J made me years ago when I was teaching.  If you're a teacher, you can recognize this was just the perfect size to fit under a chalk/white board.  The casters have been removed and felt pads added.  The plastic storage containers are also from years of teaching, now happily re-purposed in retirement!!  

The wall cubbie is also a re-purpose from our old home.  It is one of two that I kept in my little room.  J has the other one in his lodge area in the basement.  You can see how I had them decorated in our old home HERE.  

The new Ott light is one of my favorite new additions.  It converts from floor lamp to desk lamp easily and is also magnifies!  My eyes are not what they used to be!  You see my next projects waiting for me on the table.
Here's a peek in my closet.
This is another re-purpose job.  I'm sure you remember those 1980's particle board wall units.?  Well I had three of these before I was married.  They've been in constant use somewhere in our homes throughout the years.  I thought I'd give two of them a final place in the craft room.  They started out looking like this:
I took off the bottom doors and then painted them white.  You can see the second in the back.  It took several coats of paint.  :)

We were able to position them both in the closet with space on either side for poster board, extra frames and cutting mats.

They hold all of my fabric, ribbon, 
 yarn, thread, some scrapbooking and lots of other supplies.
I'm pleased how the curtains allow me full access to the closet but close it up when I don't want to see ALL of my stuff!
This chair is also a relic from the 1990's.  It REALLY is comfortable and one I let my mom use when she went to assisted living.  Since she's passed, I just can't seem to part with it.  Maybe I'll try to recover it someday.  For now, it's a nice chair to have to sit and read or do handwork.
I've had Mother's old treadle sewing machine in basement storage for years (just like she did) and wanted to put it in my new craft area.  Although the room is small, I think it works nicely in front of the window.  It offers a bit of storage.  The belts will have to be replaced and it will have to be oiled well if it's ever put back in use.  (I doubt that will happen soon.  lol)
 This is one of her old sewing tins.  My sister has the other one.                                         
Thanks for stopping by and seeing my new craft room.  It's not big and elaborate but I like it and am so glad to have a space dedicate just for me. 
It is "My Little Corner of the World"! 

Happy Week, Friends!


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Kim said...

Your new sewing/craft room is beautiful, Zenda. I can't believe how tidy and organised everything is. Love your mother's old treadle sewing machine and how comforting sitting in her chair enjoying some hand work must be.

Rosie M. said...

Oh. my, I would love to have my office (now turned into tablescaping room!) look as neat and organized as your craft room. You've done such a good job of putting everything together. It looks like a perfect spot for your "little corner of the world". Bravo for all your successful efforts! Enjoy! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh I love your new room . I know you are one happy gal having your sweet room so easy to access now . Can't wait to see all the little creations you master in there . Hugs and blessings , Cindy

Ann @ Corner of Plaid and Paisley said...

Your new craft room looks great! Those two old shelving units fit nicely into your closet to give you much needed storage. I wish you many creative days of fun in your new room!,

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I love your space!! It looks so cozy and so organized. You are going to so much enjoy creating things in such a nice space. You asked about what to do with your table and I had a thought - if you still really like that chair and don't want to recover it, what if you were to paint your table in the same colour blue?

Shannon @ Belle Bleu Interiors said...

I love your new craft room. I am so envious! I would love to have an space like that! You have done a wonderful job! I hope that you have a beautiful week!!!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Your craft room is so organized and pretty. What a joy to have your very own craft room. How sweet to have your Mother's sewing machine. Thanks so much for sharing your pretty space at DI&DI.

Wendi@H2OBungalow said...

Super craft room! Love all the space and organization room you have to keep your supplies. I am in desperate need of organizing my studio/office. Super repurpose on the shelves too ! XO Wendi@H2OBungalow

Sandi Magle said...

Quick comment about the old treadle machines. That's the only thing I have ever been able to sew those denim or upholstery roll-over seams, as well as leather. Contemporary machines just don't have the heavy punch, and with the old treadle, was like going through butter. Grins, love your room!. Sandi

Michelle {Jarrah Jungle} said...

I love all the organising in here, it's so good to have your own creative space! I have just given up my craft room to turn it into a baby's nursery :)

Carol @ The Red Painted Cottage said...

I love that it's on your main floor, Zenda! Everything I need is on our main floor, except my art/craft area. I love all the containers you have because that's the only way to keep things organized, that and labels!

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, I always love seeing a women's craft room or space! It is so nice to have a place to create and be inspired! You will have many new projects to work on with all your things handy!
Blessings, Roxy

Angie Rose said...

Hello Zenda! I'm so happy I found your beautiful blog. I just adore your craft room. It's my dream to have one someday soon. I am big on staying organized, so I may just revisit this post to take tips from you :) Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It & congratulations on being featured this week!

Sandy said...

Just saw your blog this morning on another's blog list or comment page. I couldn't wait to get back from errands to comment. Love your room. My husband had me a room fixed up for me when I retired from teaching in June of 2014. I love it, but don't get in there nearly as much as I would like. I just purged and rearranged a bit last month now that I have had it awhile I saw a need to redo some things. I totally can relate to that shelf that fit under the chalkboard and I spy someone else who has a Dick and Jane book collection.
Your visit to Gulf Shores put you very near me. I live in the panhandle of Florida on the coast. I love the water!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Zenda, it's a great space! Everything is so neat and organized! Thanks for sharing your space with SYC.

The Charm of Home said...

Very organized. I had particle board shelving units that we used all over the house too. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

Mary K. said...

Zenda this is a great space. I love the curtains that hide all your stuff. And I'm really glad that your cabinets fit in there so well. So many pretty things in there that make the space totally you. I have to admit my favorite piece is the old wooden sewing machine. Even if it doesn't work it is still a show stopper!

Barbara said...

I like what you have done in your Craft Room. You have given me some ideas like removing the closet doors and inserting some sort of storage. Very good.