Tuesday, March 8, 2011

When push comes to shove... :)

Since we moved into our little slice of heaven, I have been trying to figure out what to do with this teeny tiny room at the top of our stairs. It started out as the hubby's office, but he found himself really not needing it. Then I thought I'd make it a little guest room, or a place to house my dollhouse. Well my mind was quickly made up when I was showing a blog follower (hi Barb!) my house last week and had to do that "oh that room is going to be my craft room someday" thing. Ugh!!

The Before:

The AFTER!! I could take it no more. I gave myself a $100 budget and went to town. I hit the Home Fabric store and spent over half my budget on these saaaweeet fabrics!! The yellow fabric was my fav, but they only had 3-2yard remnant pieces, so I bought a coordinating remnant and used it on the bottom to make the length :)
The Before:

The AFTER!! Oh joy!! I have one speed when I set my mind to something. Get. It. Done. My daughter had my sewing machine, so enter- Stitch Witchery!! I was NOT going to wait!! I made these panels shorter because of the desk, and it also saved on fabric! I will have to stitch them with the sewing machine eventually, this AZ sun kills whatever it touches:( but for now? Beaut!

The Before:

The AFTER!! I (sadly) packed up dollhouse world and safely stored her away. I had that cute little table out in the garage so I brought it up. The hubby made the shelves :) I shopped my house to find baskets to use as storage. Those really cool stick chairs? My mom's brother made them about 50 yrs. ago. Lucky me:)

The DETAILS :)
This sweet desk I found at the Salvation Army "boutique" in San Juan Capistrano. I prettied her up with some white paint and hardware that I already had laying around waiting for that perfect piece :)

This box has been the hubbs worst nightmare. When we moved from the beast over 3 yrs. ago I had to empty my wrapping center and those rolls of wrap were so tall so I couldn't close the box. Weeeell, that awkward box found itself ALWAYS getting in my hubby's way. The threat of the trash was all that poor box ever heard :(

Enter- granny cart! My wrapping paper is happy, and the hubby is happier :)

I used the same baskets that I once used for veggies in my fridge to store fabric and a bunch of stationery that is finally going to be put to use after living in storage for so long!

This metal ribbon holder is actually a vintage shoe rack :) upon closer examination of this pic, I saw the hideousness that is Kirkland!! A quick cut out of some beaut scrapbook paper and double stick tape...

And aaaah! Sooo much better! I covered that bulletin board with a pink polka dot wrapping paper that I had.

And of course whilst (I love that word!) walking thru Tarjay to get my curtain rods, I saw this sweet lamp! I. Had. To!! Hot glued on a bow, and added a vintage brooch :)

So there you have it! My sweet little craft room. All it took was $100, a weekend, and showing my house to a blog follower :) Thanks for the push Barb!!
** I'm joining the Refresh your room party with Jennifer Rizzo, and the Before and After party at Thrifty Decor Chic aaand Whassup Wednesdays over at Elements Interiors! Check em out!!

34 comments:

  1. Another room finished to perfection! You amaze me! So, so cute and well done! (I smiled at the "Kirkland" incident. We are kindred spirits!)

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  2. What a great room. I love the two fabric curtains! It really gives the room some punch.

    I would love to have a craft room like this...perfect!
    xo
    Ashlyn

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  3. I love the room. It is so neat and fresh..Now go get real in there and make a mess - then show us that picture :)
    tammy

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  4. Delightful!! My hubbs works at Costco so I love seeing the Kirkland logo in your home. Whilst...another thing we have in common.

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  5. Thanks for visiting my blog My babies are Bostons, I just love you French Bull Dog...

    Pattie

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  6. What did you do with the beautiful iron bed? Those are hard to find!

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  7. nice job I love how pulled together it all looks and the colors are so nice and soothing. really nice

    www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

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  8. I LOVE this! Its FAB!!! Come on 'ova and share this at my Linky Par-Tay!

    *ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

    xoxokara

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  9. I love a beautiful creative space!!

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  10. What a darling room! I love what you did with it and for so little money. Brilliant!

    I'm having a giveaway you might enjoy come by and check it out.

    http://modvintagelife.blogspot.com/2011/03/time-for-giveaway.html

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  11. Wow! How awesome that you could have a home so great you can shop it! Looks beautiful!

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  12. You did a fantastic job on that budget! I love the green lamp and embellished shade. :o)

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  13. What a GREAT remodel ! Creative. I love it.

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  14. hey aunt dorie! i am soo glad i made time to check your blog... i love love love your craft room! it is adorieable... :) cant wait to have a craft night in that cute room! <3

    ~Soph

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  15. Good for you!!! What an awesome awesome creative space!

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  16. Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

    Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara



    *ENTER LINKY PAR-TAY Here! *

    I just wanna squeeze your sweet poochie'slil cheeks! SO CUTE!

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  17. You are simply amazing! I love all you do. Procrastinator?....I say NOT!!!

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  18. I am currently giving my sad, sad laundry room a makeover and you have given me some great ideas! Your room looks fantastic!

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  19. I love your craft room and your dog is so cute too :)

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  20. What a beautiful craft room. I love all the feminine touches! I would love to have that granny cart for wrapping paper.

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  21. Well my dear, if that's what you can do with $100 I can only imagine what wonder you can do with all the supplies and space therein! Absolutely fabulous room! The brooch on the lamp, the cart for the rolls ~ all lovely!

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  22. I love the fabrics too! Great transformation and plenty of room for inspiring projects!
    Visiting from Show off Your Space @ Tator Tots and Jello. Stop by and see me at cookscleansplayswithpaper.blogspot.com
    ~Rachel

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  23. The room looks great! But why couldn't your cute dollhouse have stayed there?

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  24. I love the brooch on the lamp. What a super cute idea. :)

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  25. LOVE, love, love your space! Great idea with the brooch and bow on the lamp, may have to borrow this idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. I already have the itch to redecorate my craft/office space and this is just kickin' me right along! My husband will thank you!

    Katie
    www.sweetrosestudio.blogspot.com

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  27. Love the shelves and love the lamp! Great workspace! I'm currently creating my own and have a link party going to get inspiration. I'd love for you to link up! I'm going to feature that I get inspiration from. http://www.scissorsandspatulas.com/2011/07/onto-next-room-link-party.html
    Jen
    Scissors & SPatulas

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  28. Thanks so much for linking up! there will def be a few of your ideas featured!
    Jen

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  29. What a great space! I'm in the process of turning our basement cave into my craft room! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  30. Featuring you tonight! Thanks for linking!
    Jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

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  31. What a fun and feminine room. I can just imagine enjoying hours in there whilst sipping a Diet Coke. :)

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  32. Love it!! All of it. My craft room has recently been revamped, now looking for ideas to give it personality! You've inspired me.

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  33. My favorites are your two-material curtains, your granny cart for wrapping paper rolls, and the labels you made for your baskets! And everything else, of course!
    Very inspiring.

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