March is National Craft Month and as a way to celebrate I am excited to be taking part in a blogger’s craft room tour where 25 bloggers are sharing how they decorate, organize and work in their workspace, studio, craft room, or home office.
If you are taking the tour and this is your first time visiting In My Own Style…Welcome!
If you have been reading my blog for a while… get ready to see the changes I made to my studioffice. I finally got around to painting the large armoire I call my crafts closet… PINK!
My craft room aka…my studioffice is right off the kitchen through a pocket door. Over the last few months I have kept it closed since the room was a mess with all the supplies I needed to makeover the kitchen. Now that the kitchen makeover is complete, it was time to get the room back in order.
I have been craving order in the room and while I decluttered I made a few changes to the room. One was to remove the two bookshelves I had on either side of the armoire. The room looks so much bigger without them.
Since this post is a tour, I will be creating a separate post where I will share all the details about the changes I made to the room. If you have any questions about anything you see, just leave them for me in the comments.
The first thing you see as you enter the room is my desk that is placed in the center of the room. It is where I do most of the business parts of blogging.
The pink peonies on my desk are fake. I bought them at Craft and Barrel
I have two wheeled cubes on either side of my desk. One is where I store paper and the other side holds my active project files. I bought the White Grant Office Chair at World Market. The lamp is from HomeGoods. The rug is from FLOR.
I placed the desk in the center of the room so that I could face the glass doors and see the lake as I work.
On most days I am pretty good at focusing on work, but there have been a few days that the lake has called me away. :-)
I store printer paper in thrift store baskets in this wheeled shelf cube. I found it in a neighbor’s curbside trash. I cleaned it up, painted it and added the wheels. On the top is where I keep my daily planner.
Last week I decluttered my desk and made pretty drawer dividers to keep my stuff organized. I was inspired by a project in the book, The Home Decluttering Diet.
On the left wall is my new work area that I created with file cabinets the previous owner of the house left and a new file drawer in the center. I wanted to create a large working surface for sewing and other projects that don’t need paint and tools.
To make the long work table I needed a center file cabinet. After searching online, I found this one. It is from Anna Griffin.
I covered my chair using the same method I shared in this post: How to Makeover an Office Chair
I made the memo/pin board using fabric and foam insulation. In my previous house I used to keep a wall calendar on it, but when I moved last year I made it into a place to hang some of my favorite things. You can read how to make it: How to Make a DIY Wall Calendar
The pink stool was a family hand-me down that I painted with DIY chalk paint. Plain to Preppy Stool
The Paris and New York signs were from the mudroom in my previous house. I shared the tutorial in this post: Grand Central Station
On the far end of the work table is my sewing center. I keep my most needed sewing supplies at hand in the file drawers.
In the file cabinet on the opposite end of the worktable I store all my camera lenses. To keep them safe, I cut foam to fit inside the drawer and made a section for each lens. I hot glued the pieces of foam together.
The Creative Wall
On the opposite side of the room is what I call my “Creative Wall”. I wrote about it here: Craft Room Ideas. I moved it from my previous house and re-created it. It is where I paint and make things that are messy and require tools.
I made the work table by putting together hand-me down sideboards and a hollow-core door.
I made the frames to hold tools, gift wrap, and ribbon.
The ribbon holder is a new addition. How to make a Ribbon Holder Using Roof Flashing
Almost everything I make and post about passes by this table at some point in its creation.
I bought this metal file drawer cabinet when I went to Nest Fest last fall. You can see the before, here. I added the feet and painted it with white chalk paint.
The drawers looks small, but they hold quite a lot.
I store all my craft paints and misc. supplies in the drawers.
I created the labels on my computer and used many of the free fonts I have downloaded over the years.
Lots of organized storage makes me smile.
On the back wall is where my crafts closet is. It is undergoing a makeover.
It used to be beige and I have been wanting to paint it for years. So far I have only painted the outside with DIY chalk paint.
I have only distressed and waxed the drawers. You can see it is a little darker. It is a big job that I work on a little bit each day. I am at the buffing stage and just ordered an electric buffer/polisher to see if it will make the waxing and buffing part of the job easier. Once I get it, I will post a review to tell you if it makes a difference in getting a nice polished shine on a large chalk painted surface.
I store many crafty supplies inside it.
Once I finish painting, distressing and waxing it, I will share the after with you.
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