I’m moving along with getting my new craft room organized, slowly but surely. In between normal household duties, doing fun things with the kids (and enjoying our lovely spring weather–yay!), and working on craft projects, I’m taking a few minutes here and there to organize a drawer or color-coordinate a shelf of fabric.
I don’t want to do a full reveal until I finish a few more “big” things…namely some shelves I want to construct and install, but not until after we finish our laundry room renovation.
Yes, that’s my perfectionistic tendencies coming out. And yes, I know my room won’t be perfect even after the shelves are in, but at least at that point I will be able to consider it more or less done. In the meantime I’ll share a few bits and pieces, starting with these chairs I finally redid last week:
Above you can see what they looked like before…they were quite ugly, or at the very least pretty plain and boring. We bought these for cheap when we were living in a rental while our house in NY was being rebuilt after flooding. Our rental was furnished, but as we have a few more in our family than average, we were short a couple of dining table chairs.
When we left NY, we bought a little 5′ x 8′ trailer to haul out what we could fit, and had to leave behind all the kids’ bikes. We didn’t want to buy a bunch more at full price, so we spent the first couple weeks in our temporary home visiting thrift stores, yard sales, and pawn shops so we could replace 9 bikes. We found one of the kid’s bikes at this place that was sort of like a permanent garage sale set up next to someone’s house. They also had these 2 chairs, and while they didn’t look like much they were cheap enough and sturdy to fill in around the dining table.
Now that we have bought a new house and replaced all our furniture, these chairs are no longer needed in the dining room. And now that I have a bigger craft room with more work space, they naturally moved in here to provide more seating. So of course I had to repaint them and recover the seats so they’d be cute and match the room.
I made my own chalk paint using the same paint that I’d used for the frames for my peg board and design wall. There are several recipes floating around the ‘net…I used the one that is 1/3 c. plaster of paris, 1/3 c. water, and 1 c. of latex paint. It’s supposed to be made with flat paint, and I think mine is satin, so I’m hoping that doesn’t make a difference down the road. It was easy to apply and covered well with 2 coats though, so so far, so good.
For the seats, I wanted something bright and colorful that pulled in the turquoise plus the other 2 accent colors I’m using in the room–lime green and orange. Since I’ve already put a lot of money into more shelves, cabinets, and table tops in here, I also wanted to use fabric I already had. The fabric I used was a gift from a friend about a year ago, and while I love it I hadn’t yet come up with a good use for it. It’s perfect for these chairs! I love how bright and fun they turned out. I also covered the fabric with heavy clear vinyl, a huge necessity so they’ll survive all the paint, markers, etc. used by kids (oh, and a sometimes messy mom) in this room. 😉
One of them will probably end up staying at this table, which will predominantly be my sewing area, and the other one will be at a table against the wall on the other side of the room. Don’t they look cute here? It makes me so happy to look at them. They look SO much better than they did when they were all brown!
Here’s a parting shot of some of some of the progress going on in here. These short picture shelves from Ikea used to be in the corner of my old craft room, where they *just* perfectly fit the space between the closet door and the window. In my new room I don’t have a perfectly-fitted spot for them, so they’re hung in long straight lines along a wall. My husband decided to use it as a teaching opportunity for our teen sons, and showed them how to use his laser level to align them and use drywall anchors to hang them up. After my husband showed them the first one, my sons worked together to hang 9 more of these shelves. They’re not perfect, but they did a good job! And most importantly, now I have more shelf space to get stuff put away and organized!
I can’t wait to get my room all done, but I’m also thrilled with how well it is coming together so far! We’re loving having enough space for lots of the kids to be able to come in here and get creative without all of us stepping all over each other. And I have room to have several projects out while still having room to work.
…Oh, wait…maybe that’s NOT such a good thing, LOL! In my tiny room there was definitely MUCH more incentive to keep it clutter-free!
I’ll share some more bits and pieces of my craft room over the next couple weeks, as I get more things done in here.
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