Here are the pictures and details on our office-to-craft-room transformation: As you can see, this was clearly a man's office. a relatively unused man's office. Which justified the switcheroo. (And to justify it being "un-used," it wasn't because Chad didn't appreciate his office. He just felt bad getting home from work and then going 'back to work' downstairs; he wanted to be upstairs with us. And I wanted him upstairs too!)
The wall to the right, BEFORE:
This is picture hanging wire I bought at WalMart in the hardware section; on the same aisles where you get the hooks. It's less than $2 for a good amount, and I just nailed 2 nails in either side of the wall, and before I nailed them in all the way, I took my wire and wrapped it around the nail; then I finished nailing it in; I bought mini clothespins at Hobby Lobby to hang the artwork. I need to find something cute to put over the nails so that it will look more professional and PotteryBarn-ish, but haven't found anything yet.
(And the "MAKE" sign above is 4 pieces of regular sized scrap book paper, then I cut out the letters and glued them to the squares. Easy peasy.)
And the wall to the left, which is actually a little nook... BEFORE:
Looking back toward the door, see the nook?
See? We didn't totally kick Daddy out. He has his own little area, and we kept all his favorite memorabilia as well. The desk fit perfectly. And now Chad can work downstairs without feeling like he's missing out; the playroom is next door so the kids can be down here with us while we work and sew and craft away.
Now for some details.
I did this makeover on the tightest budget ever. Like, less than $100. El cheapo.
Most everything came from yard sales, the Dollar Tree, the thrift stores, etc. I'll go through it here.
I knew I wanted Mary Ella to have a place where she could color, paint, etc. I found a Little Tykes picnic table at a yard sale for $5 a year ago and it's been on the deck. It used to be purple, teal and a very faded yellow. I used Valspar spray paint in pink and kelly green and transformed it into a craft table. (Now, I wouldn't recommend spray painting the Little Tykes stuff unless you are going to use it for something like arts and crafts; because it will peel eventually and show some dirt. But for this purpose it was perfect!)
I didn't want the spray paint on the table part to peel as she was coloring and crafting, so I covered it with this pink and lime paisley wrapping paper that Mom had given me; I used Mod Podge over the top, smoothed out the wrinkles and this provided with a peel-free tabletop! And it matched perfectly.
For the sewing table, I used my 4 foot craft table that my parents bought me for Christmas a few years back. I spread a craft table cloth over the top to make it more colorful and to provide some hidden storage underneath. The pegboard came from Lowe's (a 4-foot by 8-foot sheet is only $14.98, this piece is half of that, so 4x4. I spray painted it pink. I also bought the 'hardwear kit' for pegboards which was under $10 but comes with all different kinds of hooks. The peg board is not mounted on the wall, it's just leaned up against the wall, sitting on the table.
I LOVE pegboard! Such a convenient place to store things! Scissors, threads, my thread rack, a clock, buckets for safety pins/elastic/extra needles/ribbon/trim. It's great.
This bookshelf is the same one that was in the office before (scroll back up and take a look if you don't believe me.) I spray painted it an avocado green (Valspar) and I mod podged the black and white wrapping paper to the backs of the shelves to add a little something.
All the turquoise bins are from the Dollar Tree.
The purplish and white canvas bin is from Ross.
I love these glass owls. Bought them at the thrift store. They were all 70's ish - brown, orange, yellow, all detailed and everything. I went for plain pink. So cute.
Bought all glass containers and tiny metal buckets at the thrift store. $0.39 - $3.88 each. Perfect for crayons, markers, pipe cleaners, beads, fuzzy balls, etc.
I love my desk area. This is the same thrift store desk I purchased and painted a few months ago. I added a cork board and painted the border turquoise. Then I added a decorative bunting, made out of scrap book paper. My hot pink chair was an Ikea find at $22.90.
And just in case you're wondering, I painted the room Cafe Cream; I think it was Laura Ashley paint from Lowe's. I love how it brightened up the space.
And let me just say how much this room has made me ENJOY sewing/crafting/etc so much more! It's so great to have an actual room to go into where you can create and do what you love; before this, everything you see on those shelves was crammed into 3 bins! So whenever I'd want to do anything like painting, sewing, etc, I had to draaaggg everything out, then put it allll back up.
I love having bins for everything. When I want a glue stick, I don't have to go digging through a box of craft supplies to have one. I actually have ONE single bin designated for all things glue - glue sticks, hot glue, mod podge, Elmer's, wood glue, etc. It's great. I also have my fabric sorted out into solids, dots, ginghams, checks, stripes, etc, which has helped make applique-ing and such so much more fun and not as messy or stressful. :)
Hope this inspires someone out there. If you have any questions about where I got something or how I did something, please let me know. Sometimes I forget to mention things.
(Cause if I showed you a picture of this room right now, you'd run away. It's bad. Really bad. There's been a lot of craftin' goin on.)
Oh, and this is what my hallway/playroom looked like while I was doing this makeover. AGHHHHH!
(That's our pet stuffed coyote,
in case you think we are so messy
that wild forest creatures have inhabited our home.)