Mini Craft Room Update

I thought I would share the generosity from a few family members regarding the “now in use” craft room! Everyone has been so generous providing me with a few new items for the craft room.

First, when Dillon and I were out grocery shopping, we had to stop at the Canadian Tire store to pick up a few things.  Dillon surprised me by buying a 4 ft. folding table that I can use in the craft room so I have a big surface when base painting or to use as a cutting table when I am sewing.  It is great because it folds flat, meaning I can stash it behind the futon or the door when I am not using it, and it has a handle for if I want to carry it outside in the summer to use for any number or projects!  Right now it is covered with the base painting for 4 of the 8 or 9 projects I have on the go lol!

Next is a paint bottle rack that my mother-in-law (who is also a huge crafter), that she made herself but didn’t end up needing!  It is a wooden rack that hangs on the wall…. which means almost all of the paint bottles that were on the change table I redid are gone!!! While not all of them fit in the rack, I managed to get 84 bottles into the rack!!!!

How cool is that?  AND, I was given gift cards for Michael’s stores on my birthday and Christmas.  Because I don’t have a Michael’s store closer than an hour’s drive, Kim offered to go pick up the things I wanted for the craft room.

Ever since I saw one on Pinterest, I wanted one of those cute rolling racks for rolled storage.  Kim picked that up for me and some cute boxes for even more storage.

I put the two flowered boxes she picked up on the change table where the paint was and the other two (that she offered to return because he hubby picked them lol) I just put on the electric fireplace because the sort of blended in!

Blinged Out Switchplate

I’m not even sure if this warrants posting but it’s a very easy craft to make to add a touch of colour and glitter to a room.

The one I made was for the craft room! And for the record…. the craft room is finally DONE!!!!  I can’t believe it is finally done and no longer just an image in our heads. I will post about the craft room, with picture, hopefully tomorrow!

Sandie

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The Craft Room!!!!

It’s Done!  It’s Done…. It’s Done, It’s Done, It’s DONE!!!

After all the planning, dreaming, changing of minds, and yes… some procrastination… the Craft Room (on a strict budget) is finally done!  I can’t believe it!  It took a lot of days where I pushed way more than I should have and ended up with what I call “Skullcrackers” from my brain injury but it is finished… painted, decorated, storage ideas completed and I am so happy with it and the fact it is finished.  Now maybe I can make use of it!

Thank you to everyone who “Stayed Tuned” for it’s completion and a HUGE thank you to my mother-in-law for what she did to help!

About the only thing I need to do now is to organize it more and label everything but the main part, the actual creation of it is done.  My mother-in-law told me she has a paint organizer that I can hang in there… so the next time we get together I will pick it up and hang it… I even kept a perfect spot for it on the walls!

Sandie

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Old Sewing Machine Table Makeover

This past week I have been working on redoing an old sewing machine table. I can’t use the machine that is actually in the table because of the unavailability of parts but I have rigged it to add a more modern machine on top. This sewing table belonged to Chris’ grandmother so it is something I really wanted to have in our craft room!

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Fabric Sewing Machine Cover

Up until today I have been using the cardboard box the sewing machine came in as a cover to keep the cats out of the thread.  We had one of our cats ingest some thread he found a few years back and it was not a good situation so it has remained covered ever since.

A week or two ago I ordered a piece of fabric from Etsy to make the sewing machine cover and finally got to actually making it on Saturday.  I have been very busy in the craft room trying to get everything finally finished.  It is exciting but crazy busy.. meaning I may miss a few days here and there of posting.

It still needs to be ironed but it was finished enough to at least post lol!

Sandie

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Painted LED Light Fixture – Craft Room Project

As I mentioned in my last post, I have attacking the craft room project full throttle.  Yesterday I started on the sewing table redo and once that is done I think it will be time to wash and repaint the walls!  How exciting!

As for the LED light fixture.  We switched every light bulb and fixture in the house to LED for the power savings and in all honesty, it has made a big difference.  The only problem I had was that the light fixture in the craft room was rather boring.  Nice and bright… but boring. Chris said to me, why don’t you paint it?  What a good idea…. thank you Chris, lol.

I was going to use my acrylic paints to paint I don’t know what on them but when I went to the craft room to choose my colours I saw my stained glass paint and thought it would be really cool to do it with that paint….so that’s what I did!

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Craft Room Update

Yes, it has been a while. I haven’t had a chance to do anything in the craft room for ages…. until this past week… and I’ve done a lot since then. (Which is why my posts have been a bit sporadic)

I totally reorganized everything! I had a very ugly plastic drawer storage chest that I was tired of looking at. So… I cleaned out the drawers and recycled it! I used the frame in what we call the “pipe shelf, ” and put the small plastic bins in to make them more accessible (I had them stacked which meant every time I wanted anything I had to remove the whole stack).

I hung the curtains I bought to cover that shelf so I could see how I have to hem them.

I was looking at “task” chairs for at the sewing table (that I am going to start refinishing tomorrow) until Dillon of all people suggested I just get a chair cover! I found one on Amazon for under $15! The cheapest task chair I found was around $55, so a big savings! I topped it with a dollar store chair pad.

I hung up a wire rack, my washi tape dispenser and a cute, small item store above the dresser and change table I refinished earlier.

And I finally hung the awesome barn door chalkboard Chris got me for Christmas last year 😳. (I am thinking about painting the electric fireplace in some funky colour and leaving it in there for cooler days.

I put up a little shelf, hung my framed storage board and hung a really cute key/door trim thing I found when I was out somewhere… it’s perfect for hanging the new sewing scissors I got for Christmas! And I finally started putting my thread on the wire rack my mother-in-law gave me years ago!

I ordered some nice fabric to make a pretty sewing machine cover as well. I can’t take the chance of one of our cats getting into the thread lol. (Don’t mind the pile of recycling I forgot to move before I took the picture)

And I reorganized behind the door somewhat. I have some of my granddaughter’s stuff I like to keep there, as well as my wood for future projects.

I bought these really pretty wall stickers for after it’s all painted too!

And Friday I bought the paint!!!!! I went in with a colour swatch but when I went to the counter to have it mixed I saw a really close colour for half the price in the Oops bin and ended up buying that!

That means I’m getting close to it being done and being able to actually use it! I am so excited for that day to arrive! To finally have our pretty craft room ready to use!

I’m going to save showing the paint colour until it’s all done… for our big reveal… which will hopefully be in a few weeks!

Crystal Lamp – Repurposed

Quite a while back I bought a pretty lamp through one of the auction sites I like to frequent for about $2.00. I knew I wanted to put it in the craft room but I hadn’t really decided if I was going to leave it as is, or “embellish” it lol.

I’m sure you can guess which direction I went in!

Because it was an old lamp, Chris rewired it for me before I got started. Thank you Chris lol!

I had some really nice beaded pearl “ribbon” that I thought would be perfect for the lamp, along with some off white lace, pink ribbon, a new lamp shade and my dreaded glue gun!

I started by glueing strips of the beaded pearl ribbon around each of the metal bands on the lamp.

Then I moved on to the lamp shade.

The lace I had turned out to be the perfect width for the lamp shade!

I glued it around the top of the shade, starting and stopping at the seam at the back of the shade.

Then glued a longer strip of the beaded pearl ribbon around the top, covering the edge of the lace and again starting and stopping at the seam at the back.

I put the shade back on the lamp so I could make sure it was centred before glueing a small pink bow near the top of the shade.

And this is my girly repurposed lamp for the craft room!!!

Change Table Makeover – Craft Room Storage!

I finished the change table yesterday!!! I have had the actual change table since February and I’ve been itching to get going on it. Since the weather has been horrendous (an ice storm in April?) this weekend, I decided that’s what I was going to do!

Here is the change table before I painted it. Just a plain old change table.

I painted it with a few coats of chalk paint to match the Dresser and the End Table Cat Bed.

And then started loading it up once it had a chance to dry overnight.

Let me tell you… it fits a whole lot!! I have a bunch of bins and tins on the shelves that are still empty! Not that I won’t fill them and many other bins when I start bringing all the craft supplies from all over the house to it’s new home in the craft room lol!

We are planning on putting a section of pegboard above it for additional storage.

I have also been buying plastic containers every time I go to the dollar store for the pipe shelf. We are going to be able to sort and stack so many supplies in there! For now I have just been stuffing things in them to get them out of the way.

Once everything else is done I will sort through them and label them accordingly!

It is starting to actually look and feel like a craft room now!

Fabric Covered Note Board

I have this really old frame, well I suppose it’s not that old lol…. it was purchased with money sent over from England from my great grandparents when I got married for the first time, so we are talking about 30 years! It feels like a lifetime ago!

When we were helping the kids clean out an apartment I saw the old frame still there and knowing it was technically from my great grandparents lol, I decided to bring it home and upcycle it into something in the craft room!

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I cleaned it up and give it a nice coat of paint… a one off colour… I sort of knew what colour I wanted it to be but didn’t have that colour in my paint stash. I mixed different colours until I came close to what I wanted.

Chris cut me out a rectangle the same size as the inside of the frame from some thin board I bought at the hardware store.

I used the hot glue gun and attached batting to the rectangle piece of wood.

Covered it with a piece of fabric (the same fabric I am going to make curtains for the craft room and various other accents), gluing the edges to the back of the piece of wood to hold it in place.

And then I crisscrossed strips of ribbon over the fabric, on the diagonal, using hot glue to hold where the ribbon met the outside edge and to the back of the piece of wood.

I ran strips of duct tape on the back, over the fabric and ribbon edges to avoid any raw edges or any of it letting go over time….

And attached the piece of fabric covered wood back into the frame using bent over finishing nails because it’s all I could find.

We now have a pretty fabric covered note board for the craft room to save bits and pieces we find along the way on our creative journey!