If you recall, this is what my craft room looked like on Friday....
A horrid mess, right? How could I possibly be creative in a space like that? Well, I was, but it was difficult. And I would cringe and make all sorts of ugly faces every time I sat down at the table. It was well overdue for a serious makeover. So, Chris and I decided to swap the couch (which was in the front room) and the desk, so that the front room had more of an office sort of feel and the craft room felt more, well, crafty. Kind of like a studio sort of space. And then we got busy.
This is the final product...
It's really lovely, isn't it? I know the orange isn't for everyone, but oh how I love the shade and the gray on the bottom, and not that its new to the room...I just wanted to gush about it for a minute. If you notice the scrapbook frames of my children above my desk, the paper in it is a gray and orange combo and that was the inspiration for the color choices in the room.
Basically, this is what we did...moved in the couch, decorator table and coffee table from the front room. (The couch is a few years old from Rooms to Go, the decorator table and skirt - a la Target, the coffee table is from IKEA.) Then we flipped the table (from IKEA) up against the wall, moved out one of the cubby units (closet maid) and slid the bench that was with the table up against the wall and stacked my drawer pieces on top of it so that it had a purpose.
That chair at my table? My mom bought it for me when I was in 8th grade. Not kidding. I love it. And I'm sure that it is not good for my back, but I just haven't been able to bring myself to get rid of it. I should have taken a closer picture of them, but the little pictures in the gray frames...they were my aunt's. My Aunt Patti had this amazing collection of sketches from different cities that she had been to and I drooled over them all the time - since I was a little kid. She used to have them hung in her kitchen. I loved them. Like, really, really loved them. And I used to joke with her that when she died I wanted her to will them to me (along with her statues of the Beatles). And then when I moved into my first house, she sent them to me (along with some other things that I'll share in another post) as a house warming gift, and I cried. They've been on my walls ever since. And they make me happy and I think of her every time I look at them. (I'll take a better picture of them next time!)
I didn't have enough drawers to fill the cubbies, so I bought two more packs to finish it out and I am so glad that I did. I was debating on moving both sets of cubbies out of the room, but am so glad that I left this one in here. Love it. I especially love that I am able to use my photo props on top (thanks, Molly!) for a cute knick knacky touch, but am still able to move them easily for pictures. The jars to the right side are filled with cut ribbons that I use to tie my boxes. I saw this idea in a picture of on Nest Pretty Things blog and loved it!
The only things that I ended up buying for the room were 4 more drawers for the cubbies, the pillows on the couch from IKEA, and the hardware storage boxes that are now on my table. I went to Lowe's last night to get him and the guy helping me kept trying to talk me into some cute little box with a handle. And so I finally just grabbed one of these of the shelf and said, "No, I think I'm gonna go with this one. I like the drawers." And he then went on about how he has one of those himself and then he almost died when I put a second one in my buggy. "You sure must have a lot of little nails to keep up with," he mumbled with his mouth wide open. "Yep, sure do," is what I replied as I made my way down the aisle.
I will say, half way through, I was doubtful about how the room would turn out. But I really, really love it and now I think I am going to spend the rest of my day in here. Well, with the windows open because it is almost 80 today.