Would you believe that everything in my craft room came from a thrift store or bought second-hand?
Yep. It’s true!
Not kidding you.
And I’ve been a busy little bee. I have been working very diligently, since one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to “finish what I start”)! I was tired of waiting until I’m “done” to show you, so I thought I might just go ahead and show you how much progress I’m making. There is still tons to do.
Plus, I’ve been busy with writing articles for my other blog, Get Your Life Straight, because my money situation sucks (does yours?), so I’ve been writing about 20 ways to make more money and cut expenses and wanting readers to share their experiences about living paycheck to paycheck, too.
So, yeah, I’ve been busy. Thanks for sticking around!!
Okay, back to my craft room.
The amazing thing is that 95% (if not more) of everything in this crafting room (slash “office” since hubby and I need to share) has come from a thrift store or is second-hand.
But that’s what so cool–being able to put a cozy room together on a shoestring budget!
Now, let’s have a quick look, shall we?
Here’s the BEFORE of what the room looked like for the first year that we lived here: cold, bare, and poo-poo brown. ICK!
As we lived in it, it got messier….and messier…..And no “CRAFTING” was being done in there! Who could create in that mess?!
I couldn’t take it anymore. It has taken 2 years (since moving in) to get it to THIS POINT, but this is what it looks like so far!
I’d always hated the color of that room, so I primed it. That brown HAD to go. Sorry for the “brown-bashing” for anyone who loves brown!
This is what it looks like right now. There’s all my crafting clutter on the Ikea Expedit that I bought from a coworker for a measly $40. I plan to buy some baskets for it, but those things are, like, $30 a piece from Ikea! Who has hundreds for baskets? Don’t worry– I’ll find a cheaper alternative. I always do!
Anyhow, that thrift store green desk back in the corner? That’s the $12.00 green and gold “Agenda” desk that I painted from the thrift store. That thing is ROCK SOLID. Hubby works from home and that’s his little corner of the world. The lawyer’s chair that is with the desk came from a yard sale for $10.00. I plan to make a new seat cushion for it (add it to my never-ending list….LOL).
And remember me posting this on my Thrift Diving Facebook page? I lot of you had great ideas about where to place it (READ: NOT back in the corner like this!)
Well, now on the other side of the room, this $30 vintage Anco Bilt drafting table that I found from the thrift store (which I later found out was really worth over $300!) feels right at home perpendicular to the wall. And thank GOD I didn’t paint it before researching it! Anyhow, I love the vintage, rustic look.
And then I made an awesome DIY pendant lamp out of my broken Crate & Barrel wire fruit basket! You won’t believe the cool light art that it creates on the ceiling when I turn it on!!! I love it! For the full tutorial on how to create your own DIY pendant lamp like the one I did, here are the video tutorial instructions.
Now, for that shelf hanging above the table. I am so excited about it! It was only $5.00 at the thrift store! It’s perfect for storing my paints, die cutters, and stamps. I’ve been collecting tin cans, actually, which fit perfectly, and plan to jazz those up a little bit, for FREE
I painted the shelf with Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint, and then waxed and distressed. Next, I added contact paper from Target, which was super cheap–about $5.00 for a big roll. Much cheaper than crafting paper or wall paper! And they had some cute styles, too!
And add to my list: “Paint half-painted, dingy door to the craft room.”
And this beauty here…..this is my sewing cabinet that I found at the thrift store for a mere $40. It actually came with an old sewing machine inside, but I took it out and replaced it with my computerized Bernina sewing machine. You see…when you have kids….(mine are ages 6, 3, and 1), you NEED places to hide yo’ stuff! Otherwise, they tear it up, don’t they?! lol
Anyhow, I plan to paint this cabinet.
Right now this cabinet is housing tons of crap that, when I get enough tiiiimmmeee (insert whine here), then I will organize all the stuff into appropriate places.
Oh, and those pink buckets?? Yep. Thrift store! Only $2.00.
The colorful floral rug came from Home Goods some time ago, for about $40, I think??
Right now it’s looking like a cluttered mess, but ohhhh….compared to that poop-brown and things littering the floor, I’m a happy camper already!
I like how the perpendicular drafting table creates a nice little alcove on that side of the room for me. It really feels like “my space” while still sharing the room with hubby. (And yes, I post pics of my kid’s shoes on the floor. I just don’t have time to be staging, so who cares )
Sitting on the desk, I have this cool vintage shoe shine wooden kit box. Loved it! Thrift store, about $6.00. I just store scissors or note pads in there.
And on the desk, I’ve got a hodge-podge of containers holding my scissors, chalk ink pens, brushes, colored pencils, etc. Who cares if things don’t match yet?
This particular cup/vase thingy I got from the thrift store for about $1.00. I loved the white and black contrast.
These beautiful butterfly prints were cut out from the packaging of the computer paper that my company was using temporarily. I wish I could find out which brand of computer paper it was, because I want more of these glossy prints! What a pretty logo! See–I never let a great idea pass me by.
So…..the super “UNPRETTY” part of the room is the ghetto shower curtain that I have hanging at the window. I have on my agenda to make curtains. I even have the beautiful fabric (hiding under that brown box, which HAPPENS to be the new Silhouette Cameo that I haven’t yet unpacked because there’s no safe place to store it out of the hands of prying children). So, yeah, I’m working on it! And I am planning to change out the curtain rod to BLACK.
I love cream-colored rugs!
I also am planning to use this $6.00 thrift store stool for my crafting desk, but it was too tall.
So I cut about 4 inches off, painted it, and will easily reupholster the top
And last but not least, my pretty little DIY card catalog has been moved over near the door. I like that it helps to create a little walk-way when you come into the room.
And I still need to change or paint that god-awful ceiling fan, and get some art on the walls!
And there you have it, folks– my “in progress” craft room!
If you like my craft room, please considering leaving a comment! I love to hear from you silent, lurking readers Plus, any suggestions for you have for the room, I would love to hear them!