I have had this date circled on my calendar for months now and have had ideas dancing in my head since the last One Room Challenge this past April. I entered that challenge literally at the last minute and used the imposed time constraint to knock out a project that had been lingering on my to-do list for way too long. The One Room Challenge, organized by Calling it Home, encourages bloggers to attack one room in a 6-week period each April and October. The room I chose for the last challenge this past April was my laundry room that I took from bright green to a subdued neutral. There seems to be a trend as I now want to take my colorful and bold craft room/office to a neutral and calm office /craft room.
And since I know we're all up on our Heraclitus quotes, you'll surely remember the one that says “There is nothing permanent except change.” That quote really should be my mantra, as the only thing my family knows won't change is that I will always be changing something.
So let's take a look at my craft room/office as it currently looks.Have you ever noticed that all ‘before' photos always look so messy and unkempt and the ‘after' photo so nice and neat? I can promise you that I didn't intentionally make this room a messy for the ‘before' picture.
While I really am a neat and organized gal, this room ends up being my catch all room, with many projects in process. And, another things…have you ever noticed that you see thing in photos that you just don't see in real life? I mean, look at all that junk I have lying around that room. I just don't ‘see' that stuff on a daily basis. Holy Smokes!
But clutter aside, this is my most favorite room in our home. It's my little oasis. The challenge of this room is that it is long and narrow. Putting that club chair in here felt a little cramped, but some member of my family (4-legged or 2-legged) seems to be sitting in that chair many times throughout each day and so it needs to stay.
Terry and I built this desk from an old door we found in a salvage yard years ago. It was intended to be a swinging door between the kitchen and dining room, but once the house was completed, I realized that I didn't want a door there.
So, it languished in my attic for years until I decided to repurpose it ask my desk. You can see that transformation here. I ❤ my desk; it is so spacious and one-of-a-kind and will remain pretty much where it is now.
And do you remember my roadside rescue? He is still an integral and valued member of my office furniture family and will be staying as well.
One of the issues I want to address in this challenge is making it a little less cramped and crowded feeling. I know that cleaning out some of the ‘stuff' will surely help, but I use that ‘stuff', so it needs to be handy.
So here's the mood board I've created to get me started on this process.
I have a chest that I will paint black and hopefully even add a little something extra…fingers crossed.
And I am smack in the midst of reupholstering that plaid club chair. Yea, I know I'm cheating a tad with the whole 6-week thing…I had never reupholstered before and wanted to give myself PLENTY of time.
The stencil shown, is by Cutting Edge Stencils and is their Teahouse Trellis All Over Stencil. Cutting Edge graciously sent me this stencil in return for my review of their product. I haven't used it yet, but that process will be fully documented. My plan is to paint all my walls white and then stencil the Teahouse Trellis design in that lovely Creamy Mushroom by Behr color.
I have an 8-ft linoleum counter top that you can see on the left side of the ‘before' photo that is used on an almost daily basis for any number of craft projects I have going on.
I brainstormed for ways to swap out that linoleum for a more aesthetically pleasing material but the truth is that counter top is often covered with acrylic and oil paints, glue, glitter and other ‘goopy' things and it just doesn't make sense to use something other than linoleum.
I can scrub it with an abrasive cleaner with bleach and it gets all my drips and drops off so easily, so it just doesn't make sense for me to use anything else, even if more pleasing to the eye.
Since it's here to stay, I will give it a pretty skirt, as shown in my mood board. I know that a pig with lipstick is still a pig, but at least it'll be wearing a pretty lipstick!
I plan to clean up the ‘art' all over my walls, maybe get rid of that bulletin board, and get a new rug to finish the room. Do you think I need to remove my Darryl poster? (FYI…2 weeks until Walking Dead season premiere!)
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