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Hey there! So we are strutting along with this craft room challenge this week and I will say that I am not as ahead as I thought I would be. But I have good excuses, I swear!
So if you recall, from last week’s post (Week #1), my craft room was a dark hot mess, so we took everything out.
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We prepped the floors and walls by putting down our favorite tape and plastic combo – we love this stuff cause it goes right on your baseboards and you pull the plastic out easily. No need for bulky drop cloths.
Go here to check them out.
We used Pure White by Sherwin Williams in satin since I had a gallon and a half left over from another project (we also used that white on these walls in my office), however, these walls soaked up every bit of the paint.
So we had to buy more which I was not expecting and apply a total of 4, yes 4, coats.
We would have used primer, but since the paint we used has primer in it and we used it in the office we thought it would be okay…. but boy, were we wrong! 🙄
Here it was after the first coat (I had already cut the room twice) …
So there is the first reason I’m not as far as I would have liked.
Also, let’s talk about the “boutique” light fixture that gave out no light…
This picture is unedited and you can see how dark it is.
We removed the light to paint the ceiling and almost burned out fingers off it was so hot! I was not comfortable with that at all even though it had insulation between the light fixture and the ceiling (my husband used to be an electrician and he says that insulation is sometimes placed there to help with light fixtures that get too hot).
I was like hell naw!
That was not going back up. So I totally went shopping for a light fixture. It was a little bit of a splurge in my mind, but oh so worth it!
Check this baby out along with my new white walls.
Here is a close -up…
You can check out the specs of the light fixture here.
It’s from the Boswell Quarter Collection. They didn’t have any at my local store so we had to drive a little farther to get it. They only had 2 on hand so we had to make that a priority.
QUICK TIP: For items like this that aren’t necessarily seen on floors or are of limited quantities, make sure to order online and schedule a store pick-up. This ensured that they had it there when we arrived and they take it to customer service for you so you DON’T have to go looking for it and waste time.
I added Eddison bulbs to give it that rustic feel.
Here is the rest of the progress. The walls look so much better now!
I ended up moving my IKEA shelves to the side wall and put it on its side. I was going to use the table that attached to it originally but then decided against it because it wasn’t that large and I wasn’t happy being stuck in a corner.
So I purchased a new table from IKEA (the MELLTORP) instead and it was only $65.
I purchased it for several reasons…
- The first, it was cheap (cause I was already over my budget).
- The second, it was white and I need a white surface for my crafting videos on my YouTube channel.
- There is a third, but I want to make sure I can do what I am thinking first because I tell you, so I will come back to that when I test it out. 😉
Here is the other side of the room. I still have not added the outlet plates yet on that wall, because that wall is too bland and I need to do something to it…. something else I’m adding to my plate, I know!
That bookshelf was supposed to have been painted by now, but the paint I ordered was on back order…. of course it was! So there it sits, waiting for the makeover.
As you can see, we replaced the sun burnt blinds with this bamboo shade. I used this because I already had it (for several years I might add and my husband was about to throw it out) and it fit the window…. so at least I was able to save some money there.
But the wall looks so plain now. I have an idea of what I want to do, but I want to leave it as a surprise so be sure to check in next week to see what I came up with.
So obviously there are things I need to finish from last week and need to do this week.
Craft Room Challenge Week 2
- I need to add character to the blank wall
- Install wall plates
- Paint the bookshelves
- Build the IKEA table
- Purge all outdated fabric
- Get rid of craft supplies that I have not used in years
- Get rid of trash
- Make sure all supplies work (like pens etc. and only keep the ones that are in good shape)
Whew! This week is going to be hectic! Let’s see if I can get it all done!
What do you think of the changes so far? I would love to know…
Welcome to the 2018 Craft Room Challenge! From January 3rd through January 31st, 14 crafty bloggers will be sorting, organizing, cleaning, and decorating their craft spaces. Each of us has a very different craft space to tackle, so chances are you will find one similar to yours. We’d love for you to join in on the fun challenge and clean right alongside us. Follow along and join in on social media by using #craftroomchallenge and #confessyourmess. You can also find us and the challenge via our social media accounts you’ll see listed on each of our sites. We’ll also have 15-minute mini daily challenges for you in case you have limited time to dedicate to the challenge. We hope you share your messy spaces and progress with us so we don’t feel alone this month!
Before you see the rest of the crafty spaces, please meet our lovely hosts:
Stephanie from Crafty Ladybug Creations
Now, let’s take a look at their craft rooms and spaces!