Friday, February 6, 2015

Craft Room Inspiration

I have an entire board on Pinterest dedicated to ideas for my craft room in the basement. Here's a few highlights that have inspired me and that you will see when I reveal the finished product.

Color inspiration from here:


and here:



I also have some organization inspiration from several places:








Then of course, there is some fun artwork I'd like to incorporate:







Like what you see? Then check out my entire Craft Room Inspiration Board on Pinterest:



I can't wait to start showing off parts of this room!

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Basement Craft Room Before (Scary!)

Things have been so crazy in our household lately, it's been hard to find time to blog. One of the things I've been trying to get done is cleaning and organizing my craft area in the basement. I need to get this done for several reasons:
  1. Our basement flooded last year and I lost a lot of supplies because of it.
  2. I have way too much stuff and I need to sort and get rid of some things. *See this post*
  3. My husband has been bugging me to do this for the same above two reasons. ;) 
So at the risk of scaring everyone, I'm going to show you some before pictures. *Warning* The following pictures contain graphic images of massive amounts of craft stuff. Hoarding may be an issue. 




Yikes! I can't believe I shared that mess with you all. On the plus side, this space has good bones. The peg board and the built-in shelving were all here when we bought the house. I just need to organize this stuff and group all the like stuff together. Not to mention spruce up the place a bit! :) I'll admit, I'm almost done with this now, but need a little longer to do the sprucing part. For the next week or so, I will be showing you bits and pieces of this project, hopefully all leading up to a big reveal soon. Check back tomorrow where I'll show off bits of inspiration from my Pinterest board dedicated to the subject. 

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Red and White Stencil Side Table


Hi. I'm finally getting a few projects done here and there that I can share with y'all. I bought this little gem for cheap at a local thrift store.


The doors were made with super flimsy press board and kept falling out, so I ditched them completely. I painted it colonial red by RustOleum and tried out my new stencil on the top in heirloom white. 


Add a cute gray fabric bin and this little beauty is ready for storage duty! 


I love it when a project turns out exactly like you envisioned, don't you?

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Let it go!- The Crafter's Version

I have recently decided that maybe my husband's right. (Don't tell him I said that!) I have too much craft stuff. I know, I know, I just shocked you with that statement. There's probably a few of you saying there's no such thing. I used to feel that way too.

But after the flooding our basement endured earlier this summer, I was forced to throw out some supplies that were ruined. Then, I had to haul all my stuff upstairs to the garage. Which made my husband mad to see how much stuff was actually there. 

I'm now in the process of bringing stuff back down into the basement. *sigh* That's  the point when I realized I will never ever use all of this stuff. As much as I would love to, it's not all going to happen (unless for some reason we miraculously won the lottery and I can quit my day job and hire a nanny).

I've also come to the not so good realization that I've spent a lot of money on objects that are just sitting here in my basement (or garage). Dang, yo! I've got to do something about that. 

So, I'm sorting through things. Things I think are worth something but I don't think I'll use in the next 6 months are getting sold. Things not worth a lot that I don't think will get used in the next 6 months are getting donated (either to other crafters or to the thrift store). 

I need to do this both to lighten my load and possibly recoup some expenses. I also am trying to organize what I'm keeping as I go. That means finally trying to decorate my craft area while I'm at it. 

That part of this whole ordeal has got me excited! I painted my peg board yesterday and it is cute! Hopefully, I can share some in progress pics of that soon.  You can check out some of my ideas for redoing this space here

What about y'all? Do you feel the need to let stuff go? Or are you a keeper? (I'll admit, I'm finding it hard to part with some things!) If you want to check out the few things I've got selling right now, You can see them here.

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life!  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Pinspiration #4: Sprucing up the Master Bedroom


I found a new duvet cover for our master bedroom a few weeks ago. That, combined with a cleaning spree convinced me that the room needed some sprucing up. So, I immediately started a Pinterest board for inspiration.

I decided to start with this idea:






I found some frames already in the perfect color at the thrift store. They were $3 a piece, but I figured it was worth it not to have to paint them.  I bought letters and an ampersand at Walmart. I spray painted them chevron using my shape tape Frog Tape. I used Heirloom White and Sunshine Yellow, both Rust-Oleum colors. I decided the white and yellow were hard to distinguish, so I outlined them with a Sharpie.

Here's the result:



Here you can see them over our headboard:


I love the result. I will be doing a few other things to spruce up this room over the next couple of weeks. I want to get the guest room finished first.

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life!

*I was not paid to endorse any of the products or stores mentioned above. I just happen to use those products and stores. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pinspiration #3: Mail Organizing Station


I was inspired by this lovely project from Beyond the Picket Fence:  

I needed a solution for my mail piling up all over the house. Here's my version:


I decided to put it right by the front door as otherwise the mail would just get left on the T.V. stand near there anyway.


FYI- my dad painted that painting for me and made the frame from old barn wood. Love it!

I already had all the supplies on hand for this project. I was digging around in the garage for a board when I found the piece of bead board already cut to the perfect width. Score! Did I mention it was already painted white? Double score! All I had to do to the backing was sand it a bit and antique it with a little stain.

I also had the books on hand from a previous auction buy. I just removed the covers, glued in fabric sides and screwed the cover right into the bead board.


Don't worry about the book insides, they will be put to good use! I thought the covers needed some extra hardware, so I glued some scrap-booking label parts I had lying around to the fronts.


Because I can't resist, here's an "action shot"


I love this thing! Hopefully, I can convince my husband to put the mail in here instead of laying it elsewhere.

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life!

*Planning to share at: Metamorphosis Monday Made by You MondayTime To Sparkle Tuesday Linky Party;  Whatever Goes WednesdayWildly Original Linky PartyClever Chicks Blog HopSerenity Now Weekend Blog Hop

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Garden Mushrooms


I saw this idea somewhere (can't recall where exactly now) for making garden mushrooms out of upside bowls and vases. I thought it would be fun to add some to my garden.





I thought they added a fun bit of whimsy to the garden. They were super easy to make. I just found various bowls and vases at the thrift store and glued them together using E6000. I've had them outside through several rain showers so far and they've held up great. Have you used any ordinary objects to decorate your garden lately?

Don't settle for dull, live a refinished life!

*Planning to share at: Metamorphosis Monday Made by You MondayTime To Sparkle Tuesday Linky Party;  Whatever Goes WednesdayWildly Original Linky PartyClever Chicks Blog HopSerenity Now Weekend Blog Hop