Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Progress: Office/Craft Room
The office/craft room is still taking shape, but since it's my place to create things I'm sure it will constantly be in progress. For a long time this was the only room painted in our house. It quickly became my favorite room to spend time in. When it came to choose a paint color, I wasn't sure where to start. We are doing mostly neutrals in the rest of the house, so I wanted a fun splash of color here. I thought of yellow, light gray, tiffany blue or colonial blue. When we went to the store, J handed me the paint chip for the current color (which I don't remember the name) and I really liked it, so we just went with it.
When designing this room, the main element we need is function. It's a small room and I have a lot of supplies. Storage is key. I picked up some stackable cubes from Michaels. They are perfect because you can choose from a bunch of different cube designs. I made sure to get one with the little nooks, to separate all of my crafting tools and ribbons. I also like the open shelving for scrapbook papers. They are easy to add on to, so if we needs more, I can continue stacking on top of the ones I already have.
We have that wall which houses all of my craft supplies, but this room also serves as an office. Along another wall is our desk. This was our big splurge in the room. I think it was $299 at Ikea. It was the first piece in the room. I wanted something white that would stand out against the walls. I had originally thought about purchasing a wooden desk and refinishing it, but I couldn't find anything that would fit the monitor. This desk works great because the top is pretty big, so it holds the computer, but I can also use it as work space. There is also pretty good storage space, too.
This room also hosts random things that we don't know where to put, like the wine fridge we got from relatives who were moving and the extra dining room chairs that only fit when the leaf is in the table. We also have a closet in here that isn't very functional. We're planning to add some shelving in the future.
Even though we've gotten around to painting some other rooms, it's still probably my favorite space. I love having a place to be creative. J and I decided we'd each have our own creative spaces. I have reign on the craft room and he has reign on the garage, which works out great because we both have our own places for our hobbies. He even has a few diy projects in the works for his space.
This room has come a long way from the white walls and carpet.