Happy November Cottage Friends,
Once upon a time I promised to show you each room in our cottage after I had finished decorating it. It's been a slow process because not only are we decorating our newly built cottage, we're also sculpting and decorating our landscape. We were fortunate to have good weather all through October, so I spent most of the month outdoors. However, I did find some time to finish my craft room.
Come in and I'll show you around.
The room is small -- about 9 x 10 -- and I have a lot of supplies, so I had to come up with creative solutions for storage while allowing for floor space to pursue my indoor creative endeavors. (I write, sew, quilt, decoupage, repurpose/restyle and plan to try even more crafts in the days ahead).
I wanted my room to be pretty as well as functional, and it all had to be done on a low budget. Like pretty much $0. Some people shop their homes. . .I shopped our rented storage shed.
To our left, as we enter, is the nerve center of my creative life.
I write and blog here, search for homes to feature in my Living Large In Small Spaces series, and plan my next creative move.
My desk is "new". A combination of three pieces that I repurposed and restyled into one. Remember this from my "Projects Galore!" post?
|These three pieces will be joined in wholly makeovermony|
Not only fun to create, it was super inexpensive to do. I decoupaged my $5 file cabinet with graphics I downloaded from The Graphics Fairy (is Karen not the most generous person ever?). The desk top is an old cupboard door and the "leg" is made from scrap lumber. (You can't see it in the after photo, but the leg is painted a pale pink.) The desk is shabby and fun, custom sized for the available space, and I love it.
The ephemera is wonderful, and I'm especially fond of the outer left side of the desk with the sheep sign. It's a French sewing and notions store graphic Karen created. I thought it perfect for my room.
The chair's white slipcover was a recent $1 find at the Habitat thrift store.
This lace curtain was in a pile of window treatments at a yard sale. They were all in great shape -- some lace, some voile. I paid $10 for the bunch, and I think that works out to something like 75 cents a window.
The tie back is a hanky I bought a couple of years ago at a gift store in Hood River, Oregon. Another $1 find.
If you've followed A Joyful Cottage for awhile, you may remember this vintage cupboard. I used it for books in my last craft room. Now it holds my fabric.
This little sign made by my friend Robyn hangs on the cupboard door knob.
The quote "A small house will hold as much happiness as a big one" is so true.
Another lace curtain hangs on the south window. I brought the geranium indoors for the winter. The plant stand and little hand-painted pink stool were second-hand finds, $1 each.
The vintage drop leaf table came out of storage for use as a sewing table. I like the flexible size of this table. . .perfect for my small room.
Vintage suitcases under the table hold quilting and office supplies.
I'm really crazy about the top suitcase, which belonged to a WAF.
Above the table is a wall cupboard restyled from a handcrafted funky something-or-other we found at a thrift store last year for $20.
Here's a before picture collage of the handcrafted Funky Something-or Other.
This was a big project for the craft room. Dennis sawed off the legs and shored up the cupboard for hanging. I gave it 2 coats of homemade chalk paint (which is a whole other post for another day) and did a little distressing to give it a worn look. Then Dennis sawed off the little shelves on the left and we hung the cupboard on the wall. The remaining shelves hold a few family mementos.
Interior cupboard shelves hold all manner of craft supplies in various containers.
My $15 bombay chest (another yard sale find a year ago) received a makeover, too. My printer sits on top. It's covered with lace when not in use because I like looking at white lace more than I like looking at a clunky black printer. I store my steam iron and other odds and ends inside the chest.
Another piece from my "Projects Galore!" post.
I repurposed our counter-height table for a craft table and made a skirt to hide storage boxes underneath. The blue fabric cost 50 cents, the floral table cloth was $1. Both thrift store finds.
The tall height makes it a very ergonomic cutting table.
I hung two very different pieces of art. The wild roses watercolor was painted by my husband. The shabby chic metal wall art came from Graham & Brown. I inserted the printed scrapbook paper for a back to nature look.
The bookcase once served as utility shelves. I cleaned it up and painted it a very pale pink. It fits perfectly between the craft table and the door, and holds all my books and CD player.
This pretty room reflects my personal style, and has everything I need for hours of creativity. I smile in anticipation of what I'll discover every time I walk through its door.
Thanks for taking my cottage craft room tour. It's always fun when you come to visit.
|This photo was taken by me at a nearby pond last fall.|
Another creative pursuit.