Hello, CSI readers! It’s Noelle here today. I hope you all are doing well. I got a total wild hair earlier this month, and decided to COMPLETELY overhaul my studio. It was something that desperately needed to happen. I’d been ruminating on the changes I needed to make for a long time. And then, our ancient desktop computer died, and with it died the need to keep this massive computer desk in the room. I began sharing with you about this project on Wednesday, and now I’m back with the budget and additional details.
It was weird to me to paint a room CREAM instead of some color. I ruminated on yellow walls for a while, but in the end I decided I wanted the neutral backdrop of cream and white. The main pop of color would come from the craft table, and of course I had all my vintage items (many are blue) to accent the space with. In fact, 90% of this makeover can be attributed to paint. I’ve had at least three people tell me they can’t believe this is the same room.
I went with white for the shelves, the desk top, and this bookcase unit that I’d had stashed in my basement. This shelf and drawer unit used to be my Gramma’s, in fact they are part of a wall unit, but provided VALUABLE drawer space! The bottom drawer holds much of my theater items, as well as one shelf. The middle drawer is supplies and tools, the top drawer holds some embellishments, my stamping blocks and paper trimmer.
I went with a high gloss white on the furniture because I wanted the contrast between the cream walls and white furniture for dimension and depth. The difference in sheen (satin on walls, high gloss on furniture) also helps the contrast. All the hardware got spray painted from black to bronze as well.
Here’s what I bought for the room:
One gallon Behr white high-gloss paint-shelves/furniture-30$
One can Rust-O-Leum Hammered finish spray paint in Bronze-hardware-FREE (I already had this).
Three bird drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby-18$
One long mint storage box from Hobby Lobby-15$
One glass doorknob inspired picture hanger from Target-5$
One 4’ x 8’ piece of plywood-35$
Two 8’ pieces of trim-30$
Two 8 foot 2×3 boards-6$
One pint of Polycrylic to seal table tops-9$
Carlisle Counter Stools in Navy from Target-80$
Ikat fabric for curtain and slipcover: 65$
so, a little under 500$. I had the spray paint and a lot of the hardware and faux finishing supplies already. Can you imagine how much more it could have been had I BOUGHT furniture instead of painting it?
The desk (formerly black with a wood top…) got a facelift. I didn’t want to get rid of it entirely, since I need flat space still and it would be good to have a place to use my sewing machine and Silhouette. I did the same faux finish technique on the base and painted the top white.
I got new boxes for my stamps, because the Dollar Store baskets I showed you in this post were flimsy and always bending when I pulled them out. These are kraft photo boxes, only 2$ each & much sturdier, plus they are a bit bigger!
The filing cabinet, and shelf with the curved top stayed the same. I put my Silhouette & Big Shot on my vintage trunk and inside the trunk are all my alterable items, and empty scrapbooks, etc. I hung my cutting mats on the wall.
I did a vinyl treatment on the wall featuring my blog name using my Silhouette. I love the way it turned out!
One other small project I took on was this Ribbon Frame. A cheap frame from the thrift store, some paint I already had, ribbon, and dowels and this was good to go!
I want to make a curtain and office chair slipcover as well. This ikat print is the perfect color scheme and I love the rustic elegance it will add to the space. One of my big concerns about using mint as one of the main colors was I didn’t want it to feel immature or too cutesy. One of these days (soon!) I’ll get around to stitching those projects up!
I also need to mention that I took over FOUR BAGS of garbage out of here! I cleared out, went through and reorganized everything, even my scraps bin! It feels so good to have a clean slate.
Pen storage, twine storage, and many other things were just brought back in the same way they were before. If the system was working for me, and I liked the containers already, why the heck not?
I did pick up this cool wood box at Hobby Lobby for all my tools. The colros and style were perfect for the room and the mini pail I’d been using previously wasn’t working for me. I know some crafters like to separate like things together; all scissors together, all adhesives, etc. But for me, it has always worked well to have all my tools together so I’m not looking all over for a paper piercer!
I really wanted to buy this cute pail system from IKEA in the cream color for my gems and embellishments….. Maybe some day I’ll splurge, but I had these cute pails already, and these hooks were so much cheaper than buying a whole new system with the same functionality for my space.
I am still also trying to talk myself out of the Raskog cart that I know most crafters own, and love! It would be a great solution for my sewing machine, but for now it sits perched atop my grandparents vintage suitcases. The smaller suitcase holds my sewing kit.
All in all, I am just loving my new space! It was a lot of time, stress, and expense…. But fully WORTH it all! I hope it inspired you as well. Thanks for stopping by CSI!