MY HOME OFFICE / CRAFT ROOM WAS A DREAM COME TRUE….BUT
“Hmmm….what could I do with four bedrooms.” I thought to myself when our offer on a phoenix home went through. Well, my husband and I each ended up with a room to use as an office. YES! You heard that right, I have a whole room in my house dedicated to be my office and craft room. What a blessing indeed! The only problem is I wasn’t using the room at all! For two years this room was a storage unit.
(There is a video tour of this craft room makeover at the end of this post. Don’t miss it.)
WHAT THIS ROOM LOOKED LIKE BEFORE
The room had a few tables and loads of project materials, scrapbook paper, and ribbons, ribbons, and ribbons with not a place to spare. Because the place would be soooo messy I couldn’t work in the room at all. Since I didn’t have much time to clean the original mess, I starting using the room as a place to store junk. At one time we had toys, clothes to donate, broken kitchen appliances and old Christmas gift bags…among other trash. Here is what it looked like for the first few months we lived in our home. (This is only 1/3 of the mess it was before I did this makeover, but you get the idea.)
To be honest I had tried cleaning and organizing the room about 4 times in the 2 years we lived here. However the habit of opening the door and throwing something misplaced inside while quickly shutting the door never went away. When we moved in, the walls were the ugly navy grey in the photo above. After 3 months I painted them pink like in the photo below. The photo also shows you exactly what the room looked like before I did this makeover. (Only I cleaned everything out)
WHERE I STARTED FIRST
I had two problems to solve. One, I needed a place to be messy and craft. Two, I needed a place to work and think clearly. So I came to the conclusion that I needed to create two separate workspaces for this room. Since I was using this room to do photography and shoot flat lays in, I started by painting all the pink walls white. This was my second time painting this room in 2 years! The pink walls cast a hue in all my photos which is why they had to go!
My heart’s desire was to buy those pretty white IKEA micke desks. They are $80 bucks a pop…..and I wanted two! Instead of shelling out the dough, I searched or three days on craigslist and Offerup for white IKEA desks. After sincerely praying that God would help me find a cheap desk I found two FREE IKEA desks in great condition from a nearby office. (You can see the desks in the photo above)
After I brought the desks home, I was pumped up and on a mission to gather all the decor for the room. Home Depot was my first stop. There I picked out my color scheme in the paint aisle. Landing on Magenta, Pink, and Gold as my main colors, I bought a paint sample of one of the colors to use throughout the room.
MAKING THE WALL DECOR
For the craft side of the room, I really wanted a pair of giant scissors and other sewing related items. Having a ton of left over MDF board from my old sign business, I grabbed some from the garage and headed for the jigsaw. Taking a large 24×24 piece of MDF board I drew out scissors, buttons, a sewing needle and a thread holder…all freehand. I just used a pencil and drew on the board, erasing what didn’t look right until it looked good to me.
After I had my lines drawn, I drilled holes. Some for the buttons and a few on the scissors and needle so I could get my jigsaw in there to start cutting them out. I sanded the edges slightly so they weren’t sharp from cutting. Then I spray painted them all in the colors I picked for the room.
I wanted my KW logo on the office side of the room so I cut that out of MDF board like the sewing decor above. The only difference is I printed out the logo and traced it instead of drawing free hand. I cut out the shapes, spray painted them and glued them onto a circle the same size with construction adhesive.
SPRAY PAINTING ALLLL THE THINGS!
Batch spray painting is always a good idea. I knew I would have a lot of little DIY projects to make for the room makeover. Instead of painting as I went, I slowly gathered all my items and painted them all at once. One night after my kids went to bed I put on my painting mask and went to town.
Below you can see the different shapes of plywood and MDF board that I used for signage. There is also the KW logo I mentioned above and the Christmas decor bunting I got from the Target dollar section, spending $12 on 4 strands of bunting.
Above you can see the IKEA planter, scissor holder, frames and corkboard I also painted. Below are a few photos of how I took apart one of my office chairs to add a touch of gold.
THE PEGBOARD & OTHER DECOR
The pegboard was a scrap piece from my husband’s tool bench project. We found some extra wood in the garage and made a frame for it. I painted it all white and he hung it up for me. The pegboard itself was basically free, however, the little hooks and accessories cost over $15.
To make the shelves I found a strip of plywood and a strip of MDF board that was the perfect size. They were painted white. I couldn’t find hardware to hold the shelves so I hammered four hooks flat and then laid my board on top.
I also made a gold leaf abstract painting for less than $20. You can see the full tutorial + video for that here: Feminine Gold Leaf Abstract Painting.
THE FINISHED ROOM
Can you imagine my joy when I FINALLY finished this office makeover? Well, let me tell you I enthusiastically shouted “YES!”. From painting to hanging up the last frame, this was a three-week long project. Even though this took a while, I don’t regret the effort and work I had to put in to pull this off. Now I’m very happy to work and craft in this new space. Below are photos of the finished room. If you want to know exactly what I spent, and to see a video tour of the room be sure to scroll to the end.
THE OFFICE SIDE
THE CRAFT SIDE
HOW I MANAGED TO STAY UNDER $200
The reason I post these DIY projects is to inspire you to save money on home decor. There is always a way to save money and still achieve the look and feel you want. Here is a list of what I actually bought and spent. Including what I got for free. This will show you how a home office makeover like this can be achieved for less than $200!
ITEMS I BOUGHT:
Paint $16 ( 5 Cans in 3 colors from Lowes + True value sale)
Blank Canvas $10 (Hobby Lobby 50% off sale)
White Wire Organizer ($10) from Bealls
4 Strands of Bunting $12 in Target’s Christmas dollar section
Floral Paper organizer from Bealls for $7
Gold geometric heart $5 (Hobby Lobby sale day)
Hexagon gold brushed planter $10 (Hobby Lobby Sale)
Letter “K” $1.50 from Hobby Lobby
3 Hexagon cork boards $12 from target
Pink zebra pillow $3 from Goodwill
Watercolor cactus painting from Hobby Lobby $10 (50% off day)
Corkboard from Goodwill $12
Pack of 10 clipboards $3 from Goodwill
Small weekly dry erase board from Goodwill $2.50
5 gallery wall frames $8 from various clearance areas.
Ikea Lamp $10 + Lightbulbs $5
3 Ikea Kallax storage boxes $16
Letterboard from Target $15
Ikea Planter $4
5 pencil cups for the pegboard from Walmart $8
Yarn for buttons and thread $2
Craft paint for pegboard $7
Aloe vera plant + 4 succulents $16 from Lowes
Artwork command hook for gold foil painting $5
THINGS I GOT FOR FREE + ALREADY HAD ON HAND:
Two Free Ikea desks I found on offer up from a local media office
White feminine shelf, my husband grabbed from our neighbor’s trash pile
Gold pineapple from my friend Sara @graceandgrease
Two office chairs
Wood + sheet for the pegboard
Wood Boards for signage
Vinyl for the different signs