What to do with a Formal Living Room. My Craft Room!



**warning, picture overload!**


Before (as a formal living room):
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After:
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Byron's Desk:
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Getting Power to the Island:
I had an electrical outlet added to the ceiling since my house is built on slab. This was way cheaper than busting up concrete and I don't have to drape electrical cords to the wall outlets.
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*Sorry about the cat being in the photos, she is one of these cats that you don't mess with when they are relaxing. Unless you want to lose a finger or two!

Resource Guide:
Rugs: Ikea
Stools: Overstock
Cabinets: Home Depot
Countertop: Formica
Canvas Baskets: Walmart
Knobs & Pulls: knobdepot.com (I ended up spray painting them because the color does not look like the photo and I had to order special screws to fit my drawers...a real pain!!) The round knobs are cheapies from Home Depot.
Bulletin Board: Beachbrights
Desk Chair: Ikea
Desk Legs (Byron's Desk): Ikea, not online, vika fintorp
Shelves & Brackets: Ikea: The wood shelves came unfinished from Ikea, not online.
Paint: Behr Black (not sure, but very black)
Curtains/Rods: Ikea (I still need to make these look better!!)

Island: Byron made with base cabinets from Home Depot, Bead Board Paneling attached to the back and Fence Posts for legs.

Anyone want to come over and craft/sew with me?

58 comments:

melifaif said...

Um, yeah! I have been waiting on that invite!!!! And um, you probably want to stick your foot in your mouth considering I AM IN HOUSTON BABY!!!!! Let's craft. It looks great....

Katie @ Yoga Gal said...

Amazing! You need to submit this room to some magazines. I especially am in love with your huge windows.

Tiffany said...

I do, I do!! Seriously, that would be amazing. I would love to hang out with you IRL now that we've shared so much with each other. This room is just gorgeous! Love it!

Jen-uinely Inspired said...

Great craft room! Lots of light and open space. I have often thought of where I would put my craft room if it had to move out of it's current space. And I think I'd put it in the living room.

Tote said...

What a beautiful room to do crafts in! Your husband did a wonderful job.

Susan

Aleah @HeyBaklenko.com said...

OMG - this room is to die for!!! I'm so jealous! Congrats on a job well done! (found you from the link on YHL's facebook)

km said...

WOWEEEE! What a SPACE! I want to come and play-create. YOU have got to have some craft PARTIES where you and some creative friends can make it MESSY MESSY! I'd also like to take a peek into each and every drawer. heheheheh... I bet you've got it jammed packed with everything I LOVE!

Leen said...

I am so jealous of that room!! It's absolutely fabulous!

Cool way to get power to the middle of the room. Very cleaver!

Mallory said...

Wow wow wow!! Looks amazing! Great job!

Tammy_Skipper said...

Oh the natural light and all. that. counterspace! Beautiful room.

Sarah said...

are you kidding me??!!! your craft room is AMAZING! you are luckkkky!

Carly said...

Oh WOW! Your craft room is amazing!

Centsational Girl said...

I absolutely love it!!!! The space is fantastic and I just love how you are making the space work for YOU! Bravo girl!
xo
Kate

jersey shore l'amour said...

wow.

Kerri said...

This is breathtaking! I would never leave my craft room if it looked like this! I am now a follower.

Kerri
mydecoratingaddiction.blogspot.com

Wendys Hat said...

What a dream!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

WHOAH. What a space! I'm soooo jealous :)

I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Whims Wednesday! http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/04/your-whims-wednesday-4-and-features.html

Jenn said...

This is so awesome ... what a great, bright space for crafting!

Brooke @ Inside-Out Design said...

I love this room so much!!! I can't stop staring at the pictures! Beautiful job. I love how the whole room is so neutral, and then you added that fun rug!
I'm featuring this post tomorrow (4/28/11) on my blog- come check it out!

Prudently Painted Vintage said...

Love it! So refreshing and such a great use of space that would never get used! I bet you spend a ton of time in there now. Great work :)

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

Spectacular Transformation




Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

meredith said...

yes, i'm coming over now and bringing all of my projects! that room is to die for!
Yours Mine and Ours

Anonymous said...

At first glance, I totally thougt this was a kitchen. I love it! I bet you never leave!
Thanks, Ruthie

Jessica @ My World - Made By Hand said...

My cup runneth over...with JEALOUSY! This room is totally awesome...I sent a link to my hubby just now telling him that this is EXACTLY what I want {we'll see if he listens}.

Misty ~ Not an Empty Room ~ said...

um, seriously awesome! And HUGE! Lucky girl! I cannot imagine how in love you are with the outcome. Storage and space and a fun rug? Who wouldn't want to come craft with you!
Happy Creating!
Misty

Heather said...

Saw your room on Better After. Great job with the space! The natural light is fantastic. Please use this room often so that all of our jealousy is worth while :)

Jessie said...

Beautiful transformation. A perfect craft room that's huge, bright and airy. Great job!

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

Sweet Floweret said...

J to the ealous.

michelle said...

Um....WOW!!! That is beautiful!! What an amazing and inspirational room!! Love the rug and I have a cat that likes to be in all my shots, I think it is great. :)
Enjoy your new room!!

Holly Austin said...

I saw this makeover on Better After and just had to come over and tell you that I think it's brilliant and stunning!! Seriously, I'm totally & completely jealous, I love it!!

abeachcottage said...

What a lovely craft room! Thanks for stopping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and joining the party.

Lisa said...

Tremendous makeover! Picture overload? I don't think so. I couldn't get enough of looking at it. I'm soooo jealous of people who have such superb craft rooms! It's really fabulous!

Stacy said...

Your craft room is TO DIE FOR! Count me in -- I am new to Houston and looking for scrap buddies!

Krispy said...

OMG that craft room is absolutely awesome.... if only I had a spare huge room in our house!!! Well done, it looks fantastic :)

Melissa said...

This is so gorgeous! Just what I want for a craft room! Of course mine will be in the basement... I wish I could have big bright windows like yours... ahhh so jealous!! Lol!

Taylor said...

Im super jealous, This is amazing!! I have pinned this to my "future craft room" board on Pinterest! Thanks for the inspiration!

Taylor
www.taylormadehome.blogspot.com

Kindra said...

Wow! Do you realize how many people you made VERY jealous? Looks fantastic...inspiration can flow out of that room!

http://gardenofeden-craftsfamily.blogspot.com

Laura said...

So Jealous of your Lovely Craft space!!

You did a Fabulous job!

cutiepiescustomcreations said...

Stopping by via Thrifty Decor Chick... just had to comment b/c this room looks straight out of a catalog...very Pottery Barn-esque! I am insanely jealous. Great job!

colorchic said...

Totally Awesome! What a fun space to create!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Umm, WOW. I don't think I've every coveted someone's space like I am right now! Just gorgeous. :)

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WeizGuyz WeBlog said...

I've been contemplating using our formal dining room as a craft room and this totally inspires me! Thanks for the great ideas and photos.

Holly said...

Love it! I had a guy out a few weeks ago to look and tell what he could do to change the formal dining area (only use it during the holidays) But I wanted to add walls and a door. I need the walls and door...I'm a messy crafter. Looks great...love the cabinets. Thanks so much for sharing and have a wonderful time in your new craft room.
Holly

Leigh the sewing diva said...

omg that is absolutely beautiful! thought you might like to know I featured you on my blog:
http://thesewingdivaandherreluctantmodels.blogspot.com/2011/05/now-this-is-what-my-dream-craft-room.html

Anonymous said...

Good for YOU!! It looks great and the room is functional. Putting a little used room to use. Great view out that nice window. My living room/greatroom is my craft room, but doesn't look as nice as yours.:)Our motto is, 'Do more CRAFTS!'

Cottage Blue Designs said...

Wow! I LOVE your home office! That rug is so much fun, it makes me smile every time I look at it! We are kindred spirits:
http://cottagebluedesigns.blogspot.com/

Happy decorating-
megan@cottagebluedesigns.com

Suzanne said...

That is gorgeous! I would love a room like that!

Tiff said...

Your room makes me swoon! Absolute perfection!

Remodelaholic said...

Okay, this space is great too... if you want to guest about this sometimes too... I am probably asking to much.

Cassity

BURUNDANGUITAS CS said...

Hi, lovely place to crafts, congratulations for that creative place. Today i am making a post about creative places/craftooms and I included yr place. Come and visit me at:

http://burundanguitas.blogspot.com/2011/05/categories.html

rgds, dalys

Nancy W said...

I'm in Conroe and I will bring lots of Studio Calico kits to share ;) love, so glad to find a local!

Rosa said...

Hello. I`m from Portugal and i saw your room on Better After. I think that about your Curtains/Rods you must see what Rebecca Robinson does here: http://www.youtube.com/user/robesondesign#p/u/3/AmPrRe9LwD0
I think that will look great in your windows.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

WOW. what an amazing space- and brilliant about that power outlet- would have never in a zillion years thought of doing that.

Awesome idea.

Happy creating in that incredible craft room, wow!

annie hearts said...

I found you on Better After and I love this space! The black with the pops of colour are AWESOME.

You are so brave for converting your dining room into this! You go, girl!

Annie XO

Diane Zane said...

Awesome job! I'm jealous.

Diane Zane said...

Awesome job!

Lindia said...

How awesome! Stopped by via Better After... the best part is, you did it yourself! I am having a serious case of craft room envy... Congrats! Genius that you put the outlet in the ceiling... Oh, and you can buy a plug in cord extension/receptacle that you can pull down whenever you need access to your outlet (like they sometimes have in workshops). That way you don't have to look at an extension cord hanging down all the time. BEAUTIFUL room! :-)