Painting,Floors and More

Dr. Rod Questions the Pink

This is my husband,lovingly referred to by many as Dr. Rod, because he is indeed a doctor with a last name that some prefer to shorten. But the name suits him because he is just a big guy with big heart. He is the one who insisted that I re-create my craft space and merge the two rooms into one. I have to tell you the truth, I really did resist at first, I felt like I was just getting settled into the room I had. So after really getting to like the idea I just went for it. I knew I wanted PINK AND FRILLY! No hold bar! It was at this point he began to question me, especially when we went to the paint store. I showed him all the pink swatches I had, he almost rolled his eyes. I could see he was really holding back his opinion on the pink thing which made me second guess my choices. But I quickly came to my senses and back to what I knew I wanted (and I knew I was better at  choosing paint colors) and happily purchased the pink paint.

Well here you can see the pink paint on the walls and how the room is taking shape. I think with the walnut floors I’m putting in it will look beautiful against the pink walls.

Craft Room ceiling
Craft Studio nook

Doin the Craft Room Dance

 

This is my daughter, she is really excited about the craft room. We will be having craft night there with friends and she can’t wait(plus I think she can’t wait she what new craft stuff she can get into!)  You can see the walls are a soft pink and not a bubblegum color. The floors are going to be put in today so I will be updating on this soon.

Where Women Craft A Look at Some Craft Rooms and Some Resources

Where Women Create Book

Where Women Create

My craft room is coming along, but I don’t have any new pics to share because of all the activity in there. The walls are being painted, the floors put in and the shell is taking place. I can’t wait to share those pics with you…the change in the room is incredible. I will post those early next week. But in the meantime I thought you might be interested in some links and resources for craft studios.

Where Women Create…the first book I read on real craft studios. Oh! I was so thrilled to see all those rooms bursting with creativity! It’s a beautiful book with beautiful photos. Top designers and artisans offer insights gleaned from years of experience, reveal how they constructed their own creative spaces, and explain how the reader can make practical use of these decorating, organizational, and inspirational techniques as they go about designing their own work areas. If you haven’t read it I strongly recommend this book. It’s about 7 years old now but you can get it brand new at about half price.

 

Where Women Create Magazine

Where Women Create Magazine

After the Where Women Create book came out, next came the Where Women Create Magazine  Like all Stampington publications it is a photo filled feast for the eyes with interviews with various artists and crafters. Lot’s of great big craft studios filled with years of artists’ goodies. It’s interesting to see all the different styles of rooms here. You can also find a few small nook type craft spaces. My only disappointment is that you can’t get this on the IPAD in your magazine reader. I would love to be able to store them all there. Stampinton …time to go digital!

Studios

Another magazine dedicated to craft studios is Craft Studio Magazine by Interweave publications (they publish many good craft magazines). This is a great magazine with lots of interviews with top artists and crafters, but the majority of the magazine is dedicated to revealing everyday craft spaces by everyday crafters, sewers and many mixed media artists. The publication is available for digital download on your IPAD or other digital reader.

 

Everything Etsy has a page on their website called ART STUDIO INSPIRATION Kim has put together a great collection of craft rooms with emphasis on storage and organization. Craft storage and and organization is important to crafters/artists because of all the different supplies that are needed. The purpose of your craft studio is to utilize those supplies. Organization is a big subject and will be written about in another post.

 

You can find lots of great craft rooms and studios if you do a Google search, but I highly recommend that you do a Google Blog Search  A Google blog search will bring up more relevant and up to date craft rooms/studios than a regular Google search..I also found that you will find lots of great “before and after” photos of crafters who have redesigned their craft rooms on blogs.  Another great place to look at craft rooms is Flickr’s Craft Room Group, with over 5,000 members there a tons of craft room pics with ideas for storage, room remodels and so much more! The group is very active and you can look at new craft room pics everyday if you like!

 

Picking Out Craft Room Furniture

I’ve been looking at what kind of craft furniture is out there for craft studios. My craft studio is going to be light and bright (the room has no windows) So this is my plan so far.

1. The walls will be a peachy pink. This is the main color of the room.

2. The accent color will be cool blue/green

3. I have decided to put in a wood floor, hickory wide plank, throughout the entire room.

4.After lots of looking and search I’ve decided on the Martha Stewart craft room furniture in “Picket Fence”. I usually use lots of Elfa shelving in other rooms and have used Elfa in my other craft room, I just want something a bit more feminine with a wider workspace. I also like the that some of the Martha Stewart pieces are designed for crafters.

5. Lighting,this was really hard, but for the first time ever, I really wanted a room that has some bling to it. So I decided on some chandlers. Four of them. Some of the lighting in the cieling would be too costly to move around so I am going with 4. I found some with great reviews from Overstock. They are supposed to have lots of quality light and lots of bling.

6. To continue with my feminine theme I am going to use a molding with a floral pattern.

I’ve put these all together so you can have a preview.

 

Craft Room Furniture

Putting Together a Craft Room

 

 

The Craft Studio is Being Slowly Repaired

 

 

This is Walt,he is the guy in charge of creating a new crafty room. We’ve used Walt in various projects in the house. He is really coming along in my craft studio(I use the words studio and room) I am really impressed with the progress in the walls, they were in such bad shape. It looks like at one time there were wine racks bolted to the walls and then torn out. So there were some really large holes. You can see my the photo above he has made a real ceiling between the two spaces and he tore the cedar out. I can’t afford to cedar the whole ceiling so we will replace the cedar in just the small nook area. This is a small nook area. We replaced the door with a wall so it would provide a bit more space. I’m still having a hard time parting with the brick. But it seems pointless to keep it. My choices are to try and find a brick tile that will match it or cover it with another type of floor. But the brick that is there is in worse shape than I thought. So it really needs to go.

craft studio design

 

 

One big improvement already is a wall that is going up to cover the heating system and water heater. The other side of the craft room was part utility room. So Walt is putting a wall up and a door.There is an some kind of heating exhaust that sticks out in the wall. So I am trying to figure out how to incorporate this large “thing” into the craft studio design. But things are moving along quite quickly so I need to decide.

 

The Destruction Begins

craft room remodel

The Destruction Begins

Just look at these photos and that is all there is to tell. They are knocking down walls and destroying the old craft room. I feel like I barely have time to plan, there will have to be
some compromises in the new room. But here are a few pics of the destruction. The next post I will go over the plan for the room. Enjoy the mess!

 

 bigger craft room

The other side of what will be a bigger craft room

two walls joining together

These two walls will be one and one ceiling too