The Craft Room Reveal

I think of this as a den type of space since it is a walk through room with no closet. In case you forgot first it was our “master” bedroom. Then it spent half a year as a construction holding/giant mess place. And right before I had Tuesday I “organized” it to look like this:

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Ok so it wasn’t always that bad, but it wasn’t so great. I was hardly using it at all as of late because all the storage was open and Tuesday went nuts pulling things apart in here. Welcome to craft room version 2.0:

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Oh I’m such a tease!

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Note that all these photos were shot with a wide angle lens… the room didn’t suddenly grow over night, though it sure feels like it did to me!

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Because I have so many pictures (you did say you wanted details!) I’m going to continue this after the jump.

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This is looking out of the room (or would be if the door was opened). I first of all want to say how much work my mom, who is an interior designer (J. W. Design in Salem, Oregon), put in on this project. She is a detail woman, and helped me get it just perfect. I can say with certainty that this is the best use of the space for us. Having it set up this way leaves lots of floor space (play space) and makes it a lot easier to get up the stairs.

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The cabinets under the stairs were put in during the remodel and the handles are from Restoration Hardware: Traditional Glass Pulls in Antique Brass (to match existing knobs/handles I put in during my first overhaul of the house in 2006). The chair here is from Ikea: Ektorp Jennylind and the side table is a garage sale find with fabric stapled over the old cushion. The room color is Overcast Dawn in Duration Home from Sherwin Williams. A grey/purple that is so wonderful and soothing. Everyone seemed shocked I painted over the green. I love me some green, but I also hate stagnate spaces, so a change was needed.

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(Tuesday’s view of the room). The curtains I made from Ikea fabricΒ (if you click on the drop down color grey/white you’ll see the pattern I got) and Ribbon JarΒ grosgrain ribbon. Because space was an issue between the two upper cabinets I used bath robe hooks from Target. This looks really cool, but means I can’t just pull back the curtains. I have to climb a little and move the ribbon loops from one hook to another (I double them up and fold the curtains over). It is nice not to have pull backs though. Under here you see an old stool and mop bucket (on wheels) found thrifting.

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The red cart (that I want to take apart and paint a neutral color) is also from thrifting. It holds two containers of scrapbooking paper, a ruler case that holds long 12X1.5 inch scraps for my quickutz, a jar of ribbon, a jar of letters, a tin of mini albums some random stuff on top and a hook for my purse. I am going to use this as a cutting table when I need more countertop space (I can just roll it out). The green stool is from Design Within Reach. I got it when I first got pregnant after years of sitting on the little blue one. The little metal basket there for Tutu’s toys is thrifted (I never pass these up, obviously). And the metal is from Ikea (can’t find it on their site, it is from seven years ago I think).

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I wanted to try to keep most things off of the work surface to make it visually tidy and easy to clean. These were the perfect solution, also from Ikea. I combined a Grundtal rail with S hooks and Asker containers (in two sizes). NonΒ strip lights make this space more than just a black hole (I had an electrician come before the cabinets went in – thanks Brent! – there is also a new plug behind the clock if I need to use a heat gun or something. All the other wires go through a hole in the counter into a hole in the cabinet and are totally hidden – it is awesomenss). The wire basket and little green pen container are both thrifted. I am looking for the perfect desktop garbage can thingie. Right now I use a coffee can I sponge painted in high school… so it didn’t make the picture πŸ™‚ Hmm… maybe I can wrap it with something….

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To the right of the computer is an awesome thrifted clock (that I had re-gutted) and a carpenter’s ruler to hold little pieces of paper (idea from the Pottery Barn Workspaces book). The candle is from Anthropologie. They were on sale after Christmas and now I wish I would have gotten a dozen – it looks knitted! Oh I almost forgot, the countertops are from Ikea (sense a theme?). They are the Numerar solid wood countertops. Very, very sturdy (like I stand on them everyday to move the curtains – I told you the system wasn’t perfect).

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The cabinets are from Canyon Creek, my mom is a designer/rep for them and when she tells me what style they are I’ll fill in this blank: Monticello (thanks mom!). Because I don’t consider these part of the “built ins” that I have around the rest of the house, I decided to go with a different style. I explained to my mom designer how I wanted the glass to look and she helped me pick this one out. I found it really hard to visualize, a professional eye was so helpful, they are perfect!! I was originally going to go with mullions, but got talked out of it because there are already mullions on the windows. I’m so glad I went with solid pieces of glass, it looks clean and not fussy, plus you can
see the goodies inside. Since the cabinets were different I wanted different knobs. The first ones from Anthropologie broke, and now I am glad about that because these ones from Restoration Hardware look fabulous and are much better made.

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Custom artwork from my favorite 3.5 year old. Am I lucky or what?

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Awesome giant corkboard I got from an office that was being demo-d.
Now do you want to see where I keep everything? Because Bj saw my pile o crap (since it was sitting in his office for a week) and did wonder (out loud and repeatedly) where it was all going to go. I still have a few bins and things in the basement that I need to sort out, but my philosopy was that if it doesn’t fit in this awesome new room that is so perfect I barely deserve it then I DON’T NEED IT. This is why I have a bunch of listings going up on Craig’s list, eBay and Freecycle. Be gone clutter of my life. Here is where I put all the stuff I did keep:

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This is to the right of the computer. It holds little bits and bobs, a stapler, rulers, push pins, lip gloss, hand lotion, etc. Below it:

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This is deeper than it looks. Two leather bins hold scrapbooking stuff, the first stickers and stuff, behind it 8.5 x 11 paper. Above that my little Epson printer and behind her inkpads and stamps. To the side there are some kid toys, like magnets for the board (Tuesday can only play with that supervised since they are not teething baby safe).

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To the left of the computer and above. Top shelf: tins full of adhesives and paint. Next shelf: buttons, scrapbooking idea books, an elephant piggy bank (thanks Sciarrino!), writer’s block book and activity stamps in a thrifted tin. Next shelf: books, quickutz alphabets and a thrifted glass box with scrapbooking stuff in it. Bottom shelf: slang cards, zig writers, jar of clips, tin of rubber bands and paperclips, box of stuff, decorations that I love.

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Big cabinet up top. Top shelf: albums and a canvas box full of stamps. Bottom shelf: albums, unmounted stamps, foam stamps, notebooks, containers of cards and postage. Vintage wire locker bin full of in progress projects. Below this cupboard:

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Dymo tape, rubons, ephemera, old maps and my color pencils (so glad to have a space for these up here). Bottom shelf: Electric typewriter, grandpa’s typewriter (cursive), bin of random stuff, card catalog hold my photos in categories, Big Picture Scrapbooking style, letter embellishments, chipboard and state tags. On top of that another typewriter (but it’s awesome and green and I can totally justify having three). Old ledgers.

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The drawers under those cabinets hold tools.

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And punches.

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Right side of my lower cabinet. Paper cutter, vintage stamps and contact paper above. You can’t see the stuff behind the paper – beads and some random stuff.

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On the right old cards, and things I want to keep above. Below is this cool Elfa thing I just found at the Container Store (argh that place is like crack to me!).

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It holds my patterned paper. I got the Medium Drawer (16 7/8″ x 11 1/4″) and it was a snap to install – I did it myself!

Behind the door of the room I’m not quite as organized. I need to work on a few projects to get my flow down and work out where everything should be.

Like this deep but not too tall shelf, it’s just a collection hub right now. I’d like to keep it a little tider so I can store my camera there, and have it ready to grab.

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Below that scrapbooking stuff.

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Below that knitting and spinning stuff (most of that stash is in the basement…. I have a little bit of a fiber problem, I’ll admit).

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More scrapbooking stuff below that, along with cards and stuff. I was going to show you all the drawers (there are three) to the right of this bank, but they are boring: envelopes, postcards, and photo stuff.

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(awesome eBay find).

So there you have it. Picture heavy, I told you, but I’m guessing I’ve answered all the questions you could possibly have – and more! Let me know if you do have any others though! I so love this room. And I know someone will ask… no I never did get quite to my goal weight (that was the deal originally to get these cabinets). I still have five pounds to go πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie - Your room looks fabulous! I am so jealous. I LOVE the curtains.
    January 25, 2010 – 1:11 amReplyCancel

  • CEARA - I love the curtains too!!! And I can’t believe that is the same room from before! Nicely done, Amber and company!
    January 25, 2010 – 6:03 amReplyCancel

  • Bill - Awesome Amber, nice job!!
    January 25, 2010 – 6:14 amReplyCancel

  • amysue - Wow. What a wonderful space for crafting! I totally love the Ikea rod and container idea! My craft room is tiny and needs a rehab and this post has given me some great ideas (although first I need to make a table the length of the room that is at a good height for cutting fabric and crafting while standing (with a lower table for sewing on the other side) and then go from there.
    I love the way you’ve organized everything so you can get to it when you need it and not waste time looking.
    January 25, 2010 – 8:40 amReplyCancel

  • mary m - That looks gorgeous! I can’t wait to see it in person. I love how it’s functional for you, but very thoughtful for Tuesday.
    January 25, 2010 – 9:54 amReplyCancel

  • jen - oooooh, its gorgeous!! what a lovely space for creativity!!
    January 25, 2010 – 11:16 amReplyCancel

  • sarah - wow, it looks GORGEOUS! i can’t wait to see it in person…
    and i love that my birthday card to you made the corkboard πŸ˜‰
    January 25, 2010 – 11:20 amReplyCancel

  • Carmen - I am definately inspired to organize. I am planning to organize my office tonight- all because of you….and because it is a disaster. But mostly because your final product is such an inspiration. NIce job! I bet that is your favorite room now. The color is very “now” too. LOVE it!
    January 25, 2010 – 11:38 amReplyCancel

  • Julie - Amber your room turned out fabulous and you were a delight to work with! The cabinet style is “Monticello” from Canyon Creek. I love the pullout from Elfa, it fits perfectly in the 42″ lower cabinet. I will definitely file that one away for future reference. Glad you’re happy with your room… Time for another crafting party!
    January 25, 2010 – 1:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Amber Lee - Great tables are key. I am so glad I went with the standing height for these countertops. I have my sewing machine and all the fabric downstairs now. I think it would have been too overwhelming for me to try and cram it in here.
    January 25, 2010 – 1:08 pmReplyCancel

  • Amber Lee - Well I know you have lots of cool organizational bins and stuff so I bet it will look super cute!
    January 25, 2010 – 1:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Amber Lee - I’ll never get rid of that card I love it! Come check it out anytime!
    January 25, 2010 – 1:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Amber Lee - Come check it out, we need to catch up anyway!
    January 25, 2010 – 1:10 pmReplyCancel

  • Abby - OMG this is amazing I have such a crush on your room right now πŸ™‚
    January 25, 2010 – 2:16 pmReplyCancel

  • emspahn - It’s official.
    I need to move to Oregon, so that I can come craft in your room.
    It’s pretty much perfect. πŸ™‚
    I keep telling Justin that when we buy our next house I MUST have a scrap space!!
    January 25, 2010 – 4:41 pmReplyCancel

  • Shaun Paddock - Wow! I am so jealous! What a beautiful room. You deserve it and I cannot wait to see what you create in this beautiful oasis! Kisses to Miss Tuesday!
    January 25, 2010 – 7:53 pmReplyCancel

  • Nora Griffin - Oh my goodness gracious this room is absolute perfection! Love the color, the cabinets, the simplicity…just everything!
    I was telling Sean about it tonight when we were out walking and he asked if it was upstairs and I when I told him it wasn’t he rememebered that it’s your old master bedroom and the whole layout of the house…I asked him how the heck he knew that and he said it was the birthday/middle name connection. πŸ™‚
    January 25, 2010 – 8:41 pmReplyCancel

  • Amber Lee - You should move here, well, or at least visit. I have a feeling we would get along very well πŸ™‚
    January 25, 2010 – 8:48 pmReplyCancel

  • michelle - This room rocks, Amber!
    I love the white cabinets with a place for everything and everything in its place!
    You did good.
    I can’t wait to see what you & Tuesday whip up now!
    ~michelle
    PS- Red rover, red rover send your mother right over!!! πŸ˜‰
    January 25, 2010 – 8:52 pmReplyCancel

  • Emily - I love it! So many great ideas! Very inspiring! πŸ™‚
    January 26, 2010 – 5:35 amReplyCancel

  • Amber Lee - Haha I love Sean, that is some memory!!!
    January 26, 2010 – 10:00 amReplyCancel

  • Natalie - Love it! I never knew your mom was an designer – i bet that is where you get some of your talent from πŸ™‚
    Love the room. Loved the other room. Can’t wait to see all the projects that come out of this room. And thanks for sharing all the details. i have wanted to do something similar with the wooden counter top – and had no idea where to start…this is a great inspiration.
    January 26, 2010 – 3:11 pmReplyCancel

  • vee - looks amazing amber and so organized! love it πŸ™‚
    January 26, 2010 – 9:13 pmReplyCancel

  • Jessica - OH my gosh, Amber! Your room turned out SO amazing! I absolutely love the color on the walls and the curtains. And now it’s Tuesday-friendly too! WTG! (:
    January 28, 2010 – 3:32 pmReplyCancel

  • B.Anna - Wow, wow, wow! New favorite blog here for me. I dig your cool studio. You also have great shots throughout this blog, nice job. Grey/Purple walls?! I need that. I love it when posts have tons of photos, thanks for that. You got me dreaming of what next to do with my studio, my hubby will have a lot work on his hands helping me.February 11, 2011 – 10:06 amReplyCancel

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