Friday, August 31, 2012

Craft Room/Guest Room Reveal

SPECIAL NOTE:  I have to warn you, this post is very picture intense.

I have had a very busy month.  My goal this summer was to clean the guest room.  It was quite a task, but I did it.

Let me start by telling you I was starting to feel like a hoarder.  I have so much *stuff*.  Things I didn't need, didn't use, didn't want.  It was overwhelming.  I would look in the room and the mess and just turn around and leave.  What was I going to do with this mess?  Where would I even start?

I am so ashamed that I let this room get in this condition.  It was a catch-all.

We live in KY during the spring/summer months.  In October we will go to Florida.  I decided to take everything I didn't want to Florida to sell in a garage sale.  I would have had a sale here in Ky, but I live in a rural area and not an ideal place to have a garage sale.  So, I have a ton of tubs filled with goodies when we make our trip to FL.

Once I got the room cleaned out, I started the task of making it presentable.  I decided to use this room for my crafts also.  I painted the room a soft robins egg blue/aqua.  I ordered fabric and made my curtains.  Love them!!!  If someone knows how to take a picture in front of a window without washing out the color, please let me know.

This is the true color of my new curtains.

 I found a pretty comforter in the colors I was using.   I made a few pillows for the bed with a little pop of pink.

 I prefer a gathered bed skirt.  I didn't want white, so I made my own.  Love it!!!

Next I painted a lamp I already had and covered the shade.

I was looking for art work to hang above the headboard and found a pair of watercolors.  Loved them but not the price.  Being a DIY kinda gal, I painted my own.  I have used acrylics and oils but never watercolors.    Found a pair of frames at the thrift shop and painted them white. Then I got out my watercolors and attempted to duplicate the prints I loved.   I'm real happy how they turned out.

Next, I had a round mirror that had roses painted on the frame.  That was not going to work so I primed the frame.  I found some chevron contact paper at TJ Maxx and added it to the frame. Much better.

Now on to the other side of the room.  I do a lot of crafts.  I love to sew and paint.  I put a lot of my fabrics in the armoir.  I found a pair of vintage owls and painted them pink!!

My craft table holds my sewing machine.  I made a cute cover for it when I'm not using it.  My husband helped me hang some shelves to hold all my crafts.  I covered boxes, bins and containers to better organize everything.  What a change.  I added a floral wall decal over my table.

I had a wooden plate that was put aside for the garage sale, and then pulled it out to make this cute button.

Can't forget my computer chair.  It was an ugly black.  I found this cute fabric at Hobby Lobby.  Such an improvement.

I still have a few more accessories to find.  I need a rug next to the bed.

I am so happy to finally have this room cleaned out and back to being what it's suppose to be.  I have a space for guests.  I have a space to do my crafting and sewing.  I'm a happy camper.

till next time...

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  1. What a beautiful room/escape! Love the colors and patterns!

  2. Oh my goodness!!! You must be a woman of purpose!!! And drive!!! I just stumbled across your blog tonight, while trying to reduce the number of tabs I have open, and instead I keep find more!!! So anyway, here I am..... I love what you have done to this room! But I have so many questions - like what color of robin's egg blue is this? And how did you cover your office chair (and make it sound as if it took you only minutes, instead of the big deal I would have made it sound like!)

    I also have a "junk" room, as our 150 year old farm house doesn't have any closets, or garage! (that is my excuse anyway) - But most of my junk room is boxes and boxes of paper claptrap! That of course I have to go through before I can pitch it. And just like with cleaning up my tabs on my computer, my dining room table, and the whole room itself, is piled high, while I am trying to work on the original junk room!!! (now I have two junk rooms!) So maybe I should try to quit cleaning - lol - I just don't know what the solution is! Actually, I think my real question, is am I the only one with boxes of stuff, either boxes of paper clippings/magazines, or laundry baskets full of stuff from "cleaning" the dining room table when I am forced into it!?

    Oh well - better keep at it, but would love to know what the color is, and any tips you have on covering a chair! Hope you have a wonderful day, I am going to be adding you to my list of wonderful blogs to follow!!!

    Thanks - hugs from Michigan,


    1. Diane, the wall color is Blue Dusk, Olympic Paints (Lowe's). The chair, I took the arms off, then the seat. I stapled the new fabric to the seat. The back of the chair was a longer process. I covered the front of the chair and hot glued fabric to the back enough to cover the sides. Then I measured and cut a piece for the back part. I did sew the edges for a clean line. Then I put everything back together. Wasn't really that hard, just took a little time. I bought 3 yards of fabric not too much waste left over.

  3. Oh, just wait until I do my post on my craft room! You will feel so mjuch better about your hoarding! lol! I spent the summer cleaning it up, as well as the whole basement, but I still need to redecorate. I hope to get to that this winter. I love yours! It's a great inspiration for me! Your colors are great!

    1. Thank you Misti. Look forward to seeing yours when you are done.

  4. I am a new follower. Came over from Gingerbread. How did you redo the chair in your lovely craft room? Have on just like it and it is so side in this incarnation. Ripped seat, etc. Could you do a post?
    Thank you. Regena in TN.

  5. I explained the process in my first comment. I wish I would have painted the arms and wheels white, but that was an after-thought. Good luck and let me know when you do yours.

  6. This is so beautiful. I love the colors. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

    1. Thank you for the invite and will link up to your party on Wed. Visited your site and am following you too. Thank again Debi.

  7. Your room is gorgeous I too just did a reveal on my blog

    1. thank you. I checked out your craft/sewing room. Love it!!!

  8. I'm in love with your pink owls! oh and the rest of the room looks great!


  9. Wowzers, what a transformation!!! I'm loving the colors and the organization - you are a very talented lady!

    thanks for sharing,

    gena... who has no idea how she popped over here (linky to linky to linky I think, lol!), but I'm so glad i did!

  10. What a good job you did. I am in the same situation and I have no excuse! You may have just motivated me to get my act together! You are a talented crafter! Congratulations!
    Best regards,

  11. WOW! You did a marvelous job!
    Your newest follower,

  12. Wow. I love the colors. Such a fresh, clean space for crafting and visitors. Thanks so much for linking up at One Creative Weekend! I hope to see you back on Friday.

  13. It turned out lovely!!! Love the bright fun colors! Thanks for sharing at Fancy This Fridays! We featured it on Truly Lovely today!!!

  14. Thank you so much for sharing this inspiring room on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Great Job!


  15. You must be super-woman! As you travel to Florida, you could stop here in SC to help me organize a craft room out of my storage/guest room! You went beyond just organizing! It looks like a beautiful retreat for guests!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  16. You've transformed it into such a pretty room! I love those pink owls they add a great pop of colour. Nice job :)

  17. So cute and colorful! Love the wall color and those cheery fabrics. Thank you for linking this up, it's awesome.

  18. It came out so beautiful! Don't be ashamed, many, many of us end up with that room at some point, but WOW look at it now!

  19. Such a peaceful looking room Pam. Thanks for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday.

  20. Pam, just a heads up. I'm moving in tomorrow!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream to Reality!

  21. Wow, looks fabulous! I just reupholstered my office chair as well, it makes such a big difference! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  22. Linking from thriving on thursday. I love the chair, i love the decal. what a transformation. Karen

  23. What a great makeover!! Thanx for joining THT!

  24. What a great makeover! I especially love the floral wall decal right over your table where you can see and enjoy it as you work! I just recently found the same fabric you used for your window treatment. I love it! So fresh and crisp!

  25. What a pretty room! I'm swooning over those curtains! Love. Gave you a feature today! Hope you can come see!

  26. You did a wonderful redo on this room! I love the colors and all the pretty fabric patterns you used! Thank you for sharing last week at TTF. Sorry I am so late visiting. Have a terrific day!

  27. Hi Pam, We must be kindred spirits! I make a habit of throwing things in a neglected room & closing the door! {Then, having to sort through it all later.} It is my pleasure to feature your beautiful room in my Fabulous Friday Favorites at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust. Thank you so much for helping to make my party a success! And please feel free to take an "I Was Featured" button.

    Warmly, Michelle

  28. What an awesome transformation! I absolutely love the color scheme of the room, and the patterns in the crafting space. It's nice to stand back and look at such wonderful results when you've worked so hard!

  29. Hi, I'm visiting from The Dedicated House and love your transformation! It's so inspiring, plus the colour scheme is beautiful! S xx

  30. You have done an AMAZING job!! Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  31. This makeover is awesome! I love all the colors; they make me happy :) I'm featuring this tonight at the link party! Thanks for linking up.


  32. You are amazing!!! This space is beautiful! Love the colors you chose, that lamp, and your pink owls too :)

  33. Wow! what an amazing change. I love it! Each detail is so unique!

  34. You did a beautiful job! Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

  35. What a wonderful room you have! Those curtains are wonderful. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

  36. colorful and organized. Great state for a craft room!

  37. Oh my gosh, Pam! This looks beautiful! I absolutely LOVE the transformation. The colors and patterns are gorgeous. And we are very much alike! I'm working on my guest room and turning it into a craft/ guest room as well. It was a total hoarder room before I started on it too!! It's nice to know I'm not alone :) But you are kicking my butt by already being done, I've still got a lot of work to do ;) Thanks so much for sharing at my Throwback Thursday party, I would LOVE to see you again this week!

  38. Hi Pam! Your post couldn't come at a better time for me. A lot of my readers also thought the same thing. Thanks so much for linking up at Thriving on Thursdays. I have featured your project at tomorrow's linky party. Thanks again. I hope my after photo will be as pleasing as yours!

    Anne xx

  39. Hi Pam,
    This is an absolutely gorgeous room makeover. I love the craft area. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  40. WOw! I bet you ARE a happy camper!! Your space looks wonderful. Great job!

    I have a lampshade similar to yours that needs to be re-covered. Was it hard to re-cover it?

  41. I love this post. I came here via THEE blog hop party...
    I just found your blog...but after seeing this post... I like reading your blog already.
    I thought I was the only one to show 'truthful' photos on my blog. Thanks for this.
    I have two rooms that need revamping... I'm thinking a TOTAL EMPTYING... and starting from scratch ought to do it.

    I'm saving this page.... so nice to meet you, I'm going to read more around your blog. Pat

  42. Oh... I meant to include... I'm not a photographer; but I'm learning as I go and thought I'd share this.
    If you have a setting on your camera for back light you can use that setting, also I've learned that when standing in front of a window, if you hold a piece of folded paper or white envelope up next to the camera-shielding the shutter (out of camera view) this sometimes helps with the glare.

    hope that helps. Pat

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