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Craft Room, Part 4
April 20, 2010 - By Ashley Johnston 90 Comments
Need a few more ideas to help out your crafting space?
Better head to some yard sales.
They’re becoming plentiful her in GA….the weather is perfect for them.
(Hope it’s warming up wherever you are.)
And you may find a few treasures to spruce up.
Like this little table for $2.
( I forgot to take before pictures but it was just a light oak color with all sorts of ugly issues….but still sturdy.)
That happily holds my tulips…
And then I found an old sewing table, that was missing the sewing machine
that used to be inside after you opened up the top.
Do you know the old fashioned kind that I’m talking about?
But this was perfect for me.
And since the whole piece wasn’t wood, I couldn’t stain it.
So I painted the whole thing a muted color.
And since the table top opens up, I have more space to work on larger projects if I need to.
Then I added some new knobs…
And happily welcomed this compact little sewing table to my craft room.
To re-finish both tables, I first sanded any rough spots or flaking paint. Then I wiped the entire table with a damp cloth and let them dry. I didn’t sand off the finish or stain/paint of either table. Laziness? Probably……but it turned out perfectly. So I don’t think you need to. Then I sprayed them with a Krylon brand primer (I used white primer under the yellow but it’s not in the photo), and then a gloss spray paint over that. I used 1 can of primer for each table and about 1.5 cans of color for each table. Each can was about $3 so I spent an extra $9 for each table, with some paint left over.
(**Be sure to not hold the can too close to your object while painting and paint in even strokes back and forth. Both techniques will help avoid drips and streaking.)
So not bad, on top of the good yard sale finds. So head on out, you never know what you’ll find.
Onto the rest of the room.
I made a quick cork board that I hung on the back of my door. Just 2 tubes of fabric that I ironed and tacked to the back of the cork board and then knotted off to one side. I am always finding little bits of inspiration or future projects that I’d like to tackle. Or pieces of fabric that I’d like to work around. So, rather than piled on my table, I have decided to tack them to this board.
And over in the corner, I have a standing shelf, with doors that close. Above, I decided to add some love. And I kept it pretty muted on purpose. There was too much going on over there, and this subtle collection kept it toned down a bit.
See what I’m talking about?
But all of those ceramic vases have been collected randomly for $2, $1, and I think $5. And that’s just a ball of twine and a thrift store mirror. I’m telling you……shop around those yard sales and thrift stores without certain expectations (and be okay with not finding anything), and you’ll be sure to find something that you can use. (and spray paint if needed)
Same thing here….just random things that I have found that make this room that much happier.
So, ready for the room in review?
Here’s the main half of the room, all full of crafting things.
And the desk where I put it all together to show you. That chair and I have become great friends while editing pictures and creating new patterns. Heaven help me if that hard drive ever fails me…
Do you want to know who sits directly behind me in his little corner?
My sweet husband.
He has been granted his one little corner. Poor thing.
Do you see him squished right next to my fabric table?
He’s a good sport. (But he gets the garage!!)
I asked if I could fancy up his walls and he quickly rejected the idea, saying that he needs a blank wall to stare at while studying medical jargon. I guess ruffles and flowers don’t mesh well with memorizing the parts of the heart. I did offer to create a fun diagram of the heart while he was taking that test. He kindly refused. Hey, hospitals everywhere could use brightly colored ruffled curtains around each of the patients’ beds. Who’s with me?
And the shameful secret?
A closet stuffed with stuff that I don’t use very often but can’t bear the thought of getting rid of. You never know what you may need something for.
That’s why that door stays closed. Keeps me happy if I can’t see it. :)
**And there’s that dry erase picture frame right above the little yellow table off to the left. They make a sweet combo on that small wall.
Yes, the window needs a window treatment of some sort.
But there’s no rush for now.
Hope some of the ideas are useful.
And the tulips inspire you to go grab a bundle for you own little table.
Man, those things make me happy.