Thursday, April 25, 2013


As you all know, I have been working on this room little by little for months now.
It has not been a quick project by any means and the reason for that is, that except for the chairs 
and the wall shelf, we have built everything.

We also painted walls and removed the carpet which it got replaced by hardwood floors.
We have done all the work ourselves, so you understand, we are not as young as we used to be. :)

The craft room is about 75% done, but I figured if I don't share with you all now, I would probably end up with a post with about three hundred pictures and I don't think you would appreciate that. 
Even as it is, this is going to be a looong post. LOL
I apologize for that in advanced!

I will do updates as I finish it, but for now, here is what it looks like so far.

As you already know, some of the first things I did in this room were to update a thrift shop lamp, made a valance for the window and, just recently, redid and old stool to go with the colors in the room.

Back then, I also painted an old cabinet we had and now I am using it to store all my craft paper and supplies.

Not long after that, my husband built the top shelves and also added some lighting. 
 I got busy decorating them while he was working on building the cabinets.

 I am very proud to say I did not buy anything new to decorate the shelves.
Everything you see I either made myself or repainted an item I already had.

I used another old shelf we had on the other side of the room, next to my sewing area to store my leftover fabric.
I covered some boxes I had with brown paper and used them to store my silk flowers by color.

And on top I added my radio and a small lamp for a little extra light.
I also made a burlap flower to make the simple lamp a little happier.
On the counter, I organized my threat, set up my sewing machine and placed one of my old cross stitchs 
that I made a lifetime ago on a new frame.
Well, a girl needs a little music while working and something pretty to look at. :)

On the other side of the room, I organized my painting and office supplies.
At this point is when I decided to add a little teal color in the room and of course, pictures of my niece and nephew and my children.

I took the wonderful idea of hanging the scissors on a coffee mug stand from my friend Laurel. 
She blogs at The North End Loft and yes, I did ask her for permission to "borrow" this idea. :)
Thank you, Laurel!

The pretty box was made by my daughter and now I am using it to store my glue sticks.

Another project we just finished was adding wheels to the other crate I had and using it to store my decor magazines.

And now I am working on the wall over the work area.
My husband hung me a wood tool box my son (the one in the Navy) made while he was still in school.
He took the front piece off and now I am going to add some mason jars to it for more storage.

I am also making a memo board for that wall and I am trying to finish decorating a glass bottle I painted teal. 
I also need to label all my jars.  I hope to be done with it this week.

 And I still have a whole other wall to finish!!!!
I think I have a plan! Well, maybe. :)

 This is all the "befores"

And after. I think we have come a long way!

Sooo, are you tired of looking at pictures already?
You are probably very glad this is over and I am exhausted! LOL
Thank you for your patience and for always taking the time to pay me a visit. It is almost Friday, so I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

See you soon!

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  1. María Elena me encanto tu craft room , muy linda la combinación roja y blanco, la lámpara bella y todo el conjunto , es muy inspirador para mi

  2. OMG! Best craft room EVER! I'll be coming back to this over and over again for ideas and inspiration, Maria Elena. Your new craft room is so cheerful and beautiful and practical. I'd want to spend every single second of every single day here. I have to go get my Pinterest muscles warmed up now, because I'm pinning everything. You're amazing!

  3. Wow ,,.. this is one amazing craft it...nicely done Maria Elena!!!

  4. What a wonderful reno you have accomplished here! It looks just lovely and best of all a great place to hang out in for hours.

  5. Oh, it looks fabulous, Maria Elena! Your hubby did a great job on the drawer units, and I adore the little shelf up close to the ceiling. Those of us who have dedicated rooms are truly so lucky.

    When I was sick, I had plenty of time to think up all kinds of projects -- not good! It has taken awhile to feel up to tackling any of them, but would you believe I did a rearrangement of my Momma Cave today. I'm not quite finished, but I guess I'll have to update my previous "Momma Cave" post. I truly have to stop looking at craft rooms on Pinterest -- it gets me in trouble every single time.

    Well, I probably did more than I should have because I am really tired. Guess I'll go put my feet up and get ready for Grey's Anatomy! Have a wonderful weekend. Hope you get some time to play in your wonderful new room!


  6. Oh Maria Elena, it's beautiful! I'm so impressed! I can imagine many happy hours spent in this room crafting away. I love your valance & that gingham burlap bow on the lamp is adorable!

  7. Wow, Maria Elena, your craft room is amazing!! The attention to detail and the organization are beyond belief! You have such clever storage ideas; and everything is so cheery and inspiring. This could be in a magazine! You have done a great job!

  8. Oh wow Elena, what a dream space! I wish I had as much space as you do! Can't believe this is only half-way, looks finished already! Great job dear!

  9. Wow! This is a serious crafters dream! I love your curtains and rug. You have some well thought out ideas! Kudos to your husband for his craftsmanship and to you for your design!

  10. Look at all the room you've got to spread out, Maria Elena! Love all the storage you've got, too. It's looking great!

  11. Wow Maria! It turned out fabulous! What a fun room to be in! So bright and cheery. You'll never want to come out!! Kudo's to your hubby! It looks like you hired a pro!! Good job!~~Angela

  12. Your craft room is AMAZING!!!!!!! What a space! Great job :)

  13. Wow! It looks great!! You did a fabulous job! I knew I'd love that rug. :) I think even Martha Stewart would be jealous of this craft room. :) Enjoy your weekend!

  14. OMGoodness, your craft room looks amazing Maria Elena! Congrats to you and your both did an awesome job!! Enjoy your weekend in your new craft room. Hugs, Gail

  15. Looks fantastic! Should be in a magazine.

  16. OK! I am jealous :( I would love to have a craft room like that! Y'all have done a wonderful job. Have fun creating.

  17. Your workspace is wonderful. I just finished making a space for me in the garage. I love to have the space, but it will never look as wonderful as yours.

    Enjoy creating!

  18. What a fantastic craft room! It is so clean but colorful at the same time. I love all the touches you've added - valances, storage solutions, beautiful cabinets. Love it all. Wish I had a room like this. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  19. What an amazing space, lucky you, I would love to have a room to work in away from the main living area


  20. SUPER inspiring! How organized :) I gotta get going on my craft room-thanks for sharing!

  21. Maria Elena - this is just beautiful! I wish my space looked like this.

  22. "Tired of looking at the pictures?" Are you kidding? I scrolled through them THREE TIMES. Wow! What a BEAUTIFUL craft room. Lucky you, have fun!! :) --Fran

  23. Wow! That's an impressive craft room!! Can I come over and play?!

    Jenny from

  24. Very very nice! I wouldn't want to do anything to mess it up! Just sit and admire. Have a great week, Carol

  25. AMAZING! I LOVE your craft room, you've thought of EVERYTHING! I've pinned this, want an area that I can sew & create...great ideas in here!!!
    Thanks sooo much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!

  26. Morning Maria,
    what an awesome room, you must be a serious crafter! what a delightful space to use your creativity, bet there
    is gonna be lots of cool things coming out of this room. Know you must be ecstatic to be almost done, so you
    can get on with using it for it's intended purpose. So neat that yall built and did everything yourself.
    You have done an awesome job.............enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!!
    Thanks for sharing all your hard but gratifying work.
    Blessings, nellie

  27. Your craft room is seriously ah-some! I thought those must be PB file cabinets -- I was shocked to read that your husband built them! Great job! Shared on G+ just now. Thanks so much for linking up to ITS PARTY TIME!

  28. Your craft room is awesome! I certainly can't tell it's not finished. I too am building a craft room from scratch in the basement. There is still much to do, but I am using it now. Hopefully I will post an update soon.

    I'd love it if you would share this at "What We Accomplished Wednesday," at Green Willow Pond. It is will be live tonight at about 6:00 EST. Have a great week!


  29. What an amazing room! You've inspired me to work in mine. I need better organization....and a top shelf! Hugs!

  30. What a happy, wonderful spot to craft!! Luv the carpet

  31. WOW! Your craft room is amazing! I love all the hand-built pieces in the room! I would love to have that long corner desk for all my projects...:) I hope you are having as much fun putting it together as I had doing mine! I am always tweaking things and changing things around in mine...:) Come by for a visit sometime!

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  32. This is totally an unreal and amazing space. Wow, I love your cabinetry and how well everything is organized. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  33. This craft room is absolutely gorgeous!! I wish my craft room was so pretty.

  34. What a wonderful space you have created! I would imagine that it inspires you every time you walk in to craft and create!

    Thank you for sharing,

  35. Maria, this craft room is off the charts...great and beautiful workmanship and not to mention all the work you did painting and organizing it. It is fabulous and it's making me want to get my gameroom turned into a similar space. Thanks for sharing it and stirring ideas!


  36. The trouble is, it is just too pretty to mess up! You will have to do your crafts elsewhere, ha ha ...

    Seriously, it is amazing! What a team you and your handy husband are!

  37. Wow!! That is amazing. What a cute room and such a vision to create it! :)

  38. Your room looks fabulous!! I love the desk and cabinet hardware! I know this is a lot of work, it really paid off!! It looks great, nice job!

  39. Love, love, love your craft room!! It's beautiful! I would love for you to link up at my craft party, SHOW-licious Craft Showcase! Just follow the link...


  40. Wow, I love your craft room! It is amazing and looks awesome! You did a fabulous job. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. Happy Friday!!


  41. Okay, I'm moving in! I love your craft room. Can't wait to see the other side. Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  42. When I saw your post at Kathryn's, I just could not wait to come over.
    Your room is GORGEOUS! I'd never leave. I see red and aqua, my second favorite color combo after black and white.
    This is PERFECT. To think I just have a table. teehee

  43. So pretty! I love it!


  44. What an absolutely fabulous craft room! I could just craft away in there. Its all so greatly decorated and organized. Truly an inspiration!

  45. How could anyone ever tire of looking at these fabulous pictures? What an amazing job! I am so wanting to start decorating my craft room. It is so close, yet so very far away. lol! Lighting hung, flooring down, but barn doors need hung and baseboards need to be added. Kind of been on hold lately. I love the cabinets hubby built for you! The entire room with all of your fun organizing ideas is fabulous! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  46. simply beautiful ! a creative inspiration everytime you walk in the room I bet !

  47. I am in love with your craft room, so organized and absolutely beautiful! I really don't know where to begin, but every single detail was wonderful. Just love it. Saw your feature at The Dedicated House, congrats! Mary

  48. No I didn't get tired of looking at pictures of your craft room. EnJOYed all of them.

  49. What an awesome space to get creative. I will be featuring this tonight at my Swing into Spring party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  50. Hi Maria Elena, I will be featuring your amazing room at SYC later today.

  51. How wonderful is this makeover!
    Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home.

  52. WOW! What an amazing space! I love your shelving along the top of your walls, and everything else about it. I bet you love being in this room. Thanks so much for sharing. Enjoy your weekend!

  53. your room is so fabulous!-happy crafting!

  54. Wow~~this is a dream crafting room! Great job and lots of fabulous ideas! Thanks for joining Diann and I at TTF this week.


  55. Beautiful room to create in! Love it!

  56. WOW!!!!! I am stunned!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥
    What you have been able to do! It is just amazing!
    And so big inspiration!!!!! :D
    LOve it!!!

  57. It's absolutely beautiful! I love it, as well as all of your storage solutions. And the fact that your hubby made the cabinets and desk, and you decorated everything, just wow. I'm so impressed! I've pinned this for ideas for getting my own craft room in shape. Can't wait to see the rest!


  58. Hello, would you mind sharing the dimensions of your counter top/desks? I love how you got three sitting work stations out of it. They look like they are compact but stills large enough to be functional and comfortable.

  59. Hello would you mind sharing the dimensions of your desk space/counter top? I like how you got three sitting workstations that seem compact but large enough to be functional and comfortable.

  60. Hi, Jackie, I would be happy to send you the dimensions, but your comment shows as a non-reply blogger so I can't email you back. Send me your email address and I will send you back all the information. Thank you, Maria

  61. May I ask the dimensions of the room you have used? I have a craft room, and search for ideas regularly, but my room is so awkward with two doors, a double doored closet and a double window and a single window! The room is about 12 x 10. So abouts you can see not much wall space, but I love how you have incorporated the window in your design. Has it changed much in the years since these pictures?

    1. My room is also small, actually the smallest of our home and about 12 x 10. I also had a double door closet which I turned into more storage space and added a work area to the center of the room. Those are all the changes I have made since then. You can see those changes here:

  62. Love it! You are doing such a great job. I unfortunately don't a dedicated craft/sewing room. I only have a two bedroom house and my grandson has lived with me on two separate occasions while attending the local junior college. He will be leaving in May and my granddaughter has moved in so she too can go to school. That's okay -- as long as they get a good education. Anyway, I am in the process of turning my dining room/office into a dining room/office/craft-sewing room. I for years have used a credenza for a desk and was fortunate to find a very nice at a consignment store to use for my sewing machine. It will actually look like your sewing machine set-up. I am changing from a round table with four chairs to a rectangular table, which I was also fortunate enough to find at the same time as the credenza. It will have to serve as a dining/craft table, but adapting is the name of the game, right? My room is about 11 x 16, but has two single interior doors plus an exterior door, a china cabinet plus three six foot tall bookcases and the desk, so there's not a lot of room to add anything. I have two club-type chairs I painted green and will use those at the table, I think, plus two rolling office chairs with great back support for craft projects. The desk has its own chair. Sounds a little crowded already so we may have to lose the green chairs; we'll see. I've got this laid out in a floor plan so hopefully it will work! We'll see in the next few weeks. I would love to copy that display shelf around the top of your room if I can get someone to build it for me.


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