Well, I don't know what I was thinking... but... the Craft Room Remodel is underway. I have to go back to work tomorrow and I sure haven't made it very far. The house looks like a tornado hit it trying to get everything out so that we could work. Hee! Hee! So... Let's start with an update.
Ozzy is recovering from his surgery, but now has an ear infection. He is laying around a lot and being very spoiled and clinging to Momma. We are going to take him back to the Vet on Friday to make sure it's safe to take off the halo. I think, for now, he just thinks it was permanently attached or something. He seems to be ok with it, but we want to make sure the ear thing is cleared up so he can enjoy realizing that it's gone when the time comes.
Jill's car is still dead, but the parts arrived today. Wish us luck and say a prayer because I have no idea what I am doing. I am going on a really bad repair manual and phone calls from Jill's brother. As I said... if I get in a car, turn the key and nothing happens, I call and say I think I broke it. Fortunately, her car seems pretty simple and there doesn't seem to be much that could go wrong with it, but I think we are heading in the right direction. We hope to at least get it going well enough that I can drive it to a dealer and say... "I did what I could, but now it's your turn." Hee! Hee! I just don't want to mess it up because Jill really loves her car. She has had mine all week and seems to be getting a little depressed. Poor thing... a few days without leather seats and a sunroof must be really tough. Hee! Hee!
Ok... So back to the craft room. I had no intention of remodeling the craft room yet. I planned on doing some counters and reorganizing, but was waiting to decide what I really wanted. I was thinking of going all out and doing very nice counters or having everything custom cut so that I could paint them. Then my Mom calls me. My parents have a friend who had a bunch of counter tops (brand new) in a storage pod that he wanted to get rid of. She called me and I hopped in the truck with my Dad and we drove over to look at them. Well, I saw some that I liked (a couple don't match, but are pretty close) and I asked him how much... thinking they were going to be very expensive because they are really nice. THEY WERE FREE!!! Can you believe that?!? Well, that changes everything! We loaded up several and headed out. My parents have a couple for their home too! We got the ones I wanted back to my house and I had until the next morning to come up with a plan to use them. I am an interior designer, but that's pretty quick considering I was thinking of going a completely different way. Hee! Hee! But... I came up with a plan. It is in no way complete and I will share more as we go along, but I am so excited with how it's starting off that I just had to share a picture with you... especially since there is NO WAY I am going to have time to make a project. Hee! Hee!
Let's start with the BEFORE. The room is actually two bedrooms on one end of the house that we converted in to one large space. The entire room is about 11' x 24'. In this first picture, you see one side of the room as you enter the door to the right. One entire wall is shelves and grids with makeshift tables for working surface. There are windows on each end of the room. On the right of this wall are several of the cubes from Michaels. I think they were called "Jetmax" cubes, but now are recollections.
These are the cubes stacked up the wall. Keep in mind, this is before.
This is actually standing behind the table and looking across to the other side of the room. On the other side, the wall of shelves and grids continue. On the left side of this picture is two massive computer desks that will be coming out. I have had them for years and they are the kind of corner desks that were made for monster computer towers and big heavy monitors with a little bit of surface to write on. They were perfect for the old monster computers, but for the mini-box and flat screens or MAC laptop we have now, they just don't work anymore... so bye bye. Hee! Hee!
You can see again the grids and the shelves in the room. It's basically a storage room with a little table to work on and two desks that don't work anymore. Everyone who enters the room is wowed with all the stuff, but to actually work in it is kind of a nightmare. When we originally put this together, we went with the fun bright green and I did sort of a sky blue ceiling. Since this picture was taken, we have replaced the terrible little round lights with big florescent fixtures that put out a lot more wonderful light! There is a lot of natural light that comes into this room too, but these pics were shot in the evening.
So... Clearing all of that clutter and crap out and rearranging the cubes with some very skilled help from my wonderful Dad, this is the one side so far! Amazing, right? I could show you a picture of the other side, but you would just laugh. I could show you a picture of my dining room and guest bedroom, but you would probably laugh hysterically. Hee! Hee! All that crap had to go somewhere so we could work. Hee! Hee!
So... no cards or scrapbook pages today. Sorry about that. This project has been a lot more work, but I have a bunch of cool organizing things to share with you are we progress. We were so blessed with these amazing countertops and the cubes are working perfectly as cabinetry underneath. Once all of the desks are removed and the other side gets done... and I somehow manage to fit all of that stuff back in here, I will be taking lots of pics and sharing lots of the experience. If you have a craft room, you know how challenging it can be to organize it, so since I have so many addictions, I figure it may help to learn how to organize them all individually, even though in our home, it's all in one room. Hee! Hee!
Thanks so much for visiting today! Shoot us come comments. I will give you a topic. Now that I have these beautiful brown countertops in the room, I HATE THE GREEN! It seems to clean and pretty for such a bright and bold color scheme. Obviously, we aren't afraid of color, but I am thinking of moving towards the color scheme like the CTMH Sonoma paper. Smokey Plum, Olive and Bamboo is what we are thinking now. What do you think?
Hope everyone is having a wonderful week and thanks so much for your patience while our lives turn upside down right now. Hee! Hee!