by laura janning

Project Craft Room 2014- Part 1...The Vision

January 22, 2014

As soon as those 2013 projects got completed a couple of weeks ago here, my husband and I couldn't wait to work on the first project of the year, which was long overdue.....My craft room/ His Office. 
This space is above our garage and when we were building our home it wasn't being used for any of those purposes, so it was one big room...until we were ready to use it.
Years later after the kids arrived, I wanted a craft room and my husband wanted to move his office to a quieter part of our home. That's when we decided to use the space and split it. His half and my half.

Note: these are not the most pin worthy photos that I have ever shown you, and hence will not be including a pin button, but shamefully it was the reality of what the space became and looked like.

The space is a bit messier (well kinda) in this photo which shows my side, the craft area.
His side, the office (at the other end) is always neat.

except when I pile all my stuff on his side! This is the start of the renovation, so I had to pile the stuff somewhere.

So what are my grand plans for the space (s)-

Husbands office~

Since we are limited with wall space, we will be putting a divider wall between craft room and office. We will also be putting up another wall as you come up the stairs.

I will be taking my existing craft table, which I have had for 15 years and turning it into my husbands desk, after I paint it. He is not a big fan of polka dots...that are green.

I will be modifying a file cabinet and hutch that we have had for many years, into a credenza.

The office will be painted using Mindful Grey and white.

I will make some new curtain panels and pillows for the couch.

Reupholster current office chair using a brighter fabric.

Craft Room~

Since organization and storage are priorities, I will be installing shelves along both walls in the room.

Walls and ceiling will be painted- not sure on color. Probably neutral with pops of color in my accessories. Using this as my inspiration for the colors.

Add task lighting and electrical outlets in the new walls.

I will swap out my husbands current desk ( which use to be our kitchen table) and paint it  for my new craft table.

Install a wall going up the stairs that lead into this space.

We are hopeful that I am crafting and he is working in our new spaces in a couple of weeks. 
To see the during click here.

What about you, start any big projects with big green polka dots in the New Year yet?

Grateful for~
A wonderful and hard working husband

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  1. You have great vision! I know you both will enjoy your new spaces! When I retired from teaching I brought my "stuff" home. Fav Son teased me about being a hoarder but I carved out a space in the basement near our ping pong table(craft table) and Wonderful Hub put up several florescent lights. It's not pretty but quite functional and I've enjoyed working it my new space. It's almost a luxury to have a place of your own, isn't it? I'm looking forward to seeing your updates!! Keep us posted!

  2. I can't wait to see the outcome! I know it will be wonderful. I am in the process of gathering ideas for a craft room as well… maybe I can learn something from you! :) Good luck!

  3. I will be waiting to see the transformation! My cute little craft room has slowly become a dump spot for odds and ends that no one seems to want to deal with. I have been wanting to get in there and organize. Maybe your pictures will inspire me! Have fun!

  4. No green polka dots here..but you know I'll be watching this makeover carefully for inspiration when I get around to tricking out my new craft room! I'll take all of the inspiration I can get and I always find plenty here!

  5. Sounds like a plan. Gosh it looks a lot like my hoarding room as it is now.

  6. I need to know how far down the list painting over the green polka dots is? Because I'm thinking at my house Brawn could live with the dots for a while as I finished up a craft space.

  7. such a great space- can't wait to see!

  8. I like that Kim has a hoarding room. I have a hoarding house! Ha! Can't wait to see your vision turned into reality!

    :) Linda

  9. love the colors you're being inspired by and the inspiration image is a cute project too. those colors instantly transported me to spring ... oh spring, please hurry!

  10. This is very much like the configuration of our studio space over the garage. I haven't done anything other than furniture in the room and changed out the lighting. We have three sun tunnels in this space also. Really brightens the room. I'll be looking for the After photos of your room. Sounds wonderful.

  11. It's going to be awesome! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

  12. I can't wait to see the transformation. My craft room/office is on my to-makeover list for 2014. And I'm so glad that I'm not the only one whose crafting space looks is messy. I tend to pile on the floor, even as I fuss at my kid for not picking up his stuff of his floor. Do as I say, not as I do!

  13. Free at last - you'll be doing the happy dance up there!

  14. My husband and I share the bonus room partly over our garage. I have a big work table that everyone dumps stuff on. I rarely go up there and when I do it needs an hour of my time just to unearth my work table to do a project!

  15. Laura this sounds so exciting and I can't wait to see the progress. You have some great ideas. Have fun and enjoy!!


  16. LOVE the ideas! I bet you can't wait for a craft room! I really need to redo my office/craft mess!

  17. Ha! I'm working on a craft room/office as well and the colors I'm thinking about using are yellow, hot pink and white. Great minds think alike;) Can't wait to see what you do. I'm sure you'll get yours together much more quickly than mine so I'll be looking for inspiration:)

  18. That's an exciting project. Can't wait to see the end result. I've got to fix up a guest room. Just can't get motivated!

  19. That's going to be a great room! You're lucky to have an extra large room like that to set up for work and crafts.

  20. You go girl! I love all your ideas! And that picture of you by the door is super cute. :)

    Happy, happy day to you friend!

  21. I am so jealous! But so excited for you Laura! I look forward to seeing updates.

  22. Can't wait to see how this turns out!

  23. You certainly have some great ideas and vision for this space…it is going to be such a wonderful space for everyone…can't wait!

  24. I love your plans and I can't wait to see the turn out.


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