In March, we got water in the basement. It was a pain for Matt because I was out of town for work and it sucked for me because most of it ran right into my craft room.
Now, my craft room is the furnace room in our basement. It came complete with “carpet” that was “blue”, unfinished drywall that has yellowed over time from not ever being primed or painted, nor has it been taped or mudded, and a rather unflattering shade of “off-white” paint.
It was, however, a big space that I quickly filled and embraced after years of living room floor/dining room table/bedroom floor corner crafting, so I don’t want to complain!!! When we first moved in I felt like the luckiest girl on the planet! What I have, over time, however, realized that you can hang a chandelier in a furnace room, but you can’t take the dingy out without a lot of work.
So, with the onset of losing half of the “blue” “carpet” and all of my stuff getting rather un-neatly being shoved into a corner, I decided it might be time to rethink my craft room and to dive into what the dream might be… without garage storage shelves and maybe with a coat of paint. Here is where I am in terms of dreaming the dream…
Now, I am going in with an idea in mind – bright, light, happy, and super cheerful. Since it is in the basement and has two teeny tiny windows that get next to no sun through them, I am trying to go bold and bright. It would be a big departure from the rest of my house and I think that the colors and textures could lend themselves to be truly inspirational!
Expedit Shelving from Ikeain white. The height allows for 12×12 paper, plus with all the extras you can get baskets, doors, etc… that all fit within it to neatly manage the mess. Plus the bright white will help brighten up the room.
Now, as long as I am dreaming… this is something I have eyed for years! The white Olivia sewing cabinet from Arrow Cabinets! While sewing is not my strongest skill and only a small portion of my crafting, having a cute and appropriate space to do it would make the entire thing that much more enjoyable. Seriously… how cute is this thing?!?!?!
Now, when I think about paper crafting workspace I am mixed. I used to dream of a vintage library desk. Big. Oak. Solid. Now I wonder if something still with a bigger work space, but a bit lighter and bit less intimidating might not be the answer. This is a puzzle to yet be solved.
As far as having a few fun pieces just to add pop, color, and pizazz to the room, that part the fun stuff…
How cute is this rolly chair from Ikea?
or this one if you don’t care about it rolling?
This print from Z Gallery is just cool and adds a fun pop of color
And this one, well, I think this one might be better in my living room, but still wanted to share it as another option from Z Gallery.
This little, adjustable sofa from World Market would be a great place for the kids to lounge and watch tv while I work. Not sure it will fit, but I am dreaming over here.
Some cute pillows could add to the fun as well…
Now I realize none of these match… I am just having a bit of fun seeing what is out there. Plus, I am still trying to find a cool one in teal or hot pink.
The floor is cement under the carpeting that needs to come out. I think I might leave it and polish it up and then just put a nice rug down. Again, a chance for color and texture.
I love this from Ikea because they are 2’x2′ and then come in a variety of colors. I could do something really cool with it.
Yet this is fun, too!
Who knows – I just like to look at the fun bright stuff!
Finally, paint. I have been back and forth on this for a while. I have decided on white. It will brighten the space and feel like it has opened up. Plus the ceiling is open beams (pipes, water tubes, and wires) so I don’t even have white up there to play off of and it is low. I am still hunting for the perfect shade.
Now that I have gone on and on, I will stop. Back to reality. Will dream more later…