Wednesday, May 09, 2007

craft room makeover

I have always said that it just wouldn't be as much fun if I just walked into a store or ordered online and purchased anything I wanted. Not for me. No fun. Waay too easy. I would much rather buy 2nd hand. Randy and I can surely afford more than when we first got married and entered fulltime ministry. So you'd think I wouldn't need to shop for deals all the time. But that's it! I want to! I have to! It's my fix, my hobby! I am all about recycling, repurposing... and the thrill of the hunt!

Sooo, here's the run down on what my craft room cost me. I am doing this for me. I plan to do a scrap layout about my new room someday and tell the stories behind each find. So you are more than welcome to join me. And to be quite honest, it is more fun to tell the stories knowing someone is listening... uh, reading.


This is what I knew I wanted in my new craft/sewing room... aqua walls, plenty of work surface, my $25.00 chandelier and a dress form. Well, I got that, and sooo much more! All are thrifted unless otherwise stated.


Here's my deals from IKEA 'as is'- the 8 ft. solid counter top- $33.00, the base cabinet without doors- $15.00, the other base cabinet with doors- $20.00, the rolling cart with drawers- $13.00 (retail $119.00), wired drawer tower- $20.00, glass jars- 25 cents each.




Yesterday I found the comfy desk chair (perfect color) and awesome solid wood stand next to Mrs. McGillicutty FREE from down the street. (it's big-trash pick-up next week) Paint was $25.00 a gal. X 2- $50.00! I was soo surprised that paint costs that much! I've always used oops paint. Chrome shelving for the closet- $75.00 at Costco, galvanized cabinet w/ glass doors- $5.00, 3 white molding shelves- $5.00 each at Target clearance, the 6 ft. long shelf on top of counter- an old king-size headboard I painted white, 'purse on pegs' art piece- each a dollar or two, an old hand-sewn quilt top for curtains- $1.00 (yup, changed the curtains from the last set of pics) and Mrs. McGillicutty- well, priceless.
The best part... I walk in the room and I want to create and design and play. I feel such a sense of peace and contentment, surrounded by everything that says ME. Making me all the more aware of who God created me to be!

25 comments:

Miz Smoochie Lips said...

It's looking mighty fabulous!!

Thank you for the terrific idea on how to hang my vintage purses. I would never have though of that! And I see those everywhere at thrift stores. Brilliant!!!

Teresa Sheeley said...

Hey Linda!!
Oh your room looks wonderful!! I wish I had one just like it. To me it's very Posie-ish (Alicia). You did a fantastic job and I feel very honored to have one of my prints hanging on your wall. Beautiful room!!!

Teresa

Becca said...

Puhleaze enter this post in the thrift carnival for next week?????
I love your thrifty posts. I ain't too proud to beg...

Becca said...

I really love the purse rack and the quilt topper curtain as well.

An Odd Duck said...

I like how you've used your pyrex. YAY. And you have given me ideas for my extra colander. I love your space.

Heidi said...

Linda, it looks like an inspiring place to be! I can't believe you found that gorgeous chandelier for only $25--what a steal! :)

Daisy Cottage said...

Love, love, love, LOVE this post AND your special room just for you! Adorable and creative! Pat yourself on the back for a job very well done!
xo,
Kim

VaxGirl said...

It's just beautiful! I love how you've taken all the stuff that looks like clutter in my house and made it look charming!

Zoey said...

Great idea, Linda. The colander caught my eye right awasy.

The quilt made the perfect curtains for your craft room.

Good job!

Zoey said...

oops. I meant great ideas...plural

kristen said...

You better lock that door when kennady comes because she will have WAY to much fun and will want to touch everything and ask what it ALL is!! Okay so maybe that won't be all bad for you but then again I hear it everyday

oh but who am I kidding I love the questions(I am blessed!!)

I can't wait to see it in person... it looks so fun!
love ya

mosaic queen said...

I LOVE your new craft room!!!! Too AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

amy said...

What a job! Im glad I stopped by..IM always looking for motivation

Anonymous said...

LINDA
WOW!!!!!!!!!!! I HAD TO LOOK COULD NOT WAIT UNTIL I WAS THERE.
ITS SO GREAT!! WHAT A JOB WELL DONE. GINNY

Sandy said...

It just looks so cool.
I wish I could wander through the room .........

Nancy said...

Great job, Linda! You are one crafty, thrifty, lady for us all to admire. Keep inspiring us!

NanAZ said...

LOVE the room!! Can't wait to see it close up. You've been a busy lady.

Betty Jo said...

Linda your room is stunningly beautiful. Thanks for sharing your thrifty ideas of making it so. I adore the colors and have been pouring over every little detail. I'm so happy for you. I'm looking forward to the day my space comes together as sweet as yours has. Do you have an IKEA near you? xoxo

Nonie Mae said...
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Melanie said...

Wow Linda, I absoultly love your new sewing a craft room. I am in the process of putting together a new room myself. I love your ideas.

Melanie

Jolene George said...

I love what you've done with your room. I especially think your love of finding new/old things is wonderful. It gives such a nice feel to the room and makes it special.

Leigh Ann said...

I love, love, love it! Thanks for sharing. I always like seeing where people create and how they decorate. It is such good inspiration.

Cheers! LA

Peta said...

Linda, I adore your studio, it is gorgeous! I also like the challenge of finding thrifted items rather than new.

Anonymous said...

ok, so I'm googling images to brainstorm for my new craft room (actually, its probably more for my daughter than me) and I'm only clicking on the images I think stand out and are something that will inspire me. So I click on this cute image and I'm getting ready to copy/past to my folder of inspiration - when whos sweet face do I see but yours! what a happy discovery! I love you Linda - thanks for inspiring me. Anita, mosquita, chiquita!

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