My new Office & Craft Space is just about done!
I lost my Mom in May. You can read about our journey here. It’s hard not having her here with me–she lived with me and my husband for the past 18 years. One of the hardest things for me was walking through the kitchen every morning and looking into what we called “Mom’s living room” and not seeing her there. It was really hard to look at her furniture and things without her. I have so many wonderful memories, but I had to do something with this room.
We decided to move my office/craft stuff out of the closet in the spare bedroom and into Mom’s living room. This is what the room looked like when we were preparing to paint.
It’s not a huge room, but it’s plenty big enough for me! The wall with three windows is across the back and looks out to my daughter and son-in-law’s house–you can read about our House Swap here. To the right of the wall with three windows is the sliding door to the deck. To the left is a wall with one window–you see that green and white sheet rock area–there was a small corner fireplace there. We removed it and are searching for the same size slate to fill in the floor. The final wall–opposite the three windows–has a large opening into the kitchen. It’s a bright and sunny room with lots of natural light!
We chose to paint the walls Grey Owl by Benjamin Moore Paints. Benjamin Moore is my favorite brand of paint. It goes on like butter, coverage is great and you can touch up years later and you can’t tell a difference in the paint color!
This is a view of the room from the opening to the kitchen.
There isn’t a whole lot of wall space, but we made due with what we have.
This is the view from the kitchen archway! I love my desk. It’s an old workbench that my husband found about 30 years ago. The top is solid wood–like butcher block-but it was badly scarred from tools and grease marks and actually has some holes drilled into it for tools! It isn’t good scarred, it’s ugly scarred! I covered the top with fabric and heavy weight roll plastic (another post coming on that) and its the perfect desktop!
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To the left of the windows, my Epson Workforce All-In-One printer/fax/scanner sits atop and old Singer treadle sewing machine table. To the right, You can see some pallet wood all sanded and ready for the next project. And let’s not forget my awesome paint storage system which is actually kitchen storage from Ikea don’t you love those little Ikea hanging wire baskets? (more on that here).
Another find of my husband’s is this drafting table! He put laminate on the top years ago (I don’t remember why) but it comes in handy when I paint–paint washes right off! It has storage on the bottom for my rolls of vinyl and baskets. My wooden three pocket wall file (to the right) is a Home Goods find. And that sweet plaque is a recent gift from my daughters! You can’t see it here very well, but to the left of the table is a baker’s rack which holds more craft supplies! The shelf above keeps my glue gun, glue sticks, paint brushes handy!
Storage that’s functional and nice to look at is a must!
Here are a few of the ways I keep things organized! I love my three-tiered galvanized tray for paint storage –its pretty to look at and quite functional. For lack of a better name, My” Spinny Thing” keeps my scissors, large and small brushes, Cricut tools and ruler right at my finger tips. Fabric Covered Storage Boxes are great for keeping things out of site and pretty to look at. Open Baskets and Small wooden boxes or crates keep things handy. Shelves and Mason Jars hold all manner of things and look great too!
I would much rather have my Mom surrounded by her things, but I can’t, so now I have a beautiful space to work. I can feel her when I’m in there and that’s the next best thing. I know she would love the space and I feel happy when I’m in there!
It’s beautiful place to create with lots of windows and natural light!
What does you craft space/office look like? Tell me about it in the comment area below.
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