January 10, 2011


If you read my post on my craft room dilemma last week, you
know I was trying to make a decision about whether nor not to
convert our sunroom into a workspace or keep my current space in the basement and make it more functional.

Well, the vote went to the basement.
And my "full of ideas" mama just happened to be here the same
day you sweeties gave me all kinds of ideas and tips about my room.

My mom gave me some great ideas on how to improve the basement room...
I had no vision what-so-ever, and it was really getting to me.

An uninspiring space = me, being uninspired :(

My basement craft room/laundry room was a really low-cost, quick redo. We all need a little more labels more labels in our life!

It's a total mess.
In my defense, I had just made a thrift store and Walmart
run and dropped everything in here.
It's not normally this bad, but I'm just trying
to keep it real for y'all.
I didn't pick up anything...

So, here it was....

Craft room redo--before

I can honestly tell you, this is the most unplanned,
sporadic "fix-up" I've ever done.
I usually plan, plan, plan.
I had no idea I would be redoing my craft room when I woke up that morning.

All it really took was some fresh paint on the walls,
more shelves, and some rearranging.
It was actually really fun to do...it helped that
my sweet mama took my kids Thursday night til Saturday :)

Most of my issues were the lack of organization.
OCD people like me need some sort of system...structure...SOMETHING with labels!!

Also, the lack of light was a big issue.
That was super simple to change...I can't believe we didn't do it before!

I didn't want to spend a ton of moola,
so I tried to repurpose anything I could.
A lot of the containers on the shelves I had,
and the rest were from Walmart for $1.50-3.50 each.
I would like some new chairs in here as well, and I'm thinking of getting one from Crosley Furniture.

The curtain was a big piece of fabric I had and wasn't using.
I bought two rolls of red grosgrain ribbon and sewed them
on to the bottom.
To attach it to the counter, I sat underneath it and stapled it up with a staple gun. Then I hot glued it where it was still a little droopy.

The color palette I chose is a little irregular for me,
but it feels so fresh and clean...I love it.
Sometimes a change is good.

I had printed these black and white labels off of MarthaStewart.com to use as place cards for Thanksgiving, but I never used them.
I thought they'd be perfect for this...then I just matted them on to plain red scrap paper.

Decoupaged clipboards for holding important papers.

Thanks for checking out my new space...
if you're looking for me, I'm probably here...

Have a great Monday.


Biz said...

VERY nicely done! I completely understand the OCD label thing all too well :) So glad you were able to find a happy compromise between your spaces!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It looks fabulous. I love the changes and you do have such a lovely space now. Great job. Hugs, Marty

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

What a great transformation Alicia! I like the red and white...it feels energetic :)

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh I was hoping for the sunroom, but boy did you do miracles with that basement. It looks absolutely lovely Alicia. Bright, cheery and organized. Now maybe you can come here and help me organize my space a little better:)

danae said...

it looks fabulous!!! i think the unexpected color palette is great, & it really came together as if you HAD planned, planned, planned!

Susie said...

That looks EXCELLENT!!!! What a great job you've done, it all looks so fresh and organised and friendly :-)
I love it!!

Cindy said...

Are you serious??? Less than three days from one to the other? Okay, now I feel super lazy! (It looks beautiful!)

Alison said...

Looks wonderful! I love the gray and white with the pop of red (my favorite) It looks both functional and pretty. Hopefully it will inspire lots of fresh creativity!

Robin said...

Yeah for change...it inspires! Looks clean and neat and ready for lots of projects.

Lissa said...

it feels completely fresh and clean! Enjoy this space! You're so blessed to have it. good job!

Robin said...

WOW! What a transformation! I love the colors you picked and everything looks so neat and organized. It just stunning!

JenniferJean said...

Lovely room, Alicia....good 2 see you @ Starbucks! i am a member of your blog!! yeay!!! :)

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Alicia! You did an amazing transformation! I love the bobs of red and white. It's so cheery and bright. Oh, and organized...love it all!


Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

very nice! Looking forward to the day when I can have mine as cute and organized!

tinamarie said...

wowzers of a makeover - wonderful job!

Autumn said...

LOVE IT!!! Aren't you glad you dove into this project?! WOW!

melismama said...

SOS Alicia....SO Jealous here...I have a craft closet which also has to hold all holiday stuff, kids b'day stuff etc..your basement looks AWESOME! Very productive you will be!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

You really turned it around! Looks so good! Love baskets with the labels.

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Wow - great job!! I shared it on the TT&J facebook page :)


Brianna! said...

so so sooo super duper cute!
I re-did my space too
and recently posted it on my blog.
It is SO motivating to have a space that feels crafty.


My House of L said...

Wow! That looks great, my craft room is in the laundry room as well and is a MESS! Thanks for the inspiration to get it cleaned up and organized!

Linh C. said...

You have an awesome work space now, Alicia. I especially like the red bulletin board frame, the magnet/chalkboard area, and the curtain to hide the area below the table. I'm working on my craft area now, and you've given me lots of inspiration. :)

Crystal said...

i'm ooooooo-ing and ahhhhhhh-ing over your beautiful space!

KellyH said...


Nicole said...

I was so excited to finally see someone finds me interesting, isn't that the scariest thing for those first few months of posting, thank you for stopping by, I feel like I just met a new friend! You have inspired me to clean up my craft stuff today, what a great Friday night project....lol. My hubby is going to love me!

Delightful Order said...

What a great space! Looks awesome. I love craft rooms & have just finished my own. Come over & check it out.

Rikki said...

Love this redo! Found your blog from iheart organizing. Did you add that frame to your bulletin board? My wheels are turning..

S said...

Wonderful. I think I'll point my blog readers here too. But first I have to know where you got the red plate rack with the birdie. Too cute - must find one for me!

jennie said...

Where did you find the lovely red bird tiered stand? It's wonderful!

Kimberly said...

Wow! That looks great! I really like how you kept cost to a minimum!

Beth said...

I found your blog from iheart organizing. Can you tell me what paint color you used? I'm looking to repaint a room and thinking of using a grey/red theme!

amycornwell said...

A woman after my own heart - I love all of the bins and storage! Beautiful craft space...thanks for sharing!

Jessi said...

What an AMAZING job you did!! I'm totally inspired!!

Bec@littlelucylu said...

Hey there!
Just hopping by your blog from TT&J ... I did a clipboard makeover post on my own (tiny little) blog today, too!
(Yours is way cooler!)
Happy to be a new follower,

Dreams and Decor said...

Hi, Alicia! Found you via Jen @ Tator tots! I LOVE your "new" studio, esp. the red bulletin board! Awesome! The first thing I thought was how cool would it be to paint several other smaller different size frames the same bright red and hang them on the walls too, but just empty with no pictures in them! Anyway...just an idea...I'm just on my lunch break right now; I can't wait to sit down tonight with a big glass of ice tea & enjoy more of your inspiring blog! (I love finding "new" blogs, new to me, that is!!!) Patti in Texas

Shan@FamilyBringsJoy said...

Holy cow! This is the second craft room I have happened upon today that looks as though it has the exact same paint color as my craft room. Kind of funny because I have been wondering if I chose the wrong color. Guess I didn't considering it seems to be popular! This is quite a makeover! You did a fantastic job! Way to go!!

Run Lori Run said...

Wow, what an inspiration-- my craft room has been begging for a remodel. You have some great ideas here!

Business Space Services said...

Now, that is one heck of a transformation! Impressive workspace you have there! It can inspire more people to do transformations of their own on a budget. Thank you for sharing =)

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