In our new home, we knew that we wanted to include a craft room. The girls and I love trying any and all craft projects and we have quite a few supplies that needed a home. The room didn’t need to be large – just large enough to hold built-in shelving on two walls and a large table. We put the craft room on our second floor, close enough to get to quickly when inspiration strikes but far enough away from the main floor that I don’t have to see a multi-day messy craft projects if I don’t want to see it.
Because the floor needed to hold up to messy painting projects, we used a laminate flooring that mimics the look of white washed wood. We wanted plenty of natural light in the room, but due to the vaulted family room below the craft room, we could only install small windows on the shelf-free wall. To help bring in more light to the room, we used french doors as the entrance to the room, which allows light from the room across the hall to flood into the craft room as well.
The glass jars that I use to hold supplies in the craft room came from our prior home’s craft room. I’m always on the hunt for glass jars on clearance at stores such as Home Goods (http://www.homegoods.com) or Hobby Lobby (http://www.hobbylobby.com). One of the nice things about having glass jars in the craft room is that if I want to use some for a table top centerpiece (to hold seasonal items or holiday candy), I can simply empty out the craft supplies and fill the jars with other things. In addition to the glass jars, most of the white baskets in the room had been in my girls’ bedrooms holding toys when they were younger. Once they were done with the toys, I filled them up with craft supplies.
The table and benches in the craft room are my favorite things about the room. I bought the table several years ago, to use in our previous craft room. It was painted black, and little dinged up, which really didn’t matter for a craft room as it gets well used, and many more dings have been added to it. Because this craft room needed light and airy furniture in it, I painted the table white and then painted blue stripes. (See my post, http://wreathonthedoor.com/easy-steps-for-painting-striped-furniture/ about how to stripe furniture.) The stripes are about six inches wide. I used the same blue paint color for the table stripes and the chairs that I used on the walls, Sherwin Williams Waterscape. (http://www.sherwin-williams.com) If I lived near the ocean, I would paint most everything in my home this color.
The benches and chairs also received a makeover for this room. The benches were dark heavy wood benches that we had used in our previous basement family room. I decided to put them in the craft room because they can hold a lot of kids when they are all squeezing around the table doing projects. To make these fit the look of the room, I painted them with two coats of white paint, and then took a medium grit sandpaper to them to give them the rustic, aged look that I was after.
The two chairs were given to me by my father-in-law who found them at an estate sale. They started out as a dark brown with a worn fabric seat. They are on their third life now – I painted them black and used black and white fabric for our previous craft room. For this room, I wanted to lighten them up, so I applied two coats of the blue wall paint and used some fabric remnants that I had left over from a previous project to change the seat fabric.
Another DIY project in this room is the chandelier. I fell in love with this light, which used to be dark rusty brown, several years ago and put it over the island in one of our previous kitchens. Because it was an anniversary present from my husband and I loved it, I decided to take it with us on our moves. It sat in a box for several years before I found the perfect home for it, but I think it works well in this space. All it needed was a quick spray of silver metallic spray paint to make it fit nicely into the space.
This room is definitely a well-used room and one that is often a mess. But what’s the point of a craft room if you can’t use it to get crafty? Have you had good luck turning a room into a craft room? I’d love to hear about it!