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Today I want to finally share with you finished photos of my studio. Yep. I’m calling it a studio now and not craft room. Want to know something funny? I apparently tried to make this name change back in 2007 when we redid it but I guess it didn’t stick. This time? I promise it will. If you need a refresher, here’s what we did to the room in 2007. And here’s how we updated it in 2010.
It was useful and great for wrapping Christmas gifts but it often became a catch-all for junk. I blame no one but myself for that, it was just so easy to pile stuff up in there since I didn’t really use it much. A year or two ago I started thinking about how I didn’t like the dark red anymore. And I started thinking that maybe it was time to freshen things up. But we were in the middle of redoing our middle room upstairs for Dale to use as an office and it just wasn’t the right time. Flash forward to this summer: I bought a Cricut (as I have told you many times now) and along with that machine comes stuff. There’s heat transfer vinyl and regular vinyl, there are cutting mats and tools, there are blanks such as bags and t-shirts and glasses to be embellished, and also the machine itself. Plus a heat press that I just so happened to pick up a few weeks ago.
I had a serious conversation with Dale about painting my studio and rearranging the furniture and also stealing from him the horizontal file cabinet we had bought from a friend that he planned on using but hadn’t actually gotten around to using just yet. I explained how perfect it would be for the Cricut with those big deep drawers to put all of the stuff in and, well, the rest is history.
I chose a pretty shade of yellow and Dale painted all the walls the same. It’s a smidge brighter than I wanted but I’m happy with it. Dale also painted the floor white – something I had to really convince him to do.
I still have those cabinets from Ikea but we moved them under the knee wall that’s to the right as you come into the room.
I had always wanted to put them there but couldn’t because it put the yarn right at Mason’s level and that cat just couldn’t resist a good (i.e. expensive) skein of yarn. I still miss him but I do like this arrangement so much better.
I think the room looks bigger and I adore the blinds we got from Budget Blinds. They are Norman Smart Privacy Cordless 2 1/2 inch faux wood blinds with a crown molding valance at the top. We got them for this single window as well as the double windows in this room and in Dale’s office, too. (And also the living room and bedroom and bathroom after I fell in love with them.)
The Cricut sits on that file cabinet and it’s a great spot for it, easily reaching my laptop when it’s on the center island and I’m using the Cricut Design Space software to create projects.
I had my painter extraordinaire, Jen, refinish the little bureau as well as my Nana’s sewing machine table in white chalk paint with a stained top. I love the way these came out – so bright and they look great with the other pieces in the room.
I snagged that blue and white striped chair from our guest room and it’s big and comfy and perfect for reading and hanging out. The light fixture is new, too. I really wanted a chandelier that would hang down but it wasn’t practical for the space so I went with this one. It was very affordable and throws great light and it’s super stylish.
Lots of things didn’t change like the trompe l’oeil fireplace, the yarn sign from the fabric store where I used to work, and that big center island from Ikea. But it still feels like a brand new room to me and I’m inspired to work there frequently.
So. That’s my studio. How do ya like it?