Let’s get crafty – for under $200 dollars!

So, I haven’t posted in what seems like forever.  But, I have a totally legitimate excuse!  We have a teenie little sun room right off of our bedroom that we had no clue what to do with, so we’ve been using it as a storage space.  We went antique shopping last weekend (my wife has been looking high and low for a hope chest that will meet both of our demands), and while at one particular store, I saw the cutest craft table buried under a bunch of gardening supplies.  I just had to have it!  We quickly excavated the area and found that the craft table was in almost perfect condition, so we bought it (there went our hope chest plans).  We touched it up with a bit of paint and it was good as new.  The problem was, where would we put the thing???  So I came up with the genius idea (my wife didn’t think so) that we should turn the storage/sun room into a craft room!  Being the wonderful woman she is, she agreed.. and we got to work!

Before the Makeover   Before the Makeover   Before the Makeover

As you can see from the pictures above, we had all sorts of odds and ends in there.  From an old bookshelf, to our daughter’s old bed frame.   We cleared everything out and put a fresh coat of paint on the walls.  The largest wall we painted a bright lime green!

Some of the things in there were reused, such as that big black bookshelf.  We recolored it with a couple of cans of spray paint and lined the shelves in fabric (using spray adhesive and wrapping them as you would a gift):

revamped bookshelf 2          revamped bookshelf

We also spray painted an old black TV stand we had.  For that piece, we used a bright turquoise.  So many colors!  We also lined those shelves in fabric.  I purchased a few baskets at our local dollar store and covered them in fabric.  I was going to do some fancy sewing, but at the suggestion of my wife, used hot glue instead.  The insides weren’t perfect, but they’ll be filled anyway:

Baskets 1        Baskets 2

I took an old lamp we had laying around, spray painted it white then added a few pops of color with acrylic paint.  We purchased a lamp shade for $20 and it was as good as new:

Lamp Before        Lamp After

I took an old fabric shower curtain we had, cut it up and added a strip of white fabric in the middle to break up the design, added a few tabs in the back and sewed up some pretty half curtains.  I also purchased some temporary blinds for about $4 a piece and my craft room was complete:

Craft Room 1       Craft Room 2

Craft Room 3       Craft Room 4

The entire room cost us less than $200 to rehab.  Our most expensive purchase being the craft table at $45.  I am so happy with the outcome, it’s like a little slice of crafting heaven.  My wife and kids have to practically pry me out of there every day!  I am planning on yarn bombing the legs of the craft table.. I just have to get motivated to do it.  We are exhausted!!  So I’ll leave you with a couple more pictures.  Our cat Turtle has made herself at home and I even caught her this morning, contemplating making a fancy dress for herself!


photo 2 (3)

Craft Room 5

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  1. That is absolute gorgeous! I’m thoroughly jealous. I’ve been fantasising about a crafty little sun room with bookshelf and desk to keep all my supplies in the one spot (without cluttering our lounge room during projects as I tend to do). And so thrifty! Well done, that is a gorgeous and seriously crafty room; totally one of a kind with all that decorating and upcycling. ^_^

    • Thank you!! We definitely made it unique by upcycling all of our old stuff.. it’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do. Although the space is small, it’s perfect for me – bright and colorful! I’ve been reading your posts and know that you have been itching for more space. I’m rooting for you!!

  2. What an absolutely delightful room. Mine is in the garage and definitely not creatively put together. Though I make dolls and stuffed animals I am in no way creative as I need a pattern and how to do directions for everything. I look forward to reading more of your blogs. Glad I found you.

    • Thank you so much! I started off that way, working by patterns and directions only. Over the years I started taking a few risks and it was a mess in the beginning but it gets better over time! 🙂

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