Out of the rooms in our home, I think the craft room has been given the most blog space so far. Rightly so I suppose, seen as this is where I work, its my room for creating, and I suppose what I create is a reflection of in here . If you can remember way back when this room was first turned into my craft room from being Izzy’s nursery, it looked like this…
Very… um.. Pink.
Well, I mentioned on Instagram last week that the time had come for me to seriously consider allowing Sam to share my workspace (along with a shared office inspo photo by Young house love. This photo actually got a like and comment from the blogging celebs that are young, house, love. *GAAAAHHHHH*)
Anyway, so I decided after weighing up all the pro’s and cons, that I would grant Sam a corner of my room. BUT he would have to help me build a new desk (just like the one in the inspo photo). So. he agreed, I drew up a plan of action into my dairy and well here we are. First up, I needed to clear that room out, it has been a storage room for the past few months, so naturally it became filled with all sorts. Also, because of having the new desk built, the old one had to go. Here are a couple of befores.
What started out as quite a simple, lets build a new desk project. quickly turned into a ‘lets-redecorate-thewhole-room’ project. Because, y’know. I’m an all or nothing gal. So, first stop. I FINALLY got rid of that bloody awful pink carpet!!! Now, before the professionals start. I know your not supposed to lay laminate over carpet. But. There’s no underlay under this carpet, nor did I fancy spending more money on some. The carpet, besides being a very bright shade of pink is in perfect condition. So we used it as an underlay. Here’s how that process went.
Then came the painting. I am also completely aware that I should have painted before I laid the new floor – but, like the flooring, I actually had no idea I was doing it until I was stood at the till buying wilko’s colour matt in English sage. I chose this colour because I thought it could be both fresh and in fitting with what was already in the room. The black wall is staying, as are most of my trinkets and frames.
The third and final part of the room makeover, was building the desk. The thing we actually set out to do in the first place. This part was left soley up to Sam. We made a visit to Savoy timber, and ended up with a 3mt x 75cm slab of 1″ thick MDF for the desk top and the middle shelf, was built out of leftovers from the TV unit build – we really are using up every last bit!- an hour or so and a whole lot of sawdust later. The wall to wall monster desk was built!
Back out came the Homebase white eggshell (its a firm favourite of mine!) and I gave the entire thing three coats.
Once it was dry, I could finally get on with my favourite part of any room makeover… dressing. I could put all my little bits back, as well as some lovely new additions. I made up an new curtain for the craft cupboard, bought a giant frame to hang over what is now sam’s part of the desk, injected a little natural life into the room with a fern and bought some pretty little desk organiser bits.
So thats it! Yet another craft room update – though technically it is now a shared office. I’m thinking this is going to be the last major update in here for quite a while, but there are still some things that need doing for it to be fully finished – Que… my room checklist:
- Fill the giant frame. Now that Sam’s using this room too, he kind of has a say in what goes up too… so we’re still discussing what should be blown up that big and framed, i’m sure it’ll be decided on soon.
- Buy matching desk chairs. I’m having a real hard time with this one. I know what I want, I know what sam wants. They aren’t remotely alike, and if I’m being frank, his choice is a hideous generic swivelling office chair. which ain’t gunna’ happen. So… yeah, we’ll see how this one goes.
- Replace skirting boards.
- Replace door frame.
- Replace light fitting. I do love my bird cage light shade, BUT Its not very practical having something hang so low from the ceiling when there’s a 6’3″ guy walking in and out all day. I don’t think I cope having to say “walk around it.” anymore than I already have!
We’re one day into office sharing, it seems to be going well. I understand that his electrical bits need wires. As will the new three screen computer system he’ll be building over the coming weeks *waaahhhhh*. He understands that I like things to look pretty, it’ll be interesting to see how these next few weeks turn out. Either way, the craft room is looking amazing!
The little woman pretends.
*Cost of the room update:
Oak effect laminate floor – Wickes (on sale £4.99 psqm) £45
Paint (English sage)- Wilkos £10
MDF: Savoy timber £20
Fern plant: Homebase £5
Large frame: Amazon £14.95
Smaller black frame: Wilko £6
Artificial desk plant: TKMAXX £5.99
List notepad: TKMAXX £4.99
Bamboo pen pot: Wilkos £2.99
Total cost: £114.92