Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Re-Post For a Party: PRESTO--CHANGE-O.....MY WORKSPACE!

Today, Karen, over at My Desert Cottage, is having the MOST exciting party ever! Her Party is giving us the chance to peek into eachother's workspaces and studios. I couldn't resist joining in on the fun by re-posting about my humble little space...(with a few fun edits included).
Thanks Karen!! When my oldest daughter got married, her room was made into our guest bedroom. So the bedroom you see below is what I call my yellow, white and blue room. AKA the happy room. : )

I wanted a "Studio" I could call my own, but I really did not want to give up this perfect guest bedroom. So...I came up with an unconventional idea. No surprises there!!! : )
EDIT BELOW: This is what the little bedstand looks like these days. Got these stacking "stamp-shelves" from Goodwill for $7.99 each.



I found both these wood pieces (below) at Goodwill for $19.99 each. I think you can see the direction I'm headed. I would like to paint both pieces black. EDIT: No laughing from the Peanut Gallery by those of you who know how long ago I posted this and here it sits in all it's glory...STILL unpainted!
Below, you can see that I took off the cheap knobs and am in the process of changing them out for the file pulls. Desk from my childhood that both my daughters used as well. Sara has graduated to a
hip new desk from Ikea. : )

More storage that can be taken down when we have guests.

Okay, so off came the sliding closet doors.
This divider system which provides separate bins, came from Costco.
I ordered my paper rack from http://www.mediashelving.com/. They had the best price out there. EDIT: Their prices have gone up since I posted this...so sorry.
Fun little labels. I printed them out with the font I wanted and then used my circle punch and glued them in these inexpensive tags from Walmart.
I love these bins below from JoAnn's, found in the bead aisle. The brand: ArtBin.
Next, I put the bed risers on either side of the bed. You'll see why I had to in the next photo.

Next, when we have guests, I'll bring the closet doors back in and lean them in place. Because of the hardware at the top they cannot fall down. You'll understand if you try this. In comes the rolling closet rod.
And presto...change-o! From guest room to "Studio". If only it really looked like this when I'm in the middle of creating. Our little secret...right???
EDIT BELOW: The way my table top looks these days. It seems I never use items for their intended purpose. Oh well...makes life more interesting!


Look what else my little workspace can be used for. The best part! : )
Be sure to head over to Karen's place for lots more inspiring ideas!

54 comments:

Esther said...

What fantastic storage! I'm jealous. Is that the closet door over the end of the bed. If it is...what a great idea.
I'm constantly rearranging my craft supplies into various cupboards to try and find the ideal solution, but I've never come even close to the organisation in yours. I'm drooling. Sorry!

Susie Homemaker said...

WOW...so, inspiring!

Susie

Tamara Jansen said...

You've got me drooling now! That just looks so FABULOUS! I did a re-do in our goat barn a few months ago that really worked out well for us......check it out :)

http://thegreenhousediaries.blogspot.com/2008/10/goat-barn-extreme-makeover.html

Songbirdtiff said...

What a wonderful space to be creative! I'm seriously impressed.

Jennylou's Projects said...

The room looks great...so many creative ideas. I know you said you'd prop the doors up over the closet when you have guests, but I thought I'd give you another idea.

Many people around mommy message boards have ditched the doors and gone to curtains since it's easier to reach into the closet without the doors.
http://www.constantchatter.com/forum/showpost.php?p=1479702&postcount=422

Darlene said...

What a FANTASTIC storage and crafting room!! I seriously LOVE that room!!

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Perfect craft room !
My last two kids are wanting to "stick" around so it might be a while before I get my perfect craft room but when I do I have so many great ideas now from yours!
Thanks!

megan said...

You are a genius! I am going to make our guest room my new craft room. Great ideas!!

Carrie said...

Wow what a lucky girl! Check out my blog I left you something!

Holly said...

I love getting organized. it feels so refreshing. What clever ideas, and great use of space!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Oh my goodness!!! Can I come over to play?
I Love to see a creative space organized. Someday I too will have a space all my own. Until then perhaps I'll just drool over yours. : )

I'm having a little give away at my blog - pop on by if you're interested.

PatQ said...

OMG I love that roome. I have wanted my husband to build me a craft room for ages. I'm so jealous. Have fun with it.

Jessica said...

this is so fun! i love it!

debra said...

I love the studio. Great storage ideas. You have inspired me...

Sweet Simplicity said...

You are SO organized! I'm very jealous of anyone with organizational skills!

nikkicrumpet said...

Well that worked beautifully ! Aren't you the smart one!

Tami said...

What a great craft room!

southerninspiration said...

You get the VERY VERY CLEVER award for the day! I am very impressed!
I wish I had a room like that!

suzanne

Magpie Interior Design said...

Ok, so, I just managed to get my chin up off the floor. I am blown away. That was like magic!

Awesome job!

~Stacy

Girly Stuff said...

You are the queen of organization! Nice change-o!

Wendy said...

Oh I am so jealous! I want a workspace like nothing else! What a great use of the room...and so organized (for now anyway...right?) ;-)

AndreaLeigh said...

Wow, this is truly a multi-purpose room! How creative!

kari and kijsa said...

Congratulation sweet friend...we gave you our very own "Designing for Life" Award...because your blog is truly, truly incredible!

Stop by our blog to pick it up!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

TMI said...

OK I'm finally inspired to get into my craft room and get it organized (again). Yours looks amazing! Truly.

Ms. Tee said...

Oh, I love this! How creative to come up with all this and put it in your guest room. Wish you could come and do my guest room next! :)

Ms. Tee said...

Oh, I love this! How creative to come up with all this and put it in your guest room. Wish you could come and do my guest room next! :)

Roni said...

I LOVE IT!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I have been busy too. I feel like I am neglecting everyone....can I just say...you have such similiar tastes to mine. I did not know you scrapbooked! We would have sooo much fun if we were neighbors..man. LOVE the craft room. Mine is a work in progress as well. I need to get going though and get everything organized..I started selling on etsy. cherry

mollyandmarshal said...

I love it all! Great ideas, and I love all the arts and crafts everywhere! One day I hope to have an "art room" in my house where it doesn't matter if I get paint anywhere and everywhere!

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

What a creative way to have more storage space and the table over the bed is a great idea!. I love what you did with your space. It all looks wonderful and a fun place to be.

Have a good day,
Elizabeth

kristal said...

brilliant. totally want to steal your ideas and i can because you documented and photographed them so well! thank you for sharing your ingenuity with all of us.

Our Complete Family said...

Thx for stopping by my blog with such sweet comments! You made me smile! What fun to visit your blog!!! This workspace is so great! I love the tension rod to hang ribbons on~ the closet~ how organized it all is! I'd be embarassed to show you my craft room at this stage in the game girl! Have fun creating in there! Hugs, Les

THE TATTERED NEST said...

what a great creative way to do a guest room/craft room...very smart!

Tammy said...

you have provided a lot of ideas here. Thanks.

Empty Nest Full Life said...

What an amazingly organized workspace. It is great. It makes me want to jump up and get all my craft stuff organized. Jackie

Angie said...

I am so jealous of your organized craft closet. I need to get some storage pieces like that. I am actually kind of in the middle of turning my guest bedroom into more of a usable craft room/office for me since no one hardly ever spends the night here. Most all our family live here. We have taken down the double bed and I set up a table. It's not very cute. I have got to work on the cute factor. Wish me luck!

Mimi Sue said...

Your craft room is fabulous. Where did you get that see through thing behind the door? What a great idea. We are still working on the craft room in the basement. It's been a slow process. Can't wait to get out all my junk. Mimi

Rhondi said...

Hi Mary Lou
What a fantastic transformation of a room. The idea of having the table sit right over the bed is genuis. What a lot of creative ideas you used in that room.
Inanswer to your question about the quilt. It came from a pattern in a book called Quick Strip Paper Piecing by Peggy Martin.
Hugs, Rhondi

Rhondi said...

I'm having a giveaway. Make sure you stop by

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Oh my goodness!! You have the neatest, most organized craft room I have ever seen. Excellent. . . oh and by the way. . . I do plan on stealing of few of your ideas for my craft area :)

Blessings,

Sher

Julie said...

oh wow I love your room the colors are great and all that storage is wonderful very creative. thanks for stopping by my blog and the great comments:)
have a great weekend
julie

artgirlATL said...

Now that's a clever way to carve a studio out of a space. Great idea!

The Berry's Patch said...

Gosh you are so organized. I need training...can you help me? Your guest room is so cute. I love your little touches all over, ie the bunny and ribbon...two of my favorite things. :-)

Cami said...

Wow! You probably won't even see this since I'm comment #44, but I just love your happy room, it's so adorable!! And functional at the same time!

Joy said...

Great storage love the workspace and the bedroom. Yellow, blue and white is what I like too.

ThriftyDecorChick said...

Ohhh, I love it!! I'm about to change my stepdaughter's old room in the guest room and am playing around with making it a crafting space for me. I have a spot in our unfinished basement, but this is so cute!!

GRAMS said...

sooooo cute. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Janis

Glitter and Bliss said...

I am amazed!!! Your transformation is unbelievable!! I wish I was that organized. I am soooo jealous. Good for you.

leslie

simple~needs said...

what a beautiful room!! i am so inspired by your blog! i am adding you to my blog roll. :)

Manuela said...

Oh my gosh - that's such a great space! AND so beautifully organized!! I'm so jealous :-)

It looks really good!

Manuela

Jourdan said...

oh my! I am so jealous of that ORGANIZED work space! Love it!

PS. I saw that picture of emily (that is her, right? not her daughter? because it is EXACTLY how I remember Emily) in that dorothy costume and I had to make MYSELF one! my boys are going to be the rest of the W. of O. clan. I'll post pictures after our costume party!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Great Ideas and thanks for sharing them. I like my guest room and it's hardly ever used...hmmm...lots of things to think about:)
Deb

kari and kijsa said...

What a fabulous workspace!!! Love it-great inspiration!
Have a blessed Sunday!
kari & kijsa

Alysa said...

I love, love, love this idea of the table on bed risers. I went out last week and purchased some since my guest bedroom is my office and I needed more room to work. Last week I set it up and had two of my children working on one side of the table (they were sitting on the bed) while I was sitting on the other side. Thanks for sharing. I hope you don't mind that I check your blog regularly as you have such fun and inspiring ideas. Thanks for taking the time.