Can I get a huge cheer and a big raise the roof sign on this project! This was the project that took FOREVER because of a few speed bumps: pneumonia, mono, water leak, mold growth, asbestos discovery, and finally being evacuated from our own house. Slowly but surely I was able to transform our bonus room into an amazingly creative art and craft studio for us to enjoy. I gave you the low down on how easy the Flow Wall was to install yesterday. But, I’ve been teasing you and I know you definitely want to see the after pictures.
Before you get the 10 cent tour, let’s take a look back in time at what the room used to look like:
And this was our art and craft storage before:
When we were creatively inspired, we usually used this space in the kitchen:
But, not anymore. Now we have one room dedicated to all our creative endeavors!
The decor shelves look stylish and hold all my paint brushes, some art books, and a few baskets for corralling unfinished projects.
Inside one of the cabinets are several bins (four small and two medium) for organizing craft supplies, crayons and markers. The fabulous thing about those bins is that the kids can remove them and set them where they are working. Hooray, I won’t ever have to pick up crayons or markers again (okay, that last statement might be a bit delusional.)
The other cabinet houses all our papers and more art supplies.
Did you see that glowing sign peeking in the picture? My good friend Holly came over on a day that I was feeling a little low and helped me install it.
It is truly the most inspiring message in the room, “create”.
When I need a little spirit boost, I just plug it in! The rope light sign also helps shed some light on the otherwise dark eaves of the half wall. Apparently, I’ve been puzzling the neighbors who can’t figure out what it says from the street.
My boys come in the studio and immediately turn on the sign and get creative. You know there’s a tutorial for creating your own rope light message sign.
Hey, lookey over there! An abundance of storage on the right side as well. Decor cubes and a variety of platinum decor bins flank two more wall cabinets. The bins can be removed or pulled out halfway and used as drawers while crafting.
It warms my heart to see my budding artists at work. I love that they are excited about making art. With the trend to pull arts from schools, I’m glad I can provide the boys with a space where they can flex those creative brain muscles. Have you read this article from Newsweek about the decline in creative thinking in America? It is a sad trend.
Two more decor shelves on top provide ample storage for craft scissors, pictures and rustic tool boxes.
The wall cabinets are the perfect width for a Silhouette Cameo cutter and my Epson color printer.
The Flow Wall truly offers more storage than you can shake a stick at ;-)!
Against the scrap wood wall, I put a kitchen table (a curbside find) and gave it a facelift.
It is the perfect spot to spread out and get your craft on. The light fixture was a 5 minute conversion kit from a recessed can light.
The table used to have a wood top and green legs, but with the help of a Royal Studio Design stencil and some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, it’s my new favorite table in our home. At long last, a tutorial for painting the table is now available.
I bought four small unfinished stools from Wayfair and painted them with chalk paint as well.
As you may remember, I already showed you how I created that faux zinc chalkboard cabinet in the corner.
The cabinet is the perfect height for paints, brushes and a palette when I’m inspired to paint. All my palettes, canvases, and watercolor paper fits inside.
There are two dormer windows in the studio, and each has a little half round table for impromptu still-lifes and painting inspiration. This little scalloped edge table was waiting patiently for me at SuzAnna’s when I led the thrifting tour in Raleigh.
Centered between the dormers, was just enough space for my drawing table. This was my first purchase after a large illustration job when I was a greeting card artist. I thought about getting rid of it, but I didn’t have the heart to sell it.
I’m glad I didn’t because the boys like to use it for drawing. Of course, spinning on the weathered oak adjustable bar stool is fun too.
That completes the tour! I’m really in love with our new art and craft studio. I had dreamed about building a little art studio shed in the backyard one day, but now I can cross that off my list.
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