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Craft/Play Room Reveal


Here we are in the Ides of March and I’m done with my project!

This was the first time I set out to makeover a complete room all at once and the first time I tried to work within a budget. Overall, I’m very pleased with the outcome. Although it wasn’t exactly as perfect as I had it pictured in my head (is it ever?), it is a vast improvement on what it was and a good starting point for improvements to be made in the future. Budget-wise? I failed. I don’t have time to tally up the damage tonight, but I think it was somewhere between $150 and $200. I’m planning to add it up and post all the nitty-gritty details tomorrow. Today is just for appreciating the pleasant space that is my craft and play room. I hope you get a few ideas for any trouble spots that may be lurking in your home. Honestly, if I can do this, anyone can.

Here are the “afters”:

I spent almost the whole first week just focusing on this closet. Everything came out and then got sorted, labeled, and put back in. EVERYTHING has a label on it. I used the over-the-door shoe holders I already had along with some covered boxes, baskets and Ziploc food storage containers. The clothespin labels are just like the ones from our clothes closet.

These are photos from Hubby and my trip to Barcelona. They were sitting in a box so I decided to showcase them in this frame I had something else in before. I’ve been to that city several times and I’m always so inspired by the mosaics and architecture and lively atmosphere. I found out I was pregnant with Boo-Boo on the day we got back so this trip was especially special.

Remember the mirror that reflected a blank wall? Now it reflects the windows and craft table. That light switch caused a spacing problem so I decided to hang it as a diamond instead of a straight square. (Thanks for making that happen, Hubby!)

I really wanted an area for Boo-Boo to be able to reach his toys and be able to pick and choose what he wanted. The four baskets have toys arranged by type. Once a week I rotate things out to keep it interesting. The books are also rotated. The toys not in use are in the second closet (along with out-of-season clothes) and the books are in the wall shelving. Those shelves, if you’ve never seen them before, are just brackets with large books on top. I’ve seen it done where they actually drill a hole in the book to make it the shelf, but I wasn’t about to puncture any of my precious books! (Props to Hubby for making these happen, too.)

Finally, my craft table is meant to be a bright and open workspace. I have a few supplies displayed in the curios above and a note board (made from ½  yard of fabric and an old poster frame) to post reminders and clip inspiration pieces. The box on the table is to keep the supplies I’m using for an ongoing project. I usually take several days to finish up and instead of leaving everything spread out I can store it in there quickly. There are more book shelves over here and a small couch for relaxing. In case we play too hard!


Mirror, mirror


You know how when you were a kid and you stayed home sick from school and you dreaded going back because of the pile of make-up work you would have to do? I’ve been playing catch-up all week after being sick. Since my little Boo-Boo and I are both feeling better, I’ve been working like a busy bee on my project. I have several posts lined up this week, so keep checking back.

I managed to squeeze in this February’s Lil Magoolie Colour Me Happy challenge thanks to Leap Day. (It is still February in The United States, so I hope this one counts!) The challenge was to paint a piece of furniture. Well, I’ve never painted furniture before so I was a little intimidated with the thought of sanding and drop cloths. Also, I didn’t have anything I wanted painted. Then I realized that this Ikea mirror is sort of like furniture…


BEFORE: Plain Jane Ikea Mirror

So I added a touch of pinky-coral and a strip of Contact Paper.


AFTER: Painted mirror

Fabric Preview



A new life for old boxes


Not much makes me happier than saving something from the trash and giving it a new purpose.

These baby gate boxes were ready to go to the recycling bin:

BEFORE: Destined for the recycling.

For the smaller one, I decided to make a baby-safe mirror.

Boo-Boo loves to see his little reflection but I’m afraid to let him play with regular mirrors without close supervision. I found some mylar tissue paper for a few cents in the after-Christmas clearance at Target. I think I might have also seen it at the dollar store. Using the paper and my trusty clear packing tape, I affixed the mylar to all sides of the box. Because the tape pulled the paper a little, it sort of ended up like a wonky fun house mirror. He still likes it. The paper also makes a squeaky noise when he rubs his fingers on it, which brings him unexpected joy.

I think using glue instead of tape would have given a smoother finish, but this was quicker! I also wonder if just wrapping a regular mirror with packing tape would make it safe. Any thoughts on baby-safe mirrors? I know they can be purchased, but they are very expensive.

AFTER: Baby-safe mirror

For the larger box, I decided to cover the edges with the shiny mylar paper and the middle with a poster board. We are using it as a place to affix the “Letters of the Day” that Bean is learning. We talk about a different letter and decorate the paper letter with an initial-letter word that’s interesting to her. I got the inspiration for this activity from DLTK’s Alphabuddies (http://www.dltk-teach.com/alphabuddies/index.html) and used their alphabet template.

AFTER: ABC board

Now Boo-Boo and Bean have new but virtually free learning tools.