When we purchased our new home, the garage (which is a separate structure from the house) came with 700 square feet of finished living space. Part of that space is a big ol' "man cave", as my significant other has dubbed it. But the other part was a poker room/bar area. During our initial walk-through I instantly fell in love with this particular room, because I just KNEW it would make my dream craft studio possible.
Here it is in all its full glory! Isn't it beautiful?! It truly is my new happy place. I love walking into this, with the daylight streaming through airy windows and the smell of ink heavy in the room. I l-o-v-e creating things in here!
So let me give you a little tour!
The craft table was custom built by my fabulous boyfriend and amazing brother-in-law.
This is my brother-in-law in action.
The table is 10 feet long by 5 feet wide. The base is made of cube storage shelves (purchased from Lowe's). The top was made by cutting 3 pieces of plywood to size and covering it with a white laminate (ordered from Home Depot online).
I put red storage containers underneath the table to hold things like my ribbon, burlap, and miscellaneous hodge podge.
Taaaaadaaaa! This is my back focal wall. I knew right away that I wanted to use my Distress Products as a sort of decoration. And boy did I ever! When anybody walks in to the room they are smacked with a veritable smorgasbord of color, pulled from all of my favorite products.
My boyfriend, drilling the back shelf into place ("You have to have a few process photos," I explained to him as he complained about my picture taking
The shelves and cupboards were all purchased from Lowe's over by the laundry storage section. If you get cupboards from the laundry section versus the kitchen section, it cuts the price by well over half. The tall cupboards were about $120 each and the shorter cupboards were $79 each.
The back wall also has all of my essential tools, such as my paper cutter, my Cuttlebug, and my MISTI.
Up top, the room is decorated with cards sent to me from my bloggy friends from around the world.
Underneath that is a row of Tim Holtz Distress Paints, Distress Spray Stains, and Distress Crayons.
The products are all arranged on 24" floating shelves, purchased from Menards.
This wall is not only beautiful, it's sooooo great to have all of my fave products at immediate hand. I use them constantly and now I don't have to rummage around for ages trying to find which color I want.
My absolute favorite feature of the room is the storage for the Range Distress Inks. I used nail polish display stands! I used ones that are 6 racks tall and ordered from Amazon. (Here's the link to find them, if you'd like.) They hold 4 Distress Ink pads and their reinkers absolutely perfectly.
I also used pops of color inside my cupboards (because let's be honest - they're gonna be open all the time anyhow). This is the cupboard where I store my stamps. I have them in pull-out containers so they can easily travel from cupboard to craft table.
Along the front wall, I created a computer-based station which houses my printer and Cricut Expression. I also have a card rack to showcase my designs and store the finished cards so they don't get ruined. Underneath the station I have wooden draws that are filled with miscellaneous embellishments for cards.
^^This is my face after everything was all done^^
This face was made possible by the following people:
My super-awesome-deserves-10-backrubs boyfriend, Jimmy.
My incredible brother-in-law, Nick, who helped with the table.
My awesomesauce cousin, Danielle, who painted like a mofo.
My sister, Allie, who painted (mostly Danielle but some walls, too)
And Jimmy's uber-handy dad, Mike, who helped with SO much!
SO SO SO Thrilled with all the craft supply storage, amazing drool-worthy craft table that holds 10 people comfortaby, and a place for every craft tool that I own. It truly is my dream craft studio!
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Thanks for popping by and I hope you love it as much as I do!