Drumroll please…the modern homework/craft room reveal post has arrived!
With the writing of this post, I’m proud to say that I’m wrapping up my first adventure as a One Room Challenge™ participant. And what a ride it has been, my friend. It’s hard to believe that just seven weeks ago, I was in the planning phase of transforming our guest room into a homework/craft room. The process of executing a room makeover design plan and watching the vision come to life never gets old.
Today’s the day I get to take you on a tour of the finished space in all it’s glory.
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Remember what the view upon entering the room looked like when we embarked on this ORC journey seven weeks ago?
It looks a wee bit better now:
Think that’s a dramatic change? Feast your eyes on this one:
Focal Wall — Before
Focal Wall – After
Let’s dig into the craft zone first. As you can see, all of my craft storage wishes have come true. With the addition of this fabulous cube storage system, we have more than enough room to relocate all of the craft stashes from around the house to this central storage mecca.
And no more DIY projects at my dining room table or wrapping gifts on the guest room bed. This new craft table with adjustable legs provides a huge, dreamy flat surface on which to do All The Crafty Things.
You may recall from the design plan and my week 5 update that we had originally intended to connect the table tops to the storage cube system. That plan changed pretty quickly when I realized that it would be next to impossible to access the items located in the far left storage cubes (heh heh. I told you I was spacially challenged).
So I ordered a second set of IKEA Olov table legs in order to create a set of freestanding tables. This makes so much more sense, as it gives me the option to vary the configuration of the room as needed, depending on the project I’m working on.
Since we’re now storing gift wrap in the craft zone with the help of our handy dandy gift wrap organizer, it only made sense to relocate gift wrap ribbon from the closet to the storage cube.
I went back and forth on whether to invest the extra money in these Kallax drawer inserts. Let me just say that it was the best decision I made in this room makeover. These drawers serve as the storage workhorse of the craft zone, providing the perfect spot for all of my scrapbooking supplies (that formerly lived in my hubby’s office.)
Of course, my kiddos have their fair share of crafting supplies that were lurking all over the house. Now they too have the perfect home.
Did I mention how the teal-grey high gloss finish of those drawers makes my heart go pitter patter?
And every time I catch a glimpse of this wall, I find myself itching to start the holiday gift wrapping extravaganza! This DIY gift wrap organizer is not only functional, it serves double duty as wall art by providing a golden opportunity to add fun pops of color.
Above the storage cubes, I created an informal gallery wall using a mix of store-bought framed prints, free printables I discovered on Pinterest, and one that I DIYed myself. I happened to have this extra picture ledge on hand, which I used to pull it all together.
Here’s the printable that I created using Canva:
Because homework can sometimes be a drag, I wanted to fill the space with inspirational quotes that conjure up good vibes and happy thoughts whenever the kiddos are working in the space.
Speaking of homework, let’s leave the craft zone for a bit and stroll on over to the new homework zone.
In this photo, you can catch a glimpse of the new light fixture, as well as the area rug that came to my rescue and serves as the perfect camouflage for that little paint disaster that occurred in week 3.
Ever since they first laid eyes on these Elfa utility boards at The Container Store, both of my kiddos begged us to install them on their homework stations. Their wish was my command.
What’s not to love about a vertical storage solution that frees up your desk space from clutter?
Remember back when I showed you my daughter’s unruly stash of random papers and art work that was living on the floor next to her bed? Well all of those papers finally have a new home here on these shelves:
Each kid has their own set of drawers for storing office supplies and other miscellaneous items (such as my daughter’s GoPro and GoPro accessories).
I created labels using Canva and inserted them into Elfa label holders, which attach to the outside of the drawers. There shouldn’t be any confusion as to whose stuff is whose. Right?!?
What kind of professional organizer would I be if I didn’t subdivide the heck out of those narrow drawers with drawer dividers (one of my Top 10 organizing product picks).
And there’s more inspirational quote art to be had on this side of the room:
This modern clock was another design element that was sourced by my daughter, and I’m truly loving it!
I’ll wrap it up with a few more of my favorite images from the reveal photo shoot:
It’s unbelievable how much this room has evolved in just seven weeks! In case you missed the previous posts in this series, you can catch up on the week-by-week transformation here…
MODERN HOMEWORK/CRAFT ROOM REVEAL
1 – Benjamin Moore Mountain Laurel | 2 – Benjamin Moore Gray Owl | 3 – Benjamin Moore VanDeusen Blue
FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES
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It feels SO GOOD to cross those last remaining tasks off of the project checklist:
Sell bed Sell light fixture Donate/Sell CD collection Remove wallpaper Purchase & install new light fixture Repair & paint walls Apply wall stencil Purchase homework zone wall shelving & desktops Purchase desk chairs and assemble desk chairs Decide on craft storage/table configuration and purchase Install wall shelving/desks for homework zone Build craft zone furniture Source & purchase area rug Assemble IKEA storage boxes & drawers Build DIY wall-mounted wrapping paper storage solution Install picture ledge Accessorize (clock, storage containers, etc.) Relocate craft items to new space
Finally a HUGE thanks to Linda at Calling It Home for hosting the One Room Challenge. We had a blast transforming this space. I’m already dreaming up plans room for yet another room makeover for the Spring version of the One Room Challenge!