Monday, July 18, 2011

Our Creative Space

There is something so satisfying and enjoyable to me in taking "nothing" and turn it into "something." In this case it was a room in our house that never got used. Our loft space upstairs that sits between the kids 3 bedrooms, a bathroom, and a laundry room.

Originally it was meant to be an office/entertainment room, but really it only served as a walk through to get from one of the kids rooms to the other.  I wanted somewhere that we could be creative. Be inspired. Use our imaginations. But not necessarily a "play room."

So we started on the transformation in February/March. And here is what it is now.
First thing I wanted to do was paint the walls. Lighten them up. So we painted them "Quiet Rain" by Glidden --a light grey/blue color. The decor was inspired by a sort of eclectic, whimsical, carnival, vintage feel.

This is the view from Mia's room.
This little corner has a chalkboard that I made simply using chalkboard paint and painting an old frame. The desk. Oh this desk. I LOVE it. It was a 6 dollar thrift store find. Solid wood, well made. I painted over the whole thing with "Vintage White" paint also by Glidden.


The pennant was a quicky afternoon craft project using scrap book paper and twine. I just cut out triangles, whole punched them and strung them. Can we say easy? easy.

These are the silhouetts I made of the about that project is here.

I wanted something to hang the kids art projects from, so I got a bunch of random fabric scraps and cut circles and squares. Then I hot glued them to some twine and strung it from one corner to the next. I use clips to hang the art work
The sewing machine was also a thrift store find. I painted it red and distressed it. It doesn't work. I just like looking at it.
I love this little corner for reading. I made a bunch of tissue poms but instead of hanging them, I pinned them to the ceiling. The idea was to make the kids feel like they are sitting under clouds when they sit and read


Book shelves are from IKEA and the letters I just covered in different fabric, that coordinates with the fabric pennant I made for the opposite wall.
 I talked about this gallery wall in this post. It's a collection of The Wheatfield prints that I love, 1$ mirror I painted, a "C" {for our last name} that I also covered in fabric and then placed in the middle of an empty frame, and one of my favorite pictures of the kids that I had printed onto canvas.
Chandelier and entertainment center that the tv sits on are from IKEA. Paper Lanterns from the dollar store, hung with yarn.

I bought the book shelf at World Market a couple years ago and painted it in the same vintage white paint, that I used on the school desk.
Then I just filled it with random things I collected from the thrift store and things around the house.
My sister in law found me the old typewriter. Love it. I bought the vintage scale, book, old borax tin and sugar container at a local antique store that I need to visit again. Just as soon as it stops being 105 in Texas, cause Lawd knows that place is not air conditioned and this sister girl can't take the heat.
The white table and chairs were generously given to us and originally from Bombay Kids. Then I spray painted some dollar pinwheels from Target to match the room and put them in a yellow tin for the center of the table

To read about this desk makeover click here.  It was a lot of work, but definitely one of my favorite pieces of furniture.
It is an old 1950's desk that I bought from a young couple who had inherited it from her grandmother and didn't have any room for it with a new baby coming. Score for me. It's gorgeous. I love it. Print beside it says "She Believed She Could so She Did" from this etsy shop.

This chair was also a thrift store find. I just painted it, distressed it a bit and covered the seat in some Heather Bailey fabric.
Here's what it was before:
{sorry for the blurry picture but you get the idea of it's rather ugly "before". P.S wheels on chairs like this remind me of Luby's 
 Cafeteria...anyone else?}
Then I needed something for above it and found this print that says "The glass is half full." It was a free printable, found here at tip junkie. I placed it in the middle of a the glass and kept the back of the frame off.  And of course I had to hang some tissue poms. It just wouldn't be right if I didn't.
Next to it is my work table. Where I package my orders, work on projects, and sometimes sit at to write. It's a sturdy, solid wood table that I feel like could do anything to. I painted it and put a protective coat on it.

The large white framed above it is my inspiration bulletin board. To see how I made it, read here.  It's cork board covered in fabric but I also strung twine across it to have the option of hanging things also. The picture shows 2 flower headbands I'd made for the girls.
Oh and Don't let that sewing machine fool you. I've never used it. One day. But it looks cute sitting there for now. The stool is also a thrift store makeover.

I found the green table at a local kids resale boutique. The top of it looks like an old door. It mainly gets used as the foundation for tents {and perhaps some laundry folding}
 And there you have it....

A room that was never used, is now the most used room in the house. It's become our place of creativity. Of imagination and of learning.  I'm so glad I decided to transform it into a space that is used and loved.

What about you? Is there a space in your house that you are keeping a certain way, just because you think you have to? An office, dining room, or a spare bedroom? Maybe even a closet? I love how Kim from Oh Sweet Joy used one of her closets and converted it into a sewing room! Genius.

Don't be afraid to go outside the box and make your space into something you will use and love! A home is about you and your family. Making it a place you love to be and that reflects you. So what if it goes against the usual or the traditional way of using the room? If you like it, do it! Promise you will be so happy you did!

 Linking up with Heather!


  1. you did an amazing job! that aqua chair is fantastic!!

  2. I recently started following along. This room is awesome - great work on it - I love all the bright colors and fun thrift store finds :)

  3. I. Love. This. Room!!!! Beautiful!

  4. Great job! The 1950's desk is beautiful, and the aqua chair is such a fun addition to the room with the updates you made! :)

  5. You did an awesome job on this room...the blue chair, the sewing machine, the cork board frame..just a few of my favs. It looks great! :)

  6. You are from your momma alright!!! Great Designer!1 It looks Amazing!!

  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! You have inspired me :)

  8. I can't wait to have my own home again, to fix up the way I want. I can't wait to redo a vintage train room for my Carter Boy and fix up a girly room for my Lilli Girl! Can't wait, can't wait, CAN'T WAIT!!! Love the "creative room"!

  9. I'm new to the blog and it looks like I picked a good day :) Such a fun space!

  10. You are my style soul mate!! This room is beautiful!! You did an amazing job! I have a plaque in my kitchen with "She believed she could...", love it. And all the antique pieces, wow. We have been collecting antiques for years now, too. It's so nice to find these little treasures and make them your own. Great post!!

  11. Umm in love with this, so sweet!

  12. That looks awesome! Lots of good, homemade ideas too :)

  13. Love it! You did an amazing job! My favorites of the room are the green coffee table and the blue thrifted chair, great job! Makes me want to go redecorate one of my rooms :) thanks for sharing

  14. Beautiful!! I am inspired just looking at it! I love all the colors, and all the personal, crafty touches.

  15. Thank you everyone for your sweet compliments. I really have enjoyed working on this room and collecting things over the last few months. I hope I inspired some ideas and creativity to y'all for your own homes!!

  16. This room is amazing! I love the color, craftiness threaded throughout, and how fun it looks! I also just stumbled upon your blog and am IN love!


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