Extreme Craft Room Makeover- Week 72 (okay, it just feels like Week 72)

On my last update I said “How ever long you think a project will take, double it.”  Hmmm, I think I may have been off.  Triple it maybe?  We have been working about 14 hours a day on my craft room.  I wonder if Rich is regretting his decision?  I ask him and he says even though it’s been a lot of work, deep down inside he has enjoyed it.  Let me share some updates with you…

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I am so proud to have the cabinets in and even more proud that I built every single one of them.  Luckily they are all built the same way so I just repeated the process 20 times.  I could build these things in my sleep now.  They are actually kitchen cabinets and we could really customize how many drawers, how many shelves, etc.  I love that!!!

We hit a few snafus along the way…of course.  I told you before about broken boards that were going to have to be replaced.  Well, there was no way around it, we HAD to take the long drive back to Dallas to Ikea.  There is some GOOD news about the trip!  We had purchased some pieces that we discovered we really didn’t need totaling about $400 so it was worth going back for.  The bad news… these were the pieces that were too long for our Chevy Traverse so we had to drive with the hatch open.  But for a $400 credit, I was willing to endure a little cold wind.

Craft Room Makeover - www.SimplySimplyStamping.comBut since we were there, why not pick up a few more things….totaling $400.  LOL  So much for my great savings!  More storage boxes and more lighting.

Craft Room Makeover - www.SimplySimplyStamping.comIt was back to work.  I would build a cabinet, Rich would put it in the room.  Sounds so simple, doesn’t it?  We seem to hit brick walls over and over.  See that floor cabinet?  When I went to put the drawer in, it wouldn’t fit…because of the window ledge.  We had to take the cabinet off the wall and move it down.  So that cabinet on the wall?  It drove Rich nuts that it wasn’t completely centered with the now shifted floor cabinet….so down they come.  While trying to find the studs in the wall, we discover that the studs are consistent.  Seriously?  Could we just catch a break?  Then there were electrical outlets that had to be moved from the floor to the space between the wall and base cabinets.a never-ending stream of “To Do’s”.

Well, finally we could say all the cabinets are built and we go from this…

www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - Craft Room Makeover  To this!  YAY!  Empty boxes!!!

Craft Room Makeover - www.SimplySimplyStamping.comTime was running out quickly.  Rich had to go back to work on Monday AND I had to get everything out of my sunroom (where I stored everything from my craft room during the remodel).  My local Stamp Clubs started on Monday too and my class space looked like this.  It was time to move in whether it was time or not.

www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - Craft Room MakeoverSo, this is just a partial reveal.  There’s still lots of work to do… crown molding , base boards, painting of the doors, blinds, curtains, caulking, etc. but I am MOVED IN!  I can’t wait to stamp my first project in my new DREAM SPACE!

Check out my stamp set wall!  LOVE it!!  To the left will be my punch storage…but that will have to wait too.  Why?  Because we have to go BACK TO LOWE’S… AGAIN!

Craft Room Makeover - www.SimplySimplyStamping.comAll those storage boxes have a home now.  Boy, you can fill those boxes and those shelves quickly.  That counter on the wall will be home to my Big Shot, Simply Scored board, paper cutter, and my Stack & Store Caddy…with room to spare!

Craft Room Makeover - www.SimplySimplyStamping.comOn the opposite wall, more cabinets, drawers and shelves!  And a sweet little space for my TV.

Craft Room Makeover - www.SimplySimplyStamping.comMy big island desk is my most favorite piece in the room!  I really wanted a desk that I could stand at rather than sit and Rich designed this fabulous desk for me.  Is this beautiful or what?  The counters turned out to be about 12-inches too long.  What to do with those leftover ends?  Turn them into a fabulous desk shelf!  I now have a place to film my videos AND a great place to store markers and other desk accessories.  The man is brilliant!

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Craft Room Makeover - www.SimplySimplyStamping.comMy favorite Ikea find was this retro mirror.  It sets off my retro style room perfectly!

Craft Room Makeover - www.SimplySimplyStamping.comAnd that is what I have to share for now.  Whew!  It has been a busy 2 ½ weeks….and we’re not done yet.  BUT, the weekend isn’t that far away and it’s back to work.  I think Rich was secretly happy to go back to his “real” job.  He is such an amazing guy to do all this for me!!!  From now on, he will be known as Mr. Awesome.  This was by far the absolute BEST Christmas gift ever!!!!

I will post a proper “BEFORE” and “AFTER” post when everything is 100% done.

I am beyond excited to start stamping in my new room!

Thanks so much for your patience these last 72 weeks… I mean 2 ½ weeks, as we remodeled!  It should be back to normal here at Simply Simple Stamping now.  YAY!  I miss Flash Cards!!!  How about you?

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30 Responses to “Extreme Craft Room Makeover- Week 72 (okay, it just feels like Week 72)”

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  1. Linda Hyden says:

    Connie, this is a spectacular room and you’ve both done an amazing job. I have a question for you. Having been a Stampin Up person for years, I have a ton of the wood stamps, how do you store them?

    • Connie says:

      I purchased the clear wood mount boxes found on page 197. They are only $6.95 for a package of 4. I don’t know if you can see them on the picture. There is a pdf file available if you want to make inserts to match our other inserts. I love everything looking the same. I made the inserts and could have copy and pasted the images from the Stampin’ Up Online Store but I am fine just having the name of the stamp set on the side.

  2. Catherine says:

    Of course he’s brilliant, he’s an engineer :). We’re like that ;).

    Love the dream room. It’s so worth it.

  3. Catherine says:

    Btw does this mean you’ll be changing the colour scheme of your web site to match the dream room? LOL

    • Connie says:

      LOL! I thought about it but I’m not sure. I still love my pink and black and this is one way I can still hold onto it.

  4. Sharon Fontenot says:

    How big is your craft room? I’m wondering if I have room to get that much storage into my craft room. 10′ x 10′
    Obviously Envious 🙂

    • Connie says:

      My room is 10.5 ft by 14.5 ft but because of the closet in the corner, I couldn’t’ take the cabinets all the way to the ends of the wall. You could also push the end of the desk against one wall and that then you would be fine.

  5. Sharon says:

    Well, it is truly awesome….I am happy and excited for you! Will be nice to see the before’s and after’s, but what I want to see is the finished room in a full color, in-your-face VIDEO TOUR! How about it, Miz Connie?

  6. Phoebe says:

    Love your craft room, especially the desk and desk shelf. Will you post a video tour once it’s complete? And your husband is totally awesome.

  7. Marilyn K says:

    I love your room! I am interested in your storage boxes. Where did you purchase them? It looks like they have straight sides and that is hard to find? Please share info. Thanks, Marilyn

    • Connie says:

      Ikea – the most wonderful store in the world! And they are SO affordable too. You get 2 of them for about $5.00 or so.

  8. Pamela Shadwick says:

    I am so happy for you, the room is coming along beautifully . The color of your walls is a big step from the pink. Connie I’m looking forward to your first real recorded tour.

  9. Mary says:

    Truly awesome! I am so envious ( in a good way ). Your husband is really a good guy to do this for you. We are expecting some fantastic card designs once everything is done! Just kidding, you already do that! I’m also waiting on the video tour when it’s all done. Enjoy!

  10. Dianne says:

    A great room to create your life away. What a guy Mr awesome. Love the desk. I have to say it is exactly what I have been looking for!!! A space to work & film – well done. Would you be able to share the dimensions please? Can’t wait to see completed room. Cheers

    • Connie says:

      The desk is about 4 ft by 5 ft. When Mr. Awesome gets some free time he is going to do some blog posts with more details about how he made the desk.

  11. Maria A. Rodriguez says:

    WOW!!!!! Connie, this room is coming along beautifully indeed!!! I just waiting to see the pictures of the final reveal and I’m anxious to see the wonderful things you will be creating in this marvelous room.

    • Connie says:

      Thanks Maria! I am excited to get going too! After being away from it for over 2 weeks, I’m trying to play catch up on everything. I was able to make a card yesterday! That was fun!

  12. adaloufry says:

    I just had ro share the pictures of your room to a friend whom I hope will allow me to help her design her stamp room. They just moved in the new home and the boxes are from floor to celling. She has no idea whatr is in them right now. Maybe when she gets the rest of the house in order she will be ready to tackle her stamp room. Wish me luck
    PS I will be calling you with my order.

  13. Molly says:

    Connie your room is turning out just amazing!!! It is pretty and looks so very functional at the same time. Wow, I am in awe. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to give us a peek at the progress.

  14. Beverly Lausen says:

    Connie, did I miss the post of where you bought the black storage boxes…they look like just what I need…Good sizes and have slots for the labels…envy you for the great new craft room…Rich did a great job and he really is Mr. Awesome!!!.

  15. denise says:

    Your craft room is beyond amazing. You really made the most out of your space. My room does triple duty — crafts, sewing, office and even a kid’s table for my grand daughter. It is a hodge podge of desk, tables and plastic storage drawers. I am so inspired by your success to give a make over a try. I have a Mr. Awesome at my house too…

  16. Molly says:

    So here it is the 17th already and I had to come back and admire you and Mr. Amazing’s handwork again and be re-inspired too. My Ikea (white) storage boxes are *still* in transit but the new chandelier did arrive so the mini-makeover that you inspired is still chugging ahead slowly. After a rough 2 weeks back at work after surgery it is nice to come home and have a place to dream in and be inspired by all the hard work you have done. Sometimes these creative spaces we have are more therapeutic than anything. What a true blessing to have them!

    • Connie says:

      Oh Molly! How fun for you!!! A chandelier will be so pretty! Putting together all those IKEA storage boxes will be great physical therapy for you – but your fingertips will be sore. 🙂 Have fun my friend!

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