Creating The Perfect Craft Room

When the last of your children heads off to college, you may find yourself thinking that your house feels a little empty. No more teenagers blasting music or talking on the phone 24/7 or having friends over to raid your refrigerator. And while this is often a bittersweet time, one thing that many people look forward to when their kids go off to college is turning the newly empty bedroom into a craft room. This can be an easy, relatively inexpensive project that will leave you with an organized space to do your crafting.

The first step in transforming your bedroom into a craft room is to clear out all the furniture and clutter. Evaluate the furniture and decide what you want to keep and what should be donated or put in storage. Shelving units and bookcases can be used for extra storage in a craft room, but bigger pieces like a bedframe and armoire will just take up space. If the furniture pieces you are planning to reuse are looking a little run down, consider adding a fresh coat of paint to liven them up a little. Now is also a good time to decide what other furniture and storage items you need for your craft room. A large desk or table with drawers and plenty of room to spread things out is crucial. You’ll also want a comfortable chair and good lighting. Take the time to plan the layout of the room so that you end up with a comfortable, functional space.

Before you start moving furniture and craft supplies back into the room, give it a good deep cleaning and make any updates or repairs. Run a vacuum over the carpeting, dust the baseboards, and fill in any old nail holes. If the paint is looking dingy or you aren’t a fan of your child’s paint color choice, consider repainting the walls in a color you love. Once the room has been thoroughly cleaned and you are happy with the look of it, you can start moving your furniture back in.

When setting up your craft room, there are a few things to keep in mind to make the space as organized and efficient as possible. Store items that you use frequently such as scissors, markers, and glue in a handy place on top of your table, rather than tucked away in a drawer. Use clear plastic containers to hold loose items such as stickers, stamps, and ribbon so that they stay organized and don’t end up all over the place. Pull-out drawers are also the perfect place to keep paper and cardstock so that it can lay flat and not become wrinkled or creased. It’s also a good idea to label your storage containers so that you can easily find something when you are in the middle of a project.

With a little time and effort, you can turn your child’s old bedroom into the craft room of your dreams!

Guest blogger:  Rochelle Whitman is an avid crafter and decorator. She has written about interior design, home improvement, and DIY home renovation projects.


Reuse a Discarded Interior Door by Creating a Designer Headboard

(How to Turn an Interior Door into a Headboard)

Recycling and making wonders out of what once seemed unusable is never out of fashion. After all, there is a certain pride and uniqueness one tends to attach to something crafted and salvaged by one’s own hands. Also, you can make something customized to suit your needs without having to buy it and invest your leisure hours in some creative as well as rewarding activity.

Old doors made of solid wood are too good material-wise to throw away or leave up in your attic to molder. They usually are made of maple, mahogany, oak or chestnut and are sturdy and don’t have a hollow sound to them when thumped. The rails and stiles too make up well framed panels in decorative styles. Such doors can be easily found at salvage yards as well and are perfect to convert into headboards or wainscoting to add some innovation to your interior walls. Wall-hung headboards are a perfect touch of both the Victorian and rustic.

What to Consider Before You Begin

  • Panels are oft-missed out when people tend to look for doors to convert. Pay attention to the shape, size and evenness in space of the panels. Many a time you might find some to be mis-matched. This is especially noticeable when you want to convert the door into a headboard by turning it on its side. Symmetry is important for a balanced and pleasing design. Ladder type panels or five panel doors look well, or those with stacked rectangles forming ladder rungs.
  • After panels, the height of the door too matters. Depending on the size of the bed, you might have to trim the door down to balance both the sides so as to maintain a proportionate feel.
  • A quick walk-through step-by-step guide.
  • Door measurement is fundamental and should be carefully and accurately done. To trace the cut lines, a combination square can be used.
  • Use a saw to slice off the extra length or overage of the door. Clamp a straightedge along the cut lines so that you saw the wood straight and have a guide fence as uneven edges will ruin the look.
  • Patch the holes of the lock using wood scrap tapped in. In case there are holes in the surface, you can make putty out of glue and sawdust mixed. The sawdust caused by the off cutting can be used here. Spread it evenly using a putty knife.

  • If the door is stripped, you need to get rid of splinters and round the edges with a random sander. If the door is painted, the finish has to be removed first. A liquid stripper works well.
  • Mark out the length of the door face on the crown molding and cut it down to size leaving off cuts so that you can have decorative returns on the door’s outside edges. Secure the crown by glue and reinforce it by nails tapped at a six-inch interval.
  • Natural furniture polish will return the door’s luster and bring out the grain pattern.

Guest blogger: Jamith Peterson is an avid blogger and an Interior Designer. He feels that taps are important thing to consider while designing the bathroom.  Before buying Bidets taps and Latest shower taps get some assistance about taps.  It will help you to get best taps for your bathroom.

Symmetrical Artwork Displays for a Stylish and Modern Home

If you are all set to innovate and improve upon your home décor, one avenue which is easy to look after and an instant style booster is the type of artwork you display and how you display it. Artwork display can enhance the way your room looks by adding a touch of uniqueness and taking home interior decorating to the level of art. Asymmetric and the eclectic type of display modes have been used oft and on but the real style statement emerges from symmetric displays of artwork.

Symmetry is also easier to do and it has a balanced feel to it. It also gives a focal point and is attention grabbing subtly. Asymmetrical arrangements on the other hand lack a centered appeal. Actually, generally the trend is to opt for symmetrical displays as they are considered to be more soothing to the beholder. You’ll find that most of such designs come in frame patterns that have a consistent size displayed side by side in a row. This is easy to pull off and can suit any room theme with ease and will complement casement windows.

Rowing Together

A row pattern of arrangement can be pulled off in a series of three to four similarly sized and themed art pieces. This look is solid enough for your bedroom and stylish enough to even grace your living room wall. The simplicity of the look fails to bring to the surface its irresistible style. The frame style, color or the pattern and design of the pictures should of course complement each other, otherwise there won’t be a sufficient balanced feel.

All About Grids

Grids too are a hot favorite in symmetrically placed artwork displays. When placing such artwork, try to keep them in a tight close fitting pattern as too sparsely spaced pieces will have a broken look. It should look compressed and have a sense of order that works well with most contemporary and Victorian themes. Also, choose simple art pieces as too elaborate ones tend to confuse the overall effect. Artwork in various colors in plain white frames can really add some vibrancy and geniality to an otherwise drab room.

For a more modern edge, try black frames with white backgrounds on which black and white pictures are placed centrally. Placing grids in odd numbers like threes and nines will give you a rectangular shape that can add a slight element of surprise.

When Size Doesn’t Matter

If the same size of frame seems boring, then even different shapes and sizes can be incorporated into a symmetrical frame design. Placement here is crucial. Try centering with an oblong rectangle with a broad frame on either side as well as on the top and bottom. You can balance this with oblong rectangular shaped frames in the four corners.

If you have one large frame while the others are small and approximately of the same size you can use the larger one as a focal point and place two of the smaller frames on either side.

Not Limited to Frames

Artworks can vary from shadow boxes to even circular baskets; you needn’t stick only to frames. What matters are that you are able to build an image of the home projected.

Guest blogger:  Martin is an interior designer. He accurately gauges the importance of each and every small bathroom accessories. According to him Towel Rings and Towel warmers are not just the hooks for hanging towels but when made of great designs and finishes, look stunning beauties in a bathroom.