I made it! Today is the official conclusion of the One Room Challenge. Over the past six weeks, I have been one of about 150 crazy bloggers racing to do a complete room makeover in our homes. I chose to transform an empty basement room with ugly red floor into my very own craft studio/office space, and I am thrilled with the results. Now this room has a purpose! It’s my own creative happy place, and I cannot wait to show it to you today.
This is my first time participating in the One Room Challenge, which is hosted by Linda of Calling it Home two times each year. It was a great motivator to keep myself working away each week and also helped me stay focused on one room as opposed to bouncing around from project to project like I tend to do. I have loved decorating my new space, but I’ve enjoyed keeping up on the other room makeovers just as much. Seriously, so many epic room transformations have taken place over the past few weeks. I cannot wait to check out all of the before and afters this weekend!
If you haven’t been following along with my weekly One Room Challenge updates, you can catch up on my weekly progress updates here:
First, let’s take a good look at the ugly before photo:
To help you get your bearings, we have a walkout basement. That door you see opens out into our backyard. I took this photo while standing right by the doorway that leads out of this side room and into the rest of our basement. And on the other side of the door behind me is a few feet of space that includes this wall of shelving.
Here is the mood board I designed for this space at the beginning of the challenge. My goal was to mix jewel tone accents with lots of white and a punch of black.
And here is the after photo (insert trumpet fanfare):
Here’s a classic before and after photo so you can get the full effect:
Now, prepare yourself for a ridiculous number of pretty photos. I’m going to keep my comments to a minimum and instead show you around the space. Join me as we take the grand photo tour:
There’s so much planning in store for this giant calendar, which is a second-hand find.
When dreaming up my plans for this room, a comfy sitting area never made the list. But, when your sister gives you two amazing and cozy gold chairs, what else do you do with them? I love these chairs. My sisters and I found them while thrift shopping years ago and we’ve since passed them back and forth many times.
This little gallery wall is sure to grow and morph over time. I started with one wire, leaving room to add another underneath it in the future. This is a great place to display inspirational quotes, artwork, and other pretty goodness.
I’m very excited for the future brainstorm sessions that will take place on this idea wall, which is a roll of white paper hanging from the ceiling. That way, when I’m done with this brainstorm I can cut it off and unroll some fresh paper.
Next up is the shelving area. This is where many of my craft supplies are now stored. There is also a whole wall of shelving behind that blue curtain.
I will admit that I had every intention of designing super cute labels for all of these boxes and baskets. However, it was down to crunch time and I made myself take a few things off the list. So labeling will have to wait for another day. Until then, at least everything is in pretty storage containers (my guilty pleasure!).
Now let’s move on to the big work table in the center of the room:
My giant white tablecloth looks a bit wrinkly, but that’s the best I could get it ironed. It’s actually a cheap plastic shower curtain liner. How nifty is that? My table happened to be the perfect size for a standard shower curtain. It’s perfect for cleaning up messes of paint and glitter, and it’s so cheap that I don’t care if I ruin it (like when I melted a hole in it while ironing curtains – oops). I jazzed it up with a couple rows of black vinyl triangles.
I had planned to paint four chairs (yet another thrift store find), but only got two done in time for this post. I ultimately decided to spend my time finishing up other components of this room makeover, and then work on the last two chairs later on.
Finally, this weird room had a pencil sharpener in it when we bought the house last year. How random is that? I left it where it was, just added a bit of washi tape to liven it up a bit.
Although this is the end of the One Room Challenge, I’ll be sharing tutorials from several projects in this room over the next several weeks, so stay tuned!
I am thrilled that I was able to participate in this round of the One Room Challenge, and want to thank Linda from Calling It Home for organizing the challenge. It has been so fun to make over my craft studio, but even more fun to follow the progress of so many of my blogger friends. Today is such an awesome day, because there are so many room reveals to go check out. It’s practically like Christmas! I’m eager to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and my iPad this weekend so I can tour everyone’s room transformations.
What do you think of my new room? Would working in this space get your creative juices flowing? Want to come over for a crafting night sometime?