October 8, 2015  

Jewel Tone Craft Studio Makeover – One Room Challenge Week 1

What would your home look like if you focused on making over one room with laser focus for six weeks?

I’m thinking that kind of focus would help me actually complete a room makeover as opposed to jumping around between every room in my house. What room in your home needs a makeover, anyway?

Today is the first week of the One Room Challenge, a really neat event hosted by Linda at Calling It Home. I’ve decided to join the party and will be one of dozens of bloggers working hard to make over one room in the next six weeks. We will all share updates each Thursday, eventually revealing our room transformations in week 6. Who’s excited? I know I am!

ORC Guest Blue

I’ve decided to tackle my soon-to-be craft studio, the room I have been itching to get done since we moved in last November. Here’s the embarrassing before photo:

craft room

We moved into our first home last November, and I have been sooo good at sticking to my plan to not spend any effort on our basement right away. If you couldn’t tell, this craft studio is in our basement.

Reasons Our Basement Has Been On Hold

Reason #1: I needed to focus my decorating efforts on the main floor first, where we spend most of our time.

Reason #2: We moved from an apartment so we don’t have extra furniture to fill a basement, so putting the basement on hold was an effort to prevent me from going out and buying up a bunch of stuff just to fill space.

Reason #3: We wanted to make sure the basement wouldn’t get wet or flood or anything like that.

Reason #4: An empty basement gave me so much room to store boxes I still haven’t unpacked. 🙂


The Soon-To-Be Craft Studio

The stairs to our basement go into a rec. room, which will be nice someday. Then there’s a huge laundry/furnace/storage room. And the third room downstairs is this odd room. To make it sound fancy, you could call it a bonus room. To make our little basement sound extra fancy, I should tell you it’s a walkout basement. Pretty cool, huh?

I’m not really sure what this room’s purpose is supposed to be. We’ve speculated that it was originally a one-car garage built under the house, or maybe it was just a cellar type place to store veggies, or maybe a workshop. I’m not sure, but I immediately knew it was going to be my future craft studio. With a drain in the floor, cement floors that would be okay to get dirty, and a door leading directly to the backyard (perfect for spray painting), I decided this would be my future craft studio. Also, the room oddly had an old-school pencil sharpener on the wall…maybe it was once a creepy home school room with red floor?

Here’s what it looked like on move-in day last November:


craft shelves

I hated that red floor so much, so this spring I spontaneously decided it needed repainting. After picking up a gallon of cement floor paint, I set out to mop it clean so I could roll on a fresh coat of paint. Unfortunately, that project turned into a much bigger ordeal. The short story is the red paint started bubbling up all over the place, so I ended up on my hands and knees scraping it all off the floor while breathing in fumes from paint thinner and cement degreaser. Yuck. After that, I avoided the room all summer, leaving it looking horrendous:

Basement Red Peeling Floor

When my sisters were visiting a couple weeks ago to help me paint my living room, I decided to get a jump start on the One Room Challenge and we painted a new coat of paint on the cement floor in craft studio. It is looking so much better now!

Craft Studio Gray Floor 1

Craft Studio Gray Floor 3

I am extremely excited to make this room into my own work space. I’m going to leave the walls white, add a huge work table in the center, add shelving along the walls, add better lighting, and hang curtains in front of the existing storage shelves. With the bulk of the walls and furniture being neutral, I’m hoping to add in lots of fun pops of colorful accessories.

Here’s the mood board I dreamed up for this space:

What a fun mood board! A neutral craft studio with pops of jewel toned colors

Mood Board Image Sources: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

I am beyond excited to tackle this room and turn it into my happy place. It looks pretty rough now, but I have a big vision for this space and I’m so ready to make it a reality. I’ll check back in next week to show you my progress.

Do you like the colors I chose? What is your must-have craft room accessory? Comment below with your ideas for this room!

> Go check out what all of the other bloggers have planned for their room makeovers.

Craft Studio Pencil Sharpener

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  1. Wow that is going to be fabulous! I love the jeweled tones and that space is going to look fabulous when its all done! Thanks for sharing at the Creative Circle Link Party! I look forward to following along as the room comes together.

  2. I love your color choices (especially the green – which is finding it’s way into my ORC space as well). My office/craft room needs some major work – so I look forward to following along!

    1. I’m really exciting about incorporating a nice green into this room. I usually stick to blues, but I think green is a great color to mix in with all my blue. Can’t wait to see how you incorporate the color into your ORC space – thanks for visiting!

  3. I am SO impressed with your colour choices for this room! How exciting! Can’t wait to see how the space evolves 🙂

    1. Thank you, Lindi! I’m really happy with my color palette. I decorate with a lot of blues and neutrals, but figured the craft room in the basement was the perfect place to incorporate more fun pops of color. I want people to instantly smile when they walk in this room. We’ll see how it turns out!

    1. It was a total nightmare! I’m so happy to have the floor painting behind me. Now I can finally move onto the fun decorating part!

  4. I wish I could help with must have accessories but I’m no crafter lol. I wish I was!! The floor already looks so much better and I’m excited to follow your ORC!

    1. Thank you! I have hoards of craft supplies, so I should have plenty to fill the space 🙂 Just need to upcycle some old jars and boxes into cute storage for everything. Thanks for visiting!

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