Beautiful end result for our laundry room remodel!Pin It
To complete our playroom remodel, I added a craft room “nook” for my daughters. Of course, the underlying motivation for this part of the remodel was to take back my own craft room, which has been overrun with their painting, drawing, sewing, and general let’s-make-a-huge-mess crafting projects since they were old enough to toddle in there and reach the shelves . . .
I’m really happy with how this turned out, and so far it seems to function perfectly for their needs. The butcher block table and legs are from IKEA, and the stools are from Natural Furniture, a local Portland shop. They came unfinished, so each girl got to pick her paint color and paint her own stool. The table seemed low – only approx 30″ high – but I preferred the typical tabletop height to a work table height of 36″.
My friend built the shelves from melamine picked up at Home Depot and cut to the proper size. I like the functionality of the adjustable shelves, which I spaced at various heights to accommodate books, baskets, storage containers, and a narrow shelving for paper. The baskets are old Pottery Barn Kids storage we’ve had around for years – I like the chalkboard labels attached with twine. The various glass storage jars came from IKEA, as well.
I bought two of these sets of mini-drawers here to keep all of the small craft items organized – bells, googly eyes, stickers, buttons, etc. They came out nicely, but were a lot of work, and I wasn’t impressed with the product – it came unassembled, with no directions, and no way of holding it together. I used ingenuity and craft glue, and so far it’s holding, but I wouldn’t say it’s the sturdiest structure in the world . . . I painted the outside and used scrapbook paper to cover the drawer fronts.
The pegboard is my favorite part – it came in white, and my friend cut it to size and mounted it on a wood frame (to keep it away from the wall enough to insert the pegs). I picked up all sorts of cool attachments at Home Depot, including the small wires baskets for things like glue and glitter, the hooks for our Pottery Barn Kids buckets full of pencils, and the magnets for scissors and hole punchers.
I think that there will be enough shelving to accommodate the girls’ growing collection of crafting supplies, enough small storage to accommodate all of the tiny craft pieces, and enough table space for all three of them to work. They weren’t crazy about being “relocated” at first, but are now very enthusiastic about their new space, and hopefully it will inspire them to keep it clean and organized – at least occasionally 🙂Pin It
As my girls have gotten older, their collection of books has multiplied exponentially, forcing me to look for different storage options. As they’ve begun to outgrow their beautiful, hardbound picture books, I haven’t wanted to get rid of our favorites, but they often sit for months in the bookshelf, unnoticed.
My solution was two-fold – first, I used photo display railings from IKEA to create a display wall for our favorite picture books. I used an empty wall in the playroom, and positioned Patrick, our ever-faithful FAO Schwartz dog, next to the railings to create a comfy reading nook.
Next, I sold the Pottery Barn Kids bookshelves – cute, but too small now – and bought this monolith of shelving from IKEA to house the remaining picture books and the girls’ ever-expanding collection of chapter books. The top two rows of cubbies are pretty high, but I figured that the girls could use them to store all of their display items and “precious” valuables.
Now I just have to find a step stool so that we can all reach the top shelves and railings!Pin It
The final step in our master bedroom / bathroom suite – installation of hardwoods in the bedroom and the closet – is finally done. Because there are so many other competing colors and types of wood in this room (particularly cherry), and because of the different wood in the hallway (red oak) that connects at the threshold to the bedroom, I wanted to choose something completely different, that wouldn’t “almost match but not really.” I went with a dark walnut with a hand-planed finish – so the finish is slightly irregular, as if finished by hand, and you can see the natural wood striations and even knotholes.
For me, projects like this are always such a leap of faith, because I don’t have the ability to really picture how it will look when finished. Luckily, this turned out gorgeous! It’s especially beautiful when the sun comes through our huge, south-facing windows. I had window treatments on these windows for twelve years, but discovered when I took them down for the remodel how much it opens the room to have nothing and at, and the beautiful window frames – not to mention the views outside – are more than enough decoration.
My big bump alpaca rug looks so lovely against the dark walnut, and it’s such a treat to sink my feet into when I get up in the mornings.
I know that eventually I will want some rugs down, but for now, I’m just going to enjoy the look and the feel of the wood 🙂Pin It
It’s been more than a decade since our house was built, and I was starting to feel that the master bathroom was boring and out of date . . . I’d never liked it that much anyway, and when the grout began to get moldy and cleaning just wasn’t cutting it, I made the jump and decided on a complete remodel. We had all of the tile removed, and replaced the tub, sinks, and faucets, but we didn’t have to make any structural changes.
I chose a theme of natural products – stone and wood (well, tile made to look like wood!) with some small accents of metal. Here’s the story in photos:
Because the master bathroom and bedroom are so connected, I decided that a bathroom remodel warranted a bedroom remodel 🙂 I posted photos of the new quilt and some of the new wall art earlier; I chose corresponding fabrics and had the furniture in the room reupholstered, too:
Finally, our friend and woodworker extraordinare Jay Younger made this unique mantel for the gas fireplace:
Our installers were Casey Beatty of CMB Properties, Inc and Dana Geister of Timber & Steel Artisan Builders – they did beautiful work, and came up with many small touches and attention to detail that really enhanced the end result. The final part of the project is to have the carpet ripped out and hardwoods installed – that happens later this month, stay tuned for photos!Pin It