I absolutely love having a dedicated craft room, but even I have a hard time getting inspired in the mess. So I’m thrilled to have been able to create a beautiful workspace for myself as the first part of the #CraftRoomChallenge!!
The Craft Room Challenge is taking place over the month of January, with each week providing a specific goal in cleaning up your craft room. If you missed it last week, or don’t recall, here are the workspaces I started with in my office/craft room, and you can get all the details in last week’s post here:
In case you missed it, here was our teaser to the challenge!
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First Task: Clear Your Workspace
Clearly my workspace needed some decluttering. Working from home on top of blogging my crafty life in what triples as our home office gets a bit overwhelming. Everything from bills to work papers to craft supplies explodes from my cabinets and drawers; more often than not things just get piled on my desk(s) until I get around to handling them/putting them away. Not only did I want to clear my workspace, but I wanted to make it brighter and more beautiful.
Here is my desk post clutter. (Well, post TOP clutter. Clearing out the little cubbies will come later.)
Now, to be fair, this desk had already gotten a makeover a year+ ago. (You can see how I updated my Ikea desk here.)
I still had a little remaining removable wallpaper from this desk makeover, and so I decided to brighten up the dark blue countertop of my computer desk builtin. (It came with the house.) You can see the original look here.
This remaining piece of wallpaper essentially serves as a desk blotter, but does a good job of brightening the dark workspace I was used to. Then I just had to organize my necessary tools so they wouldn’t be piling up everywhere.
A little wooden caddy (that I’m sure I’ll paint someday) served to store a lot of items for me. No, I’m not a narcissist, the mirror is in my office due to my having to work west coast hours in a midwest state. If I ever get to have date night with my husband, I frequently apply my makeup between phone calls in order to be ready on time! 😉
This is one of my favorite things on my desk. It’s a phone stand, but my 7yo lovingly enhanced it with this Valentine’s craft from two years ago.
Once the clutter was clear, it did give me a feeling of purpose. I also couldn’t STAND the blank space on my desk, glaring at me between my corner decorations. I needed to do something with that space, and I thought a nice motivation quote was just the ticket to create an inspirational, beautiful workspace going forward.
I hopped onto Picmonkey and got busy creating a quote to fit the space. I came up with two quotes and designs I liked, but couldn’t make up my mind between the two.
So I chose both.
I measured the space on my desk, then cut my created quote on my Cricut. I used two colors of vinyl. My office came with this pinkish color on the walls, and I’ve added black, white, and aqua accents over time. It seemed only fitting to add aqua and pink in quote for my black and white desk.
Using transfer tape, I first applied the blush quote to the desk, being careful to only adhere the words I wanted in that color. I slowly peeled back the tape, leaving the chosen words with which to work off of for my aqua vinyl. Also note by pretty boy Wrigley resting near me.
This simple addition of vinyl and design has absolutely given me a beautiful workspace.
More Craft Room Ideas:
- Craft Room Desk Makeover
- Organize Your Craft Room with Kidecals
- My Messy Craft Room
- DIY Craft Room Storage and Decor Piece by Domestically Creative
Craft Room Storage Supplies:
Welcome to the 2018 Craft Room Challenge! From January 3rd through January 31st, 14 crafty bloggers will be sorting, organizing, cleaning, and decorating their craft spaces. Each of us has a very different craft space to tackle, so chances are you will find one similar to yours. We’d love for you to join in on the fun challenge and clean right alongside us. Follow along and join in on social media by using #craftroomchallenge and #confessyourmess. You can also find us and the challenge via our social media accounts you’ll see listed on each of our sites. We’ll also have 15-minute mini daily challenges for you in case you have limited time to dedicate to the challenge. We hope you share your messy spaces and progress with us so we don’t feel alone this month!
Before you see the rest of the crafty spaces, please meet our lovely hosts:
Stephanie from Crafty Ladybug Creations
Now, let’s take a look at their craft rooms and spaces!