If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tightwad October - Office/Craft room redone -

For about a week now,  I've been working over our "office" that is mostly my craft room.  I did not take any before pictures, it was just starting to look like a junk room with nothing hanging on the walls.  This room was Nina's bedroom and I don't think it ever got decorated after she moved out almost 5 years ago. 
All the furniture pieces I had to work with were good.  The room just needed some cleaning and organizing, as well as some color coordination and things to put on the walls.
I looked through what I had and ended up reusing some window treatments, thrift store fabric, and a bunch of frames from my craft closet. Apparently I never get rid of frames and I have a lot that came from yard sales for 25 cents or so. 
The only new expense for this room was 2 cans of black spray paint.  It was used on a wood chair, piano stool, several frames and a bulletin board.

Before - just an average office-type chair

I did a search for tutorials to recover office chairs and make slipcovers

Office chair make-over.  For the fabric, I re-cycled some black and white checked curtains that I sewed for a house Nina and John lived in as newlyweds. The skirt "was" a black toile valance that used to be in our master bedroom.   

the pieces pinned on and the sewing line marked with a pen with disappearing ink.


Thrift store fabric - a big piece of blue and black toile bought more than a year ago.  I used it to cover the glider rocker and footstool. 
glider rock with a new slip cover

I guess I could stay busy with this fabric stash and all these magazines and books for a long time!

this toile valance used to be in the dining room.

I  like this new room very much and I think I will do lots of crafting and sewing in here. 
I know I have different things than you have - but I also know that most of us have more stuff than we are using. 
If you are wanting a makeover, try looking at what you have in a different way.   

My chair has arms - so to cover them, I cut out an oval shape, sewed bias tape around the edge and used that as a casing for elastic.  I just pulled up the elastic to get a snug fit, then tied it in a knot and hid the ends under the cover.


happeningswithLana said...

I would like to craft in that room too!!! GREAT job with the items you have hand. Love the fabric and books. I know what you mean about that should keep us busy without looking for more stuff to do or fabric to buy. Thanks for sharing your room with us. Good use of frames.

Tracy said...

It looks fabulous, Rhonda!

Anonymous said...

How pretty. I am redoing our bedroom. Want to come and help?It is so ggod to see you post.

Mary Ann said...

Looks great! I still have the office and guest/sewing room to organize and get set up. You've inspired me!

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

Love the recovered chairs! Very cute room!

I can totally relate on your point of staying busy with the books/magazines and stash. My stash is paper, rather than fabric, and frankly, I'm not sure I could ever make enough stuff to use it all up!

Betsy Brock said...

It's so nice and organized...makes me want to just sit down and create something!

Rhonda said...

Your room looks good! Enjoyed seeing all the things you did. I'd love to have shelves like that for my fabric and stuff. Maybe that can be a "next project." :)

Rhonda said...

Your room looks good! Enjoyed seeing all the things you did. I'd love to have shelves like that for my fabric and stuff. Maybe that can be a "next project." :)

Anonymous said...

Great Job, and you didn't have to buy anything but spray paint. 2 thumbs up!!
It looks so good.
Blessings to you, Donna

Cindy said...

Your craft room looks so neat and tidy. I love your toile and the check together, very nice. Your sweet little piano stool looks so nice in black. You must look forward to working in there, now.
Hugs, Cindy

kim said...

Just found a link to your very interesting and informative blog, love the idea of covering an office chair.
florrie x

Anonymous said...

You did a great job, you've been really busy!


Red Hen said...

Great job! I am inspired to start on mine now!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

It looks great! That office chair looks so cute now!


Cyndi said...

Looks Great Rhonda!

❤️ Rhonda ❤️