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Back in September, I shared with you the beginnings of my craft room. Now that my husband and I are empty nesters, I am turning one of the bedrooms into a room where I can sew, craft, blog and do all kinds of projects to my heart's content without having to clutter and clear off the dining room table!
As the holidays came around, things were standing still in there and I hadn't decided what to do with the floor. I couldn't move on without getting the floor taken care of. Thank heavens my husband took things in hand and told me that laying the floor and working on my room would be his Christmas present to me this year! What a great gift, and he has worked so hard!
To begin with, he took me to Lowe's and had me pick out the flooring. After much deliberation, I chose this wood laminate flooring! We chose Quick Step Brand. It is a very DIY friendly click-lock system and the underlayment pad is attached, saving time and money! I chose the Restoration Oak color, but there are many other colors available. I love the look of this one.
If you remember, there are a bunch of built in shelves on one side of the room which are going to be great for my craft supply storage, but the previous owner who built them didn't remove the baseboard when he built them in. So, while the rest of the room will be getting taller baseboards, we had to put a 3/4 round strip along the shelf wall to hide the raw edges of the flooring. But, since it is under the desk, it won't really show anyway. As you can see in the picture, we also have to replace the wall socket plates.
For the sewing desk support, my husband and son-in-law took a trip to the building recycling center and purchased those two banks of drawers. They are well made and in great shape. You may notice that the drawer banks are slightly different from each other, but I think that adds to the charm. The drawer pulls are slightly different, and I may or may not change them out to match. What do you think? Husband and SIL painted them white, after sanding and priming them and built a frame to hold the melamine top of the desk. The edge will be finished white and the top around the wall will be trimmed out. Since I took this picture, hubby has drilled the hole in the top of the counter for the cords to go through.
He rounded the corners for me because I am a klutz and didn't want to have perpetual bruises on my hips. Plus, if my grandchildren are in there with me, I didn't want sharp corners for little heads to hit.
What do you think? I have to tell you that I am thrilled so far! I have even already used my sewing machine on that desk! (Here is the post!)
Here is what is left on the to do list:
It sounds like a long list, but I don't think most of it will take long. Except for maybe the organizing part! But, I am so excited to do it because organizing that room will lead to others becoming more organized as I move my craft supplies to their permanent home. I can hardly wait to show you it as we move farther along in the process!
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I went to Dollar Tree the other day to pick up a few things for Halloween, and they hardly had any Halloween stuff left! The shelves were stocked with Christmas items already and I realized that if I waited too long, these Christmas items would be gone as well. If you are a crafter, you know that you have to get started early or nothing will get done.
If you have been following us on 3 Winks Design for very long, you will know that we like to make a big deal about the Holidays, especially Christmas. Each year we try to make special memories during the time with our family and friends as we celebrate the birth of the Savior. So, right then when I thought I was shopping for Halloween, I started looking around at the Christmas products available from Dollar Tree! Here are some of the things that caught my eye. If you click on the pictures, most of them will take you to the website.
There was a lot of SPARKLE!
Since last year, I've wanted to do a sparkly silver and gold themed Christmas Dinner. I have some ideas for the food and only vague ideas of what I wanted to do for the decorations. Seeing all of the glitter and sparkle at Dollar Tree definitely pushed me in the right direction! With the mounted deer heads, I made sparkling place card holders. With the star ornaments, I love the light-up chandelier I made! It adds a lot of ambiance over my table. Here is a video to show you what I came up with, thanks to my Dollar Tree visit.
After making the place card holders, I started playing with place setting possibilities to use them with. Not only did I do a silver and gold setting, but also a more homespun, homey look that kids would enjoy. Take a look!
I think the little deer look at home in either place. I used the Avery.com site to design my place cards. There are so many possibilities, it just depends on your taste or style. I 'll have to show you how to fold those napkins on another post. I sure that there will be more silver and gold posts to come.
Take my word for it, now is the to go to the Dollar Tree website, or run to the store or both and get yourself busy with your own inspirations! If you enjoyed my ideas, please let me know by leaving me a comment or clicking like! The season of fun has begun!
If you liked these projects, you may like this one from last year:
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Hi everyone! Hope you had a wonderful Labor Day holiday! My long weekend started out great with the birth of a new granddaughter! We now have 10 grandchildren, 5 boys and 5 girls and we love them all so much.
Today I am finally sharing with you the beginnings of my new craft room. Madalynn has moved in with a roommate leaving my husband and I as empty nesters, at least until Jake comes home from his mission. So, the time of purging, organizing and repurposing rooms in our home has begun. The bedroom that always belonged to my daughters has many built in shelves and I have decided that it will be the perfect place to make my sewing/craft/blogging room. I am really excited about it. Alicia came over from California to help me get started. Unfortunately, we forgot about pictures until we had begun, so we only have one to show you as the before, plus there is one of the ugly floor.
I felt like it was going to be a beast to cover those dark blue stripes and sponge painted walls and stamps. But, we went to Lowe's and found Valspar Signature High Hiding Paint +Primer that did such a great job. Two coats covered everything perfectly!
In this small room, we didn't use rollers, but we used brushes. It really didn't take long to paint a wall and it takes a lot less paint than it does to roll. That roller absorbs a lot of paint and there is so much waste. Also, there was a lot of cutting in to do anyway with all of the molding and shelves, so it was easier to stick with brushes. Just get good ones, you don't want brush hairs coming out into your nice paint. We like angled brushes. They are great for cutting in. And, here's a tip*, save the cardboard holder it comes in. After you clean in, put it back in it to keep the brush's shape.
For all of that cutting in, we used Frogtape, a green painter's tape that sticks better than ever and gives crisper lines. (I wish I had had it when I painted those stripes!)
Isn't it amazing the difference a coat of paint can make? How do you like it? I am so happy to keep you updated on our progress. We have a few fun things up our sleeves that I can't wait to do and to share with you!
If you have any ideas for the floor, please share! Definitely not carpet, but nothing too expensive.
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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