Monday, September 1, 2008

EWWWW this is NOT for public viewing

We've lived in this new home for about 3 1/2 years now. There is a spot upstairs that I always thought would make a great space for a craft room. It is right at the top of the back stairs in a landing area. 3 1/2 years later it had become the "catch all". It was majorly embarrassing and I generally squinted my eyes when I had to walk through there. It looked way less horrific with your eyes mostly closed.

And then a couple days ago my furry companion left me no choice.......



Once I realized the room didn't have a "self cleaning" button like my oven does, I finally broke down and decided to pull it together. I headed to my favorite place....HOME DEPOT...and purchased a 8 foot length of counter top, some metal shelf thingies, and some spray paint. They also had these really cool stainless steal organizers made for your kitchen. They were on MONDO CLEARANCE...my favorite thing...so I scooped em up. Then a stop at Joanne's fabric for some material and trim. Whew shopping is exhausting! But alas, I cannot put this off another day.





Now at this point I would like to add a warning to this post....IF YOU HAVE A SENSITIVE STOMACH DO NOT LOOK AT THE FOLLOWING PICTURES.....THIS IS NOT PRETTY!!!





Here is the before:








Like I said...embarrassing.........yes...people actually do live like that! And I'm ashamed to admit I am one of them!

I'm not finished yet....I still need more bins for the shelf,need to paint the dresser black, and I still want to add some decorative touches to the walls etc. But in one day I think it's come a looong way....

I just used "sticky backed velcro" to hang the skirt...that way I can still easily access the shelves underneath.




52 comments:

onlymehere said...

Nikki, this looks so nice! What a great idea for this space. I recognize the picture too! Your catch all was much cleaner than many I have seen. Great job!

The SITS Girls said...

This looks awesome!! Wow, that skirt is too cute.. you "mistreated" your desk! You should totally send this link to the Nestor.

imjacobsmom said...

Boy, I couldn't show you my fourth level game room basement when the fridge went out - it was 10x worse! Jacob still has a long way to go....Your room looks great! ~ Robyn

tinabean1988 said...

Nikki thank you for dropping by my blog.
You did a wonderful job on this room I'm a bit jealous I'm thinking you need to come help me with mine!

Kathy said...

Nikki!!! I can't keep up with you, this is beautiful, what a great idea.

I have to tell you that my hubby loves it when your "doggies talk", he has one eye on the TV right now and the other eye on my computer screen, and he is ROFL, it cracks him up. he always says is that Nikki-crumpet. haha.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Nikki,
I have a room very similiar to this above my garage. I am slowly getting it fixed up.

I need bookcases and a table. I love the way yours is turning out. My before pictures would probably have looked worse than yours! I didn't take any!
diane

Gigi said...

Crrumpet is so cute with that bandana on his head! What a tolerant pooch he is. My Sophie would literally never stand still for that.

Your room makeover is inspirational!

Jen r. said...

What a huge difference~ It looks great!

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

OHH Good Job!!!
You really made it work for you, its fantastic!
Diane

Smilingsal said...

I like the organizational things on the wall. I love nooks and crannies to hold stuff.

Brown-Eyes said...

Oh my, it's a good thing I like the color green because my envy is showing...not just for the way you arranged the room, but that you actually had an EXTRA room...and time (between books) to do crafts...WOW! ;-) Bo

Marie said...

Wow! What a transformation! It looks great in there now. :o) Great idea to buy that counter top!

Steph said...

I LOVE it! I just put a craft table in the sitting area part of my bedroom (just an old banquet table) but I put a pretty paisley tablecloth on it because the top is pretty messed up....LOVE the skirt so much better though! and the hanging organizers? perfect!

Twice as Nice said...

I too have one of these spots.(Probably several if I told the truth) It has become a dumping ground for clean laundry. Need a clean shirt? Check the bonus room floor. No one wants to put away laundry so it goes into the bonus room in basketfulls. That is my dirty little secret. I clean it only to find it the same way a week later. I have to come up with a better solution. How I wish I could afford a maid...

ko said...

You are so cool!!!!! I wanna have that space! :) You did a great job!!!! Way to go Nikki....AND
I am so glad the POST OFFICE IS OPEN TODAY!
HEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHEHE
ko

Becky said...

WOW! What a transformation! You have inspired me to get off my duff and clean up my morning room. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

bj said...

Wow...this is a fabulous space! Gosh, you did a great job. Now, be sure to have The Nester come over and see those curtains below the table!!
bj

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Nikki, that's a great little office/craft space. Reminds me of my office nook, about 6x9' & I knew it would be perfect for an office.

I love all your solutions for a neat & organized space!

rhoda

Linda said...

Great use of that area and the counter gives you a lot of work space too!

cedwards55 said...

Nikki, MOST people have at least one room like that. They just won't admit it. I'm pretty sure there is a 12 step program for all of us. Wish my "who got buried in here" looked that good to start with. I've been plowing through my office for a month. I know where everything is but if anyone else had to find anything... it wouldn't be pretty! You've made great progress. Keep it up! Carol

Shelia said...

Hi Nikki! Oh, you've done a great job! I can't wait to see more. Now I really like the skirt on your table. I'm going to do this too! I'm a copy cat!! You have inspired me!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Donna said...

Nikki Girl! You have the magic touch! I love the transformation! Fabulous work Honey!!!! Just fabulous!

xoxoxo
Donna

Nikki said...

I love, love, love this! You did a fabulous job.

Deb said...

Hey Nikki, it turn out great! Happy crafting! Deb

da Bergs said...

Omigosh, you have totally motivated me!!! I have this "yucky place" in my house that I was going to use for crafts... it is a HORRIBLE mess!!! WHERE did you find the CUTE black and white boxes??? LOVE IT, thanks!!!!

joelandbecca said...

That turned out so nice! I just love how real you are! Now you are so organized! Makes me jealous. I need to get my rear in gear!

Tracey said...

Love the transformation! It looks great!! So sweet of Crumpet to help you...love the scarf so he doesn't mess up his hairdo :)......where was Ozzie??

Mrs. B said...

Wow! What a difference! I think you did a great job. I really like how the skirted craft table looks. And I must say I am soooo envious of you having a space just to devote to crafting!

SHaBBy ViNTaGe CHiC said...

Wow, looks great!
I can't stop cracking up about the doggie with the hanky! Toooooo cute!
Thanks for the sweet comment about my sconces!

Strawberry Blonde said...

What an amazing transformation! It is a stunning showplace now. But, I have a question. Where is your ironing board now?

Room looks lovely. Simply lovely.

-- Brandi

countrygirl3031 said...

Nikki...this turned out awesome...and in only one day! Ummm...when you have some free time, I have a couple of rooms that could use a makeover!!!

Hugz,
Michele

aunties said...

Nikki,
It turned out great! It gave a whole new life to the space. Now, you are ready to craft.
I call my room... the 'Pilot Room'.
We pile it here and we pile it there, we pile it every there! lol
Hopefully mine too will be a make over... SOON.
Beth

Raxx - A day in the life said...

Love this makeover Nikki! Youve given me some great ideas! To think this was done in one day!

btw, I love your blogging style!

Cathy said...

Well....Miss Nikki....I think you've got it, or done it...or what ever it sure looks good!

Carolynn said...

Ha! You call that messy...?!? I could show you messy. Not my place, of course. But, I know people. A certain relative who shall remain nameless. To help her remain anonymous, I can only reveal her nickname: "Mom".

In any event, the 'nearly' finished product is great. Very clever and tidy, too. Well done!

Rue said...

Hi Nikki :)

The room looks great! You really gave me inspiration to do something with the mess behind my desk. Now THAT is scary LOL

Oh and I'm just as weird as you. I could've written that list except for the grasshoppers. For me, it's spiders... yikes!

hugs,
rue

Fifi Flowers said...

Thanks to your awesome pet... you have a wonderful place to create! Love the scarf! You give me the best laughs!

Michael said...

Nikki,

This turned out awesome!!!!! Even your catch-all room is stunning. Can I convince you to come on over to my place and work your magic???

Thanks for indulging my ewwwww post this morning, lol. I was amused in a serious sort of way ;)

Haven't forgot about the quirky 6 things meme...working on it right now...may lump it together with the meme of all memes...stay tuned!

Cher said...

Your room is like my husband. They both clean up real good!

The Texas Woman

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Awww, Crumpet is too cute in that bandana! Honestly, the before pic was not as messy as you think. I have corners of the house far worse. (ooops I confessed that in blogland!). You sure did an amazing transformation! You're so creative and it looks beautiful!

Kady

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Nikki, I think you did a great job. I wish I had a area to turn into a craft center. I am thinking maybe I should create one in the basement. Great job!!

kristi said...

thanks for coming over to visit me...I so love the song...so many perspectives to it. I think I'm going to play it for my 8th graders! Gosh knows they have "things" to clean up! Your humor rates way up there....& like I told Tracey who just found me & there for I found U....total "props" on the blog, the animal humor is a stitch. Can't comment on cleaning up cuz my hall bathroom is the "I don't have a place for it yet so here is a good place"....thank gosh I have my own bathroom but as for people who visit me...LOL! I will be back to check up on the songs & humor! Mind if I add you to my blog list?

Gollum said...

This is impressive!

Titania Starlight said...

You did a great job! You inspired me to get my butt in gear and finish my own projects that are lying around.


How much to youy charge? :o)~

Joy said...

Wow! I'm so impressed that you got so much accomplished and turned your catch all into a beautiful place to create.
I love the doggy narration too!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

You know that I understand the mess...don't worry I showed the worst of the worst and lived to tell about it. :)

The Berry's Patch said...

I think I'm going to be sick at my stomach. Is that really as bad as it gets at your house? You would puke if you saw my closet.

Anyway, the new craft area is PERFECT! How nice that you have the extra space. What a cute way to cover the shelves.

Darlene said...

WOW...what a fabulous space for crafting....wish I had one. Love, LOVE the skirt to hide everything!! Crumpet...it is fine we all have spaces like that...well, at least most of us do anyway!!

Mariafer said...

It looks awesome, You did a great job!!! Maria

Charli and me said...

Nikki your room looks wonderful. Such a neat space to sneak away to and do your projects. You did a fabulous job!

A New England Life said...

Nice job overseeing the project Crumpet! Mom's need a little direction now and then ; )

The room looks great! And I would love to know what's in that Home Goods bag . . . my FAVORITE store!!!

Sharon

Anonymous said...

are you kidding? You call that a mess in the before shot? You must have never had kids.

 

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