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It is FINALLY finished, y’all! After weeks of planning, painting, lettering, and organizing, the office/craft room in my house is done. For months (6 months to be exact), I have been dreaming of clearing up this space and making it my own. I couldn’t have been happier with the results.
So after all that hard work, I wanted to take the time to give you all the juicy details on how this room came together.
I cringe to show you all these “before” photos, but I think it is essential. Now you can truly see how much of a HOT MESS it was. It was truly scary.
Here we go…
Big change, huh?
I think the biggest problem was there was stuff everywhere and my supplies didn’t have a home. So it was time to get to work!
The first thing I did was completely purge the room of things that I did not need or use within the last 2 years. It was amazing how rewarding it was to let go of the stuff that has been just sitting around in the room collecting dust. My suggestion? Find friends or family members who may need it. Teachers and daycares are always looking for art and craft supplies. If that doesn’t work, bring them to your local Goodwill.
Next, it was on to the large collection of pens, pencils, markers and paint pens I own. Before, they were just sitting in containers on my desk (giving me absolutely no space to work on). The hubby and I decided the best way to help declutter it was to use the wall space that we have. That was where the idea of a peg board was born. You can read all the details of how this peg board came to fruition in my previous post here.
So once my desk space was cleared, I started making the plans for the gallery wall above my desk. To plan out where everything would go, I traced the outline of each item on some leftover wrapping paper. I then cut them out and taped them to the wall where I felt they looked the best. This made it so much easier for me to visualize the gallery wall as a whole and to get the spacing just right.
The “Jesus Loves This Hot Mess” sign and the wooden “A” were given to me by sweet friends from my bible journaling group. The “Faith” and “Joy” canvas art was created by yours truly (check out my previous post on what I used to make them). The “Believe” sign and camera canvas art was purchased from the local Home Goods store. I have had that Heidi Swapp hashtag marquee for over a year and finally found a spot for it! And the “Goal Digger” wooden sign was purchased from Ross.
Funny story is that as I was putting up this gallery wall, the “Believe” sign fell and completely shattered. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t on the verge of tears at the time, but I did not want to give up. I was determined to finish the wall. So I grabbed my car keys, headed down to my local Michaels store, and picked up some super glue and Command Picture Hanging Velcro Strips. If you have never used these to hang stuff on your wall, you are missing out! These are the best because they hold really well and do not leave any marks when it comes time to take things down. We move quite often so these work well for us. In the end, I was relieved that the “Believe” was put back together. This gallery wall has truly made working at my desk a treat!
The next thing to do was to give the rest of my art and crafting supplies permanent homes. I also wanted to make sure that if any of my family members needed something in my office/craft room, that they could easily find it. The hubby gave me this black shelf (Home Depot) as a gift for my birthday, the clear containers are from Michaels, and the mint colored bins and tray are from the dollar spot in Target.
To label the containers, I used some self adhesive clear labels from the dollar spot at Target. I used black cardstock that my Silhouette machine cut out and handlettered each one with a white chalk marker.
To the left of these wire shelves, is another book shelf. This one houses my laminating machine, Silhouette machine, washi tape, and my collection of favorite hard cover books.
I also spent some time adding a few decorating touches too! This chalkboard was from the dollar spot of Targe (can you tell I love that place). I decided to letter my favorite worship song right now, “What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong Worship.
I have A LOT of washi tape. So much so that I couldn’t fit them all on the peg board. So I found these nifty craft storage boxes from Michaels that easily held them all.
This office cabinet was already in the room so I made sure that I just rearranged the containers and stored my binders and books on the bottom shelf.
My desk has become my favorite part of this space. The drafting desk was purchased on Amazon. It is awesome because the glass desktop angles up to help with sketching and lettering. If you need to get some tracing done, all you have to do is attach I light under the desk and viola! You have a light box! And the desk comes with drawers and small compartments to house all of your pencils, pens, paper clips, and much more.
Normally in most of the houses we have moved into, I don’t put much on the walls. I never felt the need to since we move to a new state every 2 to 3 years. But I wanted to change that here. Besides the gallery wall, I decided to take a mirror that I have had for years and spray paint it gold.
The hubby sent me a quote that I absolutely adore. This became the inspiration for the chalkboard art. Below it, I hung up a letter board that I purchased at Target.
I also hung up a bunch of different clip boards that I have collected through the years. These are great to display pictures of family or inspirational quotes. I used mine to display some of my favorite bible journaling entries I have created.
There are small decorative touches throughout the room. All of the mint and gold truly brings joy to my heart. I could not have been happier with how everything came together.
So tell me what you think! I would love to know!
Check out the other projects from this room!