Loft Craft Room Makeover Sources and Projects

September 09, 2016

As promised, I'm back with a full recap of all of the DIY projects in our craft room makeover. I'll list the items in the room and sources at the end. Enjoy!

I was so stinking excited to the start this redo, I was even happy about removing the baseboards before the hardwoods went in. I usually hate this job but it meant progress so I was happy to do it. That carpet was so gross! Our baseboards are SO difficult to remove but I've figured out an easy way to take them off the walls
easiest way to remove baseboards

A little trick I use at the end makes all the difference. 

The hardwoods were installed (so happy) and then I started removing all of the door trim in the room to replace it. I have slowly changed out all the doorways in our home to this craftsman/farmhouse trim
farmhouse trim on doors

I had help planking the tall wall in the room (I don't go that high) and shared some of my tips for this shiplap look
swing arm sconces in bronze

I trimmed out the huge window seat (I am so thrilled to have another window seat in our house!), the window itself and then continued the wall treatment: 
Long window seat with storage

On of my favorite projects in the room was the gift wrap station on that wall -- it was so easy to create and super cheap!: 
DIY gift wrap holder

Then I finished the rest of the walls up in the room, slow but sure. It's not a difficult project but it is time consuming. I explained how I get that shiplap look for a lot less in this post: 
How to add shiplap on walls

It look so good with that door trim, right? Love it all! One thing I haven't finished up yet is painting all of the doors black like the rest of the house. I know it will be so stunning but I can wait a bit to tackle that! 

Some of you asked about the half walls on the other sides of the room and I do plan on planking the short wall by the stairs. I'm still not sure I'll do the same with the longer wall where the couch will go. I'm not convinced it's necessary and worth it -- I'll decide in time. 

I was able to move on to some of the smaller projects I was excited about. I knew all along I wanted a massive chalkboard above the desk and this is how I made it:
How to make a huge chalkboard

I have a big chalkboard wall in our kitchen and this one is even easier to write on and erase. Having the super smooth surface is awesome! I have been asked about making it magnetic -- I've done that in the past but it takes a ridiculous amount of coats to make it even slightly magnetic. I'm talking six coats at least. It's not something I've been thrilled with in the past so I didn't spend the extra time on it. 

Another smaller project I had been waiting for months to do was the Disney art wall:
DIY Disney pin art

This is just a start but it makes me so happy!! I'll link to the how-to on the Disney pin art and printables below. 

I didn't share how I made the bookcase at the end of the desk but here's a closer look at it: 
DIY bookcase at end of desk

I had a piece cut for the back and then used 1x12's for everything else. I covered my screw holes with simple trim that I use for a ton of my build projects

The desk is one of my favorite parts of the room! I stained it in Dark Walnut by Minwax and put a few coats of polyurethane on top: 
Desk with chairs on both sides

I figured out a super simple finishing trick on that project that I'll share with you soon! 

The end result is such a pretty space that is easily one of the much functional rooms in our home: 
craft room with large desk and storage

double sided desk in office

OK! Now onto the sources for the items in the room! Let me know if I forget anything!

Clock: Target, no longer available (but this one is super similar)
Printables on bulletin board: Do what you love what you do (Etsy), Eat sleep craft repeat (free)
Rolling chairs: HomeGoods (I planned to get these at first)
Pillows: Pink - IKEA, blue and pink -- Target, the rest -- HomeGoods
Tray on desk -- Goodwill I've had forever
Hanging file and folders: Target, but no longer available
Hardware on cabinets: Home Depot
Lamp on desk: HomeGoods
Sconces: Joss and Main (they've raised the price on these since I bought them). I found these as an affordable option too. 
Basket on bookcase: HomeGoods
Aqua jars on bookcase: Target dollar spot (these are similar but more)
Butcher block: A local lumber store called Northwest Lumber (IKEA is cheaper but I'm not sure they still carry the island size and it's a couple hours away from us). Lumber Liquidators is another good option but you will most likely have to order it (at least the island size). 

I hope that addresses any questions you had about the space! Again, feel free to ask me anything if I missed something you're curious about. Thanks again for the love and have a great weekend! I'm going to cross that nap off my to do list. ;) 

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  1. I would love more pics of the butcher block counter along with info on how you stained and finished it. Also, an idea of cost too? Thanks!!!

  2. I'm curious about the counter top, too! Your room is beautiful and I'd like to steal some of your ideas for my dining room/office.

    1. I also have a question about the desk! I would like to know how you attach the Butcher block to the cabinet countertops & is it seamless? Did you attach brackets to your cabinets for the wall side?
      Absolutely beautiful the way the room turned out. I love your style & I really enjoy your writing!


  3. Absolutely gorgeous. I love everything you do and you have inspired me so much over the years to really make the changes in my home I want to but have always been so scared to do so.

    Just some questions about the space:
    1. Do you plan on keeping the ceiling fan? If you were to replace it with a chandelier, how would you be able to install it. It is the thing I struggle the most with in my loft and really don't have the dollars to hire out for it now.
    2. Your floors are so gorgeous! Will you be getting a floor protector to place under the rolling chairs or is there a specific brand of wheels you bought that do not scuff the floor?
    3. I loved those white swivel chairs you remade with the bold fabric. Would you consider bringing those back and adding a little side table in between them to place against the same wall as the kiddie table or do you think that will be too matchy matchy?
    4. Do you plan to get a cushion for the window seat? If so, would you make it yourself or is there a specific place you could bring the measurements to and have it custom made?

    Sorry for all the questions but so appreciate your answers!

    With all my admiration,

    Laura Smith

  4. question: how do you keep the pillows from sliding down on the window seat? I have some that lean against my window but I struggle to keep the, in place on the slick bench!

  5. Gorgeous! What a great use of space! Are the cabinets ikea?

  6. Loft turned out amazing! As does all the projects you do in your house. I noticed you use the same window shades in most of your windows throughout your house . . . which ones are they? custom? where from? Details please! =) --Thanks

  7. How did you install the sconces? Was it a lot of work?


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