Merry Christmas! Hope you a got something you wanted this year. I certainly did. My new room is a dream come true!!
If you haven't been following along, I've been posting this past month about my craft room/office space getting renovated. And on December 14th, I shared some progression photos and notes about the accomplishments of just 5 days of work. Eleven more days have passed since then, and the room is completed enough where I can use it fully. I just need to move my office side stuff back in. So I thought I would share some more progression photos today on Christmas day since this was my gift to myself this year.
(Click here first to see Days 1-5 if you didn't see that post.)
Monday, Day 6 – ran into a glitch in the flooring that slowed us down (the floor was very uneven, so Dad did some time-intensive corrective work), found someone who could paint my Stamp-N-Storage pieces & she picked them up this afternoon.
Tuesday, Day 7 – found another very uneven spot in the floor, purchased and poured "self-leveling" cement and fashioned a bridge over it since it was right at the foot of the stairs, put together some more cabinets since the floor had to wait (again)
Wednesday, Day 8 – Ikea shopping trip (which took up a lot of time since it's a 45 minute drive there and back) to do a few returns and pick up under-cabinet lighting, my counter tops, and my new office chair, and… put in a few more cabinets that evening.
Thursday, Day 9 – accomplished a ton today (hubby took the day off and helped a lot!), got the rest of the cabinets in, and added many shelves, drawers and cabinet doors.
Friday, Day 10 – cut counter tops to fit (one fully installed!), Stamp-N-Storage pieces came back from the painter, some extra furniture pieces (1/2 of the Kallax unit and my stamp set shelf that we altered so it could hang on the wall) were assembled
Saturday, Day 11 (my parents stayed to get more done while we went out of town for the Jandro family Christmas gathering) – toe kicks for the cabinets installed, rest of the counter tops secured, extra bonus shelf cut and installed under the desk to hold modem and other computer connections (this wasn't in the original plans – Dad is so clever!), touched up parts of the Stamp-N-Storage pieces
Sunday, Day 12 (I came back before noon since I drove separately) – some of the cabinet lighting installed, stamp set shelf unit installed and sections painted, the big Ikea Kallax unit finally added – the bottom and top (not completely secured yet, though), floor boards put back in place and painted, the Stamp-N-Storage pieces put in place (ahhhh!!!) late at night after taking these photos
Pssst…see the extra bonus shelf under the desk to hold my computer "extras?" My daddy is so smart.
Monday & Tuesday, Days 13 & 14 (my parents went home which is 4 hours away to take a break, rest and get ready for Christmas) – moved a bunch of stuff into my crafting area of the room (see the beautiful Stamp-N-Storage pieces!), added drawers to the Kallax unit, took another trip to Ikea to switch out a couple small drawers for a bigger one AND to exchange the office chair (ugh! I picked the wrong one on the previous trip.)
Wednesday, Thursday (Christmas Eve), & Friday (today…Christmas Day), Day 15-17 – finished securing the Kallax unit and added the cabinet doors on top, finished the edging on the exposed counter tops, enlarged the computer cord hole in the mini shelf under the desk and tucked up the cords, finished the last section of the flooring – the trim piece connecting to the hallway, finished the under cabinet lighting, and moved even more of my things in
Here is a photo of my favorite spot in the room!
Everything is right at my fingertips in this standing work space thanks to these super-duper Stamp-N-Storage units along my shelf. You might want to click here to check out all the products that this company offers. I have several of their pieces, but I don't have them all. And they are having a New Year's Sale right now (tonight through January 4th) – a great time to get your hands on something fun for YOUR space.
I own 12 pieces total –
- Lock-down punch holder (64)…30-3/4” wide
- Ribbon Shelf…32-1/2” wide
- Combo ink pad, marker, reinker holder (60)…30-13/16” wide
- 12”x12” Paper Storage Units for Kallax/Ikea…13”x13” (6 of them!)
- and…a Medium Die Shelf
I'm so glad my room is at this point. The only things left to work on are…
- new lighting for the ceiling
- edging trim added under the wall cabinets
- and window shades
After that I will make a video to give you a tour of my new room! But for now, I have a new office AND craft room space that is now super organized, inspirational, and very functional for my needs. I have more room for my things than I ever imagined. And I feel pretty blessed this Christmas.
Thanks again to my husband, Tim and our two boys for putting up with and helping out with all the mess and chaos. It's been a very challenging month even without the renovation. And we lived through it!
And a very BIG thanks to Tim and my parents, Bob & Margo for all the physical labor, skills, know-how, and creativity given to my new room! I am so appreciative… more than words can say.
To those of you who have been emailing and messaging me words of encouragement, thank you as well. I LOVED reading them!