Category Archives: Craft Room

Repurposed Ladder into Office Organizer

You know that I would never pass up an old, beat up, done-it’s-time wooden ladder. I have had this one for several years. It was the best $25 I have ever spent…..I adore it.  It was leaning against the wall in my new office area since we moved in….as if it was just waiting for a new purpose….”please, use me again!” Well little ladder…your wish has been granted….and I love you even more now….

 

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Obviously you will need a fabulous old wood ladder. You may be lucky enough to score one at a flea market or garage sale. I found mine a few years back at a local consignment store. You may be able to make one too…easy enough construction really…just some scrap wood…

 

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Simple “L” brackets will secure it to the wall…use some drywall bolts if you don’t have studs available behind the wall.

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I used simple white hooks to hang all my accessories….so flippin handy! I screwed in total of 14 hooks…plenty of storage for all my pencils, markers, scissors, rulers…etc. I used containers that resemble mason jars to hold the markers and pencils. This container is actually a lighting cover (find it in the lighting section with the glass replacement pieces.) You could use a mason jar….but these have a nice lip on them for the wire to stay put….

 

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I used some 20 gauge wire to secure the containers to the hooks….

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A few decorative items make it look a bit dressier….hang up whatever you would like to look at everyday:)

 

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I used hooks in my previous office too….along with some dowel rods….see that post here

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Do you have any old ladders laying around? Go getter girls! :)

xo

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Creative Spaces Vol. 3 blog hop

Hi Guys!! Thank you so much for your kind words about my sweet Putter dog. We spent the last few days just laughing at all the good memories we have with him. Your notes made me smile:)

I am in the middle of crazy moving week so I probably won’t be sharing a whole lot this week. I hope you are enjoying your summer….mine has obviously been a bit cray cray….but hoping for some normalcy soon!! I wanted to pop in and share some fabulous reading…:)

 

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So awhile ago I had the pleasure of meeting the fine folks from PaperCrafts magazine.

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Jennifer, the editor and her awesome photographer came to interview me and photograph my craft space. Can you believe that?!?! My little blog is in a magazine!! Along with some other truly remarkable DIY bloggers….I still can’t believe it all happened:)

The magazine is available in booksellers all over the country. It is literally filled with great ideas for crafting spaces…tons of really inexpensive storage ideas, creative uses for everyday products, and swoon worthy organizing.

My feature gives you a little more insight about my office and why I chose to incorporate certain things. Highlights are my gift wrap storage….scissor organizing…and my art cart.

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Go grab your copy today!! And be sure and take the virtual tour and see all the fabulous crafting spaces finished by some of your favorite DIYer’s

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine:

http://www.papercraftsconnection.com/?p=24021

 

Cathe at Just Something I Made:

http://justsomethingimade.com/2014/06/creative-spaces-vol-3-blog-hop/

 

Kristi and Kelli at Lolly Jane:

http://lollyjane.com/creative-spaces-vol-3

 

Beckie at Infarrantly Creative:

http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/creative-spaces-volume-3/

 

Haeley at Design Improvised:

http://www.designimprovised.com/2014/06/creative-spaces-magazine-feature.html

 

Tracie at Cleverly Inspired:

http://cleverlyinspired.com/?p=10955

 

Carola at Boxwood Cottage:

http://carolsgarden.blogspot.com/2014/06/creative-spaces-vol-3-blog-hop-magazine.html

 

Lina at Fancy Frugal Life:

http://fancyfrugallife.com/1993/

 

Lia Griffith:

http://liagriffith.com/featured-in-creative-spaces-magazine/

 

Jen at Tatertots & Jello:

http://wp.me/p1PMp2-gfZ

 

Jennifer McGuire:

http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/?p=14379

 

Jill Yegerlehner/Jillibean Soup:

http://jillibeansoup.typepad.com/my_weblog/2014/06/creative-spaces-blog-hop-organize-your-scrappy-space.html

 

Amanda Coleman:

http://www.popperandmimi.com/2014/06/ombre-paper-flower-bouquet-tutorial.html

 

Jen Gallacher:

http://jengallacher.blogspot.com/2014/06/creative-spaces-vol-3-blog-hop.html

Becky Olsen:

http://thebeckyolsen.blogspot.com/2014/06/creative-spaces-volume-3-blog-hop.html

 

Stephenie Hamen:

http://mycraftyadventures.com/2014/06/10/creative-spaces-volume-3-and-me/

 

Jodi Sanford:

http://makeaprettylife.com/creative-spaces-vol-3-blog-hop/

 

Elle Price/Elle’s Studio:

http://www.shopellesstudio.com/blog/2014/06/creative-spaces-vol-3-blog-hop.html

 

Mary-Ann Maldonado:

http://lumpbumpandclump.blogspot.com/2014/06/creative-spaces-vol-3-holla.html 

 

Michelle Hill:

http://polkadotwhimsy.typepad.com/polka_dot_whimsy/2014/06/creative-spaces-vol-3-blog-hop.html

 

Sherry Mendoza:

http://www.sherrymendoza.com/blog

 

We R Memory Keepers:

http://wp.me/p3l8vz-Yl

 

Graphic 45:

http://g45papers.typepad.com/graphic45/2014/06/introducing-our-graphic-45-ambassadors-creative-spaces-vol-3-blog-hop.html

 

Cosmo Cricket:

http://cosmocricket.typepad.com/cosmo_cricket/2014/06/creative-spaces-vol-3-blog-hop.html

 

Fancy Pants Designs:

http://blog.fancypantsdesigns.com/creative-spaces-volume-3-blog-hop/

 

Simple Stories:

http://www.simplestories.com/blog/creative-spaces-vol-3-blog-hop

 

Chalkboard Blue:

http://www.chalkboardblue.com/2014/06/creative-spaces-vol-3-blog-hop.html

 

Stacy Cohen:

http://stacycohen.blogspot.com/2014/06/creative-spaces-vol-3-blog-hop.html

 

DCWV Inc.:

http://dcwvinc.blogspot.com/2014/06/two-blog-hops-yes.html

 

Hazel & Ruby:

http://www.hazelandruby.com/blog/creative-spaces-vol-3-blog-hop/

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Creating a Faux Fireplace: Airstone Tutorial

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Back when I redid my new craft space…I told you about this mantle that I found for $40 at my local consignment shop. I wasn’t sure where to use it at first…but it seems to fit perfect on this wall in my office. The jury is still on on weather or not it will get a coat of paint….I am leaning towards painting it.
We tossed around several ideas for the inside of the “fireplace”…chalkboard paint…tiles, glass mosaic…etc. Then I stumbled upon this new product at Lowes called Airstone. After some research…I was smitten. There are so many great uses for this product. It is a DIYer’s dream to work with too.

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I did decide to “white wash” my Airstone…just because the brown was a bit too brown. Airstone comes in 2 colors…after looking back on it…I should have chosen the gray. Live and learn.

We decided to not adhere Airstone directly to the drywall simply because if I ever want to move this mantel…it will be a lot easier to do so. We screwed in some 2 by 4’s to the studs…then placed plywood on top and screwed that to the boards. We applied the Airstone to the plywood surface and it worked great.

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The installation is so easy. We bought 2 boxes and one can of adhesive. You trowel the adhesive on the back of the stone and set in place. You have about 20 minutes of wiggle room…but the glue does set up quick. I marked out and area in the center (faux firebox) and I eventually painted that black.  I found it easiest to layout all the stone and pick random pieces…it is kind of like putting a puzzle together. This fireplace took me about and hour. So easy!!

I really love the texture it adds to the room. We already have another project in mind for Airstone. You can put it on top of ANY surface…it is lightweight, water resistant and looks very real.

If you would like more information on Airstone (including really helpful videos…) See the website here. Airstone is available at Lowes.

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Simple no sew drapery panels

Hey all! Happy Friday! And Happy Derby weekend. Don’t forget to cheer on the horses on Saturday:)

I told you a few weeks back about our solution for hanging the drapery panels…but I wanted to show you just how easy these were to make. I loved this fabric by Waverly (Williamsburg collection) It was the perfect color and style for this craft space.

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The fabric is sold on a bolt that is 54 inches wide. The plan was to cut the fabric down the center, fold in all the sides and iron very flat (high heat and steam is best). I secured the “hems” with a fabric glue. Just a small bead of glue is all you need. I used pinking shears to cut the fabric and prevent frays. So 6 yards of fabric for $60 ( I used a coupon at Joann to buy the fabric) $30 per panel is not bad for decorator fabric. I didn’t want the panels to be too wide….so this worked great. Total width was 24 inches by 95 inches long.

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To attach to the piece of trim, simply use a staple gun. I folded mine in on two spots to have a bit of a pleat.

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I used a coordinating gray fabric to “gather” the panel at the top.

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It is a really easy way to dress up a large window without impeding the light.

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What do you think? Any questions?? :)

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

DIY Art Cart

Happy weekend friends! Hopefully it is warming up where you live and you can get out and about….or maybe make this really cool DIY Art Cart:)

I looked around for a “rolling island” piece of furniture for my office but kept coming up short. Hubs and I designed one out on paper and decided to build it ourselves. The goal was to have a place to store photo back drops, have a nice smooth surface to craft and take photographs, have some storage on the sides and be able to roll around to make best use of sunlight in different parts of the house. This art cart is the perfect solution for my new office. Here is the gist of how we put it together….trying to channel my best Ana White with the details folks…wish me luck…

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We used birch 1/2 inch plywood for the top and bottom. The sides are pine boards (1 by 12). The top and bottom pieces are 3 feet by 2 feet. The goal was to make the top the perfect size to fit 6 pieces of 12 by 12 Carrera marble. The finished table dimensions are 36.5 long, 24.5 wide, 39 high. It is a great size for my space.

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Supplies: (you can find many at your local True Value:)

(2) pieces of 1/2 inch plywood cut 3 by 2 (top and bottom)

(4) pieces 1 by 12 pine board cut to 35 inches. (This will make for a finished table height of 39 inches tall once the wheels are on)

(2) pieces 1/2 inch plywood cut 24 by 35 (for the back of the shelves…1/4 inch plywood would be ok if you weren’t using a real heavy tile…the center helps support the top so just FYI)

(6) 12 by 12 marble tiles (I used Carrera)

(2) pieces 1 by 12 cut to 22.5 inches for the shelves

(4) wheels for weight above 200lbs

About 40 feet of trim (we used 1 inch wide  flat pine)

Basic Steps:

  • Using nail gun…secure pine board to the top piece.
  • Flip over and nail in the bottom.
  • Flip unit back over and measure for shelves. Our shelves are 17inches from bottom. Place 1 x 2 and secure with nail gun. Repeat with other side.
  • When you double check the unit is square…secure top and bottom with screws.
  • Install back of shelves with screws.
  • Install trim around top perimeter (dry test the tiles to fit) Our trim is flush with the tiles so install accordingly.
  • Trim out front and back.
  • Paint (I used left over paint which is Stonewall Jackson Dutch Boy Paints (left over from Powder Room)
  • Place 6 tiles…my fit tightly so I did not need to glue. If you have some wiggle room just use some construction glue to adhere. If you would like….you can seal your joint with a clear silicone.

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I know these directions are not the greatest…if you have any questions just email me or find me on Facebook ;) I will be happy to help.

Are you going to make one??

 

More about the office/craft room here:

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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