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One Room Challenge - Week One


One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home
Last month there had been talk in a few blogging groups concerning the upcoming One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home. In a nutshell, bloggers share their design process as they work to update one room over the course of six weeks.

Sign me up! It sounded like a great idea, goodness knows my bedroom is in a sorry state. So last week I've been making mental notes of things I wanted to do and taking pictures. 

Then I checked out the official ORC participants blogs. Go ahead, go visit just one of them. I'll wait.
Are you back? Did you see them? Um, nope...not sharing my bedroom! Guys, for real. I'm willing to hang with people out of my league but I'm going to at least wear my best when I do. 
Know what I'm saying? 

So, instead of the bedroom I'll be hitting the craft room. Right now we have to keep it gated off from the toddler because there's just too much stuff and I've yet to find the best way to have it stored away but still easily accessible. Ultimately, my goal is to turn the craft room into a place that encourages and inspires the kids, and me, to get creative. 

The first step in any process of change is to take a good hard look at what your working with. 

Here goes.


This is the craft room. I took these pictures in the afternoon on a day when the sky was either blazing or overcast. As a blogger, I'm always looking for that magic place where the natural light makes taking and staging pictures a breeze. Lately I've been using the table there but it's really hard to work around, in fact, I usually end up standing on it trying to get the light just right. (Under each picture I'm going to list my plans for that portion of the room.) 

  • Turn the table, move the table, or put it on locking casters so it is easy to move and get around. 
  • Make a run via crochet, braiding, or sewing, or repurpose a painter's canvas.



I really want to turn this wall into a comfort zone. We had a hutch here so the wall is one of two blank canvases in the room. The two cabinets are actually an old credenza we'd cut apart, I'm not sure I want to keep them but at the moment they are FILLED with office supplies and kids puzzles/playdoh/etc.. 

  • Pillows for the couch.
  • Keep the couch or replace it with one from the tv room? 
  • Attempt to clean out cabinets. 
  • Re paint cabinets if I keep them.



This is my crafting table. If you have a craft/office you really need to have one space dedicated to crafting and another for the laptop and office-y stuff. 

  • Clean out underneath, maybe find a small rolling cart that can fit under it. 
  • Make sure however the table gets moved it is still easy to plug in the sewing machine when needed. 
  • Trim the curtains. Right now they're too long and get hung up when I close and open them.



This wall was supposed to be painted with chalkboard and magnetic paint but I changed my mind. It is super smooth so part of me is considering some kind of wallpaper treatment. The only problem is there is a crack (see the red arrow). 

  • Figure out what I want to do on this wall.
  • Find a way to store the ironing board.
  • Paint or yarn bomb the bird cage stand, aka tripod. 



The closet...Um, yeah.


This is the office section of the room and as crazy as it looks I love my bulletin board. There's so much I want to do here. 

  • Update bulletin board. 
  • New trash can. 
  • Paint side table.
  • Lazy Susan for pencils. 
  • Store the printer box for goodness sake. 
  • Cover and paint the chair.
  • Clean up cords under the table. 



I'm not really sure why I'm including a picture of this little bookshelf. It sits on a tiny little corner between the craft room and my bedroom. Right now it holds most of the kids' school books but since we're considering public school again it might be empty within a month or two. 

  • Use shelf to hold crafting books that are spread throughout the house. 
  • Move it from the corner. 
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Okay, that's it. Part of me wants to write more about the ideas buzzing in my head, but I'll save it for next week. I hope to have a couple of the easier things done by then.

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