Sorry that I have been missing in action this last week friends. I have been living every single moment trying to get our new office/craft/family room revamp project completed. It’s finally finished!
It seemed like this project would never end because we had so many issues to overcome but in the end, all of the hard work (and hours of frustration) was well worth it. It really is a dream come true for me to finally have a dedicated space in our home for my daughter and I to create together.
I’m not sure where to even start. I wish you were here so I could walk you through the space and tell you everything. There is also too much to try and share in just one post, so over the next few weeks, I will be sharing all of the little details and the projects that we did to make our little space special for us.
So, I guess the best place to start is to show you again what this space looked like before we started the project:
This room was our daughter’s playroom and as you can see, we never did much with the space. Because my girl (at the time) was so little, we just wanted a place for her and her friends to play, eat and hangout. We didn’t want to worry about spilled sippy cups and goldfish embedded in the carpet.
Our daughter is 9 years old now and prefers paints and crafts over toys (music to my ears!!) and well, the sippy cups are long gone (pass me some tissues). I also really needed an office and a craft/studio but we still needed a hangout space for our girl, so we decided to attempt to create a multi-purpose space that will fit all of our needs.
So here is what that same shot looks like today after the revamp:
Here is a cool panorama of the room so you can see the space all together. By the way, a HUGE thank you to my talented photog friend Shay from Lens to Legends for taking all of the awesome photos that I’m sharing today:
click on the panorama shot to see the full size!!
This is not a large space at all. In fact, it’s barely 250 square feet. Designing our new space was the ultimate challenge for me because I had to really maximize every inch without it looking cluttered. I wanted the space to be beautiful and calm but I also had to balance it with functionality and high durability.
The most important element going into this project for me was really the floors. It was also the first decision I made in the planning process. My goal was to design a space around unique (and beautiful) floors that are highly, highly durable. I knew that the floors would tie everything together and help make the space appear larger than what it is. I knew I wanted some sort of gray wash look and after weeks of research, I finally found my beautiful gray vinyl plank floors (yep! these are vinyl!!) at Build Direct:
The vinyl plank floors are made by Vesdura High Performance 5mm in the Century Oak finish. I cannot tell you just how beautiful these floors are in person. It’s so hard to believe that they are vinyl because they come in long planks like wood and have a simulated raised wood texture that you can really see in this shot:
Can you believe that?!? All I can say is that vinyl flooring has come a long way since my Grandmother’s kitchen floors!
When my free samples from Build Direct arrived, I immediately contacted the company to see if they wanted to partner with me on this project because I could tell from their samples that their product was going to be extra special in this space. I do not normally do sponsored posts/product reviews on my blog but I was so impressed with the company, pricing and the quality level of the samples, I really wanted to showcase them on my blog and work with them on this project.
I was excited that Build Direct was interested in my project, so they sent me the flooring for free to use for the project in exchange for me sharing my opinion of the product and my experience. The great thing is that the floors speak for themselves:
The floors look even more beautiful than I imagined and my experience with Build Direct and their customer service has been fantastic. I love that they send you free full size samples (they ship them to you free as well!), which makes it a lot easier to find the perfect floor for your space. For more details about my new vinyl plank floors and how they are installed, you can check out my previous post here.
By the way, I shared my plan for this space and my other flooring choices here back in May if you want to see how I got started with my design plan on this project:
When we finally completed the space last week, I was so inspired by the colors and textures that were melding together around us that I painted more than 12 paintings in two days! I felt like the mad scientist because I was so inspired and I just couldn’t stop! It’s been a very long time since I painted (artistically) because I just didn’t have the space. Thanks to my mad creative surge, I was able to create all of the art work for the walls. I premise this by telling you that I’m certainly no Picasso but the calm beautiful colors swirling in my mind were exactly what I had envisioned for our walls:
The best part of all of this, my daughter immediately sat down and was just as inspired and went to town painting as well:
I am also really excited with how my desk turned out and how I was finally able to overcome the challenge of tying in the desk into the counter wrap around:
It’s hard to believe that my desk looked like this when I started:
Tying in this desk was really a challenge for me but I was determined to make it work because the desk had everything I needed. Thank you again to those of you who offered ideas for how I could make this work! As you can see, I took your advice and moved the desk closer to the door. If you missed the desk revamp and bulletin board project, you see that project here.
The table in the center of the room was something else that was a very important element for us as well because it will help us address our multi-purpose needs and serve as a craft table, game table and pizza party table for my daughter and her friends:
I love how the table turned out and the upholstered cubes from Ballard Designs were exactly what we needed. They slide under the table, so we can work around it without having to move chairs.
For those of you who might have missed my table revamp project that I shared a few weeks ago, here is what the table looked like before and after:
If you’re interested in the paint colors that I used for this project, I recently posted the color palette. You can get to that post by clicking the image below:
Also, I recently shared the details of how we saved so much money with all of the built-ins by using inexpensive pre-made stock cabinets and a few other tricks. When all was said and done, all of the built-ins that you see in this space were done under $800.00! You can find that post here.
Again, there are so many projects that were involved in this revamp that I can’t list them all in one post. Today I wanted to focus on linking the projects in that I have already shared and over the next few weeks, I will be sharing the details from the construction, to all of the home decor projects and I will also go into some of the unique ways that we are organizing everything in this space.
I had a lot of help with this project and could not have done it alone. I used my favorite local contractor, Jesus Terrazzas to handle all of the major construction for the revamp. Jesus and I have done a lot of projects together and I just can’t thank him enough for putting up with me wanting to be involved and hands on with each project. Thank you again so much to Build Direct for partnering with me on this project and to Shay Hobbs from Lens to Legends for photographing the space so I would have very pretty pictures to share with you all!
I’ll be back soon with more of the projects from the revamp.