Office/Craft/Family Room Reveal {Finally!}…

office/craft room revamp reveal {The Creativity Exchange}
Office/craft room revamp project {The Creativity Exchange}


office/craft room revamp {before and after} The Creativity Exchange

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:



Red Playroom


Red Playroom
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:


office/craft room revamp reveal {The Creativity Exchange}

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!!

Office/craft room revamp (The Creativity Exchange)


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.

office/craft room revamp (before & after) The Creativity Exchange


office/craft room revamp from the creativity exchange


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:


vinyl plank floors from Build Direct {The Creativity Exchange}


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:


Vesdura vinyl plank floors in Century Oak from Build Direct {The Creativity Exchange}


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:


Vesdura Vinyl Plank Floors in Century Oak (The Creativity Exchange)


office/craft room revamp reveal {The Creativity Exchange}

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:

Office/craft room revamp plan.  Flooring choices {The Creativity Exchange}

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:


Office/craft room revamp project {before and after} The Creativity Exchange

Office/craft room revamp (before & after ) The Creativity Exchange




Office/craft room revamp (The Creativity Exchange)


The best part of all of this, my daughter immediately sat down and was just as inspired and went to town painting as well:


art 3


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:


office/craft room revamp project {before and after} The Creativity Exchange


It’s hard to believe that my desk looked like this when I started:


Before and after hutch desk transformation {The Creativity Exchange}

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:


Office/craft room revamp project from The Creativity Exchange


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:

Tips and tricks for working with oil based paints to create a flawless durable finish {The Creativity Exchange}
I also shared a couple weeks ago how I made my fun ottoman slipcover from Target dishtowels by Threshold here for those of you interested in making your own ottoman slipcover (it’s easy!):


DIY Dishtowel Slipcover {The Creativity Exchange}


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:

Paint colors used for office/craft room revamp from The Creativity Exchange



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.










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72 Responses to Office/Craft/Family Room Reveal {Finally!}…

  1. amy g says:

    Wow! Your room is amazing! I wished my craft room was that nice. I’m in love with the swinging arm wall lamps. Where did you get them?

    • Cyndy says:

      Thanks so much Amy! The wall sconces came from Lowe’s and the brand is Portfolio and I believe they were only $24.00!!
      I couldn’t find the product on the Lowe’s website to link it for you and I’m not sure why it’s not on their. Maybe they are discontinuing it and my store happened to have a pair? The style number is #0185291 and they are in brushed nickel.

      I hope that helps! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Jeanne says:

    I absolutely LOVE it!!! Excellent!!
    Open, organized, relaxing and fun all in one!

  3. Missy says:

    Simply in AHHH of this space…so functional..I would never leave…Great job…

  4. WandaNTexas says:

    OMG. What a transformation. Your ability to see what you want in your mind and then pull it all together blows me away. You are so talented and the space is beautiful. You had great ideas for this project.

    • Cyndy says:

      Awe, thank you Wanda!! Your note just made my day, thank you! It has been such a wonderful experience pulling this all together and we are so excited to finally be able to use the space. Thank you again so much for your kind words! xxoo

  5. LISA JANUSKA says:

    Absolutely lovely! I love everything about this room! The colors, your art – everything!! I have a desk, that we need to change out…unfortunately it is not solid wood, as we wanted a wrap around office desk to fill our Study. Now I am regreting that decision of not buying a solid wood, we just couldn’t afford it at the time. The fake dark “wood paper” is starting to peel, and it’s heavy as all get out to move….AND we are planning on puting in bamboo flooring in the Study soon…via Build Direct. Don’t you just love them!!! I have ordered tons of samples trying to find the most perfect color, and they have stepped to the plate and sent my samples with no hassel, everytime! They are awesome, and their pricing is spot on! You should be so very proud of your new craft room, enjoy it!!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you so much Lisa! Yes, I absolutely LOVE Build Direct and that is exactly why I wanted to work with them! I think they are doing something so unique (and brilliant) by offering the free samples with free shipping so we can really look at everything and get a great feel. It helps that they have the most beautiful flooring out there (by far)!

      You know, you could still transform your desk even though it’s not solid wood. I have run across several tutorials on how to easily remove the laminate and paint it to where it looks just like solid wood. When I get a minute, I will send you a link to a tutorial for you to see what I mean.

      Thank you again!

  6. Total and complete goodness! LOVE. IT. ALL. M.

  7. Chris Gaston says:

    I have watched your progress from start to finish and must say that I am amazed at the transformation! It is absolutely beautiful. Love the artwork you created!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you Chris and thank you for following along with me. It has been quite the experience. I’m not sure how I made it through this project but it was worth it. Thank you again Chris for your kind words and hanging out with me here!

  8. Mary Ruth says:

    LOVE the changes! I really like how you worked out everything to fit into this space, and as usual, your eye for SCALE is right on!

    I love how you worked out a way to not have to move chairs whenever walking by the table! The color scheme is wonderful too… LOVE the flooring!

    I had it in my mind to post a question as to where you to got those beautiful ocean (serene) paintings! Then when I saw they were your original ART! AMAZING! And they are perfect for this space!

    Kudos to you for doing an amazing job on this space!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you so much Mary Ruth and thank you for following along with me on this project. Your sweet notes along the way have really made me smile. I’m thrilled that you like the transformation. I can’t wait to get up there with my girl and do our thing.

      Thank you again for your always kind and encouraging words Mary Ruth!

  9. Elsa says:

    Absolutely lovely! You really transformed it into a very functional space. You are lucky to have a contractor and all the other companies helping out to complete your project. I wish I could find a contractor that will do a small wooden mantel, without charging an arm or a leg. Granted the fireplace surround has issues (not squared, made in the 80’s, everything is off center). Your transformation give me hope I might find a contractor out there! Great Job!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you Elsa! Yes, I am very lucky to have such an talented contractor to help me on my big projects. You could ask at your local paint store if there is a talented contractor that would do a good job at an affordable price. The guys at Sherwin Williams all know the local contractors and I bet they could recommend someone perfect for the job.

      Good luck and thanks so much for stopping by.

  10. ann says:

    love it! love the table with ottomans, the artwork, the ceiling light placement and it’s style, the flooring, the tonality of all the colors—very stylish and yet will not go out of style

  11. Marcie says:

    Wow! It is beautiful and amazing! Where did you get your couch? I love it!

  12. Susan says:

    great job! Love how all the colors coordinate so nicely. did Jesus build your shelving unit for your TV and the cabinets and shelves across from it? I would love to do something similar in my family room. keep up the good work! I love your blog!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you Susan! Yes, Jesus built the shelving and I will be sharing the details on the blog shortly. We saved so much money by using the wall as the shelf backing and we used standard size plywood (width) so we didn’t have to cut anything down. Because of that, the shelving literally only took a couple hours to put together and get on the walls! Also, we used ready made standard kitchen lowers on the bottom, which also saved money and time.

      Thanks again Susan!!

  13. I love this room so much!! I can’t believe it is only 250 sq feet. It is so bright and airy. Just love it and would love to craft and create in this space. Great job! – Shelly

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you Shelly! Yes, it’s a very small space and the floors, plank ceiling and light paint colors really made this space open and airy. I knew the lighter colors would help but I was so surprised by how much! I can’t wait to get in the space and start doing my thing!

      Thanks so much Shelly for stopping by!

  14. Alane Simons says:

    Wow! Beautiful as always!

    Help! I need tips on how to organize/store family photos. I would appreciate any tips and ideas from “the guru” of beautiful organization…. YOU!

    • Cyndy says:

      awe.. thanks sweet Alane! I have some ideas for you for the photos! In fact, I have a project coming up that I think will work perfectly! I will touch base with you to fill you in! Thanks so much girl!! Bug hugs!

  15. Lee says:

    Oh my gosh! It is absolutely stunning, you have done an incredible job of utilising the space for three different uses and your colour combination is gorgeous, you have inspired me incredibly as I am currently doing up a guest bedroom (almost at my reveal) and an office/studio for me to paint in, which by the way is tiny. However, I was going to go with pale blue and I am now definitely going this direction.

    I have to keep looking at your images, I think you have done an incredible job and I would love to share the makeover on my blog.

    Your daughters paintings by the way are beautiful too and add a touch of serenity, does she sell on line?

    I will be in contact for some high res images to share with my readers.

    Lee 🙂

  16. Deb says:

    Incredible! This should be in a magazine!

  17. What a big difference the paint color makes! It looks lovely.

  18. Vicky Craig says:

    Wonderful job, Cyndy!

  19. Maureen Hayes says:

    I am beyond thrilled for you. The room is beautiful, as are your paintings. I wish you many happy years of creating and memories here.

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you so much Maureen! I can’t wait for my girl and I to start creating in our new space! Thanks for kind words and well wishes! Made my day!

  20. Kimberly says:

    Wow! That is probably the most beautiful office/craft/creative space I have ever seen! Amazingly well done job, you should be incredibly proud of yourself. Your daughter is so lucky to have a mom who cares about creating a beautiful space to share with her.

    Your paintings are gorgeous, my first thought when I saw them was “those are beautiful, wonder where she got them?” Now I know that you painted them yourself! Do you sell them or do gigclees of them? Commissions? They are so lovely and serene and any sort of beach/ocean art is my favorite. I’d love to have a copy of those!



    • Cyndy says:

      I’m sorry that it has taken so long for me to respond Kimberly but I wanted to be sure and get back to you and thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words. Your note just made my day and warmed my heart! I was a little nervous about sharing my art work and I cannot tell you how your thoughts just made me smile! Thank you!

      I am not a professional painter and do not sell any of my paintings or have any prints. However, my plan with the craft room was to focus more on my painting and maybe take them to the next level and sell? Not sure yet. It would be a dream come true if people were interested in my paintings.

      Thank you again Kimberly for taking the time to leave me such a special note!

  21. Megan says:


    I don’t think words can even describe how much I love this space! The colors you have chosen are so beautiful, and you are so so incredibly talented in how everything is placed in the room. I’m surprised you even had a chance to blog about it because I’m sure it’s hard to tear yourself away from creating. This is probably the most beautiful craft/family room I’ve seen EVER!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you so much Megan!! You made my day girl and I just can’t thank you enough for your kind words. Yes, I have been way too busy to be able to stop and enjoy the space. Hopefully this weekend I can do some more painting!

      By the way, I just checked out your nursery and it is really coming together so beautifully! I am so in love with the mobile and you have done a wonderful job of creating such a calm and beautiful space. Big hugs friend!

  22. Cyndy, Cyndy, CYNDY!! I was on the road yesterday, and saw this pop up on my FB page, but I couldn’t see the photos until I got online on my computer. SO gorgeous! I love everything you’ve done here – it all just works so beautifully together. And don’t sell yourself short with your paintings – they’re beautiful! I have a feeling you and your daughter are going to be making some wonderful memories in this gorgeous space! Well done!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you, thank you Jenny! I’m thrilled that you like it! Can you believe I finally got it done! Thank you about my paintings. I was nervous showing them and I really appreciate your sweet words. Hopefully I can slow down and get back in there and paint very soon!

      Thank you again Jenny so much!

  23. Robbie says:

    Oh, wow! I’ve enjoyed following this all along and am so inspired by you (as always!). This is so beautiful and functional! I’m also impressed with your art – they ‘spoke’ to me!
    I know it’s a joy to enter this space.
    You are incredibly talented, and yes, this should be in a magazine!!

    • Cyndy says:

      Awe, thank you sweet Robbie! Your words mean so much to me and you have inspired me so much for many years. You have no idea what it means to me to hear you say my paintings spoke to you.. Thank you for always encouraging and inspiring me. Love you!

  24. Shelley Martin says:

    Cyndy, I just found your blog not too long ago as I was searching for help and inspiration over choosing a new paint color for my bedroom. Your blog is full of both! I love it. I rarely comment on the blogs I follow, but I can’t help myself after seeing your finished craft/family space. Your vision to pull that together, well, it’s truly a gift. Simply beautiful. And I tend to like more intense color – but I love this. Bravo.

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you Shelley and I’m sorry for the delay in responding to you (I have been at a conference) but I wanted to be sure and respond and thank you so much for your kind comments. I hope you have found some potential colors for your bedroom in one of my color palettes, if not let me know! Thank you again!

  25. Kim says:

    Cyndy, this room is over the top fabulous!! It was so good to meet you at Haven. What a fun weekend that was and looking forward to Haven 2014!

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you Kim! I was just giddy to finally get to hug your neck and you know how I have adored you all of these years! Thanks so much for stopping by and I am so excited about guest posting in September! I’m already planning!

  26. Roberta Kelly says:

    I absolutely LOVE everything you did and the wise use of the space and the inspired paintings just set it off perfectly….. AWESOME!!!!! I really like the way the corner by your desk turned out — great job there…. It looks good AND functional…. 🙂

  27. Tamera says:

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are one talented girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. You did a super job! The revamped space is just beautiful. It’s evident that you put a lot of thought into the end result. Love it!

  29. Thais says:

    I love your new made over space!
    Please tell me where you got your sofa, I love it, it looks so comfy. 🙂

    • Cyndy says:

      The sofa came from Ikea!! Can you believe it? It was under a $1,000 and I was very impressed! Yes, it’s very comfy! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  30. It’s just stunning! I love every element and keep going back to look at more 🙂

  31. Excuse me while I wipe the puddle of drool from under my chin. It so freaking gorgeous.

  32. Ashleigh Hall says:

    Hi Cyndy, I am popping over from Sand & Sisal!! What a gorgeous job you have done on this room!! You are so talented and creative!! I am IN LOVE with this room and the colors you chose!! I’m pinning for inspiration!

  33. Absolutely a dream room. I’m totally inspired. I found you through Centsational Girl but I will be following you now and may even add you to my favorite blogs on my sidebar.
    Michelle Jamieson /

  34. Galliesallie says:

    Oh, this is so beautiful! I’m envisioning craft birthday parties for your daughter for the next few years, girls making candles, necklaces, picture frames, well – you would certainly know better than I! Thanks for sharing all this.

  35. Ashley says:

    Cyndy, this space is gorgeous! I love it and I love love love your art. You are so talented! I can’t wait to see where you go next with all your creativity.

  36. Jake Tyler says:

    Wow! From red themes to pastel shades, the craft room looks better than ever. Great choice for the flooring, by the way.

  37. Melissa says:

    This is beautiful! What size room is it?

  38. Color me green! This is a gorgeous space and I’m totally jealous. The room I have is half this size but I don’t need the play area so you’ve given me LOTS of ideas.

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  40. Brandy Popp says:

    Your paintings are exactly what I have been picturing in my head for my living room. I’ve had difficulty finding anything I like until I came across your blog. I was so excited to finally see visually what I have had in my mind. As I read on I became disappointed because I realized they were your own works of art, not because you created them but because I couldn’t purchase them. I think your artwork is beautiful and your room turned out absolutely fabulous. Thank you for sharing it.

    • Cyndy says:

      Thank you so much Brandy for your kind words! If you are interested, I have been doing commission painting work since this post and if you are interested, you can email me at for more information on the paintings I have been doing for my clients. Thank you again, your sweet note made my night! 🙂

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  42. Nicole says:

    The entire room is truly stunning. What I was most in love with was your daughters painting. I have been looking for a painting like that forever without spending thousands or even a thousand for a so-so print. If she ever decides to start selling her art please email me for I would be interested. Amazing talent shown by both mother and daughter. Wish also that you did online decorating for I love your aesthetic. Truly inspirational….

  43. Rachel Black says:

    Your room is absolutely stunning!!! I am in love with your fabric on the pillow with the blue diamond shape in the middle. Any chance you remember the brand of fabric?

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