Nap time studio update :)

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After running my business from a small desk in my bedroom (and let’s be honest on the couch *while eating ice cream of course*) for the past several years, I am beyond thrilled to have my own studio in our new home!barn light

That was the one request I had when my husband told me he got a job in Ohio (que- moving me to the freezing cold and away from AZ and family). ;) When we found the house we loved, there was only one problem… there was no space for an office. SO, I wracked my brain and decided to turn the formal dining room into my studio/craft room/office. I am in love with how things are coming together. It looks like a whole new space! Crazy what closing in some walls and a little paint can do.

DIY project desk

We closed in the wall and added french doors, so I could shut the doors and keep my mess away from everything else. I still remember in my old house stacks of paint, recipe testing and several different craft projects on top on my kitchen table. It was always interesting eating dinner. HA! Maybe I’m not the only one excited about my new space. ;)

MY OTHER RECIPES

So far we have closed in the back wall, added bead board over the red wall paper, got new floors put in (bye bye white carpet), added built in cabinets, installed a new light fixture (which I LOVE), painted and added new baseboards. All I really have left, is to finish decorating and organizing, but I thought it was time I give you an update. Can’t wait to share the whole reveal next month! :D

Here’s what the room looked like before. You may remember seeing it in the home tour when we moved in.

craft room before

 

My awesome husband also built me this giant craft desk! Swoon! It stores all my fabric perfectly in the sides. I used these Ultrapro Regular Size Comic Boards to organize all my fabric. There’s just something about organizing in colors that makes my heart go pitter patter! Are you with me?!

You can find the tutorial for those here. Then I found those cute bins on the bottom on zulily … but I also spotted them at Walmart recently too.Craft desk for organizing fabric

Want to build your own desk?

Follow this tutorial in the pdf HERE. It has all the exact measurements you need with step-by-step instructions. We made it easier by not adding the drawers, but you could always add those too. We also added some trim around the sides to dress it up a bit. I primed the wood with white spray paint first and then rolled pure white on the top and painted the sides Tidewater blue from Sherwin Williams.

priming wood

I also searched forever for the perfect light and finally came across Barn Light Electric. I am all about supporting small businesses and these guys products are incredible. You can read the story behind their business here. I love how the owners turned their love of vintage lighting into a successful business.

I debated on getting a few different lights, but ultimately decided on this 3-Light Chandelier. I love the hanging lights and glass jars. It is so unique!

barn light fixture 1

I was kind of hoping my paint color on the desk was more this color on the light fixture, so I may end up re-painting the desk too. We shall see if I get that ambitious. It may take lots of ice cream, some good music and a little dancing!

Well I better get back to work. More updates soon! For more inspiration check out my ‘craft room inspiration‘ Pinterest board.

What projects have you been working on (or maybe dreaming of starting)? Share in the comments!

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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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22 comments on “Nap time studio update :)”

  1. So fun! I can’t wait to see your room when it’s all finished! I have a very small craft room but it’s my tiny space and I love it :)

  2. I love Barn Light Electric Lights…I used them for my bathroom makeover! http://thecardswedrew.com/2013/08/nautical-bathroom-makeover/

  3. Love your new space! What are the wall colors in your new studio?

  4. Gorgeous craft room! I am swooning over that light fixture…it is perfect!

  5. Wow! It’s fabulous, girl! I’ve been working on my office since February…dun, dun, dun. It’s getting there. :)

  6. Looks great! Hope the new year is going well for you guys – I dare say we’ve backtracked and it’s worse than last year for us. Boo!

  7. Your studio and craft room looks great. You really designed it so that it looks like it will be a great place to be creative and also have space so can do your office work and be organized. I think it is so nice that your husband built the desk and that you work on a lot of projects around the house together. You have such creative ideas and I really appreciate you sharing them with us.

  8. That light!! Gorgeous. Great pick. BIG fans of Barn Light Electric!! xo

  9. Love love love!!! So exciting to get your own space. I am still working on storage here in mine – hopefully sharing all the deets here soon. :) FUN!

  10. What a cute room!! I’m so jealous you have a craft room… I’m still in the working on the couch or at the counter stage :)

  11. Thanks so much for the shout out Jamielyn! We’re so glad you love your new Barn Light Electric chandelier. Your room looks amazing and we’re looking forward to seeing what all you create in your new space!

  12. I love this room!! That light fixture is amazing!! So many great ideas! Thanks!

  13. love everything! what is the wall color? – it’s a very nice clean neutral

  14. Looks fabulous, I love it! Those lights are amazing!!

  15. I absolutely love this lighting fixture!!

  16. Hi,
    Am I wrong or those gorgeous lights are 645 us$ ? Isn’t that too expensive? I search for a hint in the site but there was no link to change your place and currency like in Etsy, for example.

    I loved the new room,by the way.

    Claudia

  17. WOW! I love this room and all the details! Great job, “Brag Post of the Day” on our Facebook page!

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