Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My New Room

What are parents to do when their 17 year old son comes to them with a request for a set of free weights? Oh yes it sounds like a simple request and with Christmas right around the corner the answer to this question seems to be an easy one. However when this family lives in a two bedroom home and every inch of space has been used the request becomes more complicated. This is the situation my family recently faced. My son Alex, who rarely asks for anything, came to my husband and I and presented his request. This request was made earlier in the year as well but after thinking and rethinking about the available space in our home to put these weights, the idea was sadly dismissed. Our garage had already been converted into a home office for my husband and the available space in our game room was converted into a scrapbook studio for me. As I was working in my studio one afternoon, the thought occured to me-----Why don't Alex and I trade rooms. My studio in the game room was much larger than Alex's bedroom and would be able to hold Alex's bedroom furniture as well as a set of free weights. Oh I knew I would be receiving the smaller room in the trade, but I would just reorganize my supplies to fit in the smaller space. Alex was thrilled at this idea and the thought of a new room became exciting for me as well. There was only one catch ---Alex's bedroom had been painted black and gold. Living in Pittsburgh and loving all of our sports teams the color scheme seemed perfect at the time we painted his room. The thought never occured to me that I would ever want to have this room for myself. So the makeover began......................

Just a few before pictures. How was I ever going to make this room a place to inspire me and one that I would love to create in. I first emptied the room of everything and placed it in my living room. Yikes what a mess.
Then I set to work to cover those black and gold walls. With the help of my little white, shabby chair I could reach the high spots without lugging the ladder in from the shed. Well it took two coats of primmer and two coats of paint to cover that gold. I love the names of the paint---antique white (for the walls) and swan wings (for the trim). As for the black, I purchased wallpaper that looks exactly like beadboard and with the help of my mom covered that black right up.
I am so happy with the result!! Are you ready for the unveiling.............
The whole makeover took about two weeks. I am finally settling into my new studio and it feels just as inspiring as my other creative place. Alex loves his new space as well. Once we purchase those weights, I will have to take pictures to share with you. Well I am off to create in my new space.

10 comments:

Heidi of Everyday Cookies said...

You get the Mother of the Year for all that work! Alex will be indebted to you forever! ALL that said, your new studio/craft-room is fantastic! I love what you did to it, darling!!!! So bright and cheerful! You'll be able to create and craft away for hours!


*Heidi*

Sweetina said...

Your new studio/art room is so beautiful! I love all your beautiful storage and accessories!
What a huge success!Now you are both happy and what a lovely environment for creating and inspiration!
Lovely!
Tina

Scrap for Joy said...

Your hard work has certainly paid off! Your room is beautiful, your son is happy...now if your back would just come back you'd be set! You should feel very proud of your accomplishment-it was labor intensive but you have a wonderful studio. Yay Mimi!

Debbi said...

holy smokes Mimi, what a wonderful makeover! And best of all, it is totally YOUR space....

littlethings1 said...

Your room is fabulous ! You are very blessed to have such a space to create in !!!

Sherry said...

Mimi this is beautiful!!! Getting rid of those dark colours was a chore but you've really brightened it up -- I love the suitcases stacked as a table...awesome!! And doesn't your hard working mom have the most beautiful smile!!!

Bev said...

All I have to say is WOW!!! Now you can come to my house and do mine!! (or at least help me organize my dungeon basement space)LOL!! How sweet your mom was to help - I know how treasured help is and you guys did a FAB job!

Chele said...

I love, love, love it! I'm so green with envy. Someday I hope to have a studio space that is as great as that!

~m

BarkerBell Herbs and Heirlooms said...

Your new room looks fabulous! I could spend hours and hours there!

Tam

mom Panormios said...

Mimi, What a great job you and your mom did in Alex's room. Your are both very talented and creative. It looks so nice and pretty. I wish I had your eye for seeing what would look good before you start your projects. That is your gift. Good job. love, mom P.

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