Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Craft Dungeon: Phase 1

I’ve been hard at work the last couple days. Trying to turn this..
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into a craft room. This is in the basement of my 100 + year old home and the basement has more of a dungeon feel than a craft room feel right now. So, I started lovingly referring to it as my Craft Dungeon. My Hubby said that the name fits because if he was trapped down there with all the craft stuff, it would be pure torture.
Men are weak creatures.
 
When we first moved in, I was so excited about the work bench in the basement. I was immediately thinking up all the cool things my Hubby could build me down there. I soon realized that he wasn’t as excited as I was and he definitely didn’t think all my projects were cool. However, I wouldn’t be deterred from my goals and over the last few years I have started acquiring my own power tools and equipment, but I had no where to put my things because my Hubby had laid claim to the work bench and it was working hard holding up the stacks of stuff that he had taken down there and set on it. You couldn’t even find a place to do work if you wanted to.
The wheels began turning and I knew I had to take over that work bench. So, earlier this week I marched down there with my Hubby reluctantly following and started cleaning it off and reorganizing. I am about to finish phase 1 of my take over which consists of building a craft table, painting the peg board and bench and a couple other things. Here is what I’ve got done so far…
Craft Table
I saw an idea similar to this on Pinterest and it got me thinking how I could do the same thing.
I think this table cost me under $40 and here’s how I did it..
Materials:
2 white bookcases ($16 at Wal-Mart)
1 plywood board (I already had this, I just cut it down to size..5’x 3’)
1 roll of black damask wrapping paper ( I already had this too)
Mod Podge (32 OZ.)
paint roller (small one, for the mod podge)
4 screws
electric drill/screwdriver
 
Assemble the bookcases by following the directions. Then, place the plywood board on top, centering the board over the bookcases..
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Then, use the drill and screw down the board to the bookcases..
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I used 4 screws for this. I didn’t want any more incase some day I want to change the board.
Next I “painted” the board with Mod Podge and then carefully started to lay the wrapping paper over it, making sure to have enough over hang on the sides to cover the whole board..
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I then “wrapped” the edges and cut off any access. Then I applied more Mod Podge over the top of the paper, rolling it over the whole thing. Once it dried, I did another coat of Mod Podge..
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Ta Da…My craft table.  Notice I took the backs off of the bookcases. I decided I like it that way better so I don’t have to walk around if I need something from the ends.
One thing I love about it..it’s tall enough for me to stand or sit.
After I had been painting the work bench all day, I decided I needed to do something crafty. My Hubby had a bunch of old boards he was going to throw away and I saved them. He gave me a weird look, but I explained that I may need them for something..sure enough I did. 
I took an old board..
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and painted it. I have a bunch of paint samples on hand because I have been trying to decided on a new color for my dining room, so I used one of them..
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This is a color that I had already eliminated and I didn’t want it to go to waste.
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Then, I used my handy dandy Cricut cutter and did this..
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and now it is hanging on the brand new painted peg board..
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Yay! I love it and can’t wait to show you the whole finished project soon!! I’ve got a lot more to do, but it’s so fun making something ugly into something pretty and functional.
I’ll give you one more little peak..
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Hehehe..the drill is mine, the electrical socket turned out great, but I can’t wait for my Hubby to see his hammer!!
I think it’s safe to say that he’ll be thrilled.
Happy Wednesday.
love,
Val

1 comment:

  1. Sweet! My sister Betsy has to see this. She does crafts and this is a perfect idea for her. You never cease to amaze me!!!!!! Your craft room is wonderful-thanks for sharing!

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