Sunday, August 9, 2009

It started with bead board that really wasn't

As I mentioned in a past post, my daughter and her baby will be moving in with us soon since her husband will be leaving to serve the country in Iraq. This means we have to do some rearranging which is just the nudge I needed to get me to update and organize this room. I moved my craft room out of a bedroom to make a bedroom for my grandson. We moved my craft room into a loft area in our house that we used as an office and "what all".
This is what it looked like before. UGH! I can't even believe I'm showing you this photo!!!

This chair went to Habitat for Humanity.
And so did this sofa minus the sofa cover that was on it. I'm expecting one of you to buy either piece for $10 or so and make something beautiful out of them and tell us all about it at one of our future blogging parties! :=)
Okay. Here comes the good part. Remember the post Rhoda at Southern Hospitality did on bead board wallpaper? Well, as soon as I read it, I knew that's what I wanted to do in this room. If you think this looks good, just wait! We don't have the chair rail and trim up yet!

Here's a close up with the chair rail. I just love it! It is so much more economical and time saving than real bead board. I covered the light switch plate with cardstock.

We even found a fan with bead board blades! Installing this fan was MUCH more trouble than putting up the wallpaper!

I'm still working on parts of the room, but come on in! I can show you a few things. Stay tuned; I'll share more as I complete it. This is our old table we use as a desk. We bought it when we were first married. It was an antique even then. HA! It's first service to us was as a dining table, but it's had lots of functions through the years. I would never part with it.
To the left is an old oak filing cabinet that I picked up years ago in an old warehouse of a company going out of business. Above the cabinet is an old buoy, we picked up on a trip to Maine.
To the right, is an old Larkin desk and above it is a wooden printer's tray that I'm using to store my rubber stamps.

We've had the Larkin desk for many years too, but I just covered the back with fabric to compliment my room. The desk stores various cardmaking supplies. One of my Longaberger baskets serves well to hold more rubber stamps.

An old Planters Peanut jar holds stamp letters on top of the shelves.

And an old wooden crayon box holds more crafting supplies.

On top of the other bookcase is another basket and an old Daisy butter churn. Not sure what this little jewel will hold, but I'm sure I'll think of something.
Canning jars hold buttons that I've sorted by color for easy use.


This old poplar cupboard was a companion to the old table you saw earlier. We've had it since we first married also. Again, I've used it for lots of purposes in the past several years. Can't part with it either. All of the items I've showed you I've had for several years and were bought at a bargain for one reason or another. We've never had a lot of money to waste. I've always loved vintage or antique pieces and have tried to buy wisely and bought pieces that I loved. I've found if you do this, you will not get tired of them and be able to use them over and over again.
The basket on top of the cupboard holds my projects that are waiting on me.
They will have to wait a little longer since I'll be visiting all the other posts on Metamorphosis Monday, Thrifty Treasures and Make your Monday right now! Want to join me? Let's go!

44 comments:

Frugal Fine Living said...

Wow, what a fabulous room makeover! The beadboard wallpaper looks terrific! I'm glad because I just ordered some for my kitchen redo.

Jane

Melissa Miller said...

~GORGEOUS room! Love the beadboard and your wall unit. ~WOW! It's all so beautifully done.

Have a blessed evening.
~Melissa ;)

Cheap&Sweet said...

Great makeover, wish I was as talented.

DesignTies said...

Is that beadboard really wallpaper?! Wow!! It really looks good!! And how cool that the ceiling fan blades have a beadboard design :-)

Looks like you've set yourself up with a really nice crafting area :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

OH! OH! OH! You just gave me a FANTASTIC idea! I don't need a new fan or blades but I could use that bead board wallpaper on my fan blades! Thanks for the inspiration.

I'm chuckling because it seems like we all saw Rhoda's post on that wallpaper. My MM post today was my bead board wallpaper project. :)

Carmen said...

Looks good to me. I love having a designated scrap area.

Shelia said...

Oh, look what you've done! I love the transformation and that beadboard wallpaper is amazing! You've done a great job! Hope the move with your daughter and granddaughter goes smoothly.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Martha said...

It's now a beautiful room -- the wallpaper looks terrific -- I would have never know had you not said.

Mrs. C said...

I love the new look that the beadboard wallpaper gave the room. Nice going! It makes me want to go out and buy some. :)

Sharlotte said...

This looks so great! I love the bead board paper too. Using it as you did is fantastic. I also really like your antique pieces of furniture and storage solutions. You are so creative and inspirational!

One question, did you apply the bead board paper like wallpaper? Did you paint it our leave it the way you bought it? I really want to add it to my house, just need a few suggestions on applications.

Thanks!

St. Michael's Wife said...

OHG! This is incredible! (I didn't do anything nearly this creative when my son-in-law went to Iraq!) I love that ceiling fan! absolutely perfect for your room! And the way all of your goodies are displayed -- absolutely fabulous!

Grins!
Pamm

Joyce said...

Wallpaper? I have to get some for sure:) It looks wonderful.
Joyce

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Sharlotte, In answer to your question, I did apply the bead board paper just like wallpaper. The wallpaper I ordered was not prepasted so I bought wallpaper paste and followed the manufacturer's directions. My hubby and a friend put the chair rail up and corner pieces. I painted everything to match my existing trim.

Marla said...

I can't wait to use that wallpaper, I already know where I want to use it. Where did you get your wallpaper, Home Depot? Marla

Maureen said...

Wow, what a great room! I would love to stamp and make cards there too! You have inspired me; next week we are going on a road trip... and I hope I can find a few antique treasures for my own scrapbooking room! I love what you have done!!!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

That is a beautiful room makeover and the beadboard paper is beautiful...it has me thinking...

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Marsha, you have done a great job. The room looks amazing. Wishing the very best for you and your daughter.

Barb

Terry said...

I'm still in awe of beadboard wall paper. I think it's the only wallpaper folks want to put these days. How wonderful of you to take in your daughter and grandbaby. Grandparents are so good for their grandchildren.

Sue said...

You've turned this room into something special using so many of your personal things. It all looks so nice and homey. You'll enjoy it while you work. Or play...
:-) Sue

pk said...

The beadboard wallpaper looks great! It's amazing that it's wallpaper because it looks like the real thing!

Kate said...

How fun to be able to make over a room! I have great expectations for myself when I get the opportunity to tackle my daughter's bedroom! That is, when she moves out!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Wow - what a great room. I need some more space here !!! Would like to use some of the beadboard wallpaper to cover up some wallpaper I have around here.

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

I love all the stamped tags on the jars, they're so cute!


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Kitty Scraps said...

I love your beadboard wall paper! It looks fabulous! And you've inspired me to look for new ways to store and display my crafting items. Great job!

Kammy said...

I love the beadboard - it brightens up the room ! So pretty !
Hugs ~ Kammy

The Country Nest said...

Wow! I really wondered about the beadboard wallpaper...if looks great. I love the room, it is useful and filled with memories. I am sorry your husband is going to Iraq, my son did a tour and is heading back over first of the year. It is scary at best...you must be so proud too. Thank your husband for his service.
Huge hugs,
Donna

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, I'm so glad you tried the wallpaper, it's fantastic. I've got lots more plans for the stuff in my house too. It totally looks like the real thing unless you touch it.

I really think I'm going to have a party soon for all of us who have used the stuff!! Fun to share all the ways it can be used. Stay tuned.

Morning T said...

Beautiful transformation and I love how you've organized your supplies.

~~Carol~~ said...

So many great things, and great ideas, that I don't know where to start! I love that wallpaper, and you'd never know it's not wood. It looks fabulous! And where in the world did you find a fan with beadboard blades?! And I love the idea of covering the back of the desk. That just makes everything pop out. I think I would have to get rid of the clutter though, before I try that on mine!
Could you please thank your son-in-law for serving our country for me? It's because of brave people like him that our country is so great!

Gwennie said...

Don't you feel inspired! I love when something is all organized and I sit and think "what can I create?". Thanks for dropping by my blog, it's nice to meet you.

Tammy of Yarborough House said...

First off thanks to your son-in-law for doing the duty. And thanks to your daughter and grandson for living the sometimes hard and lonely life of being military dependants. We, too have a daddy leaving for Afghanistan in November so I understand.

Your room looks great. Amazing how good that wallpaper looks. Might have to get me some.

tammy

One Shabby Old House said...

Give your son a big squeeze from all of us and thank him for us too.
My son is in the military. I am currently dog sitting...lol
Your wallpaper is fabulous. I am going to have to get some too.
Good ol' Rhonda. I hope the store gave her a stock option.
Hugs
Becky

Sarah said...

Wow! This is going to be a great place to enjoy your craft projects. I like the clever idea of using a printer tray to store all your stamps!
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Joy said...

Wow I didn't even know they make beadboard wallpaper. Looks great~!
I love the baskets you have too.

Aimee said...

The room looks Gorgeous!!! You did a great job.

If you get a chance come by my Blog for a visit and say hi. I have put up quite a few new posts and will be putting more up this week from the San Francisco International Gift Fair where my Pillow Collection was featured and Romantic Homes who has featured my Pillows in their beautiful magazine.

Have a great week,
Aimee

Charlene said...

Redoing a craft room takes a LOT of work! Good job. And I love your Beadboard! I bet it was easier & CHEAPER! Tell your son & all the family we thank all of your for his courage & service. We will say prayers for his safe return.

Twice Remembered said...

Fantastic! That beadboard wallpaper is something else...if you hadn't told me it was wallpaper I would have never guessed! I love your new craft area and how you have it organized. Thank you so much for sharing and enjoy your time with your daughter and grandson!

The Bloom Girls said...

The beadboard wallpaper looks awesome! I love your craft room! Someday I am going to have one too! When we built our house, it was in the plan to finish the basement which is where my craft room would be. We ran out of funds so that project is on the very back burner! Enjoy your daughter while she is with you! We will keep your son in law in our prayers as he is representing us in Iraq.

Blessings to you!

Karyn

Really Rainey said...

I can't believe how much that bead board looks real! I just wanted to touch it to see! I'm in a siilar situation with our son and his familhy living with us... I now blog from my bedroom, as I gave up my office/studio for their bedroom and my work out room as the kids room. (I did a post on that one) My lovely project table now holds their 56 inch TV. I'm enjoying every minute of it too! Great post and awesome transformation!
Have a great week!
~Really Rainey~

Cass @ That Old House said...

This is a fabulous "new" room! I love that wallpaper beadboard; it's amazing. Gorgeous.

And best wishes to your son-in-law in his service to our country. God bless him, and the entire family.

Cass

Charlene said...

Thanks for stopping by to visit my post about my friends trailer. No, she doesn't rent it out but, I wish she did. If so... I'd be on that list. It is so cute. I want one of my own. She has another one & I will post about it soon. Have a great week.

MyJourneyBack said...

Oh wow what a makeover. Your braver than I doing before and afters. I love the thought of someone redoing those pieces.
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Come by and enter.
And thanks for following me on the Journey,
Sherry

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