A Space Of My Own

by Kimberly Hickok

The process of transforming a poorly used guest room to a space solely designated as MINE started with me craving a space where I can:

  • Work at home 
  • Sew
  • Paint watercolors
  • Scrapbook
  • Knit
  • Crochet

Ideally this space would be bright with lots of light with enough room for me to leave a project out that I’m working on without having to take it out, put it away, take it back out, put it back away, etc.

After wrestling with the decision, talking about it with my girlfriends and Mark I finally gave myself ‘permission’ to take over the guest room and I couldn’t be happier.

The before. We never painted this room when we bought the house in '05. It still had the same weird peachy paint on the walls and shag-rug-like carpet tiles - ick!

The before. We never painted this room when we bought the house in ’05. It still had the same weird peachy paint on the walls and shag-rug-like carpet tiles – ick!

The inspiration for the room was this fabric and paint Olympic paints – Forsythia Blossom and Royal Palm. It's more yellow than it appears in this swatch.

The inspiration for the room was this fabric and paint Olympic paints – Forsythia Blossom and Royal Palm. It’s more yellow than it appears in this swatch.

 

Mark filled in holes and smoothed out any marks on the ceiling and walls. I did all the painting - ceiling, walls, trim.

Mark filled in holes and smoothed out any marks on the ceiling and walls. I did all the painting – ceiling, walls, trim.

After pulling up the carpet I couldn't decide whether or not I wanted to put in carpet or wood floors. In the end I painted right over the plywood sub floor and I love it!

After pulling up the carpet I couldn’t decide whether or not I wanted to put in carpet or wood floors. In the end I painted right over the plywood sub floor and I love it!

Voila! I made the curtains and the Roman shade.

Voila! I made the curtains and the Roman shade.

ALL of my craft stuff is on these two shelves. You have no idea how nice it is to be able to access everything quickly and easily.

ALL of my craft stuff is on these two shelves. You have no idea how nice it is to be able to access everything quickly and easily.

 

I spy another project. I think a rag rug would work perfectly between the table and the shelves, don't you?

I spy another project. I think a rag rug would work perfectly between the table and the shelves, don’t you?

Work central. I will eventually recover the seat on the chair with the same fabric as the drapes.

Work central. I will eventually recover the seat on the chair with the same fabric as the drapes.

 

I ordered these trestle table legs from Ikea. These Finnvard legs are adjustable and allow me to have a counter height work surface. The storage underneath is perfect for my sewing machine and serger.

I ordered these trestle table legs from Ikea. These Finnvard legs are adjustable and allow me to have a counter height work surface. The storage underneath is perfect for my sewing machine and serger.

Another project - I will eventually spray paint this stool. Not sure what color yet. Yellow? Red? It will definitely be something bright!

Another project – I will eventually spray paint this stool. Not sure what color yet. Yellow? Red? It will definitely be something bright!

 

I made this rag rug last year and I love it in this space.

I made this rag rug last year and I love it in this space.

 

Can you tell what this says?

Can you tell what this says?

I found this chair at Boscov's for $88.

I found this chair at Boscov’s for $88.

 

Not only is the chair comfy but it has space for storage.

Not only is the chair comfy but it has space for storage.

Voila! I made the curtains and the Roman shade.

Just about everything except for the fabric, chair and table legs came from my local hardware store. The Allerdice Ace Hardware store in Malta is where I got the paint, trim, dowels for the roman shade.

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6 comments

janicedoty April 20, 2013 - 10:32 am

Kim–I LOVE it !! Such a wonderful before/after–are you for hire?? Seriously, love the changes and thanks for the idea of the trestle table–my daughter needs something to be able to draw on and the only thing big enough was my cutting table–which was too high to sit at. Great ideas and I hope to share them at my house!

Janice

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Kimberly Hickok April 20, 2013 - 10:53 am

Janice – Thank you! FYI – the table legs are awesome. You can even set them up to create an angled surface. Let me know how you make out.

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Nitda June 11, 2013 - 1:24 pm

Love it! I like everything about it. I am planning my own workspace, too, for when we move next fall. I am taking over what would have been the 2nd bedroom. I can’t decide on paint colours, but yellow and blue will feature somehow. My husband has also agreed to take out the window and replace it with sliding glass patio doors and build a very small little deck. So since the room is only about 10×10, I will have nearly one entire wall of glass! I can just imagine myself on a hot summer day with the sliding door open and the breeze coming in.

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