Craft Room…

Two years after I decided how I wanted the craft room to look, it’s about done. The room is bijou at best, but with a bit of planning it’s worked out just fine. 

 Like every other room in the house, things got a whole lot worse before they got better. Firstly the heating installation meant lifting the floorboards & general havoc, followed by a rewire and new windows. In true renovation style, we then had a big piece of plaster fall down & a significant repair to do.  


The last dirty  job was to change the ceiling boards for new fireproofed versions as this will be checked off by building control once the attic is underway.

Eventually we reached blank canvas stage and we (I) began planning. Due to my frankly ridiculous hoards of stationery, ribbon, washi tape, beads & random other sparkly tat, storage needs were key. The first issue was that the weak stud wall  meant I couldn’t have the shelves I’d anticipated, boo, so the rest of the room needed to work extra-hard.   

 My work desk was easily constructed by cutting to size a piece of white Formica worktop & sliding it into the nook the three walls create. We cut circles in both corners for flush fitting cable tidies – fancy! It’s big enough for working, crafting, sewing, maybe even writing the odd blog post. Beneath the desk are my two Bisley units holding all my jewellery & sewing paraphernalia. I had planned on getting these powder coated, but now they are in place I’m not sure it’s worth the outlay…? 

 I wanted a storage cabinet on the opposite wall. I looked at numerous vintage haberdashery cabinets but they were too wide, too deep, too tall and ultimately (very pregnant) I got bored of looking as it was preventing progress and I knew if I didn’t get it sorted before Littley’s arrival I might never have a craft room. There was only one thing for it… IKEA! I chose the Liatorp which was the skinniest, tallest model they had.  
I’ve been able to squeeze most stuff onto the adjustable shelves in my numerous jars and storage boxes and it looks pretty good. After having all of this sprinkled throughout the house for so long, it’s rather luxurious to have it all in one place & I’m already finding that I’m enjoying doing more ‘projects’.


 I also picked up a set of dip dyed storage baskets for fabric remnants etc. from Very to keep on top of the unit – Every little helps! 

 I was set on a colour scheme of black, white, pink & gold –  I spent a good portion of the aforementioned eighteen months deciding on wallpaper. I wanted something monochrome in a bold, graphical design but needed to be careful of the scale due to the dinkyness of the room. Here were the choices… 


After much deliberation and despite trying to dissuade myself, I did of course decide on the most expensive which was the Cole & Son ‘Hix Hexagon’ in the top left corner. Seeing this picture reminds me that I also ended up with a free roll of the paper bottom left due to a delivery mix up, I must try to use that somewhere, or at least EBay it. 


The paper has a midscale print with a gorgeous matt gold detail which compliments a truffle silk blind I wanted to reuse from my last house. The pink for the walls was mixed to match my Kate Spade storage boxes & I chose a neutral woollen carpet for the floor.

As I was unable to have the planned shelves on the back wall, I decided on a large pin board instead. I couldn’t find a board with a nice frame so I spray mounted a piece of cork sheet to a piece of hardboard and popped it into a pewter picture frame. 


So there we are! It’s much brighter than it appears on these photos, it’s a grey and dull day out there. So that’s three blog posts I’ve managed this year, eek. There’s so much I need to show you! In the meantime a very Happy New Year to you all.

Weekend Roundup…

As Christmas draws to a close and the decorations are packed away for another year, we thought we’d squeeze in a last holiday day out, before back to work proper on Monday. We decided we’d head over to Wye Valley Reclamation & Warehouse 701 near Hereford. We started with a rummage outside through their varied salvage, but was a bit cold and miserable to mooch for too long…

I loved these stones, but not sure what we’d ever do with them, they deserve better than being abandoned in our garden.
/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/180/57909570/files/2015/01/img_4888.jpg Indoors (an old bomb factory of all things) they have an amazing selection of home products, both old and new. We saw a ‘community centre’ style notice board which we thought would be great in the hall displaying bits and bobs, but decided that we can make our own superior version from the Victorian glazed doors we found in the attic – great, I need another project! Amazingly, we only left with this mirror, I love the vaguely heraldic shape…it’s destined for the cloakroom.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/180/57909570/files/2015/01/img_4887.jpg I must get around to posting the Stokholm inspired cloakroom plans one of these days, in the meantime the mirror is ditched upstairs.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/180/57909570/files/2015/01/img_4909.jpgWe bobbed into another antique store on the way home where I picked up this copper pot, think maybe it’s an old fish kettle??

Well, not anymore, it’s a hyacinth planter for my kitchen – Perfect!
Finally this week, I’ve been trying to find wallpaper for the little boot room at the end of the kitchen, how hard can it be?! The room isn’t really big enough for it’s own design scheme, so we’ve run floor and paint through from the kitchen. I ordered a few samples from Wallpaper Direct who have a great selection. I’d first thought we’d have a log design paper as I’ve seen these in various magazines, but once the samples arrived they just don’t look right somehow.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/180/57909570/files/2015/01/img_4904.jpg I then started thinking about black and white, to compliment the grey of the kitchen…love some of these, but not sure I’ve found ‘the one’ just yet!

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/180/57909570/files/2015/01/img_4905.jpg It feels like a million years ago since we were stripping all the old wallpaper off the walls, I’m certainly much more in my element browsing replacements than wielding a steamer.

A mixed bag…

Where did the week go? We’ve both been off work, and had grand intentions of all that we were going to achieve. A Christmas tree, a birthday, a ‘spot check’ visit from parents and more trades people than I could count coming in to quote, slowed us up a little. We have got some things done though, all totally unrelated and in no particular order:

1. We (he) took the kitchen ceiling down, what started as an ‘investigative hole’ revealed there was no insulation in the 1980’s extension, eek. At least that explains why it’s so damn cold in there! For reasons I’m not entirely sure of, the kitchen, bathroom and lobby ceilings then got taken down. Apparently to make way for insulation, electrician and gas man, due in late January and March, I’d rather have have waited and had a ceiling for Christmas given the choice!


2. I put up my favourite snowflake garland, it needs extending for the super sized fireplace.


3. We said a sad goodbye to Flash Gordon, fact is, it was him, or a radiator, super powers alone can’t keep you warm. Most of it came off in full pieces, so we’ll put him somewhere else one of these days.


4. We stripped the main bedroom. Actually, I mean ‘I’ stripped the bedroom, all by myself AND the steamer didn’t blow up even once!


I found another epic wall covering, above the picture rail languished this teapot-on-shelf number!


It had been hung upside down, of all the papers you could get away with hanging wrongly, this is not the one! (But please don’t haunt me past occupant, I’m sure it was cool at the time). There’s now only the last bedroom and the hallway and then the stripping is done – boom!

5. We found this printed Lino under several layers of carpet in the guest bedroom…


There was a newspaper underneath from 1929, so I’m presuming the Lino is around that era… The pixelated camo could easily be on the high street today, though maybe not as a floor covering… I can confirm nothing of major interest occurred on 8th October 1929 in Birmingham, on the sports page West Bromich Albion managed to beat Aston Villa 6/1, had that have happened this weekend, their manager might still have a job!


6. The house plants came home, they have been in the expert care of my aunt and uncle during our moves. We also bought back a couple of Belfast sinks I’d squirreld, we inherited two more when we moved in and STILL have two more to come… There is such a thing as too much of a good thing! The garden plants are staying until March, giving us a little time to clear some clutter from the patio area.

7. And finally, in other news, we have reason to believe Dottie cat has got a sideline as a Christmas Card model… So that’s where she’s been disappearing to since the cat flap was installed!