Friday, July 11, 2014

Where Bloggers Create Linky Party 2014: The Office & Craft Space Reveal!

I cannot believe a year has gone by so quickly.

It was around this time last year that I made a promise to work on my studio/office/work space and have it ready for this year's "Where Bloggers Create" party.

Where Bloggers Create

Well, this is it! Today is the day! The big REVEAL!!!!! The moment I've been waiting for.  Now I'm not sure if you've all been waiting for it too, but I have worked on it one small chunk at a time.

Here is the before:

This shot and the one below are more recent
as you can see Bebe is an older child here.
But yep, last year at this time, my
office looked like this!

And here is the other side! Awful!
There are so many things
one accumulates when you sell
vintage. It is just part of the territory.

Here is a shot from a few years ago.
Look at this awful rug!!!
Can we say leftover from the dining room
of our first house?
Didn't know what else to put in there?
Take note of the green office
chair in the background.
You'll see it soon! It gets a makeover!

This is my favorite shot:
Even Bebe couldn't believe
how awful my space was,
look how she is grabbing the
back of her head!
I joke... but seriously I was a new Mom
and I was trying to start up a new shop
so the office was not a priority.
So, are you ready?
Here it comes...
Drum roll please....
Here it is!!!
My office makeover on a budget.
We live in the woods so the lighting
is not that great which is why
I went with white furniture.
Only one piece in the shop is brand new.
The rest is recycled vintage.
Can you pick it out?
It is the table with the glass doors.
From Target!

This is the piece that we picked up
at a local auction, then placed
my former 1990's computer desk hutch
 right on top after it was painted white.
 Just yesterday I painted the closet doors!
Nothing like last minute!
The "yard long" photo above is from
a yard sale then placed in a Goodwill frame.
I'm beginning to think those white
doors are like a blank canvas begging
to have something done to them.
Collage of black and white photos?
Stencil perhaps?
This is the chair my Mother found
while we were at Goodwill a few years ago.
It was a mahogany stained Bombay Co.
chair. Remember Bombay Co.?
I painted it and gave it a new seat cover.
The material I found at... where else?
There was enough fabric left over
to make a curtain valance too!

 I like to decorate with antiques
so most of the décor is for sale
in one of my shops... which means the
décor will change often. I happen to
like change so this is okay with me!
I'm thinking about hanging the
aqua tray but it is probably not staying
so why put a nail in the wall yet? 
Here is my desk!
If you recall in the before photo,
it is one of those Sauder brand
computer desks from the 1990's.
I hang onto things for a long time!
(The hubs is happy about this.)
I painted it white.
The hubs added a shelf where
the filing cabinet portion used to be.
The other filing cabinet was painted too.
And here is my chair!
It used to be green.
I used the same fabric
from Goodwill! I really got
my money's worth out of it!
When I first started re-decorating last fall,
my hubby bought this print for me
from HomeGoods. Wasn't that sweet?

I just love the black and white portraits
on the wall above my desk. They were in
a booth at the antique mall where we used
to have a space. They are perfect in here!
And I have to admit, I can't let these go either.
The "B" is for Bella and I will probably
be on the hunt for an R sometime in
the future. The B was purchased at Hobby
Lobby a few years ago. It used to be
gold, I decided to paint it black.

These two shelves are ever changing.
Below them is this shelf
which has a few themes.
Industrial on the lower portion
and the top shelf is currently
"summer at the beach" with
souvenirs from Atlantic City
and antique magazine prints.
I have not yet let these go into
my shop. I just love them!

There are so many more details I
could talk about... but I'll save
them for another post next week.
I'm super excited and so happy
we finally finished!

Now really quick I wanted to
give you a sneak peek into
another space I am working on.
It is located in our master bedroom,
believe it or not. It was originally
intended for the former owner
to sit and sew here...

the cut out in the formica is
still there for a sewing machine.
I thought it was perfect for a
crafty corner and covered it up!

So now this is where Bebe

 and I work on crafty projects together.

I found the above cabinet at

a garage sale for 5 bucks!

Love how I can put all of my

scrapbooking stuff, glitter,

doodad containers, etc in there!

There just wasn't enough room
in my office/work space
to fit both.
And I'm proud to say I am linking
Create linky party at My Desert
Cottage which starts Saturday,
July 12th!
Also with Pink Saturday
at How Sweet the Sound, 
at Coastal Charm,
with Ivy and Elephants.
Thanks so much for taking the time
to check out my new spaces!
I can't wait to see all of the other
offices, studios, and craft rooms...
Have a wonderful weekend!


The Old Parsonage said...

Ohh...Ahhh...I had to blow up every photo!!!! Love every nook and cranny. Gorgeous my friend!!!!!!!!!

Enjoy your weekend!

Anonymous said...

OOoooooh.....I'm so jealous. Will you come and organize my craft cave? I've got a gigantic room and I can barely walk through it cuz I have sooooo much stuff that I think I have to KEEP!!! ugh!

I LOVE what you've done to your office...and I love that crafty corner you've created!!!

Keep up the great work....and I hope all is well with you and yours!!



Tami @ Creative girl Vintage said...

Oh my goodness this is a beautiful makeover!! I love all your special touches.

Sarah Coller said...

Wow---you've done great and I bet you are just so inspired now having that nice, new space! Thanks for sharing!

HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!

Anonymous said...

It all looks fabulous.
Thx for sharing.

Rhonda said...

You did an amazing redo on your studio! I love every vintage element.

Thanks for stopping by and yes, I adore that bathing suit gal photo, too. She's my new muse.

Unknown said...

What a great creative space. I like the white cabinet with the doors and the antique pictures by your desk. You did great with that piece of fabric too. Thank you for visiting me. I am Janet from Graceful Rose.

GranthamLynn said...

Great creative space.

GranthamLynn said...

Great creative space.

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Karen Valentine said...

Jillian your makeover is beyond fabulous! I'm sure it was a lot of work, but it look soooo worth it! I'm so glad you were able to get it done before this years party. I know that many of us are totally inspired!!!

Karen Valentine said...

Jillian your makeover is beyond fabulous! I'm sure it was a lot of work, but it look soooo worth it! I'm so glad you were able to get it done before this years party. I know that many of us are totally inspired!!!
Karen said...

Lovely transformation!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great spaces! I love the makeover you did to your first space. That fabric was a great find/buy and you certainly did get your monies worth! Love both chairs, too.

Maureen Hayes said...

That is an impressive makeover, and I especially liked that all the pieces where salvaged except the one Target cabinet! The room looks lovely, and I know you must be enjoying it. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to seeing how it evolves over time.

Maureen said...

What a fantastic transformation! Love all the antiques and furniture makeovers. Well done and thank you for sharing!

Cathy said...

Lovely place! I'm sure that you can get some artistic inspiration just being in this room!

Rita Barakat said...

WOW! What a great make over - it is gorgeous I bet you love working in there! It's amazing what a difference a little white paint will do!

Tammy...ClothandPatina said...

What a charming and beautiful space!

Thank you so much for sharing!

Diana Seal said...

Congrats Jillian on you new space, the makeover turned out fabulous!!!
Beautifully decorated and so organized!
Thanks for sharing your charming space!

Marcie Lovett said...

Wonderful room! When you paint furniture, do you use spray paint or do you brush on paint? Everything looks so smooth.

Tea in the Library said...

Wonderful! Great job! Enjoy!

Barbie said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I think we do the same things in life. I have a stall at anantique market and have a small home based slipcover business.
2016 will be my time for Where Bloggers Create and I am over the moon excited and nervous!
I do hope you will show us all an update this year too!