Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Scrap Room Renovation!

I’m so excited to be sharing this post with you!  I thought it might never happen, but I finally have a proper scrap room.  It’s really one end of the living room, but I have about 13’x10’, I I think it qualifies as a room.  Originally, this area was designed to be a dining area, open to the living room. 

This is my former work space.  It wasn’t usually this messy, but why not go for the full effect?  lol


I started with some furniture I bought at a garage sale last summer.  At the time, I wasn’t entirely certain what I was going to do with them, but the price was right.  They started out like this (and now I am kicking myself for not checking my photos before I started the reno.  Oh well.



After stripping, sanding (lots of sanding) and 4 coats of paint, they now look like this:



Cost Breakdown:

$60 for both pieces

$45 paint and supplies

$30 for hardware

Total: $135

Gotta love that!  Some of the drawers are still empty, so I have lots of room to grow.

Next, I bought these chairs at our local university’s salvage shop:


I did more sanding, then painting, and refinished the seats (there are two chairs in my new space), and ended up with this:


Cost Breakdown:

Chairs $10 ($5 each)

Paint $15

Fabric $10

Padding $5

Total Cost for 2 chairs: $40

Then, there was the need for a computer desk.  The space the remained was awkward, so my (awesome) husband designed and built one just for me, to fit the space:


Cost Breakdown:

Wood: $50

Husbands labor: priceless

Total cost for desk: $50

After those main items, the rest of the cost for the redo was minimal.  The tabletop came from the same salvage store as the chairs, and we added legs for a total of $31.  I spent $10 on baskets at Goodwill, and reused and reinvented items I already had for the rest.  There were a few miscellaneous costs for things like a cord protector (since my cords run under the rug), and some casters for the bottom of the chairs, etc.  Total cost for the renovation: $276.

I am so happy with how it turned out!  I love working in this space.  It’s bright, and cheery, so much so in fact that it can be hard to photograph.  I’m okay with that.  Here are a few more photos.










Thanks to everyone who has shared photos of their spaces and designs recently!  I gained a lot of inspiration from you, and I hope you find the same in my space.

Thanks for taking a peek! 



Diane said...

Hi Alyssa. I came over from 2Peas. What a fun scraproom! The color of the furniture makes the room look like such a happy place. I admire your bravery -- I would have been too chicken to try that green, but I love the finished product. Enjoy and create!

Bethany said...

I love it, Alyssa! And it is my favorite color, too! Now when can I come over and scrap? :)

Anita Scroggins said...

That is awesome storage!! Congrats on your room. It looks fabulous!!

Jennie M said...

I think it looks great! Not only that, there's still room to add more pieces in the future if you need to expand!

Cricutgirlg said...

You did a wonderful job with your room. I love the splash of green on the cabinets/dressers. I the hardware came out nice too. I love the seat cushions. Enjoy your space.

Cindy said...

Wow Alyssa! Your space is fabulous! I was so glad to see you post on Two Peas. Now I know what you have been doing to stay busy! LOL! Have missed you!

Vicki said...

Great space and I love love love your color choice!

ScrapGoo said...

I LOVE it! The green is awesome. And I am coming over to raid your Thickers drawer. ;-)

AerynK Designs said...

Very nice space! I'm not one that could handle having to get up while I'm scrapping, but you've even got wheels on your chair! Looks very open and bright and fun. I think that's a great outcome for all your hard work.

Ginny H said...

Green is my favorite color. Love what you did with your beautiful room. Thanks for sharing!

Maria Asmus said...

Wow, this is so awesome!! I love your space!! Really fresh colors, I bet it was lots of work, but I can tell you, it was worth every minute!! Perfect!! :)

Unknown said...

love your new space! it's awesome!

Denise said...

Looks great!!!

Unknown said...

Love how you mixed antiques into the workspace and unified them with a paint color!

xxxxx said...

Wow! That's amazing! Great job on the furniture makeovers! I'm very impressed!! Have fun in your new space!

Trina said...

Looks fantastic Alyssa. Very jealous. Love the colour you've chosen too! Divine!

scrappymo! said...

You dd a great job and the price was perfect!

Looks wonderful!

Sherri :) said...

I love your room!!!! The two big pieces are beautiful! You did a great job redoing them :-)

Nancy James said...

I love your room!! Great job.

Fawn said...

Great room! I love your colors. Enjoy and happy scrapping!

Erica said...

It came out great!!! I love that shade of green!

Suzanne said...

Great redo! I love the green color and what a deal you got on all of your pieces!

Cris Cunningham said...

I love your oom Alyssa - especially that hutch!! Awesome job. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Love your new space. You have a good eye to be able to find and repurpose that hutch and sideboard. I like how you arranged your space as well. Enjoy!

Nicole and Andrew said...

your room looks great, I love your kitchen dresser. thats the same green i used on the walls in my kitchen :o)

Jennifer said...

It looks incredible! I love the green that you used, it's so happy. And the fact that it was $60 -- even better! I want to come over an dplay now!

Stacey said...

WOW!! That is gorgeous!! I LOVE the green!!!

sassyscrapper said...

Green is my favorite color! Just love what you did with the pieces of furniture. I like your little washi tape tree, too. Enjoy creating in your space. Thanks for sharing.

Margie said...

Gorgeous! I love that you made your scrappy space over, and it didn't cost a bazillion dollars!

nerllybird said...

This is fabulous, I love the green you've chosen, and the light in the space. Great job! :)

Jimjams said...

What a great use of space and WOW to the beautifully repurposed furniture. A labour of love (and kudos to your hubby for a great job on the computer desk)!

Sarah said...

what a fabulous space! I love the colours you chose for your furniture and the washi tape holder you've created is awesome! I am a teeny bit envious of your huge collection of thickers!! Love it!

Susanne said...

Wow, what a creative redo - and on such a small budget. Very impressive and inspiring. I'd love to come scrap in that room.

LCSmithSAVED said...

Here via CKC - just finishing my own space & seriously love what you have done! My DH built me a custom cabinet to house my drawer units & it has been such a blessing. It is nice that you aren't isolated from everyone but yet the space is totally dedicated to you. (Love that rack with your paints & mists, etc.)