Thursday, August 18, 2011

Craft Room Progress

I have been working on my craft room as I have free moments and I have another project to share with you.  I love old suitcases and I have a lot of them.  I like to keep some of my crafting supplies in the suitcases- but I decided that I think they are too dark and boring.  Since I didn't really pay more than $5.00 for any of them I decided to give them a redo slowly one by one.  Here is what one of them looks like before I started my redo.

I have piles of scraps of patterned paper.  I gathered together a bunch of those scraps and started cutting them in small squares.  Then I simply grabbed a bottle of modge podge and a sponge brush and started gluing paper to the suitcase.  Here's a progress shot:
Here is one that is almost done.  I think I have decided to paint the handles and trims on them silver, so I still have some work to do here.
Here is a couple of them tucked into the shelf in the craft room:
I liked how it looked so much I decided I am going to do it to the baseboard in the craft room too.  I love all this crazy color!!
Then I decided that the front of the drawers on my metal filing unit needed some color too!
Since I am going crazy with color I decided to take an old office chair and recover that for my craft room.  I unscrewed the back from the seat and cut fabric larger than the back and seat.  I went right over the gray fabric that was there since this is just a chair in a craft room.  A bit of stretching and stapling and now I have a funky new chair too!


I really can't help but feel happy when I am in my craft room- it's an explosion of color :)  What do you think- would you go crazy in there or would you feel happy too?

27 comments:

PAKY said...

Wow!! is a great change! Now the bags look more cheerful! and the chair has been perfect, it is normal that you like your job site more ... hugs

Angela said...

You are on a roll girl and I just love the suitcases..oh my goodness gracious! Love that idea..guess what I'm going to do..and yes, another project that will be added to the million other ones..oh retirement hurry up..LOL

Dark Squirrel Victoria said...

Looks Great! You can really dress up old suitcases with decoupage. What a happy space to work in :)

Hugs
Victoria

Laura said...

I love it all! It looks amazing. You have such a great style girlfriend! :)

((Hugs))
Laura

joy said...

What a beautiful colourful place to work & you have some fantastic ideas. I bet you smile every time you go in to work xxxxx

Cinderella Moments said...

Oh how cute! I can't believe you even did the chair. That is amazing! You have some kind of super skills!!
hugs,
Caroline

Ascension said...

Que trabajadora estas.....
Me encanta todo lo que has hecho, eres una artista.
besitos ascension

houseofduck said...

Is that silver looking case a real zero case? If it is you should sell it rather then decorate it... those things can go for a couple hundred...

houseofduck said...

ebayed the case just to see... $130 is the going price for that model that you appear to have... How much did it cost you??? I recognized it right away because 1. I use to work for Zero. and 2. I have been searching for one for myself for ages!!! just not willing to drop a couple hundred on it...

Oh and by the way... Miss ya sis!

houseofduck said...

here is the listing if you are intrested:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Halliburton-Zero-aluminum-luggage-attache-case-/290588838644?pt=Luggage&hash=item43a871caf4

Doreen said...

Those cases are fantastic! What a great idea and also the chair. It must be a nice bright, fun craft room to work in. It looks like a very happy place. I am not so daring with colour. I prefer quiet relaxing colours like blues and greens, but then I am boring anyway.

Jill said...

I heart modge podge :) Those suitcases are so great!! I love that your room is so colorful...it's such a happy place. Ok, where's my modge podge... you've inspired me!
Hugs,
Jill

Wendy Luane Barber said...

Wow! You've been flying. Creatively that is. Love the covered suitcases. I'm going to have to start looking for some. Way to go Kim! Glad to see you back in form.

ACreativeDreamer said...

I'm jealous... mine is a wreck, you think you could come visit and get me organized??? It looks GREAT Kim... love how colorful it is!

Lirael said...

Wow that takes bravery! It looks great though, so fresh and cheerful :)

Eileen Bergen said...

OMGosh! What cool things you are doing in your craft room, Kim.

You should submit this to (Interweave's) Studios magazine.

If they reject it, I won't be buying that mag anymore ;-)

WeeLittleWest / Kathy Olaf-Obrenski said...

So cute!!! Great idea!! Very. I

LivesArt said...

Wonderful!

Papillon Bleu said...

Kim, you are sooooooooo patient!!!!
The suitcases look absolutely stunning with th colours! and I LOVE your chair!!!
Bravo my dear friend! ( now I feel super ashamed because I started to redo a chair 5 years ago...nevr finished it...)

xxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

Sans! said...

Happy! Happy! And smiling all the time :) but I need to get away from colours pnce in a while because I go crazy like you when I am into them :).

I don't have much luck with decoupage but I have always love it. I think you are a master decoupager, Kim :)

Cia of Briarwood Studio said...

Explosion of color, for sure! It looks wonderful. An inspiring place to work!

Cia

Lucille said...

What a cheerful craft room you have! It's a rainbow of beautiful colours. Love those suitcases! What a wonderful idea to use them as storage for your craft projects.

Cherie said...

Love this idea so much. It's a lot of work but adds so much color and pizazz. Great!

chinamommy said...

OH KIM-i love it!!!!! i am so going to redo the front of my ugly filing cabinets in my studio and the chair... here i thought i was stuck with my UGLY purple office chair....Oh my, I am SO glad you posted these!!!
xoxox
cm

Kim said...

thank you all! Doreen- you are NOT boring- everyone is different :) Some would (actually have) call me crazy for working surrounded by all this color- but it really inspires me and makes me so happy :) June- I would love to come visit you- I would love to visit sooo many of my blogging friends- what trouble we could all get into! Patricia- I have a quilt I've been working on for 20 years- so I think your 5 year chair is nothing to be ashamed of :) Chinamommy- thank you so much for visiting me- and I'm glad I inspired you to change your chair! I lurk on your blog all the time and you inspire me constantly :)

mijbil said...

I LOVE colorful things too, so I think the result of your work is stunning! well done! :)

dale's dreams said...

Oh, my goodness!

Kim, I just love, love, love what you have done!

You are so creative and I think you must have the most awesome creative space to be in. :)