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Elba’s Craft Room Tour

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Turning a walk in closet into a special workspace or craft room.

A craft room tour. How to turn a closet into an workspace or office | LiveColorful.com

When we moved to this new home I was a bit sad because it had just two bedrooms. I didn’t want to share my baby’s nursery with my office anymore, and I didn’t want to have my craft material everywhere around the house.

After I finished unpacking the boxes for the bedrooms and living room I discovered that the entrance walk-in closet was still empty. I got excited because I knew I could use that space just for my craft material.

A craft room tour. How to turn a closet into an workspace or office | LiveColorful.com

My craft room / walk-in closet turned out to work surprisingly well. All my material is organized inside, and I even have space for a tiny work area. I added a chair and I’m able to doodle, color and sew in there.

I painted it recently because the walls were a little dirty and they looked boring. I added some horizontal lavender stripes. It looks cleaner, and even bigger thanks to the stripe effect. You can check out how I transformed the walls in this post: How to bring your boring closet to life.

A craft room tour. How to turn a closet into an workspace or office | LiveColorful.com

What I enjoy most about my space is being able to display some of the most special things aside the craft material that I use for my posts and YouTube videos. I have my favorite coloring books, personal doodles, illustrations, fabric samples and handmade items that remind me of Mexico and my family.

Since the video is just in Spanish, I didn’t want you to miss a sneak peek of my craft room so I took some pictures of my tiny but special space and some of the things I cherish most, especially the first stamp I created with Live Colorful’s logo back in North Carolina when I was selling handmade earrings. So many noteworthy things!

A craft room tour. How to turn a closet into an workspace or office | LiveColorful.com

 

What’s your special space at home? Do you pin craft room inspiration too? Share your boards!

A craft room tour. How to turn a closet into an workspace or office | LiveColorful.com

How to Bring your Boring Closets to Life (Before and After)

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Discover a simple painting trick that will make a small boring space look bigger and lighter. That’s how I transformed my entry closet into a chic craft room!

We spend a lot of time picking colors for the visible walls around our home, but we often forget about the closets thinking that they are not that important. In fact, we see this closed spaces more than we think. So yes, we should try to bring them to life with a pretty color that make us happy.

It’s even more important to pay attention to those details when our we have walk-in a closet that actually can be used as a functional room. For example, I was craving for a space where I could store my craft and sewing material. Our closet in our living is actually pretty big and we don’t use it so I decided to make it my own creative room.

From closet to craft room! Choose horizontal stripes to make a small boring space look bigger and chic. | LiveColorful.com

The problem was that it was painted in a yellowish beige tone and the walls really looked dirty, especially since I don’t have enough natural light coming in. I wanted something fresh and clean, so I decided to use a color named Extra White (SW 7006). This bright color makes my new craft room look crisp and it has a modern touch that I really like.

I also used Silver Peony (SW 6547) to highlight some artwork prints and paint some stripes on the walls. Horizontal stripes are an amazing painting trick to make walls long longer so they whole space look bigger. They also look really chic. Vertical stripes make the walls look taller, this works for big spaces with low ceilings.

From closet to craft room! Choose horizontal stripes to make a small boring space look bigger and chic. | LiveColorful.com

MATERIALS:

  • 1 Quart of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Silver Peony SW 6547. Matte
  • 2 Quart of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Extra White SW 7006. Matte
  • 1 Purdy® White Dove™ Roller Cover
  • KWIK-Release™ 9″ Roller Frame
  • 1 Mil 9′ x 12′ Plastic Drop Cloth
  • 1 ½” Sherwin Williams Contractor Series® Extra Firm Angle Sash Brush
  • Multi surface Scotch tape

From closet to craft room! Choose horizontal stripes to make a small boring space look bigger and chic. | LiveColorful.com

STEPS:

1. Start by cleaning the walls with a dry cloth to remove dirt or dust.

2. Use tape around the molding and to adhere the plastic drop cloth and protect your floors.

3. Paint the walls with the roller and use an angle brush for the ceiling, corners and other

details. I used the color named Extra White (SW 7006), it looks really crispy and clean.

4. When the walls are already painted in that base color, measure and mark a few horizontal stripes on the wall. Use a roller to cover the stripes and wait for a few hours until the paint dries to remove the tape.

When your walls are dry you are ready to start organizing your clothes, material and anything else you want to store in your new, fresh and crispy closet.

EXTRA TIP:

Pick one color in two different shades for the stripes on the wall. That way the effect will be subtle and chic. That’s one of the reasons I decided to use a white base with a violet hue that is really light and blends great on the whole space but still make it look cheerful and clean.

From closet to craft room! Choose horizontal stripes to make a small boring space look bigger and chic. | LiveColorful.com

This post was created in partnership with Sherwin Williams. All pictures and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Live Colorful. The original post is in Spanish on the Sherwin-Williams Latino blog. Find it here. 

 

I hope this DIY project inspired you to transform a boring dark closet into something functional and bright that you can enjoy!

An Organized Color-Coded Mudroom for Back to School

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Paint a couple of wooden crates in different colors to color code and organize shoes, mail, notes, pens and any other things you have laying around your entrance.

Paint a couple of wooden crates in different colors to color code and organize shoes, mail, notes and any other things you have laying around your entrance. | LiveColorful.com

Back to School season is here! my son isn’t quite in school yet, but seeing everybody else getting ready has totally motivated me to organize our mudroom/entrance so that keys, shoes, backpacks, notebooks and other things, have a place when we come home every day.

Before today, shoes were everywhere and mail was piled up in our kitchen counter, it was a mess.

Before and After. Paint a couple of wooden crates in different colors to color code and organize shoes, mail, notes and any other things you have laying around your entrance. | LiveColorful.com

Happily, I found some lovely wooden crates that were perfect for this project. I really liked them to store shoes, paper and other materials like keys, sunglasses and toys.

To give them some color, I chose a beautiful blue called Luxe Blue (SW 6537) and I added some details with Sherwin Williams color of the year 2015, Coral Reef (SW 6606) and Teal Tame (SW 6757). These three colors are really beautiful together. I also used Pure White (SW 7005) to paint some hobby board and some lines on the wooden crates so that everything matched.

Paint a couple of wooden crates in different colors to color code and organize shoes, mail, notes and any other things you have laying around your entrance. | LiveColorful.com

MATERIALS:

  • 1 Quart of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Color: Luxe Blue (SW 6537). Semi-Gloss
  • 1 Quart of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Color: Coral Reef (SW 6606). Semi-Gloss
  • 1 Quart of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Color: Teal Tame (SW 6757). Semi-Gloss
  • 1 Quart of Emerald Interior Acrylic Latex Paint. Color: Pure White (SW 7005). Semi-Gloss
  • 2, 1 ½” Brushes (Contractor Series® Extra Firm Angle Sash Brush)
  • 1 Scotch-Blue™ Painter’s Tape for Multi-Surfaces
  • 1 Mil Plastic Drop Cloth

Paint a couple of wooden crates in different colors to color code and organize shoes, mail, notes and any other things you have laying around your entrance. | LiveColorful.com

STEPS:

1. Use the Scotch-Blue™ Painter’s Tape for Multi-Surfaces to mark each colors area.

2. Apply two or three coats, until you see a uniform and vibrant color.

3. Wait a few hours until they dry completely.

Paint a couple of wooden crates in different colors to color code and organize shoes, mail, notes and any other things you have laying around your entrance. | LiveColorful.com

4. Use a pair of small nails to hang the hobby board for the key hooks on the walls. You can use tacks or washi tape to hang some special family pictures or even you kids art projects!

An Organized Mudroom for Back to School. Paint some hobby board to frame the key hooks on your entrance. | LiveColorful.com

5. Now it’s time to organize your shoes, mail and other materials in the boxes.

Paint a couple of wooden crates in different colors to color code and organize shoes, mail, notes and any other things you have laying around your entrance. | LiveColorful.com

Paint a couple of wooden crates in different colors to color code and organize shoes, mail, notes and any other things you have laying around your entrance. | LiveColorful.com

You could color-code your wooden crates, painting them with different colors. That way every family member has one color and knows exactly where to leave their shoes and belongings. Since we are a small family right now, two colors seemed perfect for us.

Paint a couple of wooden crates in different colors to color code and organize shoes, mail, notes and any other things you have laying around your entrance. | LiveColorful.com

Enjoy your new organized and ready for back to school mudroom!

Paint a couple of wooden crates in different colors to color code and organize shoes, mail, notes and any other things you have laying around your entrance. | LiveColorful.com

This post was created in partnership with Sherwin Williams. All pictures and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Live Colorful. The original post is in Spanish on the Sherwin-Williams Latino blog. Find it here.