My Favorite Room.....The Creativity Exchange

9.20.2013

 Oh, Hi Savvy Southern Style reader's, I'm Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange. I can't tell you just how thrilled I am that Kim asked me to be share my favorite room with you today! Thank you so much Kim! This is perfect timing because I recently just finished my favorite room in my home and it's my office/studio/craft room:

  office/craft room revamp reveal {The Creativity Exchange}


Office/craft room revamp project {The Creativity Exchange}


  office/craft room revamp {before and after} The Creativity Exchange 

 I have been working on revamping our daughter's playroom for more than four months now and it's truly been a labor of love pulling this space together and maximizing every square inch! Finally having a space in my home for my daughter and I to create is really a dream come true for us. This transformation wasn't an easy project. You see, this space is only 250 sq. feet! Yep! Not much to work with but I knew one the front end that if I carefully thought through every inch, this room could ultimately serve many purposes. The most challenging part was that I had to do this revamp on a super, super tight budget, which really forced me to get creative. So let me just show you what this space looked like before the revamp project started: Before

  Red Playroom


  Red Playroom

This room was our daughter's playroom, which as you can see, we never did much with the space. Because my girl (at the time) was so little, we just wanted a place for her and her friends to play, eat and hangout. Our daughter is 9 years old now and prefers painting over toys (music to my ears!!). More than anything, I just really wanted to create a space in our home for my daughter and I to be inspired and creative together. I also desperately needed an office and art studio but we still needed a hangout space for our girl and her friends, so we decided to attempt to create a multi-purpose space that would fit all of our needs. Yep, all of this in 250 sq. feet.. So here is what that same shot looks like today after the revamp:

  office/craft room revamp reveal {The Creativity Exchange}

Here is a cool panorama of the room so you can see the space all together: click on the panorama shot to see the full size

Office/craft room revamp (The Creativity Exchange)   

The most important element going into this project for me was really the floors. It was also the first decision I made in the planning process. My goal was to design a space around unique, very inexpensive (and beautiful) floors that were the most durable that I could find. I knew that the floors would tie everything together and could help make the space appear larger than what it is. I finally made my decision and decided on these beautiful gray vinyl (100% waterproof) plank floors (yep! these are vinyl!!) from Build Direct:

  vinyl plank floors from Build Direct {The Creativity Exchange}

 I cannot tell you just how beautiful these floors are in person. It's so hard to believe that they are vinyl because they come in long planks like wood and have a simulated raised wood texture that you can really see in this shot:

  Vesdura vinyl plank floors in Century Oak from Build Direct {The Creativity Exchange}

   I had no idea that vinyl flooring had evolved so much since my Grandmother's kitchen floors! The other critical element to pulling this space together were the built-ins. Again, because I had a very limited budget, I needed to cut as many corners as I could for the cabinets:

  Inexpensive ways to create built in shelving and counters (The Creativity Exchange)


office/craft room revamp {before and after} The Creativity Exchange   

I had to hire someone to build the shelving for us because it was such a big job. However, because I used inexpensive ready-made kitchen cabinet bases, used the wall as the back of the shelves and designed our shelves around standard size wood widths, no extra cuts were needed that would increase labor time. When all was said and done, the cost of the built-ins for this space including material and labor was only $800.00 and my contractor only spent a total of 6 hours on building and installing my shelves! Beautiful built-ins do not have to cost a fortune to have built. For more details on how we cut corners on built-ins and what ready-made pieces we used, you can find that info here. When we finally completed the space last month, I was so inspired by the colors that I painted all of the art for the space:

  Office/craft room revamp project {before and after} The Creativity Exchange


Office/craft room revamp (before & after ) The Creativity Exchange

The best part of this whole project is that after the room was completed, my daughter immediately sat down and was just as inspired and went to town painting as well:   art 3   

I can't wait to see what's to come in this space for us and in an instant, this space became my favorite room in our home! There were so many other DIY projects/furniture revamps that I did to transform this space on a budget. I'll just share a couple of my favorites. My favorite (and most gratifying project) was revamping this hutch desk and tying it into our wrap around desk:

  office/craft room revamp project {before and after} The Creativity Exchange   

It's hard to believe that my desk looked like this when I started (I purchased it for $150.00):

   Before and after hutch desk transformation {The Creativity Exchange}   

My other favorite project was the table in the center of the room, which was key because it will help us address our multi-purpose needs and serve as a craft table, game table and pizza party table for my daughter and her friends:

  Office/craft room revamp project from The Creativity Exchange   

I love how the table turned out and the upholstered cube seats were exactly what we needed. They slide under the table, so we can work around it without having to move chairs. For this project, I revamped my old kitchen table with oil based paint for high durability. This is what the table looked like before and after: Tips and tricks for working with oil based paints to create a flawless durable finish {The Creativity Exchange}
I'm pretty sure I've talked way too much! I'm a little passionate about this room and could go on and on about all of the little projects that we did and why it's our favorite space. Thank you so much Kim for inviting me to share my favorite room with you and your readers and thank you for sharing this awesome series with us! I am thrilled to be a part of it!

Thank you so much, Cyndy for sharing this fantastic room with us. You did some fabulous work on this.

Okay, y'all, you know the drill. Pop on over to The Creativity Exchange and say hi to Cyndy.
  
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28 comments:

  1. Cynde... this is more than amazing!I really can't tell you how inspirational this post is. I have a study that really needs a whole lot of work and I got so so many ideas from your wonderful room. Thanks so much for sharing! Now I'm off to visit The Creativity Exchange.
    Thanks, Kim! I know you are having a blast in Paris!

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  2. This is definitely a WOWIE of a room!! What a fabulous transformation!
    Mary Alice

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  3. I love this room! And such an informative post! I'm inspired to work on my craft/guest room this weekend to come up with practical storage on a budget! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  4. What a fabulous re-do. I love the monochromatic scheme, it makes it look so serene and sleek. It will give them many hours of pleasure, I know. Fabulous post!

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  5. So pretty!!! Love the color scheme, so serene!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  6. Beautiful, specious, and very decent coloured room, its a great transformation... Am sure you will be more ienergetic, and creative while working there...
    with love
    Farah
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/

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  7. Wow! Wow! Wow! Beautiful transformation!

    Joan from NicerThanNew.com

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  8. I can't get over the difference...what a beautiful space!

    -andi

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  9. OMG! I'm just blown away Cyndy! This room is soo magazine-worthy! You should be getting calls already to get this space featured! I love everything about it - the color, the lay-out and the paintings you did are just amazing!!!! Great job!!! So in love with your space!

    Thanks kim for this intro!

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  10. Cyndy... this is one of the best before and afters EVER!!! Love the room. Thanks for introducing us, Kim. I'm running over to Cyndy's site right now.

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  11. This is great! What a transformation. Love the calming feel and the ceiling!

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  12. Wow! Very creative use of your space. I love how you transformed that desk. You gave it a whole new life!

    Christine

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  13. Thank you so much for all of the sweet comments. Reading these notes has just made my day! Thank you so much Kim for inviting me to share my special room with your readers!

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  14. This is truly an amazing transformation. What a wonderfully light space for creating. No doubt you and your daughter will spend many hours together in this lovely room.

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  15. That is an outstanding space! Love it!

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  17. I love the new colors, love the monotone...such a great space and love the layout...Phyllis

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  18. What a beautiful room - just love how there's so many designated areas in one space - what a gorgeous makeover!!!
    Suzan

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  19. What a great space for you and your daughter. I picture lots of creativity happening there. xo Laura

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  20. Your room looks incredible. Fantastic job!!!

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  21. Jaw hanging open! Will be taking much inspiration for my office alcove process. Thank you so much for sharing. Best, Beth C.

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  22. The room is fabulous... so many interesting spaces. Love the vinyl flooring!

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  23. Wow, what a beautiful and well thought out use of space. Your daughter is a very lucky girl!
    Marie@InteriorFrugalista

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  24. What an amazing and beautiful transformation of that room!It is so large too!
    xx
    Anne

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  25. Thank you for sharing this lovely room with us! It's practical & beautiful too.

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  26. Thank you for the great post. I really needed this. The room is gorgeous and it looks huge now. What a blessing for you and your daughter. Your art is beautiful - you should consider selling it. You are a Jill of all trades. You give some of the most beautiful and practical projects that we can all do. Again, thanks a million!!!!

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  27. Love the floors! What "color" are they?

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