A Year of Change: Craft Room Makeover

It’s the last Friday of the month which means it’s time to reveal our June Year of Change project. This month, you may remember that we teamed up with Lamps Plus {you can read more about the announcement of this project here}. They challenged us all to get out of our comfort zones and try out some of their new swag lights. Links to the other four projects are at the end of this post so you’ll want to be sure to check those out as well!

As I mentioned at the beginning of the month, I took this opportunity to completely redo my craft room/movie room/workout room {which in reality was our junk room}. The number one priority in the room was function. I still needed to be able to use the space for all the same reasons – just much more effectively. And if you’ve followed along this last month, you’ll see I’ve departed from both of my design plans again in the three weeks I’ve worked on the space 😉

I was still working on photos for this project this morning, so of course we had torrential rains and dark skies outside in lieu of the usual sunshine that pours in this space. Lots of tricky photography happening this morning but I think I was able to accurately capture the space color-wise. You’d think I’d learn my lesson on procrastination one of these days….. moving on!

Today, I’m going to focus on the overall room itself as well as the lighting. Then, I’ll plan to do some more in-depth tutorials next week for an item or two. So for now…the pictures!

For the main lighting, I selected a 4-light swag that is hard-wired. I love that you can then select any pendant shade you want to customize your look! Not gonna lie – this wasn’t the most fun light in the world to hang. I partially blame myself because I think this was intended to be hung in an area when you can allow the lights to hang lower {over a dining table, entryway, etc.}. Overall, it ended up working out and provides some great lighting that is now much more evenly distributed.

The chaise lounge was perfect for the space. I needed to maximize floor space so we can still workout in here. I really only needed seating for one {plus the cats – hence the floor pillows} because if my husband and I watch movies jointly, it’s in the living room. Our workout equipment is stored in the seagrass baskets under the TV and our yoga mats are in the paint dipped basket to the right. You’ll notice I also painted the TV stand and painted all of the hardware on it with gold spray paint.

One of my favorite parts of the room is my sewing area.

Here it was three short weeks ago {you can also see the TV stand when it was black in this photo}:

And here is the space now. This swag light actually plugs in to any wall outlet {or has the option to be hardwired} and it was SO easy to hang. I was even able to do this one all by myself. :) I love the task lighting this pendant provides and I love that I can easily raise or lower the light on the hook, depending on the amount of light I need. The inspiration pin board is also one of my favorite additions. I got the desk and ghost chair for free, thanks to some gift cards I had on hand. I still need to spray paint the mirror gold.

Love this little area now!

I couldn’t be happier with the way this space turned out!

Source list for the room:
Paint Color – Benjamin Moore Healing Aloe
Baseboard Trim Color – Behr Swiss Coffee
Roman Shades – Pottery Barn Grosgrain Ribbon Cordless Roman Shade {purchase on eBay}
Ghost Chair – this one from Amazon {this one is also available with arms}
Sewing Table/Desk – this one from Staples
Chaise Lounge – this one from Overstock
Art – $10 art {9×12 size} from Sarah Swanson Design on Etsy
Gold Frames – these frames from Target – spray painted gold with this paint from Lowe’s
TV Stand Paint Color – Country Chic Paint in Simplicity
TV Stand Baskets – HomeGoods
Yoga Mat Basket – Target
Garden Stool Side Table – HomeGoods
Main Swag Light – Lamps Plus {shades here}
Swag Light over sewing table – Lamps Plus {shade here}
Canvas art by the TV and on the inspiration board – DIY – see project here
Inspiration board – DIY – tutorial coming next week
Floor pillows- tutorial coming next week
Art on inspiration board – vintage post cards bought in Hawaii, paint swatches from Restoration Hardware, Schumacher Celerie Kemble Betwixt fabric samples, and pages of a recent J. Crew and Pottery Barn catalog
A big thank you to Lamps Plus for providing me with the lights for review and for motivating me to finish this room!
Now, be sure to stop by and check out all the other spaces from these lovely ladies: Suburban Bitches, Rosa Beltran Design and Abby M Interiors. Happy weekend!

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Diclosure: This is not a sponsored post. However, Lamps Plus provided me with the two light fixtures and shades to provide a review. As always, my opinions of the product are strictly my own. Some affiliate links used.


  1. says

    Love this room, Sarah! Quick ? For you: what size were the Target frames and what size prints did you order? They are awesome!!!

    • says

      Sorry about that! The art was 9×12 and the frames were the 14×18 which is matted to 8×10 {which Sarah Swanson recommended for the pieces in her listing}. Hope that helps!

  2. says

    I love how your craft turn out Sarah! What an inviting retreat! I could totally get some work done if that were my desk area. :)
    Tricia // Suburban Bitches

  3. says

    The entire room is perfection. I love that four-light swag. I’m going to have to find a place for that in my home. Thanks also for listing what products you used ~ I wanted to know the color of the room and now I do!

  4. says

    What an amazing transformation! I really like the desk area. Fab chair! And after doing some work there, I would totally curl up with a book on the chaise.


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