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My New Craft Room

My New Craft Room

When Nate and I bought our house this past July, one of the bedrooms was in pretty rough shape. It had a behemoth wall cabinet built around a bed that fit into the center. I remember Nate’s dad remarking that it looked like the drawers in a wall at a morgue, and my first thought was this thing had to go!

Behind the bed was exposed wall and mortar. We even discovered a small hole where we could see light from outside! We found little critter poo in the area behind where the previous owner had their bed. I had total heebie-jeebies following that discovery! The first step was to ensure that there were no openings to the outside where critters can enter, so my dad filled the cracks and holes both inside and out. That went a LONG way to giving me peace of mind!

Where to start?

The room was poorly painted in a funky celery green color that was dirtied with age, with patches of the former paint peeking through. Our first inclination was to tear everything out and gut that insanely HUGE cabinet. After careful consideration, we decided to repair everything, repaint the room a soft gray with white accents, and try to work with the massive shelving (that was actually very well constructed). The previous owner had built the cabinet by hand out of solid oak, so the quality and construction was excellent. We all felt it would be a shame to completely destroy it. But what to do??!

The idea of facing this DIY project was a bit daunting, yet, when we started to disassemble and remove the drawers my mom came up with the idea of using this as a yarn storage wall! That had me shifting into 5th gear with an excited, “YES, PLEASE!” So, Nate, myself, my mom, and dad reinvented this wall unit into a yarn storage and turned the bedroom into my new studio/craft-room! It’s a night and day difference, and I couldn’t be happier with the results!

 

 

A little hard work never hurt anyone. It can however make me scream.

We started with the carpets. We rented a Rug Doctor and shampooed the carpets several times over. Once the floors dried, my dad removed the remaining drawers and hardware, leaving empty openings in their place. He measured and cut the wood for each “shelf” that needed a bottom. Then, we inserted each shelf into its cubicle and secured them with nails. We had 23 to reconstruct. I left two of the bottom drawers intact for notions, crochet hooks, and other supplies.

We decided then to paint the room. Since this room eventually will be my filming studio, I could only choose from white, cream, or gray paint so the lighting didn’t cast a strange color on my videos. So, I chose the soft gray with white trim. What should have been a simple paint job, was a disaster. One, we had to wash years of grime off the existing walls. Two, it took more than 3 coats of the light gray to cover the green color beneath. Three, I stepped off the ladder and the can of gray paint tipped over spilling and splashing paint EVERYWHERE all over the carpet! I screamed!! What a mess to clean up!! It took two full days to finish painting this small room. I still have a bit of trim to fix, paint, and replace, but overall it looks 100 times better than it did!

The Fun Part

Now the task of filling those compartments of my wall unit was next. My mom and I unpacked boxes upon boxes of yarn and began organizing them into colors. That took hours and hours! I think I went up and down the step ladder a hundred times that day. My legs were burning by the end! But what a difference it made! It transformed from being this massive thing with cold, empty caverns, into a wonderful warm, colorful work of art (haha!). My excitement just grew by leaps and bounds!

My dad and Nate repaired the back wall and constructed the table where I will be filming. They custom built the table for me to work and do my tutorials. They also added lighting fixtures to illuminate my work area. Once that was complete, my mom and I began to add personal touches to the room. The first thing to be hung on the wall was my Silver Play Button I was awarded from YouTube for surpassing 100,000 subscribers. One of the last pieces to be done was changing the ceiling fan into a hanging light fixture. We also accented with a black room darkening curtain so we can eliminate light coming through the window while filming. Soon the room began to truly come to life.

 

 

Finishing touches

Over the course of the past few weeks, I added a big comfy chair and additional artwork to the room. Most of the items are second hand or gifts that add to that personal charm to make this space my own. It is one of the coziest and happiest places in our new home. It is the perfect place for me to spend most of my time!

I am still transitioning between homes as I still live with my parents until our wedding. In 5 months, I will be getting married and will be moving ALL my yarn to our home permanently and those shelves will be full! YARNutopia will have a new home with a new beginning! I am excited to make these changes not just in my personal life, but in the life of our online community! Lots of exciting things to come and I am so happy to share this journey with all of you!

We still have to add some finishing touches. I will be keep you updated on more changes to come as well as posting about the day we film our first tutorial in my NEW studio!! Thank you for joining me and sharing this adventure!

Let me know stories of your own home DIY projects! Have you remodeled a room? Share in the comments section!

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My dad will continue to be the videographer, editor, and photographer for our videos.
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25 responses

  1. It’s a beautiful space you and yours have created. As always, I look forward to your updates and fun video patterns. Best wishes to you and Nick ❤

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  2. Love the new space done an amazing job now get busy missy and make some fabulous crochet tutorials!! Love your channel learned so much from them !!

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  3. What a great transformation !! I would love to have a room dedicated to just my crafts…between sewing and crochet it is a pain to put it up and take down while still working on a project and having to set up again…This looks like an amazing space for you to do more great things Nadia Congratulations !!

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  4. Absolutely beautiful! So much time, effort and thought goes into any remodel project no matter the size. We had to remodel our entire house when we purchased it. Luckily my husband is great with his hands and did all the work himself. We did have to sub out for electrical. It saves a ton of money when you can do it yourself. I know just how you feel looking at the finished product. It looks great, can’t wait to see future pictures with those shelves filled with all kinds of pretty colored yarn. Congratulations on your engagement!!

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  5. WOW! What a wonderful space for you and your yarn! The love everyone put into transforming this is truly amazing. Thank you for all your videos.

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  6. The colorful yarn certainly brightens up the room! The drawers looked very well made, but overwhelmed the room. The room looks very warm and cozy now! I finally have a craft room after 38 years! That’s when I left my childhood home behind. I actually have 2! My last two daughters moved out, and redid their rooms and have one area for yarn and my sewing machine, and one is a cutting room, and holds misc. stuff. Congratulations on all you and your families hard work! I have always been afraid of stepping into paint! Not yer, but I’m still covered in it!

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  8. You are building such wonderful memories! Warms my heart to see Nate and your father working together. It is a great bonding experience. God is smiling on you. You took a very difficult life and transformed it with love. Your love of crochet, the love between you and your parents, and the love that has grown between you and Nate. When we do what we are passionate about, it lights us up!! That’s why we are all so smitten with you! Your hard work, your dedication, your positive outlook, and your glowing spirit shines through! Thank you for sharing your journey Nadia. From the bottom of my heart.❤

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  11. Hi Nadia, thanks for your time… it’s actually “hell of a job” bringing all that up. Very inspiring to me and I’m amazed by your new work space. I’m just on my way getting back on track since getting chronical ill and find crocheting also very therapeutic… although I’m still far off your skills.
    Wishing you all the best and sending you love & light from Spain, Tanja

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  14. So beautiful Nadia! It is so great to have a room to yourself where creativity and ahhhhhh can go hand in hand. Fabulous renovation and updating with existing materials! I love it! ❤️(((HUGS)))❤️

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