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.
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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This is a very practical project! My Make-Up Brush Case is a very easy and fun item that is compact to transport and keeps your brushes organized. This also makes a great gift for a makeup artist! Contouring, highlighting, and wings are all the rave in makeup artistry! I demonstrate in a video tutorial how to make this holder that can be modified to hold other items if make-up brushes are not your thing.
Instead, make one for your paint brushes, art supplies, utensils, crochet hooks, pens or other sets of tools. Many things can be placed in this convenient holder, making this a must have in keeping important items organized and clutter to a minimum!
Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this case:
You can buy any of the items in this kit. Buy all or buy one item. Check it out to see the supplies you can get online to make this makeup brush case!
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL introduction of the video tutorial for frequently asked questions and watch the full video for tips on how to make this smaller or bigger.
-This makeup case is 20 inches (51 cm) long and 11 inches (28 cm)
YO: Yarn Over
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
SC2TOG: Single Crochet 2 Stitches Together
SC3TOG: Single Crochet 3 Stitches Together
DC: Double Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.
Ch 50 Row 1: SC in 4th Ch from hook, *ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc in next, repeat from * across, turn. (25 sc)
Row 2: Ch 2 (Does NOT count as a stitch), SC in 1st ch 1 sp, * Ch 1, sc in next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across. Turn.
Rows 3-9: Repeat Row 2
Row 10: Ch up 3 (counts as st), DC in ch 1 sp, *FPDC around next SC, DC in next ch 1 sp, repeat from * across ending with DC in last ch 1 sp. (49 sts) (See video tutorial for visual instructions)
Row 11: Ch 2, SC in first st, * Ch 1, sk 1 st, SC in next st, repeat from * across, turn. (25 sc)
Rows 12-15: Repeat Row 2
Repeat Rows 10-15 6 more times or however many times you want and then go onto instructions for Row 52
Row 52: Ch 1, SC in each st and each Ch 1 sp across. Turn. (Don’t forget the ch 2 at the end of the row!) (49 sc)
Row 53: SC2TOG, SC in each st until 2 sts remain, SC2TOG, ch 1, turn. (47 sts)
Rows 54-75: Repeat row 53 until there are 3 sts left.
Ch 3 and sl st in 1st st, to create button hole. Fasten off. Weave in all ends.
Attach Accent color in any corner. SC around entire piece.
Pockets: Make 7 or as many as you’d like
Ch 4 Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across. (3 sc) Rows 2-16: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (3 sc) Row 17: SC3TOG, ch 1, turn
SC around entire piece.
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Ch 6 Row 1: SC in 2nd ch from hook and across. (5 sc) Rows 2-15: SC in each st across, ch 1, turn. (5 sc) Row 16: SC2TOG, SC in next, SC2TOG. (3 sts) Row 17: SC3TOG, ch 1, turn
SC around entire piece.
Fasten off, weave in ends.
Sew Pockets to the case. See video tutorial for visual instructions to see exactly where to put everything.
Sew button on case AFTER makeup brushes are inserted to know exactly where to put the button.
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