Paper Dolls for Boys

Raising 2 crafty boys and thrifting every chance I get.

Craft Room, In Progress January 24, 2010

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You’ve seen this space as it has progressed, here and here.

If I waited until it was “done” we’d all be done with blogging so I thought I’d put up what I’ve got up.

I’m standing in the doorway, taking this shot.  The room is longer than it is wide.  A funky little space that came with this great built-in bookcase.  The previous owners used it as a little girls room:


I had some much needed help from my friend Kate and son painting the walls and shelves.  It was a bigger job than I anticipated and hence, the only room I have repainted thus far.  Kate?

A lot of these shots are taken on different days at various times of the day.   Plus I am sure I punched up the color on some of the ones in my rare, non-lazy moments.

Decoupaged the closet door with sewing tissue paper.  I had planned to do the backs of the shelves with the same treatment but realized it would take forever and wouldn’t showcase my collections as well as just the blue (am looking up the color in the basement, will report soon).

I have yet to hang this blue door I found on the curb.  I am replacing the entry door with it.   Big plans for that puppy.  Will unveil that after February break, it’s on the list.


Some of my collections.

Antlers and wooden bits on the left and wooden men with moustaches on the right.  Line ’em up!



I am still digging on my granny smock curtains.  I got them at my most favorite thrift store (miss you Charlie and Pat) and saved them for a year before I moved without a clear plan but when I painted this room the Dark Celery color, I knew they would be perfect!  I love it when it when stuff works out.  My collection of faux bois metal boxes, not working as much.  Not even going to talk about my attempted IKEA hack on that little yellow table.

Craft corner.  I did not clean up for you.  Trying to show all the bits, not just the pretty posed bits (and there are TONS of them as well).  I keep all my stamps, thread and various other little bits of crafting crap in the tangerine crates.  Luckily my youngest can eat his way through a crate a week so I have no shortage of storage.

“No Soliciting”, a nicer way of saying, “Leave me alone!”.

Just got a new Brother sewing machine from Costco.  Still trying to figure out how to thread it.  I think I can, I think I can…

This is a shot of my old craft room focal wall.  I took it TTV (through the viewfinder) and it might be one of my favorite photos I have taken, not including the kiddos.  I loved the fabric hoops on this wall but wanted something a little different this time around.  I had planned to put Fishel up on the long wall in my new space but couldn’t figure out how to a fix him to our plaster and lath walls.

Here is what I could hang using twine and push pins.  Thanks to Meg (and Stacy) for letting me “store” these amazing finds in my little craft room.

And this is what I love best about my craft room.; room for my boys to join me in crafting fun and memories.  And since I am still in that “keeping it real” phase, moments after this was taken I believe I made my oldest cry because I was too impatient with his sewing skills.  Well, here’s to more and BETTER memories in my craft room!


41 Responses to “Craft Room, In Progress”

  1. I love it all!!! That colour you painted the shelves is fab! Do you mind me asking what paint you used?

  2. lexi Says:

    I love the colour scheme, so beautiful, I bet you will spend many a happy hour in that room, with your boys. Love it Tracey. Seriously, you have a really natural knack.

  3. Nikki Says:

    Hi – I’m so glad you left a comment on my blog recently so I could find yours. I’m loving it! Your decorating style is so fun. Love the colors you went with in the craft room.

  4. Natalie Says:

    there are good times to be had in that room.
    can’t wait to see all the things you cook up.

  5. …just checked out these photos. Cute! I’m forwarding a link to this blog to a couple of folks who will totally dig the smock curtains. 🙂

  6. Rachael Rice Says:

    GORGEOUS!! Very inspiring, thanks!

  7. Visty Says:

    Wow, what a fun room to be in! What the heck are all those specks all over the bookshelves in the before picture?

  8. Lia Says:

    Oooh… I love all of it. The colors and the collections and the curtains and the cool photos. I agree with Lexi, you do have a knack for decorating.

  9. Love it. Love the colors you’ve chosen, you have a great eye for color. And I wish I could arrange things on shelves that arfully, I am constantly wishing I had that skill.

    • Paper Dolls for Boys Says:

      Thank you Sherri! It’s nice to hear because I don’t really feel like it’s a skill of mine. I am flummoxed by my mantle or is it mantel, too tired to look. I am working on this skill, it’s a tough one!

  10. It is always nice to have your own “space.” All the colors inspire me!

  11. Anonymous Says:

    You really amaze me. Not only are the colors so right, and the arrangement of your great collections so creative, your photography is just beautiful. This is really your special nook; and a place for the boys to craft their own creations.

  12. hellesbelles86 Says:

    I love the colors you used in this room! I’ve been remaking my own crafting space and its always inspiring to see what others have done with their spaces.

  13. katiekatkat Says:

    it is turning out beautifully. i have a vague recollection of balancing on a stepladder to paint with a broken toe. lots & lots of coats as eric can probably attest. stupid environmentally friendly paint..

  14. […] clever crafter at Paper Dolls for Boys hung up two smocks to use as curtains for a window in her craft room. She bought the smocks at a […]

  15. Rachel Says:

    thanks for the tour of your fabulous craft room !!! awesome TtV photo !

  16. I found you via and just had to chime in and say I love your craft room! You strike a beautiful balance between sophisticated and kitschy. I’ll definitely be checking out your other blog posts. Thanks!


  17. Ann Says:

    I love this room. First I saw the curtains and almost died they were so cute (in a good way). Then I saw the bloody beautiful shelves….the whole room is too wonderful.

    Don’t worry about making your oldest cry. Something tells me you are a fabulous mother. When your boys grow up they are going to have warm feelings about their childhoods and about you. You go, girl.


  18. Jenny Says:

    I just came across these photos (beautiful, by the way) while researching for my renovated sewing space. I need my sewing table to look out into the room, so I’ve been thinking about an old desk much like yours. Do you find it at all confining? My husband (who does not sew) seems to think I’d prefer a table for more leg room, and I admit he does have me thinking. I’m curious about your experience. Thanks!!

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