Craft Room Makeover Reveal

It’s done, it’s finally done. Almost 11 months in the making and my craft room is finally complete. Come on, let’s take a tour of my new creative space…

striped craft room makeoverWhile the rest of my house has a lot of darker blue and gold tones, I wanted my craft room design to be bright and cheerful. I thought it would be fun to have a pink striped accent wall, something girly. To scale it back a bit I added some DIY picture frame moldings for under $30.

new craft room makeoverAnother idea to keep the costs low in this room was to recycle the framed peg boards from my craft room in the old house. These boards really help me stay organized and cost next to nothing to make (the 4x8ft peg board was $18 and a package of peg board hooks from Lowe’s or Ace Hardware was under $10).

craft room peg board organization

craft room organizationOn the adjacent wall is a white dresser that I use to hide a bunch of craft supplies.

craft room makeoverSix huge drawers to fill with goodies. Someday soon I’ll give you a peek inside those drawers. You know… once I organize all of the things I just shoved inside.

craft room makeover designI use a lot of mason jars for organization throughout my craft room to hold paint brushes, craft scissors, pens, pencils, etc. I also keep some craft books and design magazines around for inspiration.

craft room organizationIn between the door to the room and walk in closet door is a small sewing desk.

craft room makeover sewing deskThis old sewing desk actually belonged to my aunt’s mother back in the day. I gave it a chalk paint makeover in the old house and it’s held up wonderfully. Still love the yellow peeking through.

craft room sewing desk makeoverThe top is just filled with random everyday items I use. I love the mirror above because it reflects the pink stripes from the opposite wall.

craft room striped makeoverThe last wall is mainly just a large double window with my no sew curtains. Still obsessed with this print from the Online Fabric Store and the natural light that floods in from this window.

craft room floral drapesThe craft room desk is from Home Decorator’s Collection and I would buy it again in a heartbeat. I love how it’s collapsable and is so easy to extend when I’m working on a big project.

And it’s on wheels which makes it easy to scoot around the room. Although that’s kind of why I opted for a smaller 5.3 x 7.5′ area rug from Amazon for only $55. I didn’t want the craft table to get stuck on the rug and cause it to ripple.

craft room makeover with craft tableWhen the craft table is fully extended it’s 60 inches long. LOTS of creative space. Plus there’s a ruler on the side, perfect for measuring fabric.

craft room craft tableAnd like I said my peg boards and tools are just above my desk within an arm’s reach, just staring at me to get crafty. I think they know Christmas season is right around the corner and I need to get busy.

craft room peg boardsWell, that’s it for colorful craft room tour!
I hope you enjoyed it!

new craft room makeover

I guess it’s on to the next room in the house.
Hmmm…. the dining room or the master bedroom?

Decisions, decisions.

new craft room makeover

Picture Frame Moldings on a Budget

I know, I know… this craft room makeover has been taking forever. But that’s real life for me. Other things kept getting put on the front burner like our kitchen backsplash and sun room makeover.

But now I’m putting the finishing touches on my craft room, starting with some picture frame moldings and chair rail on a budget.

picture frame moldings how to tutorial

What You’ll Need:

  • paper and pencil to sketch your plan
  • measuring tape
  • level
  • painter’s tape
  • compound miter saw or miter box
  • batten molding
  • chair rail molding
  • glue for moldings (we used Elmer’s ProBond Advanced)
  • brad nailer
  • hammer and nail set
  • wood filler
  • sandpaper
  • paint and primer

To save tons of money, I didn’t use paneling behind my picture frame moldings. It’s just plain white paint in a semi gloss finish. Also, I just used 15/16 inch white foam batten at only $2.47 for an 8ft section. This one wall cost me less than $30 to complete the chair rail and picture frame molding (and I bought an extra piece of batten just in case I screwed up!).

To start off my project I had to do lots of measuring and math to plan out the picture frame sizes. I decided to only do one wall with these moldings, the one with my painted stripes.  I measured the length of the wall (148 inches) and planned out 4 picture frames for the wall. It took some playing around with numbers, but I landed on 31 inches wide x 22.5 inches tall with about 5 inches between each picture frame.

31 inches wide x 4 picture frames = 124 inches
148 inch wall – 124 inches = 24 inches leftover for gaps
24 inches ÷ 5 gaps  = about 5 inches

how to build picture frame moldingsNow for the picture frame molding height… Chair rails are usually placed one-third of the ceiling height so if you have a 8-foot ceiling, they should be installed about 32 inches from the floor. I landed on 4 inches between the chair rail and top of the picture frame moldings, and 4 inches from the bottom of the picture frame moldings to the baseboards. This left my picture frame moldings to be 22.5 inches tall.

We bought all of the moldings and marked them with pencil for all of the pieces. For the 4 picture frame moldings, we needed (8) 22.5 inch pieces and (8) 31 inch pieces. Remember you are cutting these at 45 degree angles to miter together so the measurements are for the long ends of the angled cut.

cut picture frame moldingsOnce all of the pieces are cut, you’re ready for installation. I went ahead and primed the wall before I started the moldings. Personal preference. Once the paint was dried I measured and penciled in the picture frame molding boxes onto the wall.

Then I got my supplies ready: my brad nailer, Elmer’s ProBond glue, and painter’s tape.

picture frame moldings tutorial


I put a little glue on the back of the chair rail molding and placed it just over the penciled line on the wall.

foam picture frame moldingsThen I used my stud finder before I nailed the boards into place.

chair rail tutorialJust to make sure, we checked our moldings with the level to make sure everything was straight. Then just for an extra precaution I used a little painters tape right over the moldings to keep in place and flush against the wall while the glue dried (you can see I stuck it to the wall below so I wasn’t having to rip pieces in a hurry with my hands full).

how to install a chair railI should also mention that when you have to use more than one piece for a chair rail, you’ll get the cleanest line if you miter the two pieces rather than using straight cuts. Plus it’s easy to fill in that gap with wood filler.

chair rail moldingOK, now it’s time for the picture frame moldings. Again, same strategy. First we started with a little glue…

glue picture frame molding…then we placed on the wall just overlapping the pencil marks so they wouldn’t show.

how to do picture frame moldingsWe used three nails in each piece of molding, one on each side and one in the center.

picture frame moldingWe also always started with the top piece, then added the two sides, then finished each picture frame molding with the bottom piece.

picture frame molding tutorialOnce all of the moldings were in place, we used a nailset to tap the heads into the wood.

tutorial for picture frame moldingsThen we filled in all of the holes and the mitered corners so everything looked seamless. Once it dried we sanded everything smooth and painted the chair rail, picture frame moldings, and the wall bright white.

picture frame moldings

And here is the final look for under $30!

pink striped craft room walls

(2) pieces of white casing: $14.94
(6) pieces of 15/16 x 8ft white batten: $14.82

Luckily with a new house we had wood filler, sandpaper and white paint on hand.

And I bet I could have done all 4 walls for under $100. Crazy.

picture frame moldings how to tutorialThis whole project took us only one afternoon to install. The biggest pain was waiting for the coats of paint and wood filler to dry.

craft room picture frame moldingsWhile it’s not professional grade moldings, my craft room is quite happy with the $30 update. And now I have the confidence to do some other rooms in the house. I’m thinking master bedroom next?

white picture frame moldingSo, what do you think?
Not too shabby for moldings on a budget, right?

picture frame molding tutorialThis weekend I’ll spend putting some finishing touches on this space.
Get ready for the final reveal on Monday!

picture frame moldings on a budget