I could get used to this one-story living. Man oh man, has it made moving in…well if not a breeze, then at least easier! I remember moving our crap up the Georgia house stairs. The worst, and I mean absolute worst, was our king mattress.
I know, a mattress, right? How heavy could it be?
Well, for starters, it’s a Tempur-Pedic – a memory foam mattress. But don’t let the word “foam” fool you into thinking it’s something light and airy. I’m pretty sure they’re using it to be ironic or witty, or they may just be trolling their customer base. We’ll likely never know. What we do know that “memory foam” is just a misnomer for “spongy lead.”
The mattress weighs at least as much as I do and is about as easy to carry as a pissed off billy goat. Humping that monstrosity up those Suwanee stairs put me about as close to cardiac arrest as I’ve ever been.
Anyway, our Florida home is all on one glorious floor – all except the craft room. But that’s okay, because compared to our Tempur-Pedic, there’s nothing too heavy needed in the craft room.
In fact, my babes and I carried everything up already! Well, almost everything. There are still two more pieces of furniture buried in one of our storage units. I’ll be excavating those later in the week and carrying them up.
But before we carried, we cleaned. And boy-howdy, did that floor need cleaning! Besides white and green paint splatters everywhere, there was a layer of dirt so thick I was tempted to bust out my cleats and dust off my old baseball glove. Forget craft room – we could play nine innings up here!
While I thought of reliving my junior high school baseball glory days, Handan got busy with the Pine Sol. Now lest you think we just used a mop like normal people and called it a day, let me familiarize you with the way my babes likes to clean a floor.
It starts with a mop bucket of hot water to which is added a generous glorp or two of Pine Sol. You can’t beat Pine Sol for cleaning floors. It’s the best smell out there!
Once the cleansing solution has been properly brewed, a scrubby sponge is procured – the kind you might use to wash a plate or a drinking glass.
The final step before embarking on this floor-cleaning extravaganza is to reverse-heave yourself onto the floorboards and crawl around on hands and knees like a rented mule, scrubbing the floor with vicious ferocity to remove not only the dirt, grease, and grime, but also the paint splatters carelessly left by the previous decorators.
You’ll know you’re about halfway done when your knees, hips, back, wrists and fingers are all screaming in protest.
You’ll know you’ve finished when everything has gone numb, and you’re not able to stand up without help.
Cleaning the floor was the worst part, but since then, progress has been swift and satisfying in our quest to get the blog back firing on all cylinders again with a fully functioning craft room. We anticipate finishing by the weekend, and then we’ll be able to dive back into crafting while we’re doing room makeovers, landscape improvements and other DIY projects.
For starters, we painted the walls with Sherwin-Williams Infinity paint in Valspar’s Swiss Coffee color. We did something a little different this time and tried satin on the walls. The whole house is already painted in satin, and it does help bring more light into spaces like the craft room that don’t receive a ton of natural light.
Let’s take a look, and remember – these are progress pics. Nothing is tidy and very little has been put away!
So far, so good with the paint! We like the sheen, at least for this room. We’ll be playing a lot more with sheens in the house. We’ve got some walls in mind that are going to get the matte treatment, and we think they’re going to look fantastic. More on that in future posts.
We’ve got all but two pieces moved up, so the layout is pretty much set. The back wall with the window gets two base cabinets and two uppers. In front of those is my craft table and photography rig.
In front of the craft table, we’ve stationed one of the two rustic console tables I built. It will hold our Cricut Maker 3. The console is still in storage and will be brought up sometime in the next few days. It will go to the stair-end of the room across from my writing desk.
Along the side walls and facing each other are the other six base cabinets – three on each side. These base cabinets hold all of our crafting supplies, including Cricut mats, materials and accessories.
My writing desk is conveniently located directly outside the bathroom. If I install a mini-fridge in the vicinity, I’ll truly be living the dream! My desk is flanked by the two West Elm inspired storage towers I built a few years back. I’m so happy we kept them! And though it’s starting to show its age, I still have my beloved office chair we bought back in Connecticut before I knew a damn thing about style. At least up here, it’s out of the way and not offending anyone’s sense of style!
I’ve got Baris’s old sit/stand unit on the desk. Once I get it cleaned off and all my files sorted, I’ll be able to put it to good use.
Obviously, no writing nook is complete without Grogu.
The room is still a mess, but we’re going to get it sorted out by this weekend.
I’ve got a fan and two lights to install, we need to get everything that’s currently in boxes or strewn about the room into a cabinet, and we need to find a suitable rug for the middle of the room.
By next week it’ll all be done, and we’ll be back in business. Meanwhile we’ve got a few more irons in the fire, so be sure to stay tuned for more upgrades and updates to our new Florida home!