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My Dining Room Turned Craft Room/Office and show off YOUR space!

 The most emailed questions that I get are about my Dining Room that we turned into my Office/Craft Room. It’s one of my favorite rooms in the house and definitely the room I spend the most time in. So I thought I’d write a little post about what we did!

Before it was a plain dining room. It’s a great shape — kind of square and has a pretty detailed ceiling with lots of molding. The problem was that we are very casual people and only used the room maybe 2 times a year. And it’s such premium space in our home. The light is great and instead of making an office in the basement, I thought it would be a great place for my office/craft room. Plus, it’s right next to the kitchen, so I can work on dinner while working on a project.

I knew I didn’t want it to be on full display like it was as a dining room. But I also didn’t want to close up that space completely, because the light flows from the front of the house to the back through that space and also, if we ever sold the house, maybe someone would want a formal dining room.

So we decided to drywall in the arch and install some wide french doors. I love the way it turned out. The only problem is that you can still pretty much see through the doors in to my mess. And let’s face it — that room is always a mess with all of the projects I have going on LOL! So I am in the process of putting Silhouette frosted vinyl on the panes. That way the light can still come in but you can’t see through as well.

I have had a lot of questions about the furniture for this room. The desk is from PB Teen.  It’s the Mega desk.

We used a tax refund to pay for it one year. And, yes, it is expensive, but I think totally worth the money because of the quality and the piece is a great size! I love that I can be working on a project and have my kids in there with me doing their homework. And if we have a big poster or something like that to work on, it totally fits on that desktop.

Another idea — I bet you could make this table with 4 file cabinets and 2 doors cut down a little. I’d love to see if anyone tries this!!!

The top is wood and was getting pretty banged up, so I had a glass installer make a piece of glass to fit over the top. And I love the way it looks. It protects the top and it’s easy to clean too.

The tall and short cabinets are all from Ikea. Totally affordable. I love the white, clean look and the scrolly design.

The paint color is Behr Sparkling Apple. A very happy green!

If you would like to share your office/craft space, I’d love for people to see it. I’ve made a linky where you can add your space and show it off!! 
I will do an Creative Space Feature on Wednesday the 30th!!


Have a wonderful day!!! 

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  1. I actually said…”WOW” out loud haha! That looks amazingly gorgeous!!! Thanks for the inspiration – we just might have to do this!!
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  2. Very intersting design. I am really like the numer 2 photos. Will used to decorate my new house
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  3. Overall how much did the product cost, it’s very nice exactly what I would like
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  4. I love looking at these projects!
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  5. my mega desk was just delivered yesterday and i’m in love! i’m curious about the glass overlay-is it true glass or plexiglass?

  6. Eillim Cintron says:

    It’s gorgeous!!
    Question: Where did you get the cabinets/shelving units that are against the wall?
    Thanks!! :)

  7. Hello!

    Came across your blog via Pinterest. I’m looking into the mega desk and I’m curious to see the dimensions of your room? How much space did you leave around the table for movement/chairs? Thank you!

  8. Overall how much did the product cost, it’s very nice exactly what I would like

  9. Hi Jen, I received a comment on my blog with a link to this post. I noticed it was weird because the comment said it was from a “new blogger” named Stephen but this post is from 2011. Anyway, just thought I should let you know since he is listing your blog under his name! Maybe it is just a mistake but I put the comment info below in case you want to look into it. Beautiful blog by the way!!

    This is what the comment was….

    Submitted on 2013/04/05 at 1:25 am

    Whats up are using WordPress for your site platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying
    to get started and set up my own. Do you need any coding
    knowledge to make your own blog? Any help would be really appreciated!”

  10. Looks like what I did with my quilting room! I bought my house with the express purpose of turning my formal dining and living rooms (which are very often adjacent or open to one another in floorplans here) into my quilting studio. And I also painted my room green because It’s my favorite color! My paint color is Martha Stewart Beachgrass green, though, which is a bit subtler than your color. (But it kind of has to be because my room is much larger! It probably account for at least 25% of the living space in my house!)

  11. Lynda wheeler says:

    My goodness I am so inspired..I am going to convert. My dining room into my weaving room. Two years ago I turned my living room into my artist studio. I have enjoyed it so much. The dining room is attached and is going to be for weaving ..just have to get it together..your ideas have helped me so much..thank you for sharing….I am going to put all your ideas to good use….by the way, I am retired and now it is time for me..our home is 45 years old and time for rooms to be changed for my needs now. Thank you again…lynda

  12. I love this site! Your scrap room is gorgeous! And, I looked at each scrap room you listed! They are all so inspiring! They make me want to redo my room! Thanks again!

  13. How did you determine to go with 15 lite doors instead of 10 lite doors? We are about to close in a formal living room with 8 ft tall x 6ft wide french doors. I cannot decide if I want 18 lite doors or 10 lite doors. Wondering if the 18 lite door will look to busy. Thanks for any help as to how you determined to do 15 lite doors.

  14. I’d love to know if the mega desk is able to be separated into two separate pieces later? It looks like the top is divided?

    And I’d love to know if you think it could be painted?

    I love the space!!!! Thank you for the idea!!

  15. I knew I shoulda gotten that room cleaned up! What a fun party!

  16. Great space! I was trying to look through Ikea’s website to find the cabinets and came up with zilch! Could you please post what they are? I love how they look. Thanks in advance.


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