Rock Paper Scissors: My Craft Room

It’s been three years since we purchased our first family home. In those three years, I always had the intention of turning our “maids room” (what they call small rooms for hired help in Dubai) into my “girl cave/craft room”.

The process slowly started in steps over two years ago. I found an antique desk on Dubizzle (dated over 100 years ago-a family heirloom that a Dutch family was parting with). Finally last year I sanded and painted it a fresh white (it was an orangy looking wood before). I think the white makes the Jade colored marble writing top pop even more. I love it! I always dreamed of having an antique roll-top desk and I finally have one!

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Last year I had it wallpapered in my favourite Laura Ashley inspired print. I painted the bottom part of the wall in a powdery baby blue and added wainscoting in white to go around the perimeter of the walls.

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 Then for some strange reason, the room sat stagnant for the last year with no progress done on it. I declared this May the month I would finish up my room! I managed it, and it is only the second week of May! Hooray!

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Last week I was busy getting to work on the following:

  • Repainted the curtain rod (previously a dark brown) with a Martha Stewart Linen colored chalk paint
  • The curtains were replaced with very pretty lacey ones from IKEA at a bargain of 29 AED
  • We drilled in the hold-backs which were something a dear American neighbor once gave me when she was moving back to the states
  • Sanded and painted an antique Chinese rosewood chair with my Martha Stewart Linen colored chalk paint. I found the chair left out for trash from a posh Emirati family. They were actually able to give me the history behind it. It belonged to a set (which we have) that was given to this particular family on their first yacht. I just love finding old junk and fixing it up! I finished off the look of the chair with a seat cushion from trusty IKEA
  • The Tiffany blue craft table used to be a work desk in our garage. It was so ratty looking, covered in big scratches and blotches of paint from little projects I had done. I sanded it down and gave it a fresh new look with the gorgeous teal color Amy Howard chalk paint (purchased from ACE Hardware for 99AED)
  • The pink bean bag and sheepskin rug were also a little somethin’ somethin’ I found at IKEA that I thought would make the space look nice and cozy
  • The lamp is over 100 years old (also purchased from the same Dutch family who sold us the desk). It was originally used in our master bedroom after I refinished it, but I liked the look and feel it gave my craft room
  • Hung a new floral chandelier (from Dragon Mart) and painted a medallion which was a serious pain to fix to the ceiling. It is still not 100% the way I want it, I would not recommend buying one from Dragon Mart!
  • I could not resist upgrading my sewing basket with the adorable cottage farm style home from Cath Kidston! You can see in the photo below Ruby is sitting with a brown wooden sewing basket. That is what I was using before. It was passed down from my husbands grandmother (over 100 years old).
  • How about the mushroom needle holder? Isn’t it sweet! I went a bit overboard in the shop. I had never been inside the store before, and when I stopped in at the Dubai Festival City Mall after my IKEA trip I couldn’t resist a Cath Kidston haul:) I have a thing for mushroom’s & gnomes the store has SO many cute things! I also snagged the little writing set, sausage dog dish, clothes peg laundry bag and a giant floral bag to stow all my fabric inside
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    I am so pleased with how my room turned out. It is peaceful and the exact mix of my favourite colors. The kids have taken a big liking to my tiny space too! They have so much fun looking through my collection of fabric, ribbons and bits and bobs!

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