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!
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.
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!
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
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!