MARTIN's WORKSHOP

Makeover: Craft Room for Mom

BY MARTIN AMADO ON APRIL 28TH, 2016

Nowadays, having a home office is as essential as a kitchen and bathroom. We either work from home, study at home or have a dedicated area to pay the bills. If you’re lucky enough to have a room exclusively for this very purpose, the biggest mistake I find is that homeowners don’t take the time to decorate this space to complement the rest of the home’s décor.

Instead, what I find is a mismatch of furniture, very “office-looking” pieces and lots of disorganization that can be counter-productive. Here are some solutions to achieve the perfect balance between function and style, which will also make a nice Mother’s Day gift for mom, too! A beautiful space to do her scrapbooking, painting, photography, or any hobby she might have.

As illustrated in these makeover photos, the first step was to do away with all the non-essential pieces, such as the secretary desk and hutch. I kept the second desk attached to the hutch, but gave it a facelift by using it as a base in the center of my “new and improved” longer desk, which was made by using two 30” hollow-core doors as a table top. I supported the ends with individual table legs and brackets you can buy at any home improvement store.

This gave me ample storage underneath on either side to place file cabinets and bins. I hid them behind café curtains I placed along the front length of the desk using small rods - great trick to create the look of a table skirt and hide all the clutter! I also did the same effect to the bottom of an open bookcase for more hidden storage.

Finally, make sure the walls are painted a soothing color and filled with beautiful artwork and images mom likes. Also, replace the traditional office chair with a beautiful upholstered chair to create the look of a writing desk you would find in a hotel room. I don’t know about you, but this is definitely a space that will inspire creativity and hopefully mom will love because it is also a reflection of her personal style!