Fellow creatives will know that crafty tends to be synonymous with messy, so your girl needed to contain her creative activities within a confined space! If you’ve been following me for a while, either here or on TikTok, you may know that my home office was previously just a patch of wall in our apartment. (And I loved that wall – it was very cute, go see for yourself.)
However, 2024 is the year of painting, okay? It’s the year of clay, of oil pastels, of making a big old mess. So we really needed to be able to close a door on all those works in progress to make sure my boyfriend doesn’t feel like he’s living in constant chaos.
Enter: my new craft room/home office. As always, this room makeover is a work in progress, meaning I will update this post as I go. But I’ve got some real fun additions to share already, so let’s jump straight in!
Step 1 – A Big Declutter
The first (and arguably most important) part of this room makeover was to declutter the existing home office. Originally, this was my partner’s room but – due to a very busy Christmas – it got stuck in a weird limbo of having both of our crap for a few weeks.
Once the office was cleared out, I got to set up my standing desk! Moment of absolute appreciation for this beauty – I’ve been using it for coming up to two months now and I could not go back. Being able to easily sit and stand has been a lifesaver for my back. (25 really pulled no punches, huh?)
Step 2 – Adding An Easel
Admittedly, Boxing Day sales had a lot to do with the nonsensical order of this room makeover.
I am not exaggerating when I tell you that this easel had been on my wishlist for years. As a student, I honestly just couldn’t afford it but, seeing as my metaphorical balls are no longer in the Australian government’s vise grip, I decided to treat myself!
(Plus, it’s an incentive to make more art…right?)
Step 3 – Funky Rugs Fix Everything
I hate carpet with an absolute passion. The top floor of our apartment is – thankfully – not carpeted but downstairs is full-coverage ugly grey. This, of course, meant I needed a big old rug to hide the damage.
My rug of choice? This adorable geometric green find! She was another sale steal too. (Can you tell I’m a big bargain hunter?)
Step 4 – Upcycling An Old Table To Craft On
I absolutely love a good upcycle or repurpose – most things in my home have served as at least five other things at some point!
This IKEA Lack table has been with us for years and was completely battered. (Not to mention, not our vibe at all. I think it was actually passed down to us from our friends…A decent chunk of our furniture comes to us like that!)
Considering that it’d only get used for crafting and filming purposes, it seemed like a waste of money to do anything too fancy so I just used marble contact paper to spruce her up! I think it turned out really well!
Step 5 – Adding Affordable Shelving
Next up, I just needed a little more storage – and IKEA totally had my back! The HYLLIS shelves were only $25 AUD each, plus they can be used indoor and outdoors so I can repurpose them in the future.
Step 6 – Adding Some Decor
I am firmly a “style and function” kind of girl. One cannot exist without the other in this household; I’m sorry, I don’t make the rules.
Urban Outfitters is one of my all-time faves for cute home decor so I had to pick up a few picks.
Previous Buys & DIYs From My Old Home Office
and some stuff I haven’t got around to filming yet