Friday, April 06, 2012

Saturday Snapshot: The Genesis of a Room Filled with Bookcases

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I bought this house in 1981, and one of the reasons why I did so was because it had one entire room that could be my dedicated library. When I had my "epiphany" my library numbered over 6,000 books. Now it numbers 1,700-- and most of them are now housed in my living room.

After all that purging and moving most of my "keepers" into another room, that meant that I had a lot of empty bookcases. What could I do with all that space? After waiting several hours for Denis to wake up so that I could drag out my yarn boxes from underneath the bed (Denis works nights and sleeps during the day), I knew exactly what the next incarnation of the room should be: a craft room.

Now that I'm done pulling everything apart, moving things around, and putting new pieces together, I thought I would show you the genesis of one room in my house. It's changed a bit! (Click on any of the photos to view them in larger sizes in new windows.)

In the beginning: metal shelves & ugly brown carpet

Stage 2: Bulging wood bookcases & wood floor.

Stage 3: New rug, comfy chair & purged shelves.

I bet you're wanting to see what it looks like now....

Stage 4: My craft room.

For anyone visiting who sometimes stops by my Facebook page, I uploaded several more photos to my Operation Craft Room album. How do I like my new room? I love it-- and I still have more than enough books to make me feel at home!

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  1. I like all of the incarnations of the room. I could be comfy in any of them. But I do see how the craft room would be the most practical and useful.

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    1. Practical and useful can be good things, especially in this instance!

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  2. Fabulous, Cathy. I love the archway into your room. You are so organised!

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    1. I've always been organized, but it's gotten worse in the past decade because I have a husband who expects me to remember where everything is! LOL

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  3. Oh my, I love to look at book shelves in houses. Why not show off our first love?

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    1. I love looking at everyone's bookshelves, too!

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  4. Wonderful!!! I've always wanted to have a craft room. With two self-employed people in one house, all spare rooms must become offices. Grrr.

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    1. Can't you make him move his office out to the garage or something? ;-)

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  5. OK, I love both of them too. I don't do enough crafts to justify a craft room, but yours is lovely - organized and pretty. I do understand purging the books though. It just becomes necessary doesn't it? LOL

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    1. Yes, especially since I can't afford to buy the houses on either side and turn them into libraries! LOL

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  6. Cathy, I love the transformation. It seems like the perfect craft space or library.

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  7. What a wonderful little room! How fun that you've taken pictures of all the different stages of its evolution.

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    1. Trish, I have to admit that the only reason why that room is well-documented is because I tend to keep track of my books! LOL

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  8. Looks great! I imagine you want to spend a lot of time in your craft room!

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    1. I do find myself scurrying in there to work on this and that. ;-)

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  9. Either with books or crafts, it looks like a refuge!

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  10. I loved seeing the various incarnations...like one of those makeover shows.

    Funny thing....mine is a "makeover" today, too, but I didn't show the "before" or the various incarnations. I thought about it afterwards, but couldn't find just the right "before" pix.

    Here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT

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    1. I'll be over to take a look. I can't resist books or makeovers! LOL

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  11. Cathy - What a gorgeous craft room!!! You've made it a wonderful place; you really have! And as you say, you've still got lots of books.

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    1. And they're all where I can sit in a comfy chair close to a window with a view, and a fireplace.

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  12. How nice to have space for the things you love! And you can send those bookshelves to me -- I've run out of room again.

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    1. But I've filled them all up again! LOL

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  13. I love the way you re-purposed that room. It looks fantastic. That bin of yarn catches my eye.

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    1. That's the bright spot in the room, isn't it? :-)

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  14. Fun to see all the incarnations. A comfy chair and lots of books is probably my favorite, but I can see that you really ned room for you craft things. The archway is just great, I love the little shelves that you display stuff on.

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    1. I love to decorate that archway for Christmas. It makes a statement!

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  15. Loved all the photos! It does feel good to create space!

    Here is my Saturday Snapshot post!

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    1. Reducing & Repurposing has become a mantra for me in the past few years.

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  16. I love it! What an awesome space and I love the shape of the entry to the room!

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    1. When I bought this house, some of the remodeled bits were rather questionable, but the one good thing they did was the archway!

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  17. Way to make a space your very own! I love the entryway, too! Looks very 'Craftsmen architecture' to me!

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    1. It does, although Craftsman has little to do with my 1952 ranch house! LOL

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  18. Wow...beautiful. Love it.

    ENJOY!!

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  19. Interesting chronology! The metamorphosis of a room. Wonderful that you have pix of each stage of development!

    :)

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    1. And that's only because of the books it contains! LOL

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  20. That looks so organized, light and airy! I love how you changed the colors too!

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    1. Thanks! The previous owners' decorating taste ran to what I refer to as "Early Cavedweller."

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  21. Great job, Cathy. My study overfloweth with books. Lots of shelves but too many books to fit. A purging is necessary and the library is collecting books for the annual book sale now. We have another bedroom that has become a stow-it-all room but I do have my sewing machine and bins of knitting and sewing stuff in there already. You've given me a super idea, but first decluttering. I'm tired just thinking about it.

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    1. If I had the money, I'd come visit to help you declutter, tote, and carry! :-)

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    2. That would be fun, wouldn't it?

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    3. Sure would, although we'd probably wear a few calluses on our vocal cords while we were doing all that! LOL

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  22. Hm. I am glad YOU are happy about your new room, but I´d better not say what I feel about changing a library into anything else ;)

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    1. Ah, but Dorte, most of my books are now housed in a room with more than one comfy place to lounge, a huge window with a view, and a fireplace! Besides, there are still five bookcases in the old library that are filled with books.... :-)

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  23. Looks like a wonderful room in all its incarnations! And I'm just fascinated by that doorframe... Also--1,700 books? Still a very impressive collection!

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    1. Yes, I am in no danger of running short of something to read! LOL

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  24. I haven't crafted in years but this makes me want to turn my sewing room/library into a craft room too. Looks like you'll have lots of fun and inspiration here!

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    1. I know that I'm certainly looking forward to it, Debbie!

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  25. Very nice!! I love the doorway with it's painted molding and painted panelling. What a wonderful difference?! I love your new craft room, too, especially all of the shelving. Great job.

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    1. Thanks, Marie. Isn't it amazing what a difference a bit of paint can make? I was so happy once the painting was done, I walked through the house with a big smile plastered on my face for months!

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  26. Love the craft room! I wish mine was that big.

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    1. I think we're lucky that we have one at all, Kris! LOL

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  27. I like the concept of the library room as much as the new craft space. Alas, my crafts/scrapbooking get moved out the dining room table, while I do still have a sewing area at the end of our recreation room. Enjoy your new space.

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    1. I have been! I never knew how nice it was to have a dedicated space for my crafts until I created one!

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