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The Studio {Counter/workbench and Storage}

Well hello there! Are you having a great day? Are you living in ALL CAPS?

Good!

Me too!

So…. you know how everyone has a junk drawer? Well we have a junk ROOM.

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It’s the catch-all room where I have not only my sewing machine and craft supplies, but also guitars, books, stuff we’re not using, and stuff we don’t know where to put. And this room is RIGHT off the living room, so obviously we keep the door closed pretty much all the time. We recently got one little corner organized with this mid-century hutch, but that’s about it.

The funny thing is that we call it ‘the studio’ to sound fancy. And because it’s supposed to be my creative space. How lucky am I to have a husband that gives me an entire room for crafting/sewing/hoarding?

In that pic above, you may be able to spot some cubbies. Nick brought this unit home from work where it wasn’t needed anymore. He knew it would make my little organizing heart sing.

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Not long after that, I found this apothecary-like metal cabinet at a garage sale for $20 bones.

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I realized that IF these two pieces were the same height, I could totally put a countertop on them for a workspace in ‘the studio’. The metal cubbies were several inches taller than the drawer cabinet, and Nick didn’t quibble about the opportunity to make some sparks with his grinder.

Using a grinder to cut down metal cubbies {Sawdust and Embryos}

After some serious clean-up, they both got primed and painted white.

Craft Room 'progress' {Sawdust and Embryos}

As you can see, I wasted no time organizing some things in that cubby. SO CONVENIENT for markers, chalk, glue, little crafting items, ETC! Also, don’t be fooled by the above pic… ALL THAT CRAP is piled on the other side of the room where you conveniently can’t see. One thing at a time people!

So now I need a countertop, right? We could have done a butcherblock counter like we did in our upstairs bathroom, but we decided to keep things simple and just use poplar planks glued to size. (see this post to learn how we acquire our lumber for super cheap).

Make a simple wooden countertop using a biscuit joiner {Sawdust and Embryos}

He totally needs to do a post on his website to show detailed instructions, and how to use his bad-a Biscuit Joiner. That thing is FUN to use.

Once everything was assembled and the glue was dry, we unclamped it and sanded… starting with a belt sander with 80 grit, then moving to a random orbital sander at 120 grit, then 220 grit. Smooth as a baby’s booty!

Sanding down crafting counter {Sawdust and Embryos}

The last thing we needed to do was put up a bracing ‘rail’ along the wall so the counter would have a support in addition to sitting on the cubbies. We simply ripped down 1” planks to 2” width, then leveled and marked where it would go with a chalk-line.

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We marked the studs, and screwed the board in.

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Next, the 11’ counter got hauled in and put in place!

DIY Counter top workbench for craft room {Sawdust and Embryos}

The space at the very end will have a lower counter coming out for my sewing machine. And the space in the middle will be perfect for a couple stools. Do I dare let the twins craft at my counter? I HAVEN’T DECIDED.

The counter still needs to be stained and sealed… I’m debating using one of Rust-Oleum’s new stain colors. So fun right? Do you have an opinion?

RustOleum's new stain colors {Sawdust and Embryos}

Next step is to put up some shelving and maybe pegboard? And a regular height table at the end for sewing. It will be so nice to get everything off the floor and organized! Wouldn’t it be so functional to be able to USE the craft room studio? Such a foreign thought!

Do you have a catch-all junk room? Better yet, do you have a room dedicated to crafting or being creative? Did you know that SOME weird people actually use their ’extra’ room as a guest room? So crazy!

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New Blog Launch! {The Sawdust Maker}

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Today I’m about to share something that’s been ‘in the works’ for about 6 months now. After a lot of planning, web designing, and hard work… we’re finally ready to launch NICK’S WEBSITE! The Sawdust Maker! This will be his own outlet to share his incredible craftsmanship and knowledge with those who are passionate about woodworking and ready to take their skills to the next level. Here on our blog Sawdust and Embryos, it’s important for me to share projects that are simple and doable … [Read More...]

Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Hey! How are you? Its Meghan from Cupcakes with Sprinkles. The recipe I have to share this month is a soft, cakey cookie with lots of chocolate chips. They taste like cake but are so much easier to eat. And who doesn’t love a cookie with Oreos and chocolate chips?! Let’s get baking!   Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of a mixer, combine the cake mix, butter, egg, and vanilla. Mix until a dough forms... Add in the cream cheese and beat until well combined... … [Read More...]

A few randoms

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It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down and just started writing here on my blog. For some reason, I’ve gotten in the habit of needing an actual THING to write about. Silly! We went to my in-laws for the weekend. The girls got to go Easter Egg hunting with their cousins. It’s so cute to see how excited they get about little things like a plastic ring or jelly beans. Little girl gasps are the cutest sound. I wish I could make it my ringtone. We went to church with Nick’s parents … [Read More...]

Mini Dipped Paint Can Planters

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Did you know that you can buy plain empty paint cans at your local home improvement store? Every time I pass them, I think… ‘there MUST be some fun project to do with those’! And then it hit me. FUN RIGHT?! Welcome to THE MOST SIMPLE and rad tutorial of all time. Gather the following: Quart paint cans Oil-based paint in bright colors (we used RustOleum!) Lids from a oatmeal container… or somesuch disposable thingamajig to hold paint This project is SO simple, in fact, … [Read More...]

Faux Planked Table Transformation

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Good morning and good Tuesday to you! I wanted to post yesterday, but I was overcome with the Monday-ness of the day, and ended up wandering aimlessly in my pajamas, eating Nutter Butters. But today is a new day! And I have a fun furniture transformation to share! So last year at this time, we were feverishly painting backsplashes to save for our fertility treatments. One of our lovely clients (hi Patti!) gave us this table and chairs because she was moving and needed to get rid of it. It … [Read More...]

Cypress’ Newborn Pics {Molly Long Photography}

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I know I’ve been talking about my baby a lot lately… but you’ll have to give me a pass because I recently birthed her from my loins and I’m kinda obsessed with her. Nevermind the fact that I NOT ONLY waited 9 uncomfortable months to finally meet her, but we also worked our a$$es off to be able to pay for the fertility treatments that ultimately resulted in her cuteness. So there’s that. She’s weaseled her way into our hearts, and dictates our entire day… some days are productive, and … [Read More...]

Laundry Room Ironing Board Wall Organizer

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I’ve been doing a whole lotta nothin since Cypress was born. We snuggle, she has a bottle, I change her diaper, and then she naps. It’s a 3 hour rotation we’ve got her on, and it’s glorious. I’ve gotten no less than 9 hours of sleep each night since she’s been born. (don’t hate!) But! A girl can only be idle for so long. I need to have a project in the works, or I start feeling very unproductive and worthless. It’s just my personality. Nick has love-hate feelings about this quality of … [Read More...]

Mommy Guilt

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I'm not sure if it's having an infant in the house again, or the fact that we're now a family of 5 instead of 4... there's definitely a different family dynamic. It not a bad thing, but it something we're still getting used to. While the girls adore their new little sister, I sometimes worry that they feel neglected or that I like the baby more than them. They don't necessarily act that way. But the other day while I was giving Cypress a bottle, Paisley said 'when you're done taking care … [Read More...]

Biscoff Cream Pie

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Its Meghan from Cupcakes with Sprinkles and this time I have a different kind of pie for you! Its light and fluffy, sweet and creamy, with a chocolate cookie crust. I love me some Biscoff Cookie Spread. I've made a few other things with Biscoff... Biscoff Pinwheels, Biscoff Muddy Buddies, Biscoff No Bake Cookies, and now I'll add this amazing pie to the list! Lets get our ingredients and make ourselves a pie!! In a small bowl mix together the cookie crumbs and butter until combined. Press … [Read More...]