Here are some BEFORE pics that I took the other night. I forgot to take them until we had already started clearing some of the little stuff out of the room, so please ignore the mess...it's usually not quite that bad!
This is a little nook that used to be a closet. The computer desk was situated in here. Notice the really dark brown paint on the walls?
This is the desk I did all my scrapping on...a really beat up old computer desk. Notice it was right up against the window AND had two lamps on it? Can you say, "new lighting?"
Old bookshelves with the majority of my supplies in them. All my paper is still in it's packages or pads, and most everything else in in labeled plastic storage where I couldn't really see it. If you look closely in the upper left-hand corner of the glass shelves, you can see the reflection of the sub-par lighting in the room...an OLD fixture with two CFL bulbs.
My easel and tripod had no place to go. The rest of the supplies were kept in the drawers or on the shallow shelving unit. And it all sat on really old carpet that was actually cream color at one time...many years ago!
So...that was it. I was actually quite proud of it. It was a space of my own, even with it's mis-matched furniture and bad lighting. It was where I spent most of my day, either crafting or sitting in the rocking chair on the computer. It had been my daughter's room when she was little (painted lavender back then) and then my son's room when he temporarily moved back home a few years ago (since his sister had long since taken over his bigger room when he moved out!) They're both grown and gone now, but I think I just felt my kids in there with me sometimes. The room made me smile.
So now, the room is completely empty. My neighbors spent the weekend over here painting and doing all sorts of cool things. So here's some of the DURING pictures showing what they've done so far...
This isn't the best representation of the color, but the walls have been repainted and the color makes me happy! It's sort of blue, sort of grey and sort of periwinkle as the light changes! And speaking of light...
WOOHOO!!!! New lighting! I'm really starting to dig the industrial feel in there! It's going to be "center of the sun" bright in there now! The lighting is really awesome though because it's SUPER bright, but doesn't hurt your eyes...and doesn't distort color. How awesome will that be when I'm trying to put colors together on a card or layout?
Okay, that's all I have for now. I hear the flooring is going in next, so more pics coming soon!
On a side note, thank you so much for all the sweet comments everyone has been leaving lately. Now I understand why all of us bloggers take the extra time to do what we do...because all the positive feedback feels wonderful! Thank you!