If you’re like me, the term “media room” sounds like you need an extra wing in your house to set one up. But today’s modern media rooms don’t have to be expansive theater rooms, in fact, most aren’t. The term media room today applies to any multipurpose space or extra room in your house with a large flat-screen television, or a pull-down screen with a projector that you dedicate for watching football with friends or gathering around comfy chairs and sofas for family movie night like we do.
Like any other space in your house, you can spend as much money and time as you want on a media room. There are so many great photos out there you can use for inspiration, and sometimes all you need is a little ingenuity and creativity, and you can create a spectacular, low-budget media room that’ll become the go-to room in your house.
When I was looking for some ideas for our own family media room, I came across this photo. While I’m not sure if I like the starkness of this pastel and white pallet, (in fact, during my research, I’ve learned that you should go with neutral dark paint colors such as browns, grays, and even black for a media room to minimize distracting light bouncing off the ceiling and walls) I do love the clean lines of the wall shelving. We have a lot of DVDs in our library at home that we don’t want to part with, so I was trying to think of a creative way to store them that didn’t require boxes or clunky bookshelves – I like a streamlined, de-cluttered look.
If you are a DIY buff like I am, you’re always looking for things you can make yourself rather than buying pre-made versions. Sometimes you can find the pre-built items for less than you can make them, but I’d almost always rather do something myself if I can – it’s therapy in its own way. You can create your own media storage wall unit by installing strips of prefinished trim, evenly spaced (or not), to act as a decorative touch and then add shelves to hold your DVDs, CDs, and brightly colored knick-knacks for a pop of color (you will find step-by-step instructions on how to build your own shelves in the creative projects section of this site). You can buy the trim and even wide moulding to use as shelves at your nearest Lowe’s or Ace Hardware.
I’m still planning our own media room; you can see my inspiration and ideas for projects on my Pinterest board. Let me know what ideas you’ve come up with for your own room!
English writer, Virginia Woolf once remarked in an essay, “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” Well, in this DIY world we’re living in, the same can be said for a craft room of one’s own. Whether you’re a seamstress, a painter, a scrap booker, or the like, there’s nothing like a personalized imaginative and organized workspace to get your creative juices flowing.
No different than if you were decorating a home office, you should think of your craft space as a personal sanctuary that you can adorn and embellish in a way that syncs with the projects you’re creating. Above all, you want it to be organized, especially if you’re craft obsession includes working with beads, bits of paper, buttons, or other small pieces. Clutter can be a creativity killer, trust me, I’ve been there!
When I first set up my own craft room it was important for me to have an inspiration station, as I call it; an area always in my view where I can pin photos or color swatches that spark ideas for my projects. I used this image as an inspiration.
I use cork boards, but you can also use peg board or magnetic boards too. You can get inexpensive, unframed cork boards at craft stores like Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and JoAnn Fabric, and even Target. Using some prefinished moulding and trim, you can easily make decorative frames to finish the edges of your idea boards.
You can also add moulding, not only as frames for your corkboard or pegboard, directly to your walls to create some architectural interest in your craft room. Wide moulding profiles can even act as a ledge to rest pictures or small bottles of beads or clasps, whatever you want to display. You can get prefinished moulding at building supply stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot. They can even cut it for you in the store to your measurements. With all the moulding profiles available, you can create simple, traditional details or fancy baroque-esque frames, whatever suits your style.
I know that when I have a space of my own that’s organized and outfitted for the crafts I’m producing, I’m more motivated to create! Did you ever think that moulding could be your muse?
Let me know what your craft room looks like. I’d love to see your own inspiration stations, and how you organize your projects. And for more inspiration for your creative space visit my Pinterest board Creative Spaces.
The kids are back in school and you know what that means…little original masterpieces of paintings, sketches, or collages to exhibit around your house. While putting the artwork on the fridge is a great way to show off your little Picasso’s talent, how about honoring his or her efforts with a museum-worthy frame on the wall.
When it comes to frames, there are so many options out there. But you can make your own gallery-inspired frames using prefinished moulding that you can find at Lowe’s and Home Depot. I love the prefinished moulding because it’s so easy to wipe clean and dust, and it’s already stained or painted. Here’s all you need to make these frames:
You can use this same plan to make a shadow box frame just by using a wider piece of wood stock, so you can show off trophies and awards with a 3-D effect.
What’s cool about this idea is that you just hang the moulding frame right on the wall – forget about adding the glass. I love being able to switch out the kid’s artwork as they create something new, so this option makes it so easy to just insert a new piece of art in front of the old artwork without having to take down the frame each time (it doubles as a storage place for those priceless drawings!).
I also love going to flea markets to find vintage frames. They’re so ornate and full of character and charm. There’s something distinctive about marrying the old with a modern photo or piece of artwork. Here are some frames I’ve collected from flea markets and yard sales throughout the year. Recently, I decided to give them all the same splash of teal, a fun opportunity to let the kids help paint.
If you really want to make grand statement, DIY with style and make your own vintage-inspired frame by layering crown moulding and baseboard trim that again, you can find at Lowe’s and Home Depot. Just use the same plans as above.
OK fellow DIYers, inspire us with your ideas! I would love to see how you showcase your budding artist’s masterpieces. And don’t just think about decorating your own home with your kid’s art. The holidays are coming up, and what better present for grandma than a one-of-kind original in a beautiful frame!