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Inspiring + Vibrant Craft Room Reveal

It’s been a while since I gave you an update on the mega craft room & office space that I’ve been working on for a local client. The room is 98% complete minus a few wall decor pieces. Aside from that, the space is looking dynamite, so I thought I’d give you a tour.



The space will be used for the clients new business, Creative Nest, a new informational craft blog that will be launching later this year. I asked my client to share a few thoughts about the space and here is what she shared:

The development of an arts and crafts room in my home has, for years, been one of my goals. I envisioned a very special place where my son could make messy discoveries and be free to make his own place in the world with glitter, glue, and paint.

I had the perfect location: Our living room. In most houses, they’re big, stuffy rooms filled with nice things that kids aren’t allowed to enjoy and not typically a welcoming environment for a child. Instead, I wanted to fill the space with shelves, bins, and drawers, all overflowing with materials. I wanted a room that inspire my son’s imagination, a nurturing environment that would be as attractive to him as TV or video games. And that’s all true in this creative nest we’ve developed.

Fittingly, this art room is also the heart of another Creative Nest, which is the name of an informative craft blog I’m launching later this year. The blog will provide parents with plenty of ideas and craft projects to do with their children, and will feature tips and resources from art teachers and other experts. I hope Creative Nest becomes a resource that makes it easy for parents to share art time with their kids and show them that there’s more to life than precut shapes and step-by-step directions. As all parents know, great art often comes from happy accidents and the full exploration of the imaginative process. Having this wonderful space and this creative nest in which to play and share has been an amazing experience. I am so happy with the results.

The work large desk gives ample space for creating. At about 5′ long, quite a few artists can work at the same time. The ghost chairs are the perfect seat by allowing the architectural millwork to “speak” and having the ability to easily wipe away mistaken spills.

Cubbies are the ideal way to stay organized. There is a place for everything & everything in it’s place. Crayons. Markers. Paints. All put away in their own containers.

The storage zone is the ideal spot all the crafting supplies.

I didn’t take a picture looking from the craft space to the office, but here’s a progress pic during construction…

This is what the desk space looks like now. Beautiful and functional.

On the other side is a comfy, cozy lounge space with a humungo built-in bench with a lot of storage below and an awesome built-in shelf at the end. The owner’s son is an amazing 6 year old artist and mom loves to display his creations in each of the recessed panels. I’ll tell you, the panels were not created for the pictures, but it just so happened that they were the perfect fit and they bring gorgeous color and meaning to the space.

Refreshing. Energizing. Inspiring. Creative. Fun. All words that, to me, describe this incredible new craft room space.

Craft Room: Progress Update 1

This morning, I mentioned that I was headed out early for a site visit to check on the progress of the mega craft room /office space that I’ve been working on for the last few months.  It’s a local project which I shared details about a few weeks ago and the transformation has been amazing.

In the last post about this project, the construction hadn’t even begun, but since then alot has happened, including:

  • Removal of the popcorn ceiling
  • Removal of old carpet and installation of new hardwood floor (in this room and throughout the entire house)
  • Removal of old window treatments
  • New recessed lighting / hi-hats
  • New painted walls
  • New crown moulding
  • And last, but not least GORGEOUS NEW BUILT-INS!

Here are some progress pictures…

Craft Room: Progress of Client Project _ Designed by @Jenna_Burger

Still in progress, but better than before…

Creative and Inspiring Craft Room Mood Board by @Jenna_Burger, WWW.JENNABURGER.COM

Crazy that it’s the same space, right?

Here are some more teasers…

The turquoise backs are gorgeous and all those cubbies are going to give plenty of room for storage!

Wait until you see what is going on the sides of that awesome built-in. {Major Goodness}

Craft Room: Progress of Client Project _ Designed by @Jenna_Burger

This is a view from the craft studio into the office.  It used to be a small doorway, but now it’s a large opening that lets in a huge amount of light and gives a unified flow to the overall space.

Craft Room: Progress of Client Project _ Designed by @Jenna_Burger

More turquoise.  This is just the beginning of how fabulous this room is going to look…

Craft Room: Progress of Client Project _ Designed by @Jenna_Burger

And the bench.  A 6′ long X 30″ deep heavenly haven.  Don’t you want one of these for your home??  And the little book nook is adorbs!

Craft Room: Progress of Client Project _ Designed by @Jenna_Burger

Last but not least, a few of the details.

Like the chandelier…

Craft Room: Progress of Client Project _ Designed by @Jenna_BurgerDoes it get better?!

And this darling fuschia C-table.  How can you not love it.  The fabulous contractor that I’m working with built-in using these Ana White plans. I so want one for myself!

Craft Room: Progress of Client Project _ Designed by @Jenna_Burger

More updates to come soon!

Creative Vision Board: Inspiring & Vibrant Craft Room

I’ve been working on some really fun client projects lately, and one in particular is a mega craft room / office space.

The client recently moved into the home and instead of using the formal dining room for it’s true purpose, they decided to transform the space into a totally functional craft room and office.  The space will be used for work purposes, as well as some major crafty creating!

Construction is about to begin in a few weeks, but here’s the ‘before’ of how the space currently looks…

Creative and Inspiring Craft Room Mood Board by @Jenna_Burger,

Thankfully it won’t be like this for much longer because we have some major goodness coming.

I shared a sneak peak of colors last week on my FB page, but here is what we envision for the space…

Creative and Inspiring Craft Room Mood Board by @Jenna_Burger,

Fanta-bulous, right?!

Color. Color. Color. is going to fill this room in no time.  I have been loving the color combo of turquoise, citron, and raspberry, and I knew this was the perfect space to try and test my rich & vibrant color vision.

The following steps to come are:

  • removing the carpet
  • removing the popcorn ceiling
  • removing the dated window treatments


  • painting the walls a neutral gray
  • adding layers of color through accessories
  • doing a few light construction modifications
  • installing new recessed lighting and decorative lighting
  • adding a whole bunch of gorgeous built-ins!

The built-ins are going to totally make this space.  Here is a small peak at the drawings I created for this project:

Creative and Inspiring Craft Room Mood Board by @Jenna_Burger,

The door design, which has changed slightly from the drawing above, is going to be mega!  We’re having two custom rolling doors built and the design will be similar to this inspirational image…

Creative and Inspiring Craft Room Mood Board by @Jenna_Burger,

I can’t wait to share more details as the project develops.  Stay Tuned!



How-To Make a GIANT Inspiration Board

Pinterest is a favorite for many (including me) who want to organize and keep their online inspiration in one place.

As a visual person though, I feel there is nothing like seeing and holding a picture in hand.  I still buy and subscribe to magazines.  I still tear out pictures and reference them when looking for inspiration.

Until recently, I didn’t have a “place”, a specific go-to spot, for all my collected loves.

I needed something! Thus the creation of my mega, giant, humongous, and amazing inspiration board…

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger,

I am in heaven.  This newly created inspiration board is not only functional, but the pictures that are displayed are gorgeous and make the space colorful and fun.

Here’s how I made it.

I started with these supplies:

  • MDF board (I used MDF because I had a large leftover piece from an old upholstered headboard.  A large thick piece of unwarped plywood could also be good for this project)
  • Fabric (I chose a neutral linen-like fabric which was $4/yd – I bought 3 yards)
  • Decorative Nailheads (I purchased them at Hobby Lobby for $2 for 50)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Screws and Anchors (I prefer plastic toggle drywall anchors – see below for a picture)
  • Painters Tape
  • Measuring Tape
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Level (optional, but very helpful)

1. I started off making sure the MDF board was the right size for the wall. The size was perfect, 3′-9″ X 4′-6″, and didn’t need to be cut.  If you’re using this tutorial as inspiration, you can create any size inspiration board that fits your space.

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger,

One of the biggest obstacles with making this GIANT Inspiration Board was the difficulty of hanging it.

No doubt, this size board is HEAVY!   Drilling through the board was out of the question because it is covered in fabric and hanging it from wire wouldn’t make the back flush with the wall, which is the look that I desired.

SOoooo…  Onto a different solution.  The basic idea that I came up with was to drill 3 holes into the back of the board that would hang on to 3 screws in the wall.

Let’s take a look at the step by step…

2. After determining and marking the height at which I wanted the board to hang, I layed the board face down so the back was exposed.  I took a piece of painters tape and added it to the back of the board making sure it was completely level with the top of the board.  The tape does not have to go from edge-to-edge, but I made sure each end was within 12″ of the side.

With a permanent marker, I marked three places on the tape – they do not have to be evenly spaced.

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger,

3. Using a drill, I carefully drilled about 3/4 of the way through the MDF back (I DID NOT go through to the front).

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger,

4. Once the 3 holes were drilled, I removed the piece of tape and put it on the wall at the height I had determined before.  Also I made sure to hang the tape so it was placed horizontally correct – my board is centered on the wall, but that might not be the case for your creation.  Be sure to hang it vertically (up and down) and horizontally (left and right) correct.

Something to watch out for…

A laser helps with this part, but if you don’t have one, measure down from the ceiling so that all 3 marks are at the same height.

Also, when the board was laying down, the marks went 1,2,3.  Now the marks will be 3,2,1 because of how the board will fit onto the wall.  It will make more sense once you’re in the midst of it.

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger,

5. Once the wall was marked with the three locations, I drilled the holes.  Then added plastic toggle drywall anchors (which hold mega weight) and then the screws.  These are like my all-time favorite anchors and screws!!

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger,

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger,

6. Once the screws were secure, it was time to put on the board.  It takes alittle time figuring where the holes meet the screws, but if you measure right and take your time (which thankfully we did), it should work perfectly and be level!

Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of us hanging the board since it was a 2-man job and the kiddos were already asleep (they are my backup photographers), but here’s the result (and part of the next step)…

It’s hanging + straight – YES!

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger,

Before hanging this bad-boy on the wall, I covered it in fabric.  I chose a loose natural linen-like cotton.  Because of the width of the board, I needed to piece the fabric together to make one large piece.  I ended up cutting and sewing 4 pieces of equal sized fabric.  The result was fairly good, but my lines were slightly wavey.  Toss it up to DIY, right?!

Anyway, to jazz up the board (and distract the eye from my wavy lines), I decided to use decorative nail head trim and follow the lines of the seams horizontally and vertically.

7. To start off, I used painters tape and made a level line from top to bottom and then from left to right following the seam.

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger,

8. On that edge of the tape, I hammered in the nails with a mallet (a hammer will do but sometimes the metal on metal ruins the nailheads), then removed the tape.

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger,

And now was the point of happiness!

I could finally fill up my inspiration board with all the things I love…

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger,

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger,

MDF board is not exactly like cork (obviously).  Pushpins aren’t as easy to push in, but with a bit of muscle and oomph, it works fine.  As an idea, a layer of cork could have been added to the front surface of the MDF before the fabric was wrapped around, to make it more “cushiony” and pinnable.  For me though, it works fine.

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger,

If you know me, I LOVE COLOR, and I have a favorite article pinned on my handmade GIANT inspiration board that I ripped out a recent issue of HGTV Magazine…

I adore the glittery gold disco ball.

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger,

Now I have lots and lots and lots of room to fill up.  I’m sure it won’t always look this clean.  I actually am in love with some of these other GIANT Inspiration Boards!

HUGE, Giant Inspiration Board created by @Jenna_Burger,

I hope you’re inspired by my new HUMONGOUS Inspiration Board!  I’m loving my new home office / family room.  Not only is it inspiring to work in this new space, but I really enjoy flipping through my favorite magazines and actually pinning them I.R.L.

Aside from Pinterest, how do you collect and organize inspirational things?

I link my projects to some of these parties: Skip to My Lou, Dittle Dattle, Between Naps on the Porch, Today’s Creative Blog, Stories of A to Z, All Things Heart & Home, House of Hepworths, Finding Fabulous, The Shabby Nest, Serenity Now, Tatertots and Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick, Tip Junkie