Craft Room Renovation

by Chris on March 13, 2012

So…my craft room (I call it my project room, but that’s neither here nor there) is undergoing a transformation. It’s gone through a few transformations, and I’ve never been super happy with it. You know that feeling when you “finish” a project, and you still have a checklist of things you’d like to do to it? Yeah, that’s never a good sign.

craft room

This new project involves a wall of bookshelves. And a wall of bookshelves involves a lot of work. And a lot of work means a disheveled house. Since nothing around here seems to work as smoothly or as normally as it does for others, I thought I’d show you how we get things done.

Billy bookcase

I painted the backs of the bookshelves, and I thought I would do it before they were installed into the shelving units. Aaannnnd the first one didn’t go so great. So here was my next plan—


I had the perfect little munchkin (seen here in her waitress attire) that could fit inside the bookcase and guide the backing up. Brilliant and disturbing at the same time? Perhaps.

building Ikea shelves

Look at her. Taking her job so seriously while being encapsulated. That’s my girl!

building Ikea shelves

And there….she….goes….

Ikea shelves

Something I didn’t factor into my brilliant plan, however, is how this guy would react.

bul mastiff

And he didn’t like it. Not one bit.


The pictures are all blurry ‘cause he kept pacing, whimpering, looking around—no one separates him from his girl. Unless you’re a 1/8” thick piece of cardboard.



Never fear. They were together again soon enough. Here’s the dramatic reunion.

dog collage

And all is well again in the world of Maximus. I’m caulking, filling, sanding and finishing the room. If all goes well (yeah, right), I’ll be able to show you the shelves on Monday!



Marie at The Lazy W March 13, 2012 at 9:47 pm

That is the sweetest thing I have seen all week long!!! Precious. His ears are so perfectly concerned. xoxo

Richella at Imparting Grace March 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm

This is hilarious, Chris! I can just imagine how our dog would react if his boy were hidden from sight like this. . . not that my boy is small enough to do this job, but still. You were smart to snap photos!

Kudos to your girl for being willing to help Mom. She is such a cutie!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} March 13, 2012 at 9:54 pm

That has to be the cutest picture story I have seen in a long time. How completely adorable. True love between a little girl and her dog. . . and such the mama’s helper. Excited to see your project unfold.

Kim Porter March 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm

I really just love your doggie!… and I’m sure the craft room will turn out nice too!

Kim @ mylifeincolorblog

Anita March 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Aww what a sweet pup! Looking forward to seeing your progress!

Melissa March 13, 2012 at 10:36 pm

What a sweetheart <3

Delle March 13, 2012 at 11:15 pm

What a heartwarming post!!! Absolutely loved it!

pendy March 13, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Aw, he’s so concerned. Precious.

Emily@Decorchick March 13, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Hahaha adorable!!!

Janelle March 14, 2012 at 12:30 am

That is the sweetest thing ever!

Lisa @ Creative Raisins March 14, 2012 at 12:42 am

Can’t wait to see it.

marie March 14, 2012 at 7:02 am

too funny about your dog. mine get a little crazy when the kids can be heard but not seen…like in the bathroom. @@ can’t wait to see your wall of bookshelves! i was going to line my dining room wall with bookshelves but i think i decided on cabinets instead. maybe when i see what YOU do i’ll change my mind again. lol

Paige @ Little Nostalgia March 14, 2012 at 7:14 am

Awww, what a good guard dog!

I recently re-did some stuff in my office/studio, and I also have that feeling of “hey, this isn’t done yet.” It doubles as our guest room, and what I’d REALLY like to do is take the bed out of there, but I can’t. Le sigh.

Jessie @ Imperfectly Polished March 14, 2012 at 7:45 am

Too stinking cute. Nothing like a dog and his best friend:)

Emily [On the V Side] March 14, 2012 at 8:47 am

Must be a thing with big dogs and little girls… ours (big dog and little girl) are attached at the hip. So cute! He may be your nemesis, but that’s the sweetest nemesis I ever did see :)

Can’t wait to see how the craft room turns out!


Chris March 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm

I believe you’re right, Emily. He may not be my favorite member of this household, but he does love my little one! That’s a good thing!

Kim @ Plumberry Pie March 14, 2012 at 11:42 am

that is so cute! :) good to know he’s there to protect your girl! :) errr, his girl:)

Chris March 14, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Exactly, Kim. Definitely HIS girl. :)

Sarah March 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm

You are absolutely hilarious. I just LOVE how you captured it!

Chris March 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Thank you so much, Sarah!

Christy March 14, 2012 at 2:12 pm


I am a long time reader but have never left a comment…sorry!

I had to just say that this post brought tears to my eyes. I know that sounds super sappy, but in my defense…my 2 year old son is super crazy allergic to dogs. He will never be able to know the love that a dog has for you. I grew up surrounded by pets and miss having them so much. I love this post and will probably look at those pictures over and over again.

Chris March 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Awww…that is sweet, Christy. I’m sorry that he has such severe allergies. What a bummer! Maybe a pet snake instead? :) Not the same, eh? Thank you for your lovely comment!

Laura March 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm

That’s the cutest little story! How adorable!

Erin @ How to Nest for Less March 14, 2012 at 4:57 pm

HA! Love this. I can’t wait to see when you have it all together. I would LOVE to have bookshelves but the room is 10x10ft. I’m afraid I would feel claustrophobic if the room was any smaller! Can’t wait to see the end result of your creative space :)

Chris March 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm

You’ll have to see what you think when it’s finished, Erin. Our room isn’t huge either, but my husband and I both keep saying how much bigger it looks in there now! It’s crazy!

Jill Fory March 14, 2012 at 5:30 pm

That’s so cute! What a fun dog story:) Love it.

Brandi March 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Usually a lurker, but this post was so adorable that I had to let you know I laughed out loud at the last series!

I love walls of bookshelves. I dream of a library like the one in Beauty and the Beast!

Chris March 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Thank you for coming out of “lurkdom”, Brandi! So glad I could make you laugh!

Jenny@EvolutionofStyle March 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm

OMG – I’m laughing so hard at this post in so many ways. I felt like I was right there watching it. Gotta put those kids to work in those little spaces – creativity at its finest, right? Besides, Maximus wouldn’t stand for the breaking of any child labor laws. ;-)

Chris March 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Ha! So true, Jenny. She needs to earn her keep somehow. :)

Sharon Russell March 16, 2012 at 8:13 am

Ahhh! How sweet! And yeah–I know first-hand how redoing one room messes up the entire house! It happens here, too! I redid mine while my husband was gone a month or so ago-one room got the overflow “i’ll deal with it later/yard sale/up to attic” piles-they are still there! But my craft room is my new sanctuary and quite nice! Can’t wait to see yours! Blessings, Sharon

Chris March 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm

That’s hilarious, Sharon. I have a feeling it’s a DIY curse. One room must be messed up while working on others. :)

Sarah March 16, 2012 at 6:49 pm

Sooo sweet! It’s so amazing how protective and loyal they are!

I just finished my craft room this week. It’s also the play room. I feel pretty good about it. It’s a HUGE improvement, but there are a few more things I’d like to add. First, I really like the pegboard and second a need a clock in there. I get carried away and don’t realize it’s 3 AM!

Good luck

Here’s my room:

Chris March 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I love it, Sarah! It’s so colorful and organized! Thank you for sharing it!

DeAnna T March 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Love love love Maximus. Those pictures showed off so well his concern for his little buddy. I love it! We lost our big goofy big Boxer when he was hit by a car and he was the same way with our kids. Ahhh, the loyalty and protection of our dogs. I know he is a big, stinky, drooly mess of a being but he loves his girl. That is priceless!!

Beth@AtoZ March 17, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I haven’t had my daily fix of Chris humor, so I thought I’d stop by and get my fill. You never disappoint girl :). xoxo

Chris March 18, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Ha! I’m glad I could make you laugh. :) Hey, will you e-mail me if you get this response? Still worried my readers aren’t getting responses. Thank ya!

Denise March 18, 2012 at 10:21 am

Omg…there seriously is nothing better than the loyalty of a dog….:) I absolutely LOVE this post and will read it again and again to make me smile!!

Chris March 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm

That’s awesome, Denise! Thank you!

Terry March 20, 2012 at 7:29 am

Love all the pictures and your dogs facial expressions are priceless! You can see how much he loves your daughter…thank you for sharing!

Claudine March 21, 2012 at 2:14 am

Awwwww!!!! I was reading about your built ins and after clicked on this post!!!!
ADORABLE your babies (dog and daughter)!!!!!
I will show my husband this post he will love it!!!

Jen March 21, 2012 at 11:19 am

Oh my goodness! That is the cutest thing ever! I love your dog!!

shannon March 22, 2012 at 2:26 am

I just love that dog! We also have a mastiff and I truly adore her. She is attached to me like Max is to your daughter (aren’t I the lucky one). I love the mastiff personality. I just finished sharing a bowl of icecream with her and she is waiting to go to bed. She sleeps in the bed, under the covers between my husband and I. We call her birth control!

Chris March 22, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Ha! I love it! That was the #1 rule I had–he is NOT allowed to sleep in our bed. :) He sure did try for a long time, however. :)

Gina April 5, 2012 at 1:23 am

I hope I am not asking something that you have stated….but what is the paint color you used for the backs of the shelves? You did a great job!

Chris April 5, 2012 at 1:37 am

I did state it, but that’s ok! It’s Benjamin Moore’s Boca Raton! Thank you!

Gina April 5, 2012 at 3:31 am

Thanks for the quick reply! I am going to check that paint color out for a project of mine!

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