The Weekender: “The Creativity Room” (Season 4, Episode 9)

The Weekender: “The Creativity Room” (Season 4, Episode 9)


– I’m Monica Mangin, and I
believe that updating your home doesn’t have to take a ton
of time or money. I show people how to get
Pinterest-worthy spaces that are just right for them. – This doesn’t even look like
our house. – Are you kidding me?
– Whoa. – I’m a little dizzy! – Give me one weekend,
I’ll give you five projects, and you’ll have a completely
transformed space by Monday. [rock music] ♪ ♪ This week I’m helping
a super creative family with a craft room makeover, and I’m really jazzed up
about this because it’s the first time I’m getting to tackle this kind
of space on “The Weekender,” and it’s right up my alley. So this family has five kids, and they’re all
really creative. And they have all the craft
supplies you could ever want. It’s kind of like my dream
come true. But the space isn’t
really inspirational. It’s just kind of lacking
a personality, and that’s where I come in. [inquisitive pop music] All right, so this is
a crafty oasis, huh? – This is a crafty oasis.
I love it down here. I bring my kids down here,
or I send them down here, whenever we’re busy, we’re
making dinner, or they’re bored or it’s a Sunday. – You’re like checking things
out here. – I haven’t been down here
in, like, three months. [laughter] – Me too.
A little longer. – You’re not the crafty one
in the family? – Uh, I change
the air conditioning filter and the smoke detector
batteries, and that’s about it. – That’s about it.
– He’s handy. – Hi, I’m Gershon.
– And I’m Aleeza. And we’re really excited
that Monica is here with us. – We’ve got a bunch of kids– exactly Aleeza has six
children; I have five. I’m her oldest.
– [laughs] – It’s so neat to have
an entire room for creativity. – I wanted to have a space
for my kids. My daughter’s artistic.
I’m artistic. My boys love being creative
and having lots of fun building projects. – And making a mess.
– And making a huge mess. And the dining room table– – That’s one of the reasons
why I don’t come down here. – Right.
[laughter] – Well, you have the perfect
room for it. You have organization.
Like, everything’s labeled. – We have bins.
Right, so my mom was a preschool teacher. She passed away
almost two years ago. – Okay.
– And we got left with all the supplies. She had them all in bins
and organized. This is all her organization.
– Oh, that’s really special. – So this is a credit to Mom. Yeah, we call it
The Bubby Store, because that’s grandma–
that means “grandmother”– and the kids were able to go
shopping and bring home all their
little treasures. And so now we have
all the treasures here. – Okay, so this is
Bubby’s Store now. – This is The Bubby Store. She was super creative, so we have all of those
crafts and supplies. So we basically have our own
craft store right in our own basement. We’ve got stuff. We’ve got
plenty of stuff to do. It’s just not
a very exciting space, and it needs some pizzazz. – I think that you have
all the right elements, but I don’t feel like the space
is inspiring creativity yet. – Right.
– So we have everything we could possibly need;
I think we’re just missing the inspiration and
a little bit of style. – Yes.
– So we’ll grab bins and get everything out of here.
Okay? [pop music] ♪ ♪ This week I’ve got my
carpenter friend Ben helping us navigate all
the amazing projects to come. All right, gonna do some
painting. – Painting!
– All right. So I’ll show you what I have
in mind for this space. – Okay.
– Any guesses? – Uh, hmm,
I hope it’s not gray, because I really hate gray. [laughter] If you open gray,
I’m gonna be like, “Okay. I’m gonna learn to love gray.” – You’re gonna learn
to love gray. That’s funny.
– Oh, no. – That’s funny. Good to know this. And… Here’s your new gray paint.
[laughter] – That is not color! Where’s the pop of color! I need color, Monica! – All right, all right, so I hear what you’re saying. However, I have so much color
planned for this space, that if we make your walls
colorful, it’s gonna be straight-up
circus in here. – Okay. I trust you.
That’s why you’re here. I totally trust you.
– Good. I was like, “First project.
Just don’t give me gray.” – I mean, I still don’t like
it, but I’m gonna do it. [laughter] It’s gray. I think the only color that
I really don’t like is gray. Once we have, like,
paintings on the wall or something on the wall
other than gray, I think it’s gonna be fabulous, but I don’t like gray. [laughs] It’s gray.
[laughs] This is white,
and that is gray. – Okay, well, compared to
white walls it’s gray. – But it’s not dark gray.
– It’s not dark gray. If you want me to do all
the painting, I will, because I feel
slightly horrendous. – I will totally jump in
and help you paint. [laughter] – Chick hates this color. Aleeza is not a fan of gray, and she is not afraid
to let me know. In fact, I kind of think
she’s roasting me a bit. [laughs] [upbeat rock music] This is pretty special. Aleeza may not be on board now, but I know she will be. The gray will merely act
as the perfect backdrop for the whole design, which
will certainly incorporate some stronger colors.
Just wait and see. Ben’s been outside prepping our
next project, which will bring in some much
needed storage organization and workspace for the family. All right, so you and I are
going to work on one of our first big builds, and I just finished a project
with your wife, and I’m kind of hoping that
this one goes a little better. Has she told you anything yet? – Haven’t heard a thing.
– Okay. Well, let me ask you a little
trivia question how well you know your wife. What is her least favorite
paint color? – Uh, she… Didn’t like the gray that
I chose in the kitchen. – Guess what I just painted
your basement. – Got it.
– Yeah. – All right, well, I…
I like gray. – She hates it,
so with that being said, the pressure is on now
this weekend that everything else
has to be awesome. We are gonna build her
a new craft table that’ll kind of be
the focal point in the center of the room.
Okay? But I want to kind of customize
it a little bit more, so these are kitchen cabinets
that are in stock at Lowe’s, but I want to use them as
the base of her craft table, so that way at each end she has
tons of storage and she can easily access a bunch of her
kind of, like, daily supplies that the kids use. This piece of plywood
is gonna be the top, so it’s nice and big. This is actually the size
of it. And what I want to do is
customize it a little bit. So what I’m thinking is,
these galvanized buckets are gonna hold all kinds of art
supplies that you guys already have. But then I want a place so that
it’s not just sitting up on the table; we’re actually
gonna use a hole saw and drill some holes in here. All right, so little tips here for when you’re using
a hole saw. You want to go through really
straight down, and then you want to stop as
soon as the bit pokes through. You don’t want to go all
the way through, or the wood will kind of
splinter and you’ll have a really
uneven edge. Okay, so you can see that
there’s a little hole where the bit made it through. That’s where we’re gonna put
the bit right back into that same hole,
and it’ll ensure that we cut a perfect circle. What’s cool about this is that
these buckets are tapered, thus they will sit and hold
there. And then, depending on whatever
craft they’re doing, they can just pop ’em
in and out. It’s cool, right?
– Yeah. – Pretty neat. I love this plywood;
it’s great; it’s perfect quality
for this table. But I don’t love
the unfinished edge, so we could trim it out
with wood, but what we’re going to use is, we’re gonna use the veneer
edging. Have you used this before?
– I have. – You have. Perfect. So the veneer, as you can see,
has glue, and we need to heat up the glue
to activate it. All we need to do
is iron it on. Okay, so right now the iron is
on our cotton setting, and basically we want to keep
it on for about 20 seconds, slowly moving it. You want to heat up the glue as quickly as possible, and then come through with
a block of wood and just press it down,
so that as it cools down, its adhering to the wood
underneath it. All right, and then our top is
gonna go right on here. So this is kind of how it’s
gonna be assembled, but I don’t actually want to
assemble it until we get it down there,
because it would be a nightmare to navigate through the house. It would never fit. This is our last big project
for today, but I have a bit of homework
for you. So I’m gonna have you stain
the top and the sides. This is a natural tone stain, so it’s not gonna change
the color too too much; it’ll work really well with
everything else I have planned. – Great.
– I hear it matches great with gray paint.
[laughs] I also need to go see if your
wife’s still speaking to me. – I got it.
– You got this? – Yeah.
– All right. Good man. [quirky electronic music] ♪ ♪ All right, day two.
How are you feeling? Are we still on speaking terms? – We’re on speaking terms
for the moment. [laughter]
– For the moment. – I got to find out what
the project is. As long as it doesn’t involve
boring gray, we’re A-OK. – All right, I think that the
first project that I’ve planned today is going to put me back
in your good graces. You had organizational systems
for everything. Like, very organized,
but none of it was pretty. So I am going to give you
the ultimate craft organization wall, and it is going to be so cool
and pretty and creative. – Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.
– Good. Okay, I like the idea of using
pegboard to store things and organize. However, I kind of wanted
to level up from just a basic
store-bought pegboard, so we’re actually going to DIY
and build our own kind of jumbo pegboard. – Awesome.
– Okay? – The kids are gonna love it.
– Yeah. It’s gonna be really cool. I think you might love it
the most. But we’re gonna work with
a sheet of plywood here, and I already kind of made us
a little bit of a cheater here. I’m a big fan of, like,
simplifying projects as much as possible. So this board is gonna help us
know where all of our holes go, keep us straight, steady.
Okay? ♪ ♪ So on this side, the hole
is 3 inches from the end. Down at this end, it’s 6 inches
from the end. And then on the next one,
we’re gonna flip it around and it’ll be 6 inches, so it’ll give us a nice
staggered pattern. We’re clamping our cheater
board to the plywood so it doesn’t move. To create
our pegboard holes, we’re using a 3/4 inch
paddle bit. For our pegboard pegs, I picked up 3/4 inch dowels that will fit perfectly
into the holes. Grab that end.
We’re gonna put it on its side. All right, so this is how
it’s gonna go on the wall. It’ll be horizontal like this, and I cut some of our dowels
so that you can see that they fit nicely. So we can put a shelf here. We can hang tools. You can put spools of ribbon. – Fantastic.
– I have big organization ideas for this.
– I am so excited. – Ben and I are actually gonna
be the ones to install this in the room, because
we wanted you to kind of have an idea of
where we’re going, but I really want to surprise
you with this wall, because you’re going to love
it. – I’m really excited.
– It’s pretty easy, too, right? – Not bad at all. – All right, we’ll bring
the wood in here. Just stick this down. All right, I’m gonna have you
help me with a pretty basic build. One of my goals for this space
is make it super inspirational, and we talked about how that
was, like, the one thing missing from it. So I want to create a space to
display all the artwork and creations that are made
in here. So we’re gonna do a combination
of bulldog clips on wood, which is–these are perfect
for hanging just paintings and drawings, and then when
I got in here I realized how many canvas
artwork pieces you guys have. So we’re gonna do a little,
like, picture ledge, where are all their canvases
can go up. – Like a gallery wall.
– Like an art gallery. Exactly. And I think it’s gonna
be really cool, ’cause when you first walk into
this space, it’ll be the first thing
that you see. We’re finding a level line
and studs where we’ll attach our pine
1x material. We stain the wood a rich
walnut color to help it pop
on the gray wall. So this piece is gonna be
the bulldog clip one. What’s really cool about
the ones I got, they are magnetic. So stick ’em on the screw here,
on the back. Ta-da. The idea here is we’ll add
extra screws onto the face of the wood
where we can attach the clips. This time we don’t need
to find studs, because the screws will only be
holding the lightweight clips and artwork. Okay, so we have our bulldogs
clip display ready. Now we’re gonna move on
to canvases. And for this one, we’re gonna
use the same 1x that we used up there, but the difference is,
we’re actually going to attach two pieces,
basically in an L-shape, and that way the canvases
can sit on them. [whirring] And we’re back to finding studs
for our screws. We’ll them to ensure
the shelf is secure. All right.
I think it looks cute, right? – Better here than on
the fridge. – [chuckles]
That’s a very good point. Spoken like a true dad.
– Uh-huh. – All right, well, I have a ton
to do left in this room. I need to bring back basically
a bajillion craft items. So you’re out of here,
and I will let you know when the room’s ready to see. – Looking forward.
– All right. Well, get out of here.
I got to get crafty. [pop music] Now it’s time for our
secret project that’s gonna give
the homeowners’ old dresser some new life. ♪ ♪ All right, so one of my
favorite things is upcycling or even if you want to call it
hacking a piece of furniture. I love taking an old
existing piece of furniture and giving it a completely new
purpose or new life. And that’s exactly what Ben and
I are gonna go to this dresser that the homeowners had in
their basement when we got here yesterday. So what we’ve done so far is, took off the existing hardware, and Ben painted it
using furniture paint, and that’s really key
to mention here, because it grips to the wood and it required us to do
very little sanding. Aleeza mentioned that they love
wrapping presents. She has tons of ribbon and
tons of accessories, so we are gonna turn this into
the ultimate wrapping station. So one of the drawers is
completely broken, and that’s sort of to be
expected when you’re dealing with old furniture, and we are
going to make basically– [laughs]
– Really fell apart. – Here, let me see that
piece of… – Yeah, perfect.
– Very solid wood. But basically what we’re going
to do here is put plywood in and make it
so this area just slides out and it’s additional workspace. Ben has cut our plywood
the exact size of the bottom drawer. And I’m going to attach
drawer slides to slide it out. So we’re gonna predrill our
holes for the little screws that came with the kit, just because the wood is
a little flimsy. So we have full extension
glide rails now. And basically our plywood
is gonna live on here. Sweet.
That thing slides like butter. – Nice.
– So now we’re just going to attach the drawer front
directly into the plywood. So we’ll put a couple
nail holes, we’ll fill it with some putty,
no big deal. All right, so that was
project one. On to project two, which involves all the fun
zhooshing of a present: ribbon. So up here, we’re gonna create
a ribbon dispenser. I got the idea when I saw this
without hardware, so basically we’re going to
drill holes in here, put the ribbon in the drawer
and feed it through. Basically the ribbon feeds
right through. So you can pull and snip, and there’s no, like, you
know how ribbon can get all, like, bundled and knotted. It might, but it’s happening in
the drawer, and you won’t even know. So for this one, it’s actually
gonna be attached over here onto the side, and
then this is gonna hold all of her wrapping paper. So it’s like a really great
amount of space, the base of the wrapping paper
rolls will go here, and then Ben’s gonna kind of
just build, like, a little piece around here
so they don’t flop all over. – Sounds good. – Good job, Ben.
– Okay. [whirring] – So now because I’m using
this drawer on the side for the wrapping paper, there’s
obviously gonna be a bit of a hole, so what
I’m gonna do here is paint the inside
of the drawer blue so it’s a little less
noticeable, and then Ben’s gonna put
a piece of plywood here and I’m gonna put all of her
gift bags and things like that in there.
– Okay. – Okay, thanks.
– Sounds good. [whirring] – All right, so now we’re gonna
get ready to install our giant pegboard. So what Ben has done so far
is level out and attach 2x3s to the wall. This is really important
to keep your pegboard off the wall, so that
the pegs can go in and you can put things
in and out of them. You wouldn’t want it flush
to the wall. So now we’re gonna put
the last one up, and then we can attach it. [whirring] This wall needs to be able to
handle a good amount of weight, so you want to make sure
that these are into studs. One other thing
I had Ben prepping are these cabinets. So this is going to give them
tons of hidden storage. These cabinets will kind of
replace all the bins of storage that she had around the entire
perimeter of the room and really make this entire
wall look like a custom built-in wall. [pop music] ♪ ♪ – Okay.
– I just want to show you while I still have a gap here why we have it off the wall. When these dowels go through
the hole, we need a little bit of depth
there to give them strength. If it was flush against
the wall, they’d barely be in there;
it wouldn’t be strong. So putting the 2×3 gives me
a couple inches and lots of stability. And look at our pattern,
nice and straight. – Looks good.
– Looks good. – Worked out.
– All right, so we are gonna get a coat of white paint
onto this so it ties into the cabinetry
that we’ve put in. We’re also gonna put some pine
down here on top of these kitchen
cabinets, and then comes the fun part. I can load in all
the crafty goodness, and I am super excited
about that. So let’s get it painted
so we can get decorating. [soft music] ♪ ♪ One, two, three. Open your eyes. – Oh.
Oh, my gosh. – Spectacular. – [sighs]
I almost fainted. [laughter] – No fainting! – This is great.
– Oh, that’s the pegboard. Oh.
And that’s the drawer. That’s our drawer.
Oh, with the ribbon coming out of the drawer.
– Don’t move, don’t move. – Oh, my gosh, the ribbon. And the kids won’t mess it up! – It was a dresser, and now
it’s like super wrapping– – I bought that dresser at
a yard sale for 10 bucks. – Best 10 bucks you ever spent.
– About ten yours ago. – Oh, my gosh.
– You good? – I’m a little dizzy.
– Yeah. – I’m a little dizzy. – Come over here.
I’ll help hold you steady. – It is so–oh,
and The Bubby Store. Look, it’s The Bubby Store. Okay, boring gray, you win. – Yes!
[laughter] – Goes great with the floor.
– Thank you! [laughter]
So is this a boring space at all?
– No! – So, craft table
that we built, so this is what Gershon and I
built together, and stools, and the coolest
thing is that you have storage–
– Cabinets. – Yep, at the end. So all kinds of containers
for all your craft supplies. – And sunken in. Everything’s, like, there
ready to go. – Yes, and these can swap out. So their other supplies can go
into the buckets, and that way it’s super easy. So if it’s coloring or if it’s
painting or whatever it is, you can kind of change it up. And then with the pegboard
wall, I have to be honest, I’m
completely jealous of this. I love it so much. And it’s all movable,
exchangeable, so you have tons of extra
shelves and pegs that we left for you. And then those are kitchen
cabinets underneath, like the ones that you’d
usually see above a microwave. So we installed a whole row
of them, so all of this clothes storage kind of replaces all the bins
that were around the perimeter of the room.
– Right. And the kids can reach it.
It’s really low. It’s perfect size.
– Yep. And then I really think
the kids are gonna love seeing their art up there.
What do you think? – I think so. We needed a space
to have a display wall, because you do something,
but if it doesn’t go somewhere and you can’t look at it
and admire it and feel good about it,
it just– it leaves it unfinished.
It’s perfect. – Do you feel like this does
justice to The Bubby Store? – Yes.
She always had things– she had things organized–
in bins, in crates– and now they’ll have this as
a memory and they’ll be able to look at it and say, like,
you know, “We have this here and we can create
in her memory.” – Like, you might actually
come down here now, right? – I’m already thinking of some
projects I want to do. [laughter] – I’m gonna have to claim time
with my space. We’re gonna have to have
a chart. – I know. Well, this was really, really
fun for me, and I’m dying to see what
the kids think. So why don’t you grab them,
and let’s see what they think of this space.
– Okay, great. – All right, go get ’em. Do you guys wanna try out some
of the chairs? – Is that stuff from Bubby,
or is that new stuff? – New stuff.
– You have to get the ball out. – What shape
do you want it to be? Can you get it back into a box? Keep trying.
– I’ll try. – You’ll try. – Your mom said that you might
have, like, friends over and teach, like,
arts and crafts workshops. You should!
Look! Look at this. – All right, let’s get to work. [laughter] – Come on, Dad.
Get him! [laughter] all: Thank you, Monica!
– And friends. – You guys are welcome. Well, that was one super crafty
“Weekender,” and I loved
every second of it. I would love to know what you
guys think of this craft space, so leave me a comment below
and let me know. And guys, make sure you are
subscribed to Lowe’s YouTube channel. You don’t want to miss a single
episode of “The Weekender.” This weekend I’m helping out
a couple with their finished basement. They’re looking for
the ultimate gaming and entertaining space. The couple said that they want something kind of
outside of the box. Well, they called
the right girl. I am so excited about some
of the crazy and unique ideas I have planned for this space. One, two, three.
Open your eyes. – Oh, my gosh. It doesn’t…
– Oh, my God. [pop music]

28 thoughts on “The Weekender: “The Creativity Room” (Season 4, Episode 9)

  1. Monica, you are the perfect person for this job. You did a great job how you verbalize things and the way you address subjects.

  2. I enjoy your projects but your standard cabinets you often buy for projects could be better if they had drawers more than doors.

  3. Ok no joke Iโ€™m really jealous of all the stuff in that room a long with the fact they have an art room๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  4. I adore the fact that the folks being Jewish was never even mentioned? Like it was just such an accepted part of this whole project that at no point was any focus put onto it. Because I've seen so many home Reno shows use the homeowners religion as a selling point for the episode? Even when it had literally nothing to do with how they chose to design/decorate their home.

  5. Every time u do a project I think its ur best 1 yet then comes the next project & u out do yourself. This was beyond perfect.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅ‡๐ŸŒ๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ.

  6. Hi Monica! I am from Africa. I just chanced on your channel and gosh!! I am literally bingeing on every single episode. You are awesome! How do you come up with all these amazing ideas anyway? I am loving every single project. A thousand thumbs up to you!

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