I gave a sneak peak of our craft/office here and showed you our updated closet doors here, but I haven’t really shown the room as a whole. Plus Trav finally got around to hanging some lighting and blinds we purchased so I feel like the room is a bit more complete. Here is a reminder of the room when we moved in:
And after we put all our junk in (scary!):
Here it is today. I wish I remembered to take a pic of the fan that used to be in there. It was FUGLY! You can sort of see the blades of it in the before pic, but it doesn’t do it justice. Basically picture something out of the 80’s that’s bulky and adorned in gold. We purchased the light you see in this pic from IKEA for 25 bucks including a light kit. Don’t ask how it was installed because I have no idea. It involved re-wiring and adding outlets in the ceiling?!?!? Good thing Hubby is handy.
Here is the view from the other side.
And a wider shot:
I also switched up the stuff I had on the desk, and staged it a bit. Yep I’m reading HGTV’s new mag! Love it.
A close-up of the corner. The pic is from our Anniversary and the necklace was my Grandma’s. I love having it out and displayed instead of hidden in a drawer somewhere. The sign is what I would be doing EVERYDAY if I lived near a beach. ❤
On the wall opposite of the closet we put a mirror. It’s perfect for a quick outfit check on my way out the door!
Eventually we want a day bed under the window, but for now we have bigger plans to tackle (bathroom renovation is a GO). I’d love to try to DIY something to save mula, stay tuned!
In my last post I discussed different options I was debating for my closet doors. Well I decided to go ahead and try the cheapest option first, chalkboard paint! Here is what I did.
First I took the doors off the hinges and laid them outside (since I knew I would be working with some pretty stinky stuff). Then I chose some leftover paint I had laying around and painted a rough boarder that I would be taping off.
I used a Costco mailer to help me keep my tape even all the way around.
Here is what it looked like when I was done. I used Frogger Tape from Home Depot which actually did pretty well with bleeding.
Then I painted 3 coats of this stuff and took my tape off about 30 minutes after I finished my last coat.
I forgot to snap a before picture in the office, but here is what they look like in the spare bedroom.
Here is the after! I like them a whole lot better than what it previously was, but I’m not sure I’m completely in love with how they go in the room. I may end up switching these up again in the near future, but for now it acts as an awesome message center.
My Office/Craft room has been a work in progress, but it has come a loooonnnnngggg way from what it used to look like. Here is what it started as:
Basically it was a junk room for our junk! Thankfully we (and by “we” I mean “I” since hubby was conveniently busy that day) had a garage sale a few months back and got rid of most of the above. I decorated very Tuscan in my apartment and I knew I wanted to go in a completely different direction in our house. So I let people haggle me down until I pretty much gave everything away. 😦 I am terrible at garage sales. Anyway back to the topic… so to the right of this door there sat a cheap and poorly made built- in desk. Silly me forgot to get a before shot of the desk before taking it out so use your imagination for this one:
And now it looks like:
And this is why it’s a sneak peek, because the rest of the room is empty right now, which I guess is still a huge improvement from what we started with.
Here is a source list of what I remember( I’m working at keeping better track of things):
- Rug: Urban outfitters
- Chair: TJ Maxx find
- Desk: Ikea
- Vase and flowers: Pier One
- Tray: Home Goods
- Frames: Ikea
- Prints: Etsy
So after getting our taxes done yesterday afternoon, I decided that we are way too unorganized (at least in the paper department). The problem is I hate clutter, so do I keep receipts? Nope. Do I throw away important things? Sometimes. Do I have a designated spot for things I absolutely have to have? Yes… but it’s shoved in a drawer in no particular order. I’ve been wanting to organize our papers, but there were always other things that needed to get done first. However after our embarrassing trip to our tax account I was in sudden realization of how unorganized we really were.
I had no idea I had to keep receipts, medical bills, printed bank statements, and random housing papers. So I made it my goal for 2012 to be uber organized in the paper department. How will this organization go down? Really easy, I will simply make hubby finally build our filing cabinet drawers. You see the drawers are already in our office we just have nothing to hang the files on. I also need a receipt holder so they wont get lost in my purse AKA the never-ending pit. Not to mention organizing containers for various things like cords, camera stuff, pens, fabrics ect. And since I’m in the organizing mood here are some pics of my favorite orgsnized offices (no I havent done any organizing of my own yet).
I love the cork board with fabric clips!
This is a great idea to DIY a filing basket, I would even do this inside my filing drawer for easy access! Click on pic for tutorial.
I also like this idea for my mail.
And I love the organization in this office! Especially the Mason Jars for pen holders, baskets for misc, and book ends for binders.
And last but not least, while this look is a little too traditional for me I love this display on top of the desk. We have a similair set up in our home office and I’ve been trying to figure out what should go on top of our large desk.
So hopefully a home office reveal will be in the near future, organized papers and all!