I finally finished the makeover to our office. Although it’s not really an office – it has a million purposes. The reason that it’s sometimes been referred to as the office is because that’s where the family computer has always been. Oh – and envelopes and paper. Hence, the office designation.
It used to hold a ton of toys, so it was also sometimes referred to as the playroom. No one really liked to play in there though, because it was, well – gross. Cramped, dark, dreary, disorganized, blah.
I spent hours sifting through the contents of this teeny, tiny room. Paint, wallpaper, and some new (and old) furnishings transformed it into a bright, cheery space that serves many purposes!
I posted a picture of this wallpaper months ago on Facebook. It’s actually a mural, and it came in 8 pieces. The first couple of sections were not too difficult to put up, but it got tricky after that. (Probably has something to do with an old house and nothing being very straight.) Thank goodness that my very generous friend Farrah offered to help me. I would never have been able to do it myself!! Never.
It’s busy, and it’s bold, and I LOVE it! It’s a nice surprise when you walk into the room. And since it’s so busy, I of course had to pair it with my checked chairs. Makes perfect sense! (I’ve always loved florals and checks together, and the large scale of this makes me so happy.)
My biggest motivation for the makeover was this amazing old cabinet that my family gave me for Mother’s Day 2 years ago. This beauty has been sitting in our garage because it wouldn’t fit anywhere else, and it is soooooooo heavy. Seriously.
The cherry on top is that it holds a TON of stuff! Nearly all of our craft supplies fit inside.
How about the computer nook? It used to be a tiny, under-utilized closet. Kevin made the opening taller and wider, and now the computer and its one million cords are tucked away.
I was so happy that this table fit in the space. I rescued it from the curb over a year ago, and couldn’t wait to find a spot for it. It has an enamel top, which is perfect for the girls to use for their artwork. I love the cup pull on the little drawer – some day I’ll try to get the old paint off of it.
Last but not least – there has to be a television for video games and for watching the 5 million old episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place and Hannah Montana. ugh.
The television cabinet is made from 3 Ikea Besta units with a little cottage detail added. I tried to add lots of interesting things to the wall around the to detract attention from the television!
Oh – did you notice the floors? (There are so many changes, I almost forgot!) I painted them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and sealed them with poly. I’ll post the details, along with some of the other projects, as soon as I can.
I would love to show you a ‘before’ pic of this room, but I can’t find it anywhere. I think it’s locked on an SD card that got messed up – if I can figure out how to fix it, I will certainly share it with you. I want you to see how drastically different the room is now!!
One last shot…