Monday, January 17, 2011

Office Redo

Are you ready for a doozie of a before and after? I sure was!

We finally tackled our office this past weekend and I am so thrilled with it...I am anxious to finish the rest of the house now too! Good thing the weather is getting less humid, painting isn't so miserable now. 
So here ya go...please excuse the huge mess in the before pictures. You are looking at painting supplies, Christmas gifts yet to be opened by family and any other things we didn't have a place for.

Facing the front of the house, that is our front door on the left...messy and boring right!

Facing the kids rooms and laundry room. Bad flow with the desk right there.

A better view of the same direction. That door leads to the hall way that leads to the kids room and out to the garage. We walk through there all the time, the desk right there is just in the will find a new home.

My husband thought my his and hers paint tray set up was he took a picture of it. As you can see I prefer the smaller roller, it seems to cover just as fast and I don't get a sore arm 2 minutes after starting the project. I got this from my mother who paints professionally and only uses these I'm not that unusual. 

So here is the after! We did Designer White on the ceiling (Ace Hardware paint) and the walls are Light Green Gray (Sherwin Williams). Did I mention this was all free paint? Yeppers, we had the white leftover from the living room/dining room/kitchen project and the green was a freebe from my Mom. Thanks Mom! 
I love how the room looks. The green looks like it just belongs in the room and blends perfectly with the living room paint color (a custom color courtesy of my Mom again). Since these rooms are open to each other it was important that they have the same "feel" and I am pleased to say they do!

We moved the desk under the window and I love it there. I can look out at the front yard and work on the computer. The drapes are a Pottery Barn clearance bin find from last year. I love them and am thrilled to be able to enjoy them again. The drapery hardware is a $9.95 Lowe's clearance item I  found a few months ago. The light fixture is a plastic brass one that I used Rub N Buff to change it on the cheap. I had it from a previous project so it was free! I will eventually get something more suited to my tastes for here.

I am loving this new little sitting area created with two of our many dining room chairs (we have 8 in this style and 5 in another) and the ottoman our sofa came with. I would love to create a slip cover for the ottoman to give it a funky fun look and maybe make some cushions or slip covers for the chairs as well. Since this picture was taken I have added a few more little trinkets to the tray on top. It looks adorable. James enjoys knocking everything off it. Oh well!

The view from the kids room revisited. Way better right? Just picture the desk refinished...I am not sure if I want to sand it and re stain it or go in the white glazed direction. I guess that will be determined later...any suggestions would be appreciated. The top is leather so I would love to maybe find a way to treat it so it isn't brown any more. A actual desk chair would be great but for the time being I'll be making a cushion. I plan on making a faux roman shade for that small window, I just need to find the perfect fabric.

Here is another view of the sitting area. You can see James' room with the door open. It great that his room is so close. I do most of my posting during nap time and can hear when he starts to wake up.

So there you have it. I think it looks pretty awesome for a free make over using stuff we had on hand. I obviously have a few more projects from this room in the near future but for now I am going to enjoy what we have done so far.

It's James' birthday week so this week is project 1st Birthday! I need to create decorations, finalize the menu and create a awesome birthday cake for him...busy busy busy!

Stay tuned!

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  1. Wow, it looks phenomenal! Good call on switching things around, the flow is much better it seems...and I love those curtains! Free makeovers are the best, aren't they??

  2. Wow what amazing transformations! You did a great job. Really like your blog.

  3. Thanks for sharing, its pretty cool. This year I'm looking forward to take a break and enjoy nature as I go for vacation, well maybe after I find some Texas Ranches. Anyway I really like your blog and i really appreciate the excellent quality content you are posting here.

  4. Hi Christy....

    What a great contrast. I am loving the clean lines. What is even better is that you did it for next to nothing!

    Take care,

  5. Great work, things looks fabulous! You must be loving it!!

  6. Beautiful! I've been trying to decide what on earth to do with my office. It has been over 3 years of thinking about it. Eventually I'm going to have to make a decision!


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