OLD DOOR, NEW TABLE

Happy Monday!! How gorgeous is this weather today?! I should really get outside and soak it all in because we all know days like this have been rare lately! But before I get outside to enjoy the sun before the rain/snow/sleet/whatever this crazy weather might have in store for us next, I have to tell you about the old door, new table situation we have going on in our house. I’m crazy excited about this latest project and I’ve been counting down the days until I get to share it with you. So…today’s the day! Yesterday I was sharing some of my thoughts on my ever evolving design style and also included a little sneak peak to the latest project we’ve been working on with this photo:

old door new tableEeek!

So aside from these killer Carlisle Dining Chairs I picked up at Target (btw they were on sale in our local stores over the weekend so get your butts down there to grab a few before time runs out!) I’m going crazy over the new table Joe and I built over the weekend. old door new tableGuys…the pictures don’t even do her justice. She’s really pretty.  Continue reading

GALLERY WALL & PLANNING AHEAD

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been recapping what progress I’ve been making on our Home Office Makeover (check those out here, here, here and here) and today I have yet another update on how things are going.

Two things that I really wanted for this project were additional storage and a gallery wall to make the space feel more like an extension of our living space and less like an office and I’m proud to share that we are making progress on our gallery wall & planning ahead for some storage shelving. gallery wall & planning aheadHow do you like them apples pictures?

(We finally finished painting the walls a couple weeks ago and decided to go with Behr Sparrow…a color that we have a few other places in our house… but I hadn’t had a chance to update you on that one until now!)

I have mentioned a few Etsy shops that I’ve been crushing on lately and am happy to say that a few of my favorite prints have made their way into frames and onto my walls along with some of my husband’s old family photos that we love. But since a gallery wall (and planning ahead when it comes to hanging pretty much anything on the walls) can be a little tricky, especially once you have freshly painted walls that you don’t want to scuff up too much, I decided be patient and plan things out carefully before making any final decisions. taped shelves and gallery wallWith some Kraft paper and painters tape (to be sure not to chip off any of our fresh paint) I was able to eyeball how I wanted the gallery wall to start while also taking into consideration the IKEA Lack shelves that I plan on adding above the desks for additional storage. By taping out the dimensions of where I thought I’d like the shelves to go and how I’d like them spaced, I was able to get a feel for how the final product would look while also setting up the gallery wall.

gallery wall & planning aheadI played around with some gallery wall formations on the floor to get a feel for how things would look and traced each frame onto Kraft paper so I could get a feel for spacing on the actual wall. Trust me, it’s a lot easier to move a piece of paper around than to have to worry about patching holes in the wall if you don’t like the placement of your frames. gallery wall & planning aheadOnce I found the formation and spacing that I was happy with, I measured the hole on the back of the frame and hammered the nail right into the Kraft paper. This assured that each frame would go exactly where I had planned and the paper could be simply ripped off of the wall once the nail was placed. gallery wall & planning ahead

And… TaDa! We have a well planned gallery wall and no extra holes in the wall!!

I’m excited to add to the gallery wall as time goes on. I think it’s fun to get a solid core of frames up on the wall and then add pieces here and there as I acquire them. Once you get it started, it’s easy to add little things and fill in empty spaces as you find them.

So…with all of this progress, I’m finally able to cross a few things off of my original planning list. Although I’m sure more things will be added on as the project continues…who doesn’t love crossing items off of a list? It’s interior design therapy at its best. I’m hoping to get on installing those wall shelves this weekend.

I’ll leave you with an in-progess picture, because what’s better than a good old before-and-after?
gallery wall & planning aheadProgress, baby!

  • Start fresh with a new coat of paint. As beautiful as I think a bright, white office can be, I don’t know that I love these white walls with our current flooring and trim color (which we are not planning on changing at this moment.) A fresh coat of neutral paint will instantly update the office and create the perfect backdrop for all of the other changes we have in store. I’m thinking Worldly Gray
  • Add an area rug. Adding an area rug to the office will really make it feel more comfortable and inviting, which is just how a home office should feel. The perfect area rug will help to ground the space and bring the whole design together.
  • Add artwork. I would love to create a gallery wall in the office, either above my desk or on the exposed brick wall.
  • Organize desks and storage. Our desks still need to be functional and work ready so the makeover can’t focus solely on appearances. I want to come up with some creative ways to hide desk clutter and paperwork while staying both beautiful and functional for everyday work tasks. Some ideas include additional shelving, basket storage, cork board desk “backsplash” and we’ll see what else.
  • Paint and update existing furniture. Since the filing cabinet and old dresser turned TV stand are functional within the space when it comes to organization, I’d like to keep them but find a way to incorporate them into the design. Some new fresh paint and new hardware, like we talked about here, just might do the trick.

DIY CORK BOARD

So…it’s Monday. Bummer. BUT…maybe sharing a little Home Office Makeover update will cheer you up a bit?! I know it’s been a while since I’ve shared what’s going on in our home office and I really am sorry about that (is it just me or does it always seem like life gets crazy busy as soon as you’re really trying to get something done!?) but I finally have a couple updates for you including our DIY cork board project.

Drum roll please… DIY cork board

Not too shabby, huh? In an attempt to de-clutter our desks and help in organizing reminders and miscellaneous papers, I really wanted to make some sort of cork board organizer that we could rest on our desks.  I wanted a long, rectangular board and didn’t want to spend a bunch of money so I decided to figure out a way to make our own on the cheap!

DIY cork board materialsWe bought an 18″ x 48″ particle board to use as the backing of the cork board and 2 rolls of Natural Cork Con-Tact liner from Home Depot. This liner is meant to be some sort of shelf liner and is too thin to act as a cork board on its own (pins would hardly be able to hold anything up) but with an adhesive backing and the look of cork that I was hoping for, I was determined to (in my best Tim Gunn voice) make it workDIY cork board

So…my evil plan? CARDBOARD BOXES!! Bare with me on this one. With a bunch of extra moving boxes laying around from a super top secret clubhouse project that my husband and step-son have been working on for months (I can’t tell you much more about it or I’ll have to kill you) I knew it could be the perfect behind-the-scenes cork board material for this DIY project. DIY cork board

I cut the leftover boxes to fit right on top of the particle board base and hot glued that sucker right on top. Not only would this extend the thickness of the Con-Tact cork liner which would allow us to pin out hearts out (remember when that work didn’t immediately make you think of Pinterst? Yeah, me neither.) but it would also allow our DIY cork boards to be really lightweight.

DIY cork boardOnce the cardboard was attached, I rolled the adhesive cork liner right over the top, trimmed any extras, and there you have it! It was now the perfect depth for push pins to attach whatever we needed! My handy husband whipped out some custom wooden frames for them and with a couple coats of black spray paint and some wood glue, we had the perfect DIY cork boards to add to our home office makeover.

DIY cork boardWhoomp, there is it!

Now, rather than random papers strewn all over out desks, we can pin the old-fashioned way! So, there you have it! What do you think about our newest home office addition? What are some of your favorite ways to organize your desk mess?

MINI MAKEOVER UPDATE

So… with a very unwelcome and unacceptable sick bug running around my house this weekend, I didn’t get very far along with our home office makeover. Total bummer! But since we promised to keep you in the loop, here’s a mini makeover update from our not so eventful weekend. While the painting and heavy duty organizing had to be put off for a few days, luckily, with a little burst of energy on Sunday and the sweet sound of Homegoods calling my name, I made a little bit of headway on the project.

If you follow us on Instagram, you saw that we snatched up a couple fun Homegoods baskets for extra storage in the office as well as this TÅRNBY area rug from IKEA for a total steal (I’ve always had a hard time paying high prices for area rugs so this 5′-11″ x 8′-2″ rug that worked perfectly in our office for only $99 was a no-brainer.)mini makeover update

mini makeover updateThe baskets are fun and add some extra storage space for little odds and ends and craft supplies and I’m really happy with how the area rug warms up the space. Once there’s a little color on the walls and some other accents around, I think the monochromatic floor and rug combination will work nicely.

Other than that, I finished up painting the old dresser turned TV stand/storage unit and put two coats of paint on the ugly old filing cabinet. I still have to reattach some hardware and I think it might need one more coat of paint but aside from that, I’m really happy with the difference it made. Here’s a reminder of how drab and sad it was before and a look at how our painted furniture it coming along…

little change big difference

 mini makeover update

I also received the Elizabeth Mayville print (that was featured on our Friday Favorites post) and framed that to get ready to start the office gallery wall.
So…while I wasn’t able to get quite as much done this weekend as I had hoped, it’s something! So far, I can cross a couple of things off of my list and get ready to make some big changes this week!

  1. Start fresh with a new coat of paint. As beautiful as I think a bright, white office can be, I don’t know that I love these white walls with our current flooring and trim color (which we are not planning on changing at this moment.) A fresh coat of neutral paint will instantly update the office and create the perfect backdrop for all of the other changes we have in store. I’m thinking Worldly Gray
  2. Add an area rug. Adding an area rug to the office will really make it feel more comfortable and inviting, which is just how a home office should feel. The perfect area rug will help to ground the space and bring the whole design together.
  3. Add artwork. I would love to create a gallery wall in the office, either above my desk or on the exposed brick wall.
  4. Organize desks and storage. Our desks still need to be functional and work ready so the makeover can’t focus solely on appearances. I want to come up with some creative ways to hide desk clutter and paperwork while staying both beautiful and functional for everyday work tasks. Some ideas include additional shelving, basket storage, cork board desk “backsplash” and we’ll see what else.
  5. Paint and update existing furniture. Since the filing cabinet and old dresser turned TV stand are functional within the space when it comes to organization, I’d like to keep them but find a way to incorporate them into the design. Some new fresh paint and new hardware, like we talked about here, just might do the trick.