Well my friends, I made it. I may be gasping as I cross the finish line, there may be unidentified odors emanating from my refrigerator, which is shocking since there is very little food in my home, and the laundry may be piling up, but I made it! As in…I.JUST.MADE.IT! But…I am very happy with my ‘new’ office and without the push from the One Room Challenge, I wouldn’t be writing this post while sitting in all the prettiness that is my new office. But before I share the final reveal of my office, let’s look back at where I started.
I am grateful to Minted for sponsoring this post.While they provided me with a piece of beautiful artwork, the piece speaks for itself. I can further attest to the wonderful selection that Minted offers (a challenge for someone likes me who has a hard time making decisions), the ease of making the order and the quick turnaround time.
So this is a longish, narrow room (8 feet at it’s widest and 16 feet long), which among other things, makes taking photos a bit of a challenge.
This ‘before’ photo was taken as I stood in the doorway. The counter on the left spans 8 feet and is useful as a work surface as well as providing under-counter storage. That black cabinet at the far end housed my craft supplies and doubled as a go-to photography spot.
That chair is an important chair as there is always a 2-footed or 4-footed bottom plopped in that chair. Terry and I ‘made’ the desk from an old door last year, you can see that post here.
My first two projects were to stencil 1 of the walls in my room (see my post on stenciling and 8 tips for successful wall stenciling for details and to enter the Cutting Edge Stencil Giveaway!) and to reupholster that plaid club chair in a simple linen. You can see the post for tips on reupholstering here.
I was a newbie to both of these projects, glad I did them but really glad they are done. And once again, many thanks to Cutting Edge Stencils for providing me the TeaHouse Allover Stencil and Stencil Kit.
My office easily doubles as my craft room and is packed to the gills with all sorts of craft paraphernalia. As such, I need to keep some storage, but also needed to keep that laminate countertop.
It’s not my favorite countertop finish, but it is clearly the most practical for it’s use. On any given day it has splatters of paint, glue and whatnot stuck to it and can be easily removed. The space under the counter doubles as storage for a variety of canvases and other larger items.
This space definitely needed some sprucing up and I have to tell you that I really do love the finished product that is my new counter. I’ll be back soon to give you the details on this project.
This DIY grommeted skirt around my counter just may be my most favorite feature of my ‘new’ office.
It just really finishes that counter so nicely that you almost don’t notice that it’s laminate. So it fits my desired goal of functional aesthetics…it serves a purpose and looks good while doing it.
And I really must give a HUGE shoutout to my hubby. I was gone for 4 of the past 7 days enjoying a fantastic girl’s weekend at my alma mater, tailgating under the bluest of blue skis and watching a fun football game under the lights.
As I was driving home on Monday, I was getting anxious thinking of all the things I needed to do to finish my room by today. I had cut out the holes for the grommets before I left for the weekend, but the 33 grommets needed to be put on my ‘curtain’. Imagine my sheer giddiness when I arrived home to a finished curtain! What a good egg he is.
I did opt to take down much of the ‘artwork’ and shelves that cluttered this wall above my ribbon spool and I am enjoying the cleaner look. I did keep in my bulletin board showing our Christmas cards throughout the years and one of my favorite ‘from behind’ pictures of my kiddos.
I keep my paint brushes, scissors and some camera gear in those glass containers…I just painted some gold stripes on them to spiff them up.
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I covered 3 Ikea Bits metal bulletin boards with gold paper to keep some favorite photos and inspirations on. It seems Ikea no longer makes them, but these look similar.
And this coral painted chest to hold some of my craft supplies might just also be one of my favorite pieces of this room redo. I did this and the coral cube during week 5 of my ORC that I called ‘hello coral.’
I need to work on getting the storage organized inside of it, but that’s for another time. For the time being, I just love the coral-ness that this chest adds to my office.
Along the ‘functional aesthetics’ line, I like my storage and organization to be ‘pretty’.
I am more inclined to keep it organized if I like the way it looks. The silver sugar and creamer which were wedding gifts have stored my crochet hooks, stitch holders and other knit/crochet paraphernalia for several years and easily made the cut when I was deciding what stays and what goes.
Because this room is so long and narrow, I was unable to buy a rug ‘off the rack’.
I found a remnant of what I wanted and was able to get it cut to size and bound for less than I was expecting. Keep that in mind for those odd-sized rooms. I needed something neutral to settle down all the other patterns I had going on in the room.
And while we here, let’s just step back and take a look at that great abstract from Minted that ties the whole room together.
It’s called ‘Red Hots’ and it’s another element of this room that is one of my favorites. It picks up the coral perfectly, works with patterns in the room and just really ads the ‘oomph’ to take the room from ‘finished’ to ‘fantastic’.
If you haven’t shopped for art on Minted, give it a try. They really make it easy to narrow down your choices by type of art (drawing, painting, photography, etc…), style (abstract, landscape, floral, cityscapes, etc…), shape (landscape, portrait or square) and primary color. My painting came matted and framed and ready to hang.
It was a happy day when I drove home from my girl’s weekend to also find a big Minted box on my front porch.
So, that’s my final reveal and if you are keeping track, the item(s) that are my favorite
I’d say it’s a good day when every element is tied for being my most favorite!
And a little side by side comparison is always handy. I just really like the cleaner look and the windows without curtains. I don’t need them for privacy and the light that comes in is truly lovely.
Thanks again to Linda at Calling it Home for lighting the fire under me to get this room done. For some reason, there does seem to be a wrinkle in time during the 6-week One Room Challenge where time collapses from 6-weeks to 3-weeks. I can’t quite figure out how it happens, but 6-weeks seems like a long period of time…until you’re in it!
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So, the only person sad that this crazy 6 weeks is over is my son, who has absolutely loved living off of frozen taquitos and pizza rolls! Sorry dude… the party is over..Mom is back in charge.
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