Monday, February 21, 2011

Home Office Redesign

I actually finished the home office the week of Christmas but am just getting around to blogging about it....oops!  Our office also started as a blank slate and the first item we purchased was our old school teacher's desk on craigslist for $40!  We (okay Jason) sanded, primed, sanded, painted, stained, sanded some more and then applied two coats of poly. It was a lot of work! I decided to do the top black and I love the way it turned out. 

It went from looking like this:


















to this: (please excuse the cords...I am working on those!)






































Other wall in the office


And one other view that includes the chevron rug that I love!!






































I did a lot of shopping around and googling coupons to try and find the best deals I could.  I love the way it turned out and now that I work from home, it's great to be able to work in a "fun" office!

Craigslist:  Desk
Ikea:  Red Desk Chair
HomeGoods:  Desk accessories, printer table and basket
Container Store: Leaning bookshelf
Target:  Armless chair
Overstock:  Green garden stool

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Guest Bedroom Redesign

I have been working on the guest bedroom for a couple months now. I am horrible at taking before pictures so I don't have any of those to show but I basically started with a blank slate.  When we moved in last February, I did have a bed that I put in the room with old bedding so it would be functional but I knew I had plans to change it once the downstairs was complete!  My inspiration actually came from a Better Homes & Gardens magazine.  I would like to eventually have some drapes made but for now I am finished.  I upholstered the headboard early this week and it was the easiest project I have even done.  From start to finish it only took an hour and I am so happy with the way it turned out!  Everything in the bedroom (besides the bedding) I either already had in the attic or was free! Headboard- from my Aunt Alice; bedside table from Jason's parents that I refinished, mirror also from Jason's parents, and the old window above the bed was from a neighbor who just got new windows which was also refinished.

Upholstered headboard and new bedding.
 Bedside table that was refinished







Feels so good to finally have it finished...for now!