My home office, a cozy, quiet sanctuary that I look forward to entering each morning, was once the pink-carpeted bedroom of The Guy’s old roommate. Unfortunately, I forgot to take any “before” photos of this bedroom before I began its transformation, but when you try to imagine how it once looked, make sure you envision it with maximum nastiness.
I know some bloggers don’t like to show off remodels in progress – they only want their readers to see the finished product. But personally, I think the finished product is that much more impressive when you see each step of the process.
So off we go on the nickel tour. After you!
This, my friends, is where I spend the vast majority of my day. In other words, this is where the magic happens.
On the opposite side of the room from my desk is my sewing/craft table, which was left behind by one of the aforementioned roommates. The top was dirty, stained and yellow, so I cleaned it up and spray-painted it white. This weekend, I hope to start on the skirt I want to make for it to hide all the fabric storage bins underneath.
This is what I’ll use to make the skirt:
My parents used to have a whole set of these wicker dining chairs, but one by one, they all broke. This is the lone survivor, which I salvaged from their garbage and spray-painted red.
I won’t lie: This sucker took a can and a half of spray paint. (Still cheaper than a new chair, though.)
This little table is actually an antique Singer sewing machine I bought at an estate sale. You can see it (and The Pink Carpet of My Discontent) here.
The statue is St. Paul. I rescued him from Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo in New Orleans.
This piece of furniture here that’s underneath all the books (Lord help us, that isn’t even half of them) is supposed to be The Guy’s desk.
We have a plain black case for the books, but we haven’t moved it from storage yet. It will go here:
Anyway, The Guy has just about decided that he will use this desk infrequently, if ever, so I think we’re going to take it out and put a nice futon there.
On the other side of the room, we have a little bathroom/dressing area.
Clearly, this part of the room needs the most work. See that peeling wallpaper? Some dumbass stuck it to the drywall. So now it has to be textured/painted over. And while I don’t necessarily mind painting, I have it on good authority that this is NOT a job you want to attempt by yourself if you don’t know what you’re doing, which I, of course, do not.
We’ll also replace the sink fixtures and hardware and paint the cabinets as the budget allows.
We also have a nice-sized closet up here.
I cannot believe I just showed you the inside of one of my closets.
(That’s not garbage, by the way. It’s a sackful of bubble wrap.)
And on that note, let’s look at some details, shall we?
I love having my lovelies looking down on me while I work.
(Please note: not fluorescent.)
My little bulletin/inspiration board.
The Guy says this red turban is hideous. I say it’s the chic-est thing I’ve seen in a month. What say ye?
My poor naked window.
My current dilemma is deciding whether I want blinds, curtains, a shade or some combination thereof. What do you think?
Well, that’s it, ladies and gentlemen! How do you like it so far?
Because I’ve gotten a few more questions, we’ll continue Job Week into the first of next week, when I’ll tell you about an average day – if there is such a thing – in the life of a freelancer.
Your designing and decorating