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Sunday, April 13, 2014

20 Cottage8: Office Closet Reveal

Wow, you are a patient bunch! 

This project, like most projects took a bit longer than 1/2 a day. (You know me and my unrealistic project goal deadlines). But now I get to finally put a big check mark next to the words “remodel office closet” on my checklist. And I’m especially ecstatic to get rid of that portable make-shift desk in our bedroom. We have finally hooked everything up and Adam is once again back in the closet and back in business. 
*Ok, the thought just occurred to me- if this is your first time visiting my blog, that previous sentence sounded weird. Just to clarify, my husband Adam works from home out of our guest room closet-turned office space.

Now then, let’s get on with the reveal!

Here’s how the closet looked after we gutted out all the office clutter…
         
 closet during


And here’s how our office closet looks today! 
     
      
   
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Everything is super tidy and organized now, and everything is in its place… 
     
      
   
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Since I designed this space specially for Adam, I went with a rustic yet modern theme… 
     
      
   
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This is my favorite chair. We found it while out taking a walk one day. It was just sitting out on the curb in front of a house, so I knocked and asked permission to take it. They were delighted it was finding a happy new home, and so were we! 
     
      
     
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9 – 1 – 7. No, that’s not my locker combo or my street address. Just a random group of numbers I selected . I particularly love how “odd” numbers look grouped. This trio was found at Home Goods, and they were cut from old reclaimed wood… 
     
      
   
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Nothing was met with more fear or reluctance than mitering the corners on the moulding. I decided to frame the entire top and bottom portion of the back wall of the closet to give the edges a nice finish, which meant I had to cut 45-degree angles, 16 of them in total. And by the end, I have to say I rocked it! Oh and by the way, I used base moulding. I really liked its finished edge, and it kinda made me feel like a rebel ; ) 
     
      
   
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Another Home Goods treasure, love love love this striped rug… 
     
      
   
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Just some fun, decorative desk accessories for Adam. The wall cabinet, monkey fist, jar and pencils from Home Goods, the paper tray from Target… 
     
     
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The white crates are from Joanne Fabrics. I used them as the “legs” to support the desk top. I decided to turn them back side out, as I loved the look of the lines it accidentally created… 
 
       
        
     
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17 years later, and so very much still in love with this guy. I have the pleasure of working at home with him every day, even if we do distract each other from time to time with our shared love of walks and day hikes…
  

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In my next post I'll share some behind the scenes footage on how I did the "wood wall"… 
    
      
   
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Friday, April 4, 2014

14 Something about necessity being the mother of invention


What a mighty little whirlwind these past few weeks have been. 
        
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I’ve been sawing moulding with my miter box at unspeakably late hours of the evening, because there are not enough hours in the day. Not even for getting those stubborn last drops of paint off my fingers. It’s kind of like an accessory, like jewelry.

I’m happy to announce I finally overcame my fear of mitering and joining corners at a 45 degree angle. Cause that stuff can be nightmare scary. And I’m really good at it now ; )

Remember my office closet remodel project, the one a few people thought there was nothing wrong with it in it’s current state? I’m happy to declare it’s in its final design stages.
 

One of the more difficult tasks I had to tackle with this project was all my closet clutter. Paper clutter, electronic clutter, you name it. Pretty baskets from Home Goods were just the solution I needed to tame the junk and make it organized…

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Prepare yourself, it’s about to get very scary real in here.

Because we are remodeling our office closet, the very place Adam works out of every day, he got kicked out of his workspace and needed a new work station pronto. So I left him to his own devises to design a temporary “floating work station” that he could get by with for a couple weeks.

And this was HIS solution…

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You’ve got to give the guy credit for creative repurposing. This is a plastic fold up saw table, the kind you find at Home Depot. It’s in our bedroom. 

       
   
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This thing has even got a additional make-shift shelf below. He found a way to put it to good use… 

     
      
   
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Here’s to making it work, and working with what you have : )

Have a happy weekend friends!     
   

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

7 Awards and Makeovers

For the sake of normalcy, I wish I could say that we were glued to the Academy Awards on tv tonight. Instead my eyes are focused squarely on the walls of our office closet, getting a new makeover. 

closet painting

In the middle of the night, instead of sleeping like a normal person, the wheels in my brain started turning and churning as I got this wild idea to go in an entirely different direction with our office closet. 

Here’s the closet before, when we first bought the house. And how it looked after I completed it’s initial makeover…

office closet magazine

Ok, so it looked pretty good afterwards. But I'm not good at sitting still. And now that this is Adam's full-time workstation, my creative juices started overflowing with ideas and I couldn't sit still another minute. So we hit the road, straight to IKEA, where all your decorating dreams (on  a budget) come true.

My NEW vision for our tiny work closet is going to be:
Something a little more masculine and better suited for Adam, less cluttered (there was a highway of wires back there that drove me crazy), more leg space width-wise, and something more rustic yet stylish overall. 

Oh, and that neat old wire light (seen above) is coming down and I'm selling it. It's $48, that's what I paid for it at the Remnants of the Past show a couple years ago. The first person interested takes it. Just leave me a comment below and I'll be in touch. 

So here's how the closet looked after I cleared everything out, just a few hours ago...

closet during

And just for fun, and because I'm waiting for the first coat of paint to dry, here's a 5 year timeline:

office closet magazine closet during closet painting

Happy Sunday! Hope you have a great week ahead! 

PS- What was your favorite part of the Academy Awards? I'm probably going to be painting the rest of the night, so I'll have to catch highlights tomorrow on YouTube!

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