Monday, November 24, 2008

The Calm After the Storm

Here are the 'after' pictures of Chris' office. If I had more money, I would do the dining room next. Thank God I don't have any more money.
I didn't have enough funds to get him a new desk so I had to 'recreate' his current one. Since I wanted to place his desk in the middle of the room, and it was (is) an open front desk, I built a wooden 'skirt' to go around the two sides and back so that you dont see all of the ugly cords. To bring the cords to the desk, I bought a large area rug. I ran the cords between the area rug and the carpeting. I cut a 4 inch diameter circle out of the rug under the desk to bring the cords up. If the rug is ever to be used for another purpose in the future, the circle that I cut out of the rug can simply be duct-taped back into place from the back side.
I wanted to hang a big picture on this wall. I found a perfect one of Paris, France for 60 dollars. (we spent a few weeks there on our honeymoon, so it is sentimental as well as the black and white scheme that I was trying to follow)Chris likes to enjoy an occasional adult beverage in the evening. He used to keep this stuff in my kitchen pantry and cart it into his office. I figured, why not just make a spot for it in his office since it is locked anyway. I found the drink tray at Hobby Lobby. (Thanksgiving, half-price). It had a painted pumpkin design that needed to be covered so I cut a waterproof place mat to the exact size and placed it in the bottom of the tray. The dresser had to be built, but it was a cinch. The floating shelf was a snap also. I will eventually put a couple of small lights under the shelf that light the dresser.These shelves had to be built also. In addition to the four shelf units, I assembled two height extensions, added four doors, and four drawers. I still had room on this wall to hang his patent and college diploma. A floor plant will go by the window in the back corner.
Really, these curtains on his doors are only pinned up for now. I wasn't sure if he was going to like them so I didn't finish them until I got the "O.K." this step should only take a few minutes. The pictures above the doors are regular photos that I had made into black and white, then blown up to a 11x14 inch size. Ritz was able to print them in a matter of hours. I found the 16x20 inch frames with mats included at Michaels for 13 dollars each. The first night of my project I cleaned out his office and painted. The blue dot on the wall that you see is actually a piece of blue painters tape. I always go back and look over the walls when I am finished painting. If there is an area that needs touch-up, I place a little piece of blue tape there so that I don't forget where to go. Luckily, this is the only little spot that needs attention.
I screwed knobs into the wall; four on each side of each window so that I could hang decorative curtains without spending money on two rods. These shutter blinds swing open, so hanging functional curtains would have been more expensive and stupid.

I hope that I didn't bore you all to death with my project...but I figured someone may get some ideas from it. Now on to my quilting room!


Kathy said...

OMG! You did ALL of that in 2 days! Girl, I knew you were talented, but OMG! You built all that stuff????? What did you do with Conner -- stuff him in a closet???? LOL!

This is absolutely wonderful. Now, what did hubby say -- you didn't tell us --- are can you?????? LOL

You go girl! You are an inspiration to us all!

Rhonda said...

Alrighty then, now I know where you've been and what you've been doing. Great job, BTW! I think I need to hire you for a couple of projects. You are really good at this.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Kath said...

Good job! Can my house be next? You could have your own HGTV show!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Susan said...

Holy crap! Two days? I was happy with a new bathroom in 2 weeks, and it still took us another week to hang towel rods and knobs!

Wanna come to McKinney? I have other rooms availble for re-do.....

mjnauert said...

as a stay-at-home mom, who never sees the outside of my house unless it is to the gas station or grocery store...I would love to come to McKinney! You just name the day of the escape, smuggle in a metal file in the cake, and I will be free, free, free! (even if it is to do hard labor in another least it's a change ...

Thanks for the comment. Stay tuned.


MOLLY said...

Looks fantastic, Monica!! I accused you of "runnin off" LOL. You were just dedicated and devoted to a project--should have known. Sorry it took me so long to get around to visiting. See you soon--