Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Upcoming Projects - Part 2

I hope everyone had a great memorial day weekend.

I finally had some time to get pictures of the rooms for this post.  Some of the rooms were quite messy.  So, I needed to do some cleaning first.  But, I got it done none the less.

Part 2 has to do with rooms that need a lot of work.  Nothing major, just a little bit of painting and new furniture.  These rooms will take quite a bit longer to finish.

The Office

This is what our office looked liked before we turned it into an office.

This is what the office looked like last year.

 This is what it looks like now.

Why does it look like this, you ask?

Well, I had the room setup for my photography business (the 2nd set of pictures from last year).  We moved that business out of the house and took most of the furniture to the new location.  We needed it to still function as an office for our restaurant.  So I temporarily moved the furniture that was left into a configuration that would work for my husband.  Because the first 3 rooms on my list were more important, the office still looks like this.  It has become the dumping ground for all the project materials from the other rooms.  So now it is completely out of control.

The room is a bright blue that I am not feeling anymore.  I have already painted 1 wall with black chalkboard paint.

The office will be set up so that I will have a space for blogging and designing.  My husband will have a space for running the restaurant.

Here is what needs done:
  • Paint 3 walls gray
  • Move furniture around
  • Purchase new furniture/Assemble
  • Add doors to expedits
  • Install doors on billy bookcases
  • Make artwork for wall
  • Sew curtains
  • Make framed corkboard
  • Paint rug
  • Install new light fixture
  • Add accessories
  • Add art to chalkboard wall


Here is our extremely small kitchen.

This room is basically the same as it was when we both moved in.  We have a plan to only live in this house for up to 5 years.  So we have decided to only do minor adjustments to this kitchen.  It just wouldn't be worth the money. 

So here is what we are going to do:
  • Paint walls light gray
  • Repaint ceiling white
  • Paint cabinetry gloss white
  • Replace handles with modern handles
  • Change light fixture
  • Replace formica counters with black counters from Ikea
  • Put in chrome backsplash
  • Add billy bookcases with doors for more pantries
  • Add mobile cart
  • Put Flor tiles in (to cover hideous floor)
  • Add recycling/Trash bin in cabinetry
  • Make roman blinds/Install


Yes, this is our entry into our house.  Not much of an entry.  It is super small and not much room to do anything with.  It needs spruced up and it needs to feel welcoming.
  • Paint door
  • Paint basement door (directly across from the entry door)
  • Add cool window covering (it is a surprise)
  • Add artwork
  • Add rug

Craftroom and Storage Area

This is the future home of my craft/sewing room.  Because our office isn't big enough for 2 computer stations and a sewing area, the sewing machine needed a home.  Our basement is a decent size and we are only using it to store things.  I thought it would be a perfect place for my crafting and sewing.
  • Move things that need stored to designated area (see below)
  • Clean/Mop
  • Spray for insects
  • Paint floor black and white checkerboard
  • Buy new furniture/Assemble
  • Install ceiling treatment
  • Make light fixtures/Install
  • Install doors for billy bookcases
  • Organize craft supplies
This area is our storage area.

There will be several gorm shelving units from Ikea that will hold storage totes of things that we don't use on a daily basis but need access to.

That's not all!  Stay tuned for part 3 of this post to wrap up the rest of the projects.  The final part will cover 2 major projects that we will no doubt leave to last because of how much work it will be.

What do you think of all the projects I have planned so far?  Do you think I am crazy for doing all this work to a house we will move out of within 5 years?  Let me know what you think.