A Little Desk Nook

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We did a small kitchen change up a couple of years ago by closing off a door to the downstairs den, adding sheet rock and moving the fridge. When we were finished, the project had left a “nook” area downstairs. We talked about adding a closet (you always need extra storage right?) but there is a closet right around the corner. We tossed shelving around, well not literally, hahaha, but decided against that as well.  Then we came up with the idea to build in a nook for charging phones, the laptop and a makeup table when guests stay overnight.  We’ve had this old wood lying in the basement for a long time.  It came off Papa Harris’ old trailer that he used to haul wood. The trailer had seen better days so we salvaged the wood to use for a project. At that time we didn’t know what project, but also knew that we would figure it out.

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A Little Switcheroo and Something Special

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I woke up on Tuesday morning at 4:40 and decided to switch the Living Room and Dining Room.  I know, crazy. I’ve done it before and then switched it back. This time it just makes more sense than it did before.  We will be doing some heavy duty entertaining for the holidays and the Living Room is quite a bit larger than the Dining Room. I have a dining table, that when all the leaves are in, stretches to seat 12. My parents gave us this table when they downsized several years ago.  When one leaf is in, it is stretching it to have dinner in our dining room. It is very tight. So…I took a few before and after pictures.  It’s amazing how just changing the furniture around can give a whole new, fresh look to your home.  (please keep in mind the before pictures were made at 4:40am. And yes, where I go, Lola goes. When I get up, she does too.) Thank you.

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Living Room Before

See the picture below. This was the Dining Room. See how tight the table was. If we turned it around the other way it would be half in the Dining Room and half in the Living Room.

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Dining Room Before

Another view below.

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So, now a look at the “Switcheroo.”

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And now for something special. We landed this great piece through a friend.  I had been looking for a catalog card file for about two years and this one basically found us.  I won’t be moving this bad boy by myself. It is very heavy.  It is a great storage piece.  It stores keys, tape, scissors, notepads, pens, pencils, etc.  I’ve never been so organized.   I do need more labels. I will admit that I have to open multiple drawers before I find what I need on occasion. Don’t you just love genuine vintage pieces?

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I’m looking forward to spreading that table out for Thanksgiving and Christmas and inviting our families in for the holidays.  This “Switcheroo” cost us nothing. That should make James very happy. No cost decorating.  I hope you like it.

Out With the Sad, in with the Blue.

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Well, I think the last of it is gone. Popcorn ceilings are the pits. I’m telling ‘ya.  I dislike them, oh so very  much.  We just finished  up a bedroom updo.  James scraped the nasty popcorn off the ceiling. You know dust just loves to hang on that stuff. He then put on new tape reputtied, sanded, puttied, sanded. Well, you get the picture. We then had a nice new and smooth ceiling.

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The room had previously been painted a yellowish, gold color.  It was matched “perfectly” with a swoosh in a comforter.  It is amazing though how my tastes change with the times.  The room had previously been done in red and gold tones. The bedroom suite was dark wood so I painted the bed white. The other pieces were very damaged and unsalvageable.  After Kristen moved out the room became a “junk room” of sorts.  Everything that didn’t have a home just sort of landed in there. It came to a point where I just felt sad with that room. I kept the door closed most of the time. I used the room to iron our clothes. The room was just dark and sad.

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We were under a deadline to get the room finished so we called in a couple of professionals for some last minute help.  Jared Johnson and his crew at Johnson Paintin’ Company painted the room for us. They did an awesome job and we were so glad for the extra help. We used Cumberland Fog by Behr for the walls and Ultra Pure White for the Ceiling Paint and Ultra Pure White by Behr in semi gloss for the trim.  The Shabby Chic comforter and sheets are from Target and  pillow bolster is Simply Shabby Chic as well.  I already had  the blue pillows and just threw them in for a little contrast.  I picked up the distressed mirrored dresser and bedside table at Steinmart.  They didn’t have a link for the furniture. I couldn’t find one anyway.  I love a good sale at Steinmart.  Both were on sale and the bedside table had a tiny bit of damage and I was able to get $25 more off because of that. You can’t even see it. The  curtain panels are from Lowes and we have the same panels in all three of our bedrooms. I like to have a continuous flow throughout the house.  I feel that it just makes our home more cohesive. The red blanket chest belonged to James’ Grandma Harris. I was going to paint it a different color but I think the original color adds just the right contrast to the room. I haven’t decided exactly on what pictures I want on the wall yet.  The Hunter Ceiling Fan was installed by our electrician,  Matthew Reynolds at Shocking Solutions.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you like our refreshed bedroom.  It’s so much calmer in the blue/gray hue.

Until next time, it’s just an average day on Everidge.

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