Last time I checked-in with you guys regarding our office updates & DIY Desk, this was the tentative plan:
Thankfully, I’m back to report that the “plan” has rolled out into a successful desk reality! If you missed the previous post, allow me to give you the SparkNotes version of the story.
Magically found these cabinets at Goodwill for $6.99 each… sold!
Planned to lay a piece of wood across the cabinets to create a desk
Wanted to paint the top of the desk white
Fast forward about 2 weeks, and this is the picture book version of the story:
Not bad, right? My favorite part of this project so far is that the whopping total of this desk came to right around $36, and that’s including the $15 I spent on the two cabinets. Here is the exact cost breakdown:
Cabinets – 6.99 each
72”x18” Wood Board – $21.34 (cut to size – FREE!)
White Paint/Primer – Left over from a previous project (FREE)
Paintbrush/Roller – Leftover from a previous project (FREE)
Sander/Sandpaper – Leftover, (FREE)
Total: $35.32 + tax
So here’s what we did to make this happen.
The piece alone was a little plain, but exactly what I had envisioned. Part of the process that I didn’t foresee was the extra 2 inch piece of scrap wood that was sawed off the side of the desk top to make it fit perfectly on top of the cabinets. Instead of wasting that scrap, I added it to the back of the desk to create a “lip”, or a more finished backsplash look. (Totally unnecessary but ended out working out in my situation). So with the new backsplash laid on there, this was the exact “plan”. All I had to do was glue on the backsplash using some wood glue and clamps, paint the sucker, and then get to work on my new desk!
For this step all you need is some wood glue and some clamps to hold the wood in place for about 24 hours. The hardest part was finding someone who had wood clamps I could borrow.
I also wanted to drill a hole on the top of the desk to feed my computer cords through later on. You can read the step-by-step tutorial on that process here. (In only took 3 steps!)
I sanded, primed, sanded, painted, sanded, painted my white desk top. It took one coat of primer and 3 coats of paint and I made sure to sand the grain down lightly in between each coat.
After all the coats were dry, we were done and so excited with our new DIY desk. For under $40 for my new desk that fits perfectly in this space, I could not be more excited to get to work!
Update: We revealed the office makeover & finalized DIY desk and can’t wait for you to check it out. Read all about it here.
Half of the office recently made some progress, thanks to a new couch & coffee table, and I can finally report that the other half is slowly catching up (emphasis on the slowly). I’m happy to share that there is a tentative plan in the works and we are baby stepping toward a functional space.
Yes, I am proud to say that my wedding dress (bottom left) has been relocated, the random bin of toilet paper is back where it belongs, and the white IKEA shelving has officially found a new home where she will get a lot more attention than she got here.
After clearing this space out, we were left with this. A. blank. slate.
To me, a blank slate is scarier to work with than a pre-existing mess. I’ll take a disaster zone over a white canvas any day! So when I found myself staring in the eyes of this not cluttered wall of possibilities… I started scouring pinterest, second guessing my original ideas, and feeling far less than confident to tackle my office. Yikes!
That’s when I put my planning on hold and decided to wait until the inspiration found ME! No, I stopped chasing the what-if’s and decided that I will not make any more moves in the office until I found a piece to guide me.
Enter Goodwill’s furniture section. I laid my eyes on this piece and had a new plan all worked out before I even got up to the counter to pay.
$6.99…Got to love some thrift store furniture! But the BEST part of the whole deal?!
There were TWO! My kind of twins!! So for $15 (yes, I know 6.99 x 2 doesn’t = $15) but with tax included, the total came out to be $15 and change. When I brought them home to see if they “fit”, I couldn’t help feeling a little less intimidated by this blank slate, and far more excited to roll up my sleeves and get started!! Home is a work in progress, right?
My plan is to add a wood top, probably white, across the top of these two cabinets. I’m still not exactly sure if I want storage above the desk or more of a gallery wall. Right now I’m focused on getting the top all set and then tackling the next step… hoping something will come to me in between that time.
And I’m still not exactly sure what I want to do in the opening of each cabinet. Printer, possibly? Books, maybe? Other storage, could be? Any suggestions are welcome!! Until then, I’m happy that my $6.99 twins found me and saved me from a hours of hopeless Pinterest searching…
Believe it or not, this is NOT a sponsored post. Although it seems as though I may be sponsored by Lowe’s by the amount of times I refer to Lowe’s in this post, the truth is that I really just love the lights at Lowe’s and am not affiliated whatsoever. I wish I received free fixtures in exchange for this post, but that is not the case. Now, back to your regularly scheduled post…
Much awaited, much anticipated, much appreciated… we finally have NEW LIGHTS!
No more $11 boob-lights around here, thank goodness! You don’t know how excited we were to get rid of the lights we have all around our home, ones that all resemble an inappropriate part of the female anatomy:
…while replacing them with far more appropriate alternatives, none of which resemble any body parts! Allow me to introduce you to the new & improved light fixtures we now have sprinkled around our home.
(In an announcer’s voice): Coming in as a silver pendant from Lowes.com, this charming nautical/industrial light has officially moved into our master bedroom to stay. Costing a total of $109, he was a bit pricey but worth every penny, bringing more welcomed nautical inspiration to the space. A round of applause for our lead-off light….
Coming in next, we have another silver pendant light costing a whopping $29.99! This playful fixture was picked up from Lowe’s and complements the bright & airy look of the guest bedroom. Available in red as well, we went with the silver and haven’t looked back. Again, let’s hear it for fixture #2 and its super affordable price-tag!
Next up, we have a light that takes us out of our comfort zone and into the office. Thanks to Lowe’s once again, this bronze bubble displays hints of industrial, while exposing an antique looking bulb that gives off a warm & dim tint at night. Coming in at $119, we love the look & really love the fact that we challenged ourselves to get a little (and yes, just a little) light crazy.
And rounding out our team of fixtures, we have our clean-up hitter and team MVP. Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce you to the charming light that now lives in our dining room!
(Cut the announcer voice) This bronze gem is possibly one of my favorites of the house, only because it makes such a significant difference. Yes, it was a little pricey coming in just under $200, but it definitely brings a much welcomed “finished” look to the space. With the previous boob light, I was never a huge fan of the dining room and always felt like it was missing something. Not that I think I completely fulfilled this void with one fixture, but I do think we are finally heading in a direction I’m content with…for now.
We love the industrial pipe look and equally love the clear glasses that complement the fixture’s masculinity. It’s definitely a nice design compromise between me and the Mr.
I do have a few more ideas in mind to spruce up the dining room, but for now… the light allowed us to make some serious progress in the right direction! We are OBSESSED with our new team of lights and can’t believe how much of a difference they make throughout the house. Once and for all, we have officially bid farewell to those dang boob lights and welcomed a far more appropriate team of lights, none of which resemble an inappropriate body part.
During the last home tour of our new Chicago pad, I left you with a pretty scary sight..
We’ve now been moved in about a month and things are looking much, much better. The boxes are gone and it is actually starting to feel like home.
Keep in mind this is just a “progress report.” We still have a lot of work to do, and we’re looking forward to sprucing up every square inch of this place.
So take it all in, and realize that each space is still under construction…
You’ll see our big bookcase right when you walk into our place. Therefore, I knew I wanted to personalize it as much as possible.
I added pictures, our favorite books, and small personal nick-knacks to this bookshelf area. We also have a bowl for our keys, and a basket that serves as a “catchall” for scarves and mittens. When we were still unpacking boxes, I styled this area first. I just needed 1 spot in our messy place that felt like “us.”
Up to the right, you’ll see our little hallway gallery wall (more on that this Friday!) Then we have the 2 sliding glass doors that go to that oh-so-scary triangle room. Since we moved in this has been a dumping ground for stuff that just doesn’t have a home yet…
This pile is slowly starting to go down, but I can’t seem to find the perfect place for all of my favorite things. I don’t want to make any rash decisions and hang something too early…only to hate it after a week. For now I’ll just keep slowly chucking away at that corner pile o’ stuff.
We originally had plans to turn this room into a guest room/office. But once we put our belongings in there, we quickly realized it was just way too small to fit it all. Instead we decided to buy a double desk and truly make this an office where we could both work. The desk and chairs are from Ikea and took quite awhile to put together. So far we are totally loving this setup, but we still have lots of work to do to make this space complete. I’m thinking art above the desks? And then a big comfy chair in the “pile o’ stuff” corner? I think it would make for a nice reading blogging nook.
Next, we move into the main area of our place. The kitchen and family room. Luckily we have plenty of cabinet space, so all of our kitchen supplies fit very nicely. Our Ikea stools are still going strong, and we even found a nice home for our bar cart. All a must for entertaining…
The family room is really coming together. I purchased a few pillows (still need to buy a few more) and I am really liking the color palette in here. Very light & airy! I have plans to DIY some wooden shelves and will be adding a little somethin’ somethin’ to those white curtains that I hemmed in this post.
Our outdoor space..yikes! We had some leftover outdoor furniture from our time in Wisconsin, so it is currently hanging out on our balcony. Obviously it is December, so we’re not really spending much time out here anyways. Come spring I will definitely make this a little outdoor oasis with lights, flowers, and a new grill!
I think our bedroom is coming together quite nicely. We’re still absolutely in l-o-v-e with our West Elm duvet cover (soooo comfortable!) and I still adore the gray and green accents. We recently purchased bamboo shades for the windows (more on that soon) and I have future plans to DIY an upholstered headboard.
I’m happy our quote on canvas found a spot in our new home. The quote resonates with me now more than ever. I look back just a few months ago and remember how scared and uncertain we were about the future. Would we find the right jobs? Would we find a place to live? I realize now that it all works out in the end and there is no reason to fear the future.
So even though I’m anxious to get our place looking “perfect”, I constantly need to remind myself to enjoy the process and make each moment we have here count.
(Disclaimer: We have partnered with Home Decorators Collection to bring you this post. However, all opinions expressed are our own and are not influenced by Home Decorators Collection.)
We are almost a week away from our final patio reveal! If you haven’t read the series, you can catch up here, here, and here. In the meantime, allow me to give you the latest update before the BEST part- the dramatic before & afters. [dum, dum, dummmmmm]
So here’s a big tease look into the progress of our landscaping/patio makeover. Ladies and gentleman, we have finally passed the threshold of a lot less dirt and a lot more greenery! #winwin
We still have the netting/hay down on the lawn to keep the grass seeds on track of growing like a weed, actually forget I said that, too soon to be joking about weeds around here. (side note: remember when I upcycled that planter box? Those baby sweet potato vines have made us proud and gotten us a lot of neighborhood cred- a little something Matt and I refer to as our “street cred”). You know you’re old when your “street cred” is based on how well your plants have bloomed throughout the gardening season compared to those on the block…haha sad story.
Well, while Matt has been busy watering our new greenery and improving that street cred, I have been busy awaiting for the arrival of our patio furniture…we have to split up the work somehow, right? Since he’s been doing such a great job fostering our little seedlings into life, I could not disappoint on my end. So here’s my “almost there” updates…
We have patio furniture!! Since we said good-bye to our amazing landscapers (sorry guys, it was fun while it lasted), I’ve said hel-lo to an even more fabulous delivery man; a man who came bearing some serious baggage.
No, not the kind of baggage that came with that old boyfriend (no thank you), but my favorite kind of baggage. The kind of baggage that comes bearing amazing furniture, colorful pillows, and a whole lot of patio glam. Yes, please… Bring on the baggage!
The best part of this delivery is that it was delivered right to the house at a scheduled time that was convenient for us. There was no guessing on whether these boxes would be subject to the traditional UPS ding-dong ditch. These bad boys made a reservation and made sure we’d be waiting for them. How thoughtful, right? I love them already!
The next best part (especially for Matt) was that the furniture came PUT TOGETHER. Yup, no Allen wrenches, no cursing under your breath as you try and decipher directions that bring back unwelcomed memories of the ACT, and most importantly, no frustrated banter between you and your +1 as you try desperately put together a piece of furniture that should have been completed 3 hours ago!
You can throw that frustration out the window, Home Decorators Collection is all about convenience… and I WE appreciate it! HDC, thank you. Our growing to-do list thanks you, our relationship thanks you, and most importantly, our hatred for reading those directions thanks you… A LOT!
So here’s our Home Decorators Collection Patio Set. I picked the “surf” set but this also comes in a natural tan-ish color and a “spice” color that is a rich red. I loved all three options, but am glad I went with the surf… it just seemed appropriate for a nautical inspired home.
Before the big reveal, I do have one question… anyone have any creative ideas on what to do with these life size boxes?
Tune in next Friday to see how this amazing furniture fits in our new space. Until then, you’ll probably find me cuddled up on our new surf set or knee deep in some crazy cardboard craft.
Psssttt…. We’re giving away a $150 HOME DECORATORS COLLECTION gift card during our big reveal next week… stay tuned!!
Excuse the mess, we are currently knee deep in all things dirt, dust, and overall ugliness. As we mentioned before, the Longview Lodge is undergoing a facelift- complete with new landscaping, actual grass, fresh trees, and even a fabulous patio. We started off with this mess….
And now, thanks to our non-DIY landscaping skills, a group of hardworking professionals have transformed the original mess into a whole new level of ew. But trust me when I say: this craziness we call our property will be worth it in the end.
This is a pile of all the random roots that were hiding under the layer of weeds we used to call our lawn. I’m sure our lawnmower won’t miss running over these bad boys anymore.
Here are some progress pictures of our future patio (check out my vision for this future space here)!
It’s coming around… kinda?
These large holes will eventually be filled with some privacy pines. I’m thinking that “privacy pines” is not the official name for them, but you get the point.
No more weeds! Hip, Hip, Hoo-ray!
A large part of this landscaping remodel is based on installing a pipe system that will take care of any standing water on the property, hence the need to call in the professionals. These deep ditches will allow all of the gutter water to tie into this sophisticated drainage system that will be installed throughout the property.
While we’re landscaping, we decided to add a little more curb appeal to our front yard. The landscaping professional insisted that it would be best if we took out what we had and started from scratch. Rest assured that we found a new home for the old plants around our property, but took his advice and provided him with a blank slate for him to work.his.magic.
Clearly, we they still have quite a bit of work to do, but I could not be more excited to welcome whatever is in store. As they finish up, I’ll be busy shopping for some fun accessories to add to the patio furniture I recently purchased.
Choosing what patio furniture to purchase was no easy task, but after I finally decided, I couldn’t be more excited. I figured we should probably invest in a quality set that will last us, rather than purchasing a cheap set that will look worn and torn too quickly. The price tag was a bit more than I wanted to spend, but in the end, I think it was the best option for our space and circumstances.
Happy 1/2 Birthday to the Longview Lodge! It’s been 6 months since Matt and I closed on the charming house that we now call home. To honor this fabulous occasion, we are celebrating with a new DIY project dedicated to our baby lodge.
We have decided to dress up our entryway with a picture of the gorgeous birthday boy. (Side note: If you’re eyeing our “new” pew and thinking… wait, what.is.that? Stay tuned for our big reveal coming soon).
Here’s a closer look at the wall we’re working with. Before we could hang a new picture, we needed a frame or two… or three?
We bought three frames at Target; 2 with mats framing a 5×7 picture and one with a mat framing an 8×10 opening. A picture of the Lodge will be placed in the middle, but can you guess what will be placed in the other two frames?
If you guessed “our childhood homes”… you’re right!
Since it has been 6 months, we have officially decided to add our little charmer to the family. It’s quite the honor to add this newbie alongside the veteran homes that mean the world to Matt and me.
Although the Longview Lodge has a lot to live up to, we couldn’t be more excited or more proud to add him to this famous line-up.
If the Lodge lives up to the legacy of his competition, he will be quite a legend someday. But since it’s only his 1/2 birthday, he definitely has a long road a head of him.
And in the meantime, we will be enjoying the journey and thanking our lucky stars for a home that we absolutely adore.
P.S. Just a friendly reminder that there is less than week left in our Challenge Loop competition. All submissions are due next Wednesday, May 29th. Finish up your DIY projects and head on over to our challenge loop page for your chance to win $50 to Target.
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