Mid-way through the makeover

I had an incredibly productive weekend and rocked rearranging my office. I also figured out what I have, what I need, and what I ultimately want the space to look like. While I love old furniture and pieces with a sense of the past, I haven’t chosen any of the furniture that’s currently in my office – it’s all been given to me. That translates into a space that  doesn’t necessarily reflect my own taste, so I’m working to rectify that while maintaining a balance of familiar pieces and carefully chosen new ones.

The big paint reveal:

Blue paint. Very blue. I love it.

Blue paint. Very blue. I love it.

I do love the paint. I will love it more once I get the desk situation sorted out. Lighting, filing, and organization are all dependent on the desk; until I have those, I’m holding off on putting things on the walls. I need to get a desk in here to see how the space will work and what makes sense for me.

The story behind my current desk: my first mother-in-law gave it to me about 12 years ago. She bought it used at a flea market in Colorado in the late 1960’s and painted it the antique-y green you can barely see in the photo. Don’t worry–you’ll get to see more of the desk in future posts as it gets its own makeover. Bernadette suggested that I turn it into a vanity/dressing table – I’ve always wanted one, and the lines of this desk will be wonderful for that. It will go against the wall by the window pictured below – just behind the papa-san’s current location.

The view from the doorway.

The view from the doorway.

I turned one of the bookshelves to make an L and create more a of a separation between work space and my reading/relaxation nook. The sloped roof means there are limited spaces where I can put the shelves…I love them, but sometimes wish they worked better in this house.

These bookshelves came from my dad's parents.

These bookshelves came from my dad’s parents.

The papa-san (actually mama-san, it’s not a huge chair, it only holds one person) is gone. My friend Amy is carting it off to donate it for me. I’m excited to have that out of the office–I want a new comfy chair for reading! I’ve always wanted a leather armchair, but I’m not sure that’s in the budget. We’ll see what I can find.

At some point, I plan to replace the carpet with cork flooring. That’s a bigger project than I’m willing to take on at the moment, though. In the meantime, however, I’ve treated myself to an area rug with a nice print. It will work with the colors in the office, as well as my plans for the vanity. That should arrive soon, I’ll post photos when it gets here.

My grandmother's sewing machine.

My grandmother’s sewing machine.

My grandmother’s sewing machine is going to live with my cousin Becky. As much as I love the machine, I don’t know how to sew and with the current state of upheaval in my life, I’m unlikely to learn any time soon. She’s been sewing for years and will appreciate the machine for its functionality, not just the sentimental attachment to my grandmother.

Overall, I feel like I’ve made good progress in a short time. While I’ve still got a lot of work to do, I’ve got a plan and I’m excited to see everything come together.



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