Monday, November 5, 2012

Katie from Creatively Living

Hi Pocket Full of Pink Readers!
I'm Katie, and I blog over at Creatively Living.
I'm excited to be guest posting for you today.
I love a good craft or sewing project, but what I really enjoy is renovating houses.
Here is my latest "space" reveal.
Awhile back, I blogged about the small office space in our basement that I made for my husband (who never uses it).
These were the before pics...
The way it was when we moved in (arrow is pointing to the area I'm focusing on).
It's almost difficult to see in the picture above, but the little indented space was turned into an office nook for my husband. My dad and I worked on it one summer while he was gone.
I added the black shelf and my dad helped me take a counter that was scratched from Lowes (best way to get a counter discount... find the scratched one and ask for a price reduction) and we cut it to fit the space, then secured it.
Most of the junk here is mine (yes, I'll admit it), the weird hatchet and cross-rifles belong to my husband, who was an Army infantryman for 10 yrs.
For a couple years, this has been one of those "out of control" spaces. A mixture of my husband's school work (he's just about to finish his Masters in Divinity), books, and random DIY stuff.
This pic below is highlighting the missing ceiling, the unfinished trim work and the places where I had to replace tongue and groove paneling.
These are the projects I've showed you thus far, in my attempt to create a "sale-worthy" office space (since we currently have our house on the market).
....and here's the after.
Put in flooring, paint and 1/2 the trim/baseboards a couple yrs ago, along with putting in the desk and shelf.
More recently, I hid the crazy bookshelves with the Desk Skirt.
Kept the lamp and added some other simple decor I had on hand.
Books and rocks were easy, available and inexpensive.
Notice I patched over that cut in the paneling with a DIY coat rack....just some putty, boards, and hooks.
I also framed one of my husband's maps from his Iraq tour. I was happy with how well it matched everything.
I've actually been using this space quite a bit lately.
Strangely my husband still doesn't.
Maybe we should just switch office spaces!
Here are some other before and afters you might enjoy...
A bedroom makeover I did for my sister for under $70.
Thanks Karen and Pocket Full of Pink Readers for having me here.
Come visit me sometime at Creatively Living!


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