There's one corner of our house that hasn't really been touched since we moved in is a little office corner where Kyle has his desk. It's a mish-mosh of a beautiful old midcentury desk made of dark wood, a vintage tall wood file cabinet in light wood, a vintage industrial cart-shelf and a large red velvet desk chair. It's all vintage, but the pieces don't belong together at all. The worst of it is the desk chair. I like the lines, but that's about it. I'm not sure what I was thinking. Red is not a color anywhere in our house and it's too big to fit under the desk, so that is the first place I want to start when I tackle this mini makeover. Here are my picks for a new desk chair option. Which do you like? Think I'm leaning toward option 2, the wood is not a predominate detail, so it's not fighting the other pieces, and the white will lighten up the dark wood desk.
Welcome to the big reveal!! To say that this I was flying by the seat on my pants on this project is an understatement. Six weeks ago, I decided to participate in the One Room Challenge. During previous cycles, I've followed other blogger's journys in renovating and documenting a room in 6 weeks, I've always wanted to play along, and I finally threw my hat in this time, only to be sidelined for the worst reason possible, the loss of my dad. You can read my whole tribute post to my dad here, but he was my inspiration to work my butt off and finish in time for the reveal. Without further adieu, the after, a highly functional garage space that is half studio, half storage, and a home for my Vespa and a one mini VW bus.
Before, the garage, as many are, was a dirty mess. The floors were dirty, the workbench, covered in tools, nothing was organized and storage boxes were stacked on top of each other, instead of neatly placed on a shelf.
So, what did I do?
- painted all the walls and ceiling, Polar Bear by Behr, my favorite white paint color
- Painted the cabinets in Valspar "Swiss Coffee" which were recycled from my kitchen, which I removed to add open shelving, hung cabinets
- Installed shelving on back walls for tools and paint
- refinished the work bench
- hung decorative shelf and peg board for organization
- refinished the floors with Rust-oleum Rocksolid Marble in Mountain white
- Installed a storage wall
- unified storage to create a cohesive look
My biggest challenge aside from the time constraints, was working with the concrete walls. I foolishly decided to put all my storage on the concrete blocks, leaving right wall free to use as a white backdrop for projects and photos. In order to hang anything on the concrete blocks you need to use lag shields and lag screws. For each screw you need to drill a whole into the concrete, many of them took at least 10 minutes to drill, and I estimate I needed about 46 screws, that's almost 8 hours of just drilling!!
Despite the challenges, I am thrilled with how this room turned out. It's so pretty that I don't want to mess it up, but I can't wait to start a project in this space.
Storage Wall: Elfa storage system - drawers / wood crates / handled wood box / white tote bins (used as recycling on floor) / large white tote bin (on top shelf) / small white tote bins (on middle shelf)
Hanging organization: Rubermaid Fastrack System
Paint: Walls and ceiling - Behr Polar Bear / Floor - Rust-oleum Rocksolid Marble floor refinishing kit in Mountain White / cabinet paint - Valspar "Swiss Coffee"
Dresser - thrifted (refinished on this post) / work bench - left by previous owner, refinished using Minwax Antique Walnut / Rug - souvenir from Morocco (similar) / paper lantern - Elbow Grease Design
A BIG thank you to Linda at Calling It Home for pulling this all together. And another thank you to Rust-oluem for sponsoring the floor refinishing. And finally to Kathy Davies for the amazing photos! See all the amazing reveals here.
In the interest of spring cleaning and my love for a good project, I have decided to join the One Room Challenge! If you are not familiar, The One Room Challenge is a blogger challenge, created by Linda of Calling it Home, and sponsored by House Beautiful. It's currently in it's 11th cycle, to transform one room in just 6 short weeks. There are 20 featured bloggers and anyone with a blog can participate. Each Thursday we check in on our progress on our blogs and on social media. I missed the boat in October, so I thought I'd torture myself and join in the fun this time around.
This photo is my main source of inspo.
I have decided to tackle our garage. I am embarrassed to even show the before photos. I've spent so little time out there this winter, and pretty much opened the door to throw the recycling out and not much more. Currently there is a hodge podge of bracketed shelving with worn plywood and large industrial hooks hung unevenly on the walls.
My plan is to transform this space into a highly-functional, aesthetically pleasing storage area that doubles as a studio of my larger scale projects.
Here is my list of projects:
- paint the floor in light grey or white
- remove current shelving
- patch and paint walls and brick
- paint and hang cabinets
- spruce up the work bench
- install shelving system
- find ideal organizing system
- find lighting solution