A long overdue project at our house was re-decorating the office. Ten years ago, when we built on an addition, I thought it would be fun to decorate the office in Fighting Illini. We had Albrecht Painting paint the walls an enthusiastic bright orange, blue and white. Decorating it was pretty easy… I just hung some framed Fighting Illini posters and we looked like die hard fans. We do support our Fighting Illini, but neither Glenn nor I are alumni and we aren’t regular game attenders. I decided to style the room like that mainly to give it a masculine feel since Glenn would spend much of his time in there. Let me tell you, it was loud in there with those vibrant colors on the wall, it’s a wonder he could concentrate at all.
I didn’t even think of taking BEFORE pictures!! By the time we had dismantled to this point, it was almost too late. So you can’t see my desk with the hutch attached, and it doesn’t even show Glenn’s desk that used to sit to the right, but you get the vibe and why I was itching to redo this room, right?
A couple years ago I started hinting at the idea of re-painting. Slowly I began painting other rooms in the house. I have started migrating towards a more neutral pallet and I am so happy with all the results. The hinting in regards to the office, turned to nagging. You see, it wouldn’t have been such a big deal, except for the fact that there is a LOT of equipment and heavy furniture. Re-decorating this space would require commitment from Glenn to unhook and move everything and commitment from me that I would get this finished as fast as possible.
Well, about a month ago, he agreed and I went to town. The first hurdle was going to be sanding. Doug did a fantastic job painting the white line but it took a lot of elbow grease sanding it down.
I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out! This is a prime example how just re-painting can change a room completely. After I was finished painting and it was time to move everything back in, I proposed a new arrangement. Once I explained my vision, Glenn obliged to the extra work 😀 . My desk previously faced the corner and housed a hutch. The hutch was great because it had several cubbies for storage, but I didn’t like facing the corner. So we turned my desk to face out and left the hutch off!! I LOVE IT! Totally changed the whole dynamic of the room. Where is my storage now? I threw some stuff out, I rearranged some drawers, and added a few baskets I had around. Suits me just fine.
I am not done decorating. There are already things I want to change, but I made it homey for now and I love being in this new space. Adding some charm from the farm is fun and I can’t wait to add more. Oh, and I would love WHITE furniture. Maybe some day.
So here’s the twist. We moved the office furniture into our oldest daughter, Lexi’s room while the painting was going on. She’s at college so no worries, we didn’t invade her space 😉 . Just so happened that the day we were finishing up was a no school day. I hadn’t seen or heard from our youngest, Mikayla, in a few hours. That’s never good right? She’s 10, it’s not like I thought she was into mischief like a toddler, but she had me wondering why I hadn’t seen or heard her.
I couldn’t believe it. I walked into Lexi’s room, and Mikayla had set up my old hutch to look like a desk!! She had placed a keyboard and monitor in the respectable space and filled the cubbies with all sorts of items. Her face lit up and immediately begged us to let her have that desk in her room! Glenn and I were still astonished at what she had created. Actually, we were down right impressed.
Her room is a little tight, but who cares! She loves it, and it faces out and looks just like moms. She used her creative mind that day. Her space needs some more decorating too, but I couldn’t wait to share what she came up with. She was inspired and in turn, inspired the heck out of me!
Author – Martha Knake
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