We have accomplished a lot the last couple of weeks on 22nd lane.
It is a dusty mess, but we have done everything ourselves (with my handyman brother’s help – who is our new neighbor, woohoo!).
This is what Kevin’s future office looked like after he tore down all the tile from the previous owner’s “dogs’ room”:
The boys did all the dry wall themselves and now we have newly textured walls which are ready for trim and paint!
Next is the CL entertainment unit I found for an *amazing* price.
I wanted to make it fit where the existing built-in dry wall shelving is.
As I’ve done for the last 13 years, I crossed my fingers behind my back as I presented my hair-brained idea to Kevin and asked him to go measure and pick them up. He now drinks the DIY kool aid, too, and realizes we don’t have to spend so much money for our spaces to look nice.
I didn’t get a shot of what the niche looked like after the boys demolished the existing shelf structure, but this is what it looks like now – still incomplete, in need of trim work to close the gaps, and Mama painting everything to match. After it is trimmed and painted we will drywall above it so that it looks totally built in – on our shoestring, CL, sweat-equity budget. Kevin promises to take pictures as he finishes the rest of the project to show exactly how he is making the unit work for this space.
I’ve painted a lot of Kevin’s office furniture which I will share soon, and I put this $60 CL desk that I refinished into my new home office.
It’s not really an office, but a front room that we probably wouldn’t use other than for opening gifts on Christmas morning. So, turning it into a functional office made sense. Ahhh, gotta love the layer of dust on it. Oh well, it represents progress happening everywhere else.
The desk has a few drawers and a file cabinet, but I wanted to put something behind it for extra storage needed to run a busy household. I found a couple of systems in catalogs that I drooled over, but with a $2K price tag it was not meant to be. So, I searched CL until I found something that would stay within my $100 budget.
Meet “The Beast.” I hope to call it “beauty” soon.
Once I sand smooth a hideous paint job (I don’t think the picture shows how bad it is), add trim to make it look like a custom built unit, and repaint it a creamy white to match the desk, it should be a winner and a great addition to my office. I’ll be sure to post progress on this one, too.
I didn’t know Vanna White was posing for Kevin to make this a blog-worthy picture. I’ve done a LOT of painting in this new shop and I can’t wait to get it all moved in. We laid down plastic flooring to protect the concrete from the mess painting makes so now I don’t feel guilty about paint on the floor. I still have a lot of furniture and cabinets to work on in order to call this place our own.
My vision for the house is coming together more and more every day and I am finally and officially on board with moving to a new area and making 22nd Lane ours.