Can I be honest for just a second? I feel like sometimes my life is so crazy frantic when it comes to room renovations. Nothing is done! I’m running around like a dinosaur with its head cut off. Imagine this. I’m a human dinosaur wrecking ball with arms that are way too small to carry all the mess that is EVERYWHERE and even if I tried to fix one thing, my giant tail knocks over something else (giant tail is not an exaggeration by the way) and I’ve ended up with wasted time, wasted money and the entire house just gets more messy. And on top of that…I get way more help now from Jeremy and my mom than ever before. So I deal with the guilt of not getting much done and the frustration of wasting everyone’s time.
So I think it’s pretty obvious that I’m at a point where I cannot wait to get some of these rooms done. Can. Not. Wait. To date, the laundry room is still not finished. Will’s room…still not finished. The office….not even close. Don’t even bring up the living room. The dining room still needs work. Mention the play room….I might punch you in the upper lip. The list goes on and on and on it just feels like the entire house is upside down.
I just want to get something done.
I don’t care if it’s perfect.
I don’t care if it’s right.
I don’t care if it looks the best or it’s the most pin-worthy thing on the Internet.
I just want to finish some spaces. My sanity depends on it.
Okay. Tangent over.
Let’s see where I’m at right now. I have been working a little bit on the Great Switcheroo. If you remember, the Great Switcheroo is where we’re turning the office into a playroom so that we can get the big toys out of the living room.
My office is getting the boot and needs a place to go so we’re turning the reading room into my new office.
We first tackled the reading room space. We cleared it out, we painted the walls, painted the ceiling and it looks way different. It’s the first time that I’m experimenting with white walls so that’s….um….interesting. Enter big eyed emoji here. Apparently I don’t know how to play nice with white paint.
You got a sneak peek of my office here. Honestly – that looked ok with the white walls but I didn’t know what to do with the rest.
I have discovered that the new office is not quite as large as my old office. That means my dumping ground has become smaller. But hopefully having a smaller space means that I am forced to keep it tidy and the fact that it’s one of the first rooms anyone sees will help too. That’s why I need smart storage solutions.
The Ikea Malm dresser seemed to fit my “inexpensive but closed storage” needs so I went to Ikea to check them out. They were having a friends and family special on it and that drop the price $10 off each. One hundred and forty bones later, I am the proud new owner of two of them. That’s eight large drawers of fabric and craft supply storage! (apparently I can not resist fabrics. I am a fabric addict.)
I also scored a clearance Billy bookshelf. It was only $40 and you should have seen me trying to get this fully assembled piece into the car. Maybe not. It was probably like a cat giving birth…a little awkward and a whole lot of horror. Side note – do not google animals giving birth. It will eat up your entire afternoon. And you’ll probably end up watching some lady on YouTube give birth to her son on the bank of a creek.
Anyhoo…my sewing table got moved into the little corner near the doors. I am hoping my relationship with my sewing machine will become a little bit better now that were in close quarters. Here we can spend some quality time together that does not include me verbally or physically abusing it. No promises were made.
There wasn’t enough walls for the desk to sit on…so the natural solution is that it will be floating in the middle of the room. Jeremy thinks it looks weird but I think that once I get a rug, it will work. I haven’t found one yet that I absolutely love. My BFF Sherry found this great one at West Elm and I was tempted to try it out in my office but in the end, the color won’t work so I am disappointed we won’t be rug twins.
When it comes to the doors, I am convincing myself that they’re just windows. They’re not doors anymore. They don’t have door handles. They are just floor windows with transoms. Nothing to see here people. Move it right along. Once they get curtains, you will be convinced and it will add some color and softness to the room.
The walls desperately need art. The white white white room is really hard on my brain. I don’t know anybody else that has dealt with white walls but for whatever reason I am having a much harder time with it than I thought I would. It’s like an empty canvas that is staring into my soul. So I definitely want to get some cute artwork up and photographs of the boys and stuff that represents me and inspires me to be in here so that I can get some work done.
Speaking of getting work done, when we moved out the furniture from the old office it is back to being empty. Here’s what it looked like ALL THE TIME….
Just kidding. It was this…
I know. I did the walk of shame. I said a prayer. That office is terrible.
But we did clear it out and now it looks like a ready shell of a room.
We decided to keep a few things in here but if they don’t work out…we will just move it…in other words…don’t get too attached to the half done rocker in the corner or the bookshelf that has kiddo art supplies.
Also…Jeremy would like me to note that this is not the chandelier that is going to stay. We will probably move this bad boy into a closet. We both agree that those shells look like a pitching target to our two rambunctious boys.
I will definitely miss my white board. It doesn’t really go with the vibe in the new office so I we are breaking up. I think Jeremy is gonna use it though in the garage. Oh did I mention that we are also working on the garage? We are turning it into a workshop of sorts. Yeah. Add that to the list…because obviously we don’t have enough going already.
Speaking of projects….I know that we tackle a ton of different rooms simultaneously. Nothing ever gets a grand reveal or makeover. I know that can confuse people. But hopefully someday in the future, it will mean a buttload of makeover reveals all at once. That will be fun, right?! Plus…this is real life…we just do what we can. So just hold onto your pants as we continue tackling this house. Literally hold onto them…because you don’t want to lose them in the chaos, ok!?