Hope you had a great weekend! We’ve been busy over here c-l-e-a-n-i-n-g. If there’s one thing I hate about a project it’s that after you tear everything out of a room and transplant it to the garage, you have put it back into the space when you’re finished (on the plus side – our office is finished enough to begin putting everything back!).
You might remember that I found a dining table for the office that would work perfectly as a new desk. Well, a couple of weeks of functioning as a desk and we’re realizing the table is too big. I was originally hunting down a desk that was bigger than average, but my Craigslist dining table sticks out pretty far into the room when it has a chair pulled up to it (it’s a pretty narrow room). Bummer.
So the solution? Chop it down. We took the dining table out to meet the table saw and after flipping it over so that the table was legs side up, smoothly cut off several inches along the back side. Table liposuction.
Here’s a nice angle showing off our alley and trash cans. The newly cut side received a quick sanding to get rid of any rough edges or large splinters.
The front was left untouched so that we didn’t have to stain any raw wood. Then we brought the table back in and pushed the newly cut edge tight up against the wall.
While a few inches doesn’t sound like much, it made a big difference once the table was back in place as a desk.
Can’t tell the difference? I know… it’s not too exciting but it goes to show how easy it is to modify a Craigslist/antique/thrift store find with a little help from the power tools.
Check out these great souvenirs from our recent trip to Iowa:
Don’t they just scream Iowa? Just kidding. They’re the most unlikely to be picked up on vacation but I saw them in an antique/garden shop in little Woodward, Iowa (where Kevin’s Dad’s family is from) and found a way to stuff them in my suitcase. That’s a white ceramic lounging bird there on the left and an old flower pot on the right. The first accessories for the new space . And those fabrics are just the start of what I’m gathering for the room.
So cutting down the desk was no big deal – a quick one hour project including moving the piece of furniture, cutting, sanding and putting ‘er right back where we had found it!
For more Office Makeover posts, check out: a new desk & bookshelves, installing remnant carpeting, grasscloth wallpaper, painting the office nook, finding carpet for the office, chocolate brown wall ideas, plastering progress, inspiration for a diy desk, back in action!, desking hunting for under $300, bookcases under $300, inspirational rooms, room layout options, demo part 1 & demo part 2.
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While on the Craigslist hunt for a mid-century modern (ish) credenza for future office storage (one in need of much love and hopefully at a killer price), I opened a link to this dining table:
The wheels started spinning. One of my hopes for a new desk was that it would be BIG – not a measly 48″ (the standard size of a desk) but at least 60″ to corral all of my work projects. Well this dining room table was just that.
After negotiating with the seller, the table came home for just $125.
Plus, it goes great with our World Market Campaign bookshelves! Remember this post? While waiting on the construction side of the office space to wrap up, I had begun looking around for furniture for the room (so we could hit the ground running ) and was considering a bunch of different bookcase options.
I had narrowed down my favorites to several World Market contenders and earlier this summer, began the hunt for a way to purchase at the very best discount. If you sign up to receive emails you’ll receive a coupon for 10% off, but I had hoped for better. After inquiring with a sales associate about sales for furniture (nearly every mailed coupon excludes furniture), I learned that all furniture would be 30% off for one weekend at the end of June. Sweet! Next I began checking ebay and Craigslist for discounted gift cards that would knock another chunk off of the price. Low and behold, I came across a $500 card offered at $450 – and when I suggested $400, the seller agreed.
The original Campaign bookcases were priced $279 +tax each, meaning my new finds would have originally totaled $558 + tax (about $608). 30% off of the pre-tax cost came to $390.60 + $35 in taxes = $425.60 for a total store discount of over $125! Add in the additional 20% off from the discounted gift card and I found my new bookcases for $340.60 or 45% off!
A little snafu: on the particular weekend that furniture was on sale, I happened to be on a business trip in the Bay Area AND the local store had only one bookshelf in stock. Since they wouldn’t allow for me to purchase remotely from another store, I had to rain check my sale and my awesome family (who live in the Bay Area) drove down the bookshelves on their next visit when World Market stocked them again. Oh what an adventure.
But back to the desk! My original though was to sand and stain the desk a darker brown to contrast with the bookcases, but I think they actually compliment each other pretty nicely. I love the natural wood look and am pretty thrilled it’s coming back around with the rise in mid-century modern furniture (not that these pieces are).
Would you look at those legs? Love them. When experimenting with a DIY desk, I thought about making my own X legs and adding an Ikea butcher block (with an added stain) topper. But these legs have a bit of a curve and they’re just perfect.
I may cut down the sides a few inches to make it a bit narrower, time will tell. And as for not having drawers? I’m planning on a little nightstand-turned-printer carriage to fit under the desk and to make up for lost storage.
Yay for a new desk AND bookcases!
For more Office Makeover posts, check out: remnant carpet, grasscloth wallpaper, painting the office nook, finding carpet for the office, chocolate brown wall ideas, plastering progress, inspiration for a diy desk, back in action!, desking hunting for under $300, bookcases under $300, inspirational rooms, room layout options, demo part 1 & demo part 2.
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So you’ve seen a sneak peak of the new carpet in the previous post (couldn’t wait to share the grasscloth wall!) but here’s an update on the new carpet. You might remember that the previous flooring in the office consisted of three different wood floor patterns from three different types of rooms (a kitchen, breakfast nook and closet). Carpet was the best choice for us.
We went carpet shopping and found our best solution through a unique bit of searching (more on that here) and hunted down an installer from Craigslist for 1/3 of the going rate. At first thought Kevin was sure it was a project he could tackle himself, but after a bit of research we realized that the tools and materials needed to install the carpet would be pricier to rent than to sub out the job itself.
When searching for new carpet, there were a few key factors that we were looking for: price, color, size and durability.
Price: We were hoping to carpet the entire room for under $500, but after beginning our search we soon learned that that was virtually impossible. Thankfully it was a single room and we could settle on a remnant. Our total cost in the end using remnant carpeting, purchasing the tacks and carpet pad ourselves, and with using a Craigslist installer was $484, $380 less than the average bid we received.
Color: Off-white/cream was a must for me. I know it will show stains and dirt – but we’ll do our best to keep blankets under Liv and carpet spray nearby.
Size: In a perfect world our 9×20′ room would not require a seam. Most rolls of carpet are 12′ wide but finding a remnant 20′ long? Tough, but after much searching we found the perfect 12×22′ that could be cut down! (Note, you’ll always pay for the extra feet to make up to 12′ even if your room is 9′ wide).
Durability: Plush, thick carpet would be nice since Liv will be crawling and soon learning to walk in this very room. Plus, why install cheap carpeting if you’re hoping it will last a few years? No need to go all out but a good, easy-to-clean carpet was a must.
Keeping all of the above in mind, there are several choices of material when it comes to new carpet. Here are a few tips on choosing the right carpet for the right space (resource):
- Wool carpet is durable and crush resistant (walking on it does not leave footprints), easy to clean and good for high-traffic areas, but it tends to hold static and is usually very high in price.
- Nylon is also very durable and easier to clean than wool and does not hold static. But it is high priced and may fade if exposed to a lot of sunlight.
- Polyester is not as crush resistant as wool and fades when exposed to a lot of sunlight. It is extremely durable against abrasions and costs less than wool and nylon carpets.
- Acrylic carpet does not fade, is fairly crush resistant and is easy to clean, does not hold static and is low priced. But it is not as strong against abrasion as the other types.
- Polypropylene Olefin carpet is the least expensive, easy to clean and fairly strong against abrasion. It may or may not be crush resistant depending on the type of weave, also known as pile.
Finding a remnant to fit those requirements is even harder, but once you know what you’re looking for it’s easy to rule out the ones that won’t work.
Prepping the current floor is helpful for a quick install. Here are a few tips for before the installer arrives:
- Remove doors: Make sure that any doors in the way are removed.
- Old carpet: Pull up that old carpet completely (if you’re laying over concrete, go ahead and make sure there are no spots with moisture).
- Floor molding: Check to see if the molding is raised (likely if the room was previously carpeted) or removed (don’t carpet the room up to the molding but rather the actual wall), vacuum thoroughly.
Since this room was brand new, the molding will be added on top of the finished carpet.
And that’s our carpet wrap up! Not too exciting of a post but we’re so happy that it’s in and it looks great .
For more Office Makeover posts, check out: grasscloth wallpaper, painting the office nook, finding carpet for the office, chocolate brown wall ideas, plastering progress, inspiration for a diy desk, back in action!, desking hunting for under $300, bookcases under $300, inspirational rooms, room layout options, demo part 1 & demo part 2.
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