Friday, June 15, 2012

Back with a closet story

Wowza!  It's been a loooong time!  I've wanted to get back to blogging for so long, but for some reason I had myself thinking that if I couldn't commit to blogging every day, I shouldn't jump back in.  I don't know who made that rule (my silly brain), but I'm going to break it. =)  I don't think I can blog every day, but I've missed all of you and my brain need someplace to dump all my craziness!  So, here's a list of a few of the things I've done since I've talked with you last...

  • finished losing 35 lbs and slowly started purchasing a new wardrobe, woop woop!
  • hosted about 12 different parties - can you say exhausted??
  • finished school for the year - holla!
  • helped our sweet roommate move back home to northern California (miss you, Tovah!)
  • celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary
  • taken a few long weekend trips
  • and..... ran a marathon. Yep.
Not many household projects happened during this time, but I REALLY want to share more about my race with you guys - if for no other reason than it will help me organize my thoughts about it.  It was an unexpectedly moving experience and I was so so excited just to finish. =)

Buuuut, since I can't stay still for long...  We are turning our extra bedroom closet into... a desk!

I realize this looks a little janky, but this is just a mock up of the dimensions.  The plans are to use our two new file cabinets as the bases for a custom table top similar to the one John and Sherry over at YoungHouseLove did here.  The ironing board and shelving are just for us to get an idea of the depth and spacing...

I think those cabinets need a coat of white paint, and some cute stenciling on the front, don't you??

It should be big enough to allow us to work side by side as soon as we ditch the doors for curtains.  We're hoping to have a result a little like this, just bigger...

We have a looong way to go.  But here's my list of things that need to happen (as far as I know)...

  • prime/paint file cabinets
  • stencil(?) or contact paper(?) the drawer fronts of the cabinets
  • build wooden desk top
  • stain & seal desk top
  • wallpaper or paint the back wall
  • remove closet doors
  • run electrical wiring down the back of the wall for new outlets (handyman hubby to the rescue!)
  • purchase lighting for back wall (thinking wall-mounted as opposed to desk top)
  • organize the inside of the filing cabinets (eeek!)
  • decide on shelving
  • purchase/move some existing bookends to the shelf for book storage
  • install expansion rod for curtains
  • buy/install curtains 
  • purchase chairs
  • set up inbox/outbox system for the desk top to eliminate the "paper monster"
WHEW!  That's a lot to do, but we've got time, and we'll go slowly and take lots of breaks (it's the summer after all, and what's sumer without vacations??)  We also ave to be careful not to do anything that would make it difficult to turn this back into a functioning closet, as this home will eventually be a rental property.  

Anyone out there have a closet desk?  I'd love your tips/pointers if you do!  Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for reading again after my hiatus =)

1 comment:

  1. What a great idea! I would make a little sewing station. I can't wait to see the end result. Congrats on your weight loss! :)
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