Author: klehman2014@gmail.com

Desk Re-do #2

What happens when you make a really cool desk for yourself? The future hubby wants one too! After seeing how I redid the desk for myself my fiancé, Geoff (yup, Jeff with a G), decided it was time for an upgrade too. Since he moved into my apartment he had been using a leftover desk that I had kicking around in my attic. It was in rough shape to say the least. We elected to leave it behind when we moved to the new place. So off to the thrift stores I went and for once they failed me. I couldn’t find a workable piece anywhere. Luckily for me I was introduced to a local Facebook group that is pretty much Craigslist but safer. Everyone in the group must be invited in by a friend. Within the first hour of getting into the group I spotted the perfect desk for a great price. $30 to come get it tonight. Using the buddy system (just in case) Geoff and I went to scoop it up. Then the process started all over again. STEP ONE: Wash it off and sand it down. It was during this sand job that I decided I wanted a power sander for Christmas. A slightly odd request from a twenty something about to get married, but there it is. It was really dusty and the top...

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The Office Accessories!

If you have been following along with the office makeover then we are on the same page. If not scroll back a bit to read about the filing cabinet and desk first. So we moved the desk into the office and it looks great but all of my other things looked out of place. I found an awesome stapler and tape dispenser that matched my office on poppin.com. But something about paying $14 for a stapler/tape dispenser stopped me. Especially since I had a perfectly good set of them already. Of course I took this time to remember that I had leftover spray paint. Logically the only solution was: PAINT THE ACCESSORIES!!!!! Yeah…..got really spray happy with my office accessories…. Basically I held them down, primed them, and sprayed them with the leftover spray paint. The result was a tad bit sticky. For some reason the odd coating on my stapler took the paint but wouldn’t let it dry all the way. The first time I put it down on the desk it stuck. The other ones came out just fine. Black dividers, black stapler, puke green tape dispenser, and grey speckled pen holder turned into this:     I was happy the way they turned out but wish I could figure out why the stapler took so much longer to dry then everything else….curious. Anyway, it definitely completes...

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New Desk Makeover

So right in there with the awesome new office color scheme mentioned in my previous post comes the new desk! This post got a little delayed due to the moving that happened but here it is anyway. My current desk is a huge wooden thing with two filing cabinets on both side that collect junk. It was perfect in college when I needed space for drafting and laying out sketches and projects. Now that most of my sketching takes place in an 8.5×5.5 tablet I keep behind my computer there really isn’t a need for that much space. It just collects junk basically. Mostly half baked wedding ideas and old bills. The replacement was an accidental gift from my future brother&sister-in-law. We happened to be over to at their house for dinner and he needed some help moving things for heavy trash day. He spotted the desk and asked if I wanted it. I said sure since I am always on the lookout for cool things I could use. It came home with us and immediately went into the attic, biding its time I’m sure. However it was everything I actually wanted in a desk. Our new house has three bedrooms, and we wanted to use the smallest one for our office. My current desk would eat that room alive and rob all the space. What a perfect time...

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Filing Cabinet Makeover

EXCITING NEWS! In 2.5 weeks we will officially be home owners!  What does that mean? It means redecorating galore! After all the most important thing about buying a new home is figuring out a new decorating plan right? (OK, maybe not…) So my fiance and I have nailed down the color schemes for all the bedrooms, the office, basement, and upstairs bathroom. The kitchen, dining room, downstairs bathroom, and living room are still in decor limbo. Since we have the rooms somewhat picked out I set to work. First up is the office! Currently my office is maroon and cream with huge wooden desks/tables/crap. Given the opportunity to start fresh (like with a new house) I wanted to go for a more clean lined modern look. Three tone color scheme with clean lines. We decided on a grey/teal/white color set up. Some Pinspiration that got us there:   So knowing what I had to work with I went out and got the paint swatches we needed to stock up on project supplies. The first thing I really wanted to tackle what this hideous filing cabinet I had kicking around. It is that oh-so-attractive putty color that is so popular for filing cabinet. It was gifted to me by my dad and had been living in his shop for quite some time. I needed the cabinet but could have done...

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A New Bar!

Making a home bar out of a random kitchen cabinet from the thrift store. So I found this old cabinet that looks a little like this. (Not actual cabinet because the project is already finished) Except there was no doors on it, they were broken and separate. The whole thing was dirty and just left at the thrift store. Picked it up for $10 and brought it home. I figured my first shot at a DIY project should be something I really needed. A place to store the party supplies so I can celebrate future DIY successes! I repaired the doors on the top and put knobs on them but for some reason the bottom doors didn’t fit on. They were too small. Strange that they would sell me doors that didn’t fit but then again maybe that’s why it was at Amvet’s. So I grabbed some old fabric I had sitting around and a tension rod from the local store and stitched a quick curtain for the front of the cabinet. If you don’t have doors then go with a curtain. I cleaned out the cabinet and laid down some shelf paper inside the bottom of the cabinet and the top shelf. In case things were to spill I wanted easy clean up. I suspended the curtain rod and found an old wine rack in my parents basement...

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