Thursday, August 29, 2013

Room Swap-Part 1

I wrote last year about wanting to switching rooms with my daughter when she left for the Navy.  She left in July and a few weeks later I was working on getting settled in.  I had to fit all of my furniture and crafting supplies in her closet and on one side of her room.  Her stuff just got piled up on her bed so I could get the room I was moving her stuff in ready.  It was a tight squeeze and a bit of nightmare.

room swap

You can see here how I pulled up the carpet in her old room as I went along in the process.  The carpet in the room I moved her into is in reasonable shape.  Just shampooing the carpet, patching walls and some paint and I was on my way to working on my new art space.

Before:

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After:

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I have always wanted to paint my daughter’s room pink.  She wasn’t having any of it-she had wanted black in her old room and that was not going to happen.  I had compromised and painted her furniture black instead.  Well since I wanted a pink craft room I decided to test the color out in her space.  She doesn’t have to love it since she will only have to live in it when she visits.  I picked out a bubblegum pink and got busy.  When I moved her black dresser in it just look too heavy and dreary so I stripped all the old paint off of it and found some hot pink spray paint.  I left the knobs black along with the mirror that goes along with it.  All of her black accents look pretty good.  I’m happy with it.   I just wanted her to have a pretty space to live in when she visits.

In her old room I had to work my way around and remove the old carpeting.  I know I want a hard surface flooring in there.  My budget does not allow for that right now and I just didn’t want to live with carpeting that was past it’s expiration date.  After I got that done I was able to arrange what I had into a workable area.

room swap 

I kept my eyes open on craigslist for another desk or table.  In the meantime I transformed the closet into a book nook/art gallery.  I love it, but I certainly miss all the storage and the ability to close the door on a mess.

Before:

closet transformation

After:

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I continued to work around the room counter clockwise.  My husband was out of town a lot (lucky him), and I didn’t want to push it too hard doing this all by myself (he did help me out with the shelving on the sides ).  To give better support to the shelves on the sides of the closet we used 1x4’s screwed into the wall studs.  Unfortunately the studs didn’t quite line up where my shelves did, and since I thought it would look awkward to have the support sticking out we carried it across the back of the closet.  I wasn’t thrilled with idea of having white stripes going across, but in the name of progress went along with our plan.

During:

closet transformation

I had a aha moment and decided to add another 1x4 across with some molding to make a narrow shelf space to display books, art and whatever.  Since this wasn’t a planned feature  I had to make the best of the corners as I could.  I added narrow crown molding to the bottom of the 1x4-it’s not very noticeable, but it did make a difference in the overall appearance.

closet transformation

After I worked my way around the room I finished reupholstering my two chairs.  It’s been over 10 years of unhappy fabric choices and giving up on the whole process.  I’m not thrilled with my fabric choices this time either-but hey-they are done!  Someone better than me will have the job next time.

closet transformation

I am still living with the subfloors until we can afford to put flooring in here.  I may paint them in the meantime….just not anytime soon.

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