The ol' switch-a-roo

Moving things around is such a wonderful way to give life to your house, without spending a dime.

I refinished this dresser last summer (while pregnant - always need to throw that tidbit in there). It served as Wade's changing table, but we never used the drawers because they didn't pull in and out easily. Some of the guide tracks are broken, but even the unbroken ones are awkward. Oh, and they have an odd smell I haven't been able to distinguish, despite my best efforts. The drawers are impractical for daily use, especially for a little boy. And it's been months since I've changed him on this.

craft drawer

 So I moved it into our (ramshackle) spare room to put my craft supplies in it. It's perfect storage and finally gets my stuff out of boxes and off the floor. I was going to leave a few of the drawers clear for guests, but I would feel so terrible if the clothes they brought smelled weird. So I put a hanging organizer in the closet for guests instead. This is making the room look way less...ramshackle. Course having a bed would help too. Working on that. I found some that I really like on Craiglist, but people keeping swooping in and snagging them. So now I'm consistently stalking, hopefully that'll pay off soon.
   new home in the guest room

Really, really, loving how this dresser looks in here. The grey looks wonderful against this green. I've got some preliminary plans for this room, but now that this dresser is here, I feel a little less motivated cause it looks good.

craft drawer

So, what did I do in the space where the dresser was?!? This splendid shelving contraption was left here by the previous owners.

messy ignored loft

I love it. I have loved it since our first walk through. I've been trying to decide where I could put it since we moved in. It was in Wade's closet, but now I've turned his closet back into a closet (aka: a place to store all the outgrown baby stuff that I can hide behind closed doors) and pulled this to where the dresser used to be. Love it. This space just looks so much better. And now I need to (get to!) decorate this too. This has also spurred so ideas for this room. Cause heaven forbid I just leave something alone.

That was my little afternoon activity. Really enjoying the switch, freshens up both rooms and provides more practical storage in both spaces. 


House Tour: Loft/Playroom/Office

I keep not wanting to post until I have things done. Well, nothing is done. Anywhere. Even the things that are done aren't done because the undone things creep in at their corners. They do that. Can I say done any more? Done, done....dun, dun, dun.

The loft has finally gotten some attention. We keep saying that we don't really need this space. Need is a funny concept. For not needing this we've sure managed to use it. A lot. And for not needing it I find myself wanting another one. Currently it's my office, Wade's playroom and our exercise room. I'd like it to also be my creating area (aka: craft area, but that makes it sound like I'm gluing popsicle sticks together and pouring glitter everywhere). As Wade grows this is fast becoming the worst place to get out any creating tools - maybe in our next house I'll have a studio. That makes it sound legit.

Oh, and the loft is the only place that's warm during MN's 10 months of winter.

So, it's useful. But we've been ignoring it. Just look:

messy ignored loft

Any place that can't get 'clean' inevitably spirals to disaster around here.Our DVD player didn't fit in this storage until, so it was awkwardly on the side. We had to steal the extension cord that allowed the TV to be centered, so everything was off kilter. Totally messing with my qi. Yet I spent the majority of my day here. So while this was/is low priority budget wise, I started updating it without a budget. (okay, I've spent $20 so far). Big improvement.

view walking in
diy ikea storage box

I got the curtains at Goodwill ($5) and the media center off Craiglist ($15). It's unintentionally all green. I intentionally wanted green, but right now that's all there is! My mom would love it. I do like how the different greens create calm for my work area and a fun feel for the playroom.

close up of ikea shelves
little lion man rug
desk vintage camera and fan
view from above desk
DIY straw prisms

I made the hanging prism things. Here's the tutorial I used. I left my straws unpainted since it's for the play room. I am ever so tempted to create more and paint them for different places in my house. Overkill. That's how you know you love something; you want it everywhere!

Still some art I want to create for this room. Oh, and paint. That gets said in every post. In our next house I want to paint everything as soon as we move in, if not before. It just keeps being pushed aside - even though every time we paint we think " that was easy." And we plan to get a twin daybed to replace the (free) craigslist couch. We used a twin bed as a make shift couch at our last place while in moving limbo. Best stumbled upon idea! And, of course, there will be other little add-on's as time goes on (like switching out the swing for a teepee maybe!).