Friday, January 27, 2012

Desk with Storage

I am so fortunate that I get to work from home, and we found the perfect house that has an office.  It is on the main floor right next to the Kitchen and it is perfect.  However, the desk we have needs to go upstairs in Matthew's music room/office; and our personal computer will go up there.  Plus, I cannot stand his desk; it's definitely not my favorite piece of furniture. :)

So, with my plans to make my office my own space, I set out to build a desk. My office is 8' x 9', so I needed something with enough space to work at, and also some storage.  And, with all these projects going on in the house, I wanted to do this as inexpensively as possible.  Here is what I came up with:

This project was pretty simple, and was only $55!
Materials Needed:
  • 2 short bookcases - Mine were from Walmart (31" x 29") and were $16/each
  • Door (30" x 80") - I chose a hollow door from Home Depot because I don't have that much on my desk, but I would recommend getting something more sturdy if you have more on your desk. $23
  • White paint - I had on hand for other projects.
Total Cost: $55

I bought my door at Home Depot, but they do not cut doors there, so we had to cut about 20" off with a table saw.  

Since my door is hollow, one end will always be open. But, I'm not too concerned about this since my desk will always be against a wall.  And, if I ever wanted to have the desk off of the wall, I could add some trim all around for a nice touch.

Then, I painted my door with three coats of white paint. I left this to dry and put together my bookcases.  

One of them will be against a wall, and the other one will be out in the open, so I painted the back of it white to match the rest of the desk.

I left everything to dry overnight, and the next morning put it all together!

This desk offers a nice big space for me to work and so much storage as well.  I will probably end up bolting the bookcases to the door eventually, and might do a coat of poly on the top to seal it.

Right now the office is so bland with all the white, but I plan to paint the walls in the near future and the white desk will pop!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Jewelry Frame

Until we moved, I had forgotten how much jewelry I have that I love and never wear.  So I made this very cute jewelry frame, hung it in my closet and voila! Just having your jewelry out among your other pieces makes you want to wear it. 

This frame is the same basic design as the bow holder I posted yesterday, but instead of ribbon for bows, I added mesh for my earrings. I completely failed at taking pictures of this process! But it is very easy!

Materials for this Project:
  • 11" x 14" Frame - Had an extra one laying around
  • Cup Hooks - 100 for $3 at Home Depot
  • Replacement screen for window screens.  $6 for a very large roll
  • Paint - I already had on hand
Total Cost: $9

  1. First I determined that I wanted my cup hooks about 1/2" apart from one another, so I carefully drilled very small holef and then screwed the cup hooks in.  I ended up using pliers to get them in since it started hurting my hand on about cup hook #8.
  2. Then, I painted it a bright teal to match my new shoe display in the closet (Coming Soon!). I left it to dry overnight.
  3. The next morning, I cut out a piece of screen that was about 4 inches bigger than the frame on all sides and I started hot gluing it in.  I must warn you, this part is very annoying to do and I burned myself about 300 times. Make sure you've got plenty of glue on there and that the screen is very tight.
  4. After the glue was all done, I painted over the glue with some black paint I had on hand.  The back of my frame is black.

Here is my frame all finished and in my closet.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

DIY Bow Holder

Yesterday, I posted about the onesie I made my niece for Christmas.  I also made her a very cute bow holder that I found from The Paro Post.  She (well, her Mom for now) can put all of her little bows and headbands on this frame, and it is very cute in her nursery.

Then, when she is older, she could use it to hold her fun jewelry.  I made a version of this for myself to hold my jewelry....more on that tomorrow.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Bedroom Inspiration

We have lived in our house for about 2.5 weeks, and I am ready to get going on some decorating.  First project we are focusing on is the Master Bedroom.  We are thinking neutrals with some great DIY projects, and probably an Ikea trip or two.  I have found so many inspirations for this room on Pinterest.

By Decor Pad, via Pinterest
I love how comfy this room looks.  And the mirror over the bed is gorgeous.

Photograph by Alison Royer, via Elle Apparel
Unfortunately, we don't have a wall large enough to do this molding, but it is beautiful.  I love the bedding and matching lamps and night stands.

By Decor Pad, via Pinterest
Floor to ceiling white curtains really pop on this beige wall.  Very cozy and relaxing.

Upholstered beds are great! So comfy to be in and comfy to look at!  We hope to build a bed similar to this.

Photograph by Wade Griffith, via Pinterest
This room is AMAZING! From the linens, to the bed, to the ceiling.  The whole thing is just fantastic!

By HGTV, via Pinterest
Gorgeous, just gorgeous.  Want to work a bench into our room somewhere...

Update: Check out how we updated our master bedroom here.

DIY Onesie AKA My Adorable Niece

Just so you know, I have the most adorable niece in the world!  So when I was on Pinterest a few months ago, I found this adorable girl's shirt by B. Jane Brewing and made it into a onesie for Kiva for Christmas.

This project was so simple, it's crazy! And she looks so cute. 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

All Moved In

It has been a little over a week and a half since closing, and we are all moved in.  I would like to say that we are settled, but I am always wanting to start a new project! 

Here is the front of our cute house.

When you walk up our steps, we have a little porch.  We plan to put a small set of table and chairs here in the future.

When you walk through the front door, you are immediately in the living room.  (When we finish the basement many years from now, this will really be just a living room, and we will have a family room downstairs.)  This room has very high vaulted ceilings, but we plan to paint the room light grey and paint the woodwork.  I plan to put a large mirror over the hole above the fireplace, because it is quite possibly my least favorite part of the house.  So 10 years ago...

 The left side of this picture shows bookshelves that are on the stair wall that head up to the bedrooms.  Directly behind the living room is our dining room.  

We had all the decor for this room in our apartment before. We hope to get a new dining set eventually.  We also plan to paint this room a light grey and put up crown molding.

From the dining room, you go through a doorway and enter the kitchen.  

Off the kitchen is my office, which is perfect for working from home! This desk is actually Matthew's and will eventually go upstairs, but for now, it will be down here.

Here is part of the backyard from the sliding door in the kitchen.  The backyard goes all the way around the house and we have two full side yards as well.  Bailey loves this yard and has been having so much fun!

Here is the view of the kitchen,dining and living rooms from the sliding door.  Off to the right, you can see the pantry, laundry door and garage door.  There is also a half bath on the left side of this hall.

We just bought our first washer and dyer and love them so far! It is so nice to have a laundry room!

Here is our half bath off the kitchen.  I hope to put up wainscoting and paint this in the future.  

The stairs are right at the front door, and the master bedroom is at the top of the stairs.  It has double doors and a beautiful tray ceiling.  We don't have much furniture yet...but that will be a process.

The master bath has double sinks, a soaking tub and a shower.

We also have quite a large walk-in closet that I'm currently working to get organized (post to come). As we unpacked, I quickly become very ashamed at the amount of clothing I own. However, it has helped me to cut down on the shopping!

Here is the guest room/my craft room.  It is a work in progress and I will be making a cushion for the window seat.  

Full Bath off the hallway upstairs.

Matthew's music room is also a work in progress.  He will eventually have his desk up here where he can record and some chairs to play guitar with friends.

We are so excited to be in our house and I will post all the updates we do!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Magyar Family Time

Since we moved in, our house has had a bit of a revolving door.  But our first guests were the Colorado Magyars! They came over for some dinner and we all played the Logo game.  

Couples together, girls in front/boys in back, boys in front/girls in back...so much fun! Loved being able to have family over to our new home!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Move in Night

First family picture in the new house!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Our New Home

After two very long and stressful months, we have officially closed on our first house! It is a three bedroom + study with room to grow. Now let the decorating begin... :)


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