An Office Evolving

Gloria Joy_Office_13So I have a lot of stuff.

I do a lot of  side projects for people . I’m the girl that people call when they have something “creative” that needs to be done. I love it.  Naturally, I have accumulated a lot of different tools and materials for all these things, sewing, painting, invitations, chalk art, etc.  which means some serious organization is in order. Every basket, shelf and container in this room serves a very specific purpose. If it looks like there is a lot of stuf in this room, it’s because THERE IS.

Until recently, my office never had a focus. It was mostly just leftover furniture pieces and things that didn’t work in any other room so it got dropped here. It’s bothered me for awhile and I finally started clearing out the things that didn’t work and ONLY putting things in that DID.  I don’t exactly have the luxury to design a room all at once, source and buy materials and then install. It’s a much slower process of acquiring things and snagging deals as they come along. Patience for the win. While it’s not a “perfectly completed” space, it’s certainly evolving into one.

Gloria Joy_Office_12 When I finally decided to purposefully “decorate” this room, I started with painting the walls bright white. It was a shade of tan that seemed to suck in the light and didn’t give me that bright energetic space I craved to work in. Once all the walls were white, it was a bit TOO white. I like that stark, but also wanted some kind of an accent wall. Wallpaper was  my first choice, but with the texture and price of my favorite designs, hand-painted it was. An accent wall under $15? I can handle that.

Gloria Joy_Office_22 This is a bit of real life here, the unpainted spot on the ceiling.  The rug was a Craigslist find at $50. It’s worn and tattered a bit on the corners, but to me it was such a piece of art that I wanted it. I wasn’t sure where it would go after I bought it but dragged it in here since this is the last room without a rug that would fit. I was surprised by how much I liked in here and with the chandelier installed, I loved all the layers even more.

Gloria Joy_Office_16 Another project in here is this glitter modge podged chair. Originally it was a white chair, turned dingy. Then I tried to modge podge fabric on top and well that was a fail. In a frustrated moment, I poured glitter into some modge podge and painted it on. I’m really happy with the color and sheen it gives off. Glitter is hard to photograph, but I love it in person. That’s what counts.

Gloria Joy_Office_15 If you look closely here, you’ll notice I definitely jumped the gun. I’m still waiting on a few parts for the chandelier to arrive, more crystals and candle covers, but I couldn’t resist taking a bunch of photos because the chandelier feels  so much like the icing on top. I was giddy when it was put up.

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This yellow painting has bounced around to just about every wall I have. I may sell it and paint something new for this space since there is a lot of color going on in here.

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Another item I’m debating is the chair. I love sitting in it. It’s comfortable and just the right shape, but I accidently tore the seat cushion cover when I was cleaning it. It just split like paper. I’d love it in a soft, neutral linen .

Gloria Joy_Office_18 I love having my accordian file holder mounted on the wall. My mom gave it to me and said, “This could be something” and a few days later the lightbulb to put it on the wall went off. I have a TON of paper from invitations and I love having it out in view so I can see what I have at a glance.

Gloria Joy_Office_21 Gloria Joy_Office_10 These acrylic shelves are like the brain of this room. I’m a huge fan of storage out in the open and these shelves hold a lot of the supplies I use on a frequent basis.

Gloria Joy_Office_20 My trashcan basket, another vital part of the room.

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That’s the current state of my office I’m sure there will be more change in here in the future. I acutally have a printer hidden away in one office and a tv in the other! I’ll have to share those as soon as I get around to painting them, which WILL happen…. eventually…

If you have any secrets to keeping an office or craftroom organized, I’d love to hear!

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Making an Easy, Custom Kid’s Table

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Let me start by saying that 90% of my decorating is really problem solving. Sure, I buy pretty things from time to time for no reason, but the bulk of things brought into my house are intended to serve a purpose or two or three all while still being something that I like to look at.

Beckett’s room is pretty small and that’s okay, he’s tiny and doesn’t have a clue. That simply means I’ve really got to be smart about the things that go in there and creative with storage. The rug in there is almost an 8×10′ and you can see it’s pretty much wall to wall. Like I said, tiiiny room.

I still wanted the room to be a place for him to play in. I knew I wanted a table, but every option I saw was wrong—wrong price, wrong size, wrong shape, wrong wrong wrong. In my head I knew what I was looking for, there was already too many rectangle furniture pieces and a circle would be a nice reprieve from all the angles in the tiny room. Have I said that already?

One day walking through Target (this happens often) I walked past this little white accent table and it immediately clicked. I did a thorough inspection of the piece and did a run through in my head of how I would assemble it. Then I went home and bought it online, I usually save money online stacking coupon codes. Plus I had a gift card that covered this, score! 

What I love about this project is how easily it could be converted, different base, different table top size. I’ve always felt like these Target accent tables are a tad limited. I mean, thanks for holding my drink and half of a magazine, so thoughtful. This could make a great end table or coffee table that actually holds real stuff for real people.

So let’s get to it. Here’s the list of everything I used to make this table.

• Pine Wood Table Top (I used the 30″ top)
• Target Side Table (The copper version is to die for!)
• Industrial Strength Velcro
• White Paint
• Paint brush
• Sander
• Johnson Paste Wax (I’m such a fan of this product!)

Custom Kid Table_08The very first thing I did was sand  the top. Pine is fairly rough and you’ll notice a huge difference after. DON’T skip this step.

After that I put a white wash on it. Originally, I was going to paint it solid white but realized the whites might not match up and I knew that would forever bother me so I went with something that was more obviously contrasting. For the wash, I did about 2/3 paint to 1/3 water, mixed it then brushed it on.

Once dried, I used the paste wax to give it a subtle polish and seal. It’s incredibly simple to use. Apply generously, allow to dry and then buff off. That’s all I did to the table top. Sand, Paint, Wax.

Custom Kid Table_01 Do you see what I mean about how small these table tops are? Maybe I’m the only one it irritates.Custom Kid Table_02

I decided for me, the best route to attach the top to the table would be something that was removeable (hopefully.) That’s why I chose velcro instead of glue or drilling into both pieces. A little goo gone and I could repurpose down the road if needed.

Custom Kid Table_03 I chose to apply the velcro to the base first so that I could place it on the underside of the table top to get it as centered as possible. Custom Kid Table_04

Close enough. It’s kind of a one shot thing and I’m not typically one who “measures”. Mostly because Beckett is always playing with the measuring tapes and not his actual toys.

Custom Kid Table_05Step back and observe. Again, good enough! I already had this chair gifted to me by my mom via Craigslist ($20). Awesome. The height of the table is peeerfect for this chair. I couldn’t be happier!

Custom Kids Table_09Custom Kids Table_10Here’s a couple close ups of the top. You can see I left a fair amount of wood grain there and the top is suuuper smooth.

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He has so many rustic earthy elements in his room I really wanted a lighter contrast to all of that and this table came out exactly how I hoped it would! After one bout of creativity on it, I quickly realized I wanted a dedicated tablecloth and not a trash bag. The solution for that will be up later this week!

Custom Kid Table_07  Watching a kid create something is just about the best. Any fun kid projects that I should bring into his life?