The room began as our formal dining room.. but we are not very formal dining room sort of people.. and I didn't want use it as a formal dining room because that's what it was supposed to be.. I wanted it to be a room we use, I wanted it to have a function..
M and I have dabbled in DIY's but we are not builders.. we did the basement loft after this project. At this point we were complete novices.. but we knew our strengths and weaknesses.. we made a point not to be over ambitious.. to keep things simple.. and we are glad we did. I have always wanted a window seat and my dream home always involved a library of sorts.. M needed an office space and he didn't want to be banished to the basement so what better use of this space than to turn it into an office/library.
The plan looked something like this.. we spent a day.. I kid you not.. we spent 6 hours in the hardware store.. with the boys.. we had to take a lunch break just to clear our heads and calm the boys down before finally checking out.. it was on this day that we bought our new favorite tools a phrase I never thought I'd say.. I, an electric sander and M a jig saw..
The walls had layers or different colors of paints creating a textured wallpapers look which is where my fancy new sander can in handy :D We primed and then came the question of paint. As DIYers I think creatively using what you already have is what is what DIYing is all about.
We had left over some beautiful dark blue from the table we had DIYed earlier and later even used on the boys loft. A little of that mixed with a lot of white and voila
I had long been obsessing on Pinterest over these room where everything was painted the same color to give it a built in type look.. like here and here and I had to have it..
Here went the table top for M's desk.. we got some beautiful wooden legs from Home Depot and a sheet of acrylic to protect the wood.
We were so exhausted by the end of this project we vowed to never DIY ever again... I bought my window seat cushion online and hit JoAnn's to find the perfect fabric.. so not easy!
AveryLee Designs stitched a beautiful cover with some small coordinating pillows while I kept an eye on the Home Good pillow section for a few large yellow ones to throw into the mix.. We got our gray and yellow storage boxes from Ikea and I brought out all my books and knick knacks collected while travelling.. still a lot of empty spaces which I guess means lot more travelling to do :)
Now while the right side of the room is complete the rest of the room remains bare.. we are still not sure what other purpose we want to room to serve.. I'm thinking maybe maybe a buffet table with some more drawers and cabinets.. can never have enough storage... and maybe a tall cabinet.. not sure..
We hung up M's beloved air plane in one corner.. and I'm thinking I can get this print framed for him. Looking forward to see how this room will evolve over time.