Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sweat Equity Pride

This was the one room in our house that had not been revamped. DW, Annie, and Cooper had lived here and renovated most of the house. Thankful Annie and I have similar taste in design and color. We have not had to go hog wild with reno's when we moved in like most home buyers. We just spent money on having to fix pipes and the roof. Oh how I love my house, but it is true with a house there is always something. Our office was were Adam's "things" went. All the old decorations from his man pad and his mounted deer heads was in this room. My falocify is dead animals should not be on the walls in a home, but around here that was not the case. Here are the before pictures of the office.

I was thrilled to see all of this decor go.
The deer mirror was a personal favorite...NOT. Hah :)
The deer is peeking out to say hello.

The big computer hutch took up most of our valuable wall space.
Check out the unfinished wall above the door to the patio.

I snatch this book case for my class.
I painted it and love it in the classroom.

My most hated detail of this room. The brown rippled carpet.
This was the room that Sadie (dog) and Lily (cat)
were put in at night. So it has a peculiar smell.

So I convinced Adam something had to be done. We had our UF diplomas framed and had no where to hang them with that big computer chest on the one big wall. I wanted a room that was functional that we would actually use, because I hated being there. We started the project by getting everything out but the computer chest (it was too heavy for me to help him carry) and started priming, and painting ceilings.

Lets just say the job I hated the most was painting the ceiling...it had to be done since it had 70 era glitter in it. Adam and I laughed about keeping it up and putting up a disco ball and making it our dance room! So the next big decision was color. Well let me fill you in on our bathroom theme in our house. They are each a different color. We have a yellow (master), blue (spare bedroom), white (spare bedroom), and green (office bathroom). When I say they are that color the shower, counter tops and toilets where all that color. Thankful between when DW and Annie lived here and Adam and I we have white toilets everywhere. SO back to color...the green in the bathroom is sage green...and I love it. So I was on a mission to match it because I wanted to use the green in the office somewhere. So I was up at Lowe's pulling every green paint swatch imaginable and looking at the all the design pamphlets when I had my epiphany. I wanted an accent wall with alternating color stripe. So we headed home with my paint swatches to match my green bathroom color. I have to applaud Adam for dealing with my. He was so helpful, because I didn't know a thing about fixing stuff up. We worked together to get the painters tape up for my stripe vision. It complete changed the feel of the room. It make it seem like we have high ceilings in their now. Once the painting was done we headed down to Adam's Aunt's flooring store and ordered our wood! It sat there for a bit since we went on a cruise and had VBS (Vacation Bible School) at church going on. Adam's Dad was putting wood in his office and decided he was going to have the company come over and put our wood in. I am so glad he did because I have a feeling we could have really messed it up. Plus the flooring company discovered rotting wood on our door. So as most reno's go we had an added expense. We have a brand new beautiful door. Well it looks the same but has no rotting wood. Here is the room with paint, wood, and trim done. All it needed was office furniture.

Don't you love it? Well don't answer if you don't!

We search the Internet to find the perfect office furniture. I was searching for a writing desk with pretty legs. My hope was that the desk would be larger like an executive desk, but pretty like a writing desk. All the furniture we found was so expensive. :( We looked at Pottery Barn, Ballard Design, Office Depot, online stores, and Craig's list. No luck! It wasn't until we ran to the office supply for the classroom stuff that we realized we never looked at Office MAX! SO with every project you have your ideal image of the finished product in your mind. I put my vision into a sketch and I walked up to this one display and told Adam, "THIS IS MY VISION!" He knew right then he was in trouble. The Broyhill Sunset Hills collection had to be in our office. So we noticed it was on "Clearance" and went home and slept on it. Dave Ramsey would be so proud that we didn't make an emotional purchase. I continued to watch it online and it didn't go down further, so we decided the next Saturday we were going to go get it. We get there on Saturday and the Office Max employee says did you know tomorrow started the up to 50% off furniture event. So he got us and we decided to hold off one more day to see if the set would go down anymore. Well of course it didn't so we headed back to buy it. Only it has been discontinued and the only thing we could purchase and for sure get was the desk. I felt defeated, but she said you can buy the floor set up for 10% off. My ears perked up, and went to check out the condition of the floor set up. Adam and I were looking it over whispering to each other when the manager walked up and said well what do you think. I himmed and hahhed and told her there are quit a few flaws, I need at least 20% off to consider purchasing it. She said, "I can do that" and it was sold. As she walked away I told Adam that was too easy! Maybe I should have asked for more but he reassured me that I doubled her offer. So we took home the bookcase and the filing cabinet, ordered the chair and the desk for delivery! We need more stuff for the walls and a window treatment but the room over all is in much better shape than when we moved in. A job well done! Now go check it out! :)

The reason the renovation began...our UF diplomas!

Oh I forgot we got a fan too! I love it, but man fans are a pain to put together!

His gun case was the only thing that made its way
back in the office, but it matches quite well.

A bookcase with underneath storage to hide my JUNK!

The glorious desk Adam so graciously put together!
Looking for a rug to put underneath it.

Oh and we can't forget the GREEN bathroom which inspired the wall!



  1. I LOVE IT! Love to see I am not the only one with tile up and down walls in my bathroom! SUch a neat idea..and not easy to make all those stripes, that is for sure. Look at overstock.com for rugs, they have tons of neat ones that are pretty inexpensive!

  2. it looks great! :) And I am laughing at YOU saying, "hog wild"...what have we done to you?!?!? Your Tampa people would hardly recognize you! Ha ha... :)

  3. Looks awesome. Cant wait to see it in person!!!