Tuesday, February 8, 2011

second bedroom: check!

yesterday, i finally completed our second bedroom makeover...

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woo! the good news is, we really didn't get rid of that much. we've already done a lot of cleaning out and getting-rid-of, so most of the things in this room, we actually use. we just created better storage solutions and prioritized what was important to us when using this space (my mom would be so proud. she used to have me and my brothers clean out and go through our stuff regularly to see what we could "hand-me-down" or donate.)

because everyone loves a good "before & after", here it is:
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muuuuch better!
we wanted a space for guests to sleep (so, sorry to any guests that have ever had to sleep on an air mattress or couch at our house! you now have a bed.), and still needed lots of storage. we quickly selected the beddinge sofa bed at ikea, but when i was thinking about shelving for the space, i had a few different ideas. i was going to buy all-new shelving, but then the lightbulb hit: just use what we already had! so, i took apart the old ikea bookshelves that we had (that are in that "before" photo), and kept the 4 shelves to use in the "new" space. we hung them with L-brackets (into the studs. also, the L-brackets are incredibly heavy-duty!), and i painted the shelves white and the L-brackets to blend in with the wall and shelves. see?

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i had to paint them a glossy white, because all of the "white" furniture at ikea is really off-white. what's up with that?

i also bought these 4 baskets for the top shelf to hold miscellaneous kristen-things that need storing. i'm sure that second shelf will get rearranged and/or filled up in the future.

here is a better shot of the L-brackets, where you can see that i painted the part that is attached to the shelf white, and the top part grey, like the wall:
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i also painted our file cabinet white (it used to be an orangey wood tone. you can see it sitting in the middle of the room in this post.):
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much better, huh?

(practical) printer on top, and now also has a lamp. i got that cute little fabric that is mounted on a canvas above the printer at providence antiques the other day in the $1 bin.

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and, here is jordan's desk:
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everything at his desk was already there before, but we added shelves above as well (also from the bookshelf). i sawed off about a foot on each shelf for these shelves so that they would fit a bit better, and i was so happy with how they turned out. can't beat free furniture!

i hadn't used my saw since this project, so i made jordan watch me do it, just incase i sawed off a finger. all was well, though, and it was easy peasy. i'm ready to saw anything now. i am woman, hear me roar.

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jordan's shelves.

last but not least, i made a little curtain for the room. the other day, when i was at (once again) providence antiques, i picked up this thomas paul fabric scrap for $1. lo and behold (do people say that?), it was the perfect size for this window! i only trimmed off about a foot-long piece that was dangling from one side. i did the ol' ironing trick, and hot-glued the ends under (my bootleg way of making "curtains"), and hung it in the window with a tension rod from target and some ikea curtain clips.

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woo! we love our new room.

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also, just because it may be asked: the office chair i got in college at a thrift store, the rug is old and from ikea, and the wall color is a combo of two colors i had on hand ("dolphin fin" by valspar, and "aloof grey" by benjamin moore). ceiling is painted with a flat ceiling white by valspar, and the shelves and filing cabinet are bright white trim paint by valspar in a semigloss.






41 comments:

  1. what a transformation! I love that curtain - it adds such a nice pop of color!

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  2. Awesomeness! Do you walk into the room and sigh with contentment?! I would!

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  3. How do you paint furniture form Ikea? I thought it was all MDF that you couldn't paint? Looks great though!

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  4. leslie - yes! haha. last night, i just sat in there for a bit when i was finished. i still will tweak and add things, but it's mostly done.

    brandi - you can paint anything. sanding, priming, then painting. there is no guarantee that it will last forever, but i am not a person that keeps much forever! :)

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  5. Looks so much better! Are the baskets Ikea too?

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  6. thank you! no, they are from ross, of all places! they were only $8 each.

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  7. I love it! It is so great.. your guest will love it:) I really like the color on the walls.

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  8. Great work! Where did you get the filing cabinet? I'm looking for something like that to help keep all of my husband's paperwork in order.

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  9. Just found your site and LOVE it! Just my style.
    Can anyone tell me where you found our chevron blanket in your bedroom? THANKS!

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  10. thank you! the filing cabinet was a hand-me-down furniture piece from my dad. i think it was from pottery barn or crate and barrel!

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  11. letia - chevron blanket was from tjmaxx a few years ago! sorry :(

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  12. The room looks so awesome - makes we want to tackle my guest room now :) Thanks for sharing!

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  13. you are so right - everyone loves a good before/after! Love the room btw.

    Just one little thing - I am worried your Pepsi bottle - I'm worried the books are going to slide and knock it off. Call me crazy. :)

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  14. kara - hah! you are right. that "decoration" was jordan's doings, and i feel bad moving his stuff around. perhaps i will suggest a different location for it.. :)

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  15. fabulous makeover! you are one thrifty lady! Oh- and I recently discovered the super-cheap joy of Ikeas curtain ring clips- they are amazing right?! Beats the $35/10 that PB charges:)

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  16. I love your makeshift curtain! I may just have to steal that idea some day!

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  17. hannahj: yep! i have a few packs of them, so i already had them here at the house. so handy and the price is definitely right.

    shannon: do it! it is so easy, and it doesn't look bad at all. if you are feeling industrious, you could line the inside of it as well, but this fabric is thick, so i didn't do that :)

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  18. Looks wonderful! Where did you get the baskets?

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  19. I've been working on my daughter's room since September...and you whipped this out in 2 days!!?? Unbelieveable...looks amazing! Love the curtain fabric.

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  20. wow! it looks A LOT different. i like the curtain. i'll have to remember how you did that..so easy :O) AND cute!

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  21. looks great! i love how you pulled it all together using mostly things you already had!

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  22. Hi Kristen, I have been reading your blog for a while now but I don't think I have ever commented. You are so talented! I had to tell you how great your room turned out! It is so clean and fresh and uncluttered! I have been looking for a nice white filing cabinet and was going to ask you where you found yours and then realized that you painted it! {of course you did ;)} I love your easy make window treatment and using your scrap of fabric for art. VERY NICE.

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  23. thanks, guys! anon- baskets were from Ross!

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  24. YAY!! it looks so great, i love the outcome of your custom paint color. How do you find the futon? comfy? i'm always on the lookout for one

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  25. This looks great! It is *almost* enough to make me get off my behind and redo one of my rooms.... love it!

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  26. This looks fantastic! I love the simplicity of the office and the accessories add great personality.
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  27. It must feel so great to have that done! Looks great, too. Thanks for inspiring me to do a curtain soon...I didn't realize it could be that easy!

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  28. Wowza....that is a great before and after!

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  29. Looks great, mind sharing where you got the two frames from?

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  30. WOW! You aren't kidding about the transformation! The room looks awesome and I am super impressed with your saw skills. Hope you had a good b-day, Kristen!

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  31. I like Jordan's "Manspace" book. Fitting. Can't wait to sleep on that futon.

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  32. oleander - the bed seems fine! i mean, i don't think it's somethign that you would want to sleep on every night, but i think it will serve its purpose well. i like that it's not one of those metal-bar futon-types...a bit more modern.

    anon- the frames were custom framing for our college diplomas. my mom had them done for us!

    andy, my brother- the manspace book cracks me up every time i see it. you can enjoy it as a bedside read when you stay on the futon.

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  33. Love it! Definitely motivates me to get to re-doing!

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  34. Hi, I'm Laura from Barcelona.

    First of all, excuse me if my english is not as good as I wanted :)
    I'm creating a blog of different blogs that talks about DIY or handmade. I have included yours, if you are agree of course ;). I love your work!!

    This is the link of my blog:
    http://hazlotumismoblogs.blogspot.com
    It's in spanish.

    See u!!
    Laura

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  35. This looks great! Wondering where did you get the bracket?

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  37. Love the bedside filing cabinet! Where did it come from? Thanks.

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