Showing posts with label Home office. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Home office. Show all posts

3.07.2017

Couch Makeover For The Home Office Part Two



Home office upholstered couch ikat fabric

I'm back today with Part two of the home office couch makeover (read part one here).  I gotta be honest, I didn't think I was going to finish it so quickly.  I knew I could but I was hesitating so much because I was not looking forward to stapling a million staples with my hand held upholstery stapler.  Came Valentines day and my husband went all hero to the rescue on me.  He bought me a few tools that I've been in dire need of.  One of them was a pneumatic stapler with a 20 gallon air compressor among other tools and lovey dovey stuff like flowers etc... Yes he kinda, no, more like, he completely outdid himself.  I love that man!  Anyhow back to the couch.  And just a reminder or if you didn't see it before, here's the UGLY before that I shared back in January.

Home office upholstered couch ikat fabric
What'd I tell you?  UGLY!

This baby went by smoothly.  The air stapler was a huge help.  I started the project in the very end of January.  I sanded the body and stained it but the stain was a little blotchy.  I knew if I was going to tackle this project it had to be done right because I don't plan on doing it again any time soon.  So I took a break and didn't touch it at all in the month of February.  A few days into March I was going to have a get together for some of our family members and my house was a finished and unfinished furniture projects mess.  I had not one but two finished dressers in the entryway/home office plus the couch on it's side and the cushions were on top of our dining table.  I knew I wanted to get everything out of the way before the get together and have additional seating in the home office where the guys always have their drinks and play Domino.  So I got my butt to work.






Home office upholstered couch ikat fabric

I sanded the frame again and stained it one day and the very next day I did all the upholstery in a few hours.  I bought new 1 inch batting to add more cushion to the couch and then I did the fabric.  I wanted the ikat prints to be somewhat symmetrical so it took some measuring and centering before doing all the cutting but it wasn't  too hard.  Also I did not want to sew, so I folded all the corners as neatly as I could and pulled the fabric nice and taught until it looked good to me and stapled.  BAM, BAM, BAM, BAM......  The back is a whole different story that I don't want to go into today.  Lastly I sealed the frame with my favorite water based poly as usual.  Look at that wood grain, uh, la, la...

Home office upholstered couch ikat fabric

Home office upholstered couch ikat fabric

The next day was our get together and we had to attach the cushions back to the frame.  Holly crappola that was a pain in the tush!!!  It took us an hour and a half because the back cushions did not want to go back on.  A lot of sweating and swearing to get them back on but somehow we made it happen.   I'm just happy that I finished and it looks great!  I LOVE the fabric and my husband loves it too so I am a very happy camper.  You know what else my husband loves about this project, that it didn't cost a small fortune ;-)  

Home office upholstered couch ikat fabric

Oh yes and what do you think of one of my latest Goodwill finds?  This lamp!

Home office upholstered couch ikat fabric mid century floor lamp

I bought this clear globe LED light bulb for it, that thing almost cost more than what I paid for the lamp itself.  I don't know about you but I think it looks pretty cool.   It opens up too for storage, it's pretty neat.  This room is still getting tweaked so once I'm done I'll share the whole space.  I think it's coming together really nice and we like it a lot better now than the first time around.  

Here a little before and after, what a difference some stain and fabric can do.      

Home office upholstered couch ikat fabric

Home office upholstered couch ikat fabric



1.31.2017

Couch Makeover For The Home Office Part One

I started a new project for our home office.  I'm giving this big ugly couch a makeover.  We bought this piece for our home office sometime in the spring last year.  I didn't want to upholster it right away for a couple reasons.

upholstering a couch sofa

Reasons 
  1. I'm super indecisive about things, especially furniture in our home.  If it doesn't work in a few months it's out.  The couch has proven it's usefulness here, so we are keeping it!  
  2. I'm equally indecisive about colors, textures and finishes.  I mean with so many fabrics to choose from, someone out there should be able to relate.  
  3. Time!  Yes I work on many furniture pieces at a time but not for my own home. It usually takes years for me to complete a furniture project for our home.  I never have or make time for it.  I'm trying to change that!    
  4. Money, fabric is freaking expensive and when you need 6 yards for your own use, well that can hurt.  I'm not one splurge so much on myself.  
  5. Upholstery is intimidating for me.  I'm all about sanding, painting and staining but sewing is a whole different territory.

We repainted our home office again and it looks completely different than when I shared our first budget makeover here.  We bought a new-used desk, rearranged things, go rid of some pieces and added other key storage pieces and we needed extra seating so we got this couch.  Everything else started to look nice so the couuch just became an eyesore.  Yes an ugly, burgundy, dog hair magnet, eyesore.  We felt it was time to tackle it.  That meant it was time to finally choose a fabric.  I wanted the couch to be neutral because it's a big piece in the room and it's a big job for me so I didn't want a color I would grow tired of in a year or two.  I also wanted it to have a nice print just in case it gets stains which it will because we have children, a dog and wine spills happen, I mean spills, spills happen in many different forms of liquids.  

I narrowed down my fabric to neutrals, some type of pattern and it had to be budget friendly.  I thought about using a checkered, plaid fabric but the office already has a masculine appeal.  I wanted my husband to feel comfortable and this might sound crazy but I like to decorate keeping my husbands masculinity in mind.  He lives with 4 females (even my dog is a female) so I don't want to have rainbows and unicorns everywhere.  Plus I prefer neutrals anyway so it's a win win.  

upholstering a chair ikat fabric couch sofa

A few months ago I used a beautiful ikat fabric to upholster some chairs that I sold and ever since I've been wanting to find a place to use the same fabric for our house.  My husband also liked the fabric since it has a lot of black and neutrals.  Perfect!  This fabric was just under $20 at Joanns.  They were having a 50% off sale, then I went online to check for coupons and they had a one day 15% entire purchase, including sales, BINGO!!!!!  I picked up 6 yards which I think is too much, but better to be safe than sorry, right!           

upholstering a chair ikat fabric couch sofa


I already started to take the couch apart.  It's naked!  

upholstering a chair ikat fabric couch sofa

It took me a few hours to get every single last staple out.  Next, I have to sand down the frame to stain it, cut sew and staple a million times!  Yay, not so much, but when I'm done it's going to be worth it.  I can't wait to share with ya'll!    


9.01.2015

Home office in the works

Our new house has a spare room that we use daily to enter the house and where we greet all of our visitors since it is our main entrance.  It quickly became a catch all room where we would just dump everything we didn't want to deal with at the moment.  That was a really big problem and it was stressing me out.  I wanted to turn it in to a home office space and create a  functional entryway.  I wanted it to be beautiful and reflect our style and I needed to spend as little as possible.

Home Office campaign desk
After pic my desk area
Home Office campaign desk
Planning my desk area
I knew what I wanted to do, I was just so overwhelmed that I didn't know where to start.  So I made a list (I always make a list) and got to work. To make the entryway functional we needed to add hooks for jackets, handbags, etc, etc... and a bench to take off our shoes.  We already had a few pieces we planned to reuse in this space.  In our previous home we had purchased a shoe cabinet from Ikea that has served us well and was in perfect shape, I just updated the hardware.  We also had a campaign desk that we purchased second hand and painted it glossy white.  Our small fish tank was sitting on top of a table we had built in our previous home, we planned to use it for the time being until I refinish the cabinet we plan to use in the space.  It's an old road find that needs work.  I also thrifted a small metal file cabinet when we first moved in. I wanted to add another desk to the room.  The room is long and narrow with four windows, three doorways, a big bump out from where the fire place is in the living room, and a small nook next to it with a window facing it.  It's just a little bit of a challenge when it comes to arranging furniture in it but we were confident we could make it work.

before pic
before pic

Painting a room always gives me the feeling of a fresh start, so first we emptied out the room and got it ready for paint.  We wanted a moody, dark charcoal color for the walls. The paint color we chose was Behr's Intellectual but had the color matched to Glidden's premium plus paint and primer in one. For two reasons, to save money and because we have used it before and it is good quality paint.

After painting
Next we got to building a desk for my husband. We searched high and low but couldn't find something that fit both our style and budget.  So we designed it to look somewhat like a work bench, simple lines, very masculine and strong. The body is constructed of solid wood 4x4's and 2x4's and the top is made of 3/4" osb material because I like the texture.  We used pocket holes to conceal the screws.  I then sanded it smooth and painted it. I chose a semi gloss black and sealed it with water based poly.  I know a lot of people wouldn't use this material for any surfaces but we seriously love how the textured surface looks.

Home office DIY build rustic desk

We wanted to make use of the little nook with the window facing it.  At first I figured I was going to use a small metal and glass shelving unit from Ikea.  The dimensions were perfect, it would be the perfect spot for the printer, some magazine files and other stuff.   But then I thought we could save even more money if we just used some of the leftover sheet of osb that we bought for the desk top.  We have tons of leftover wood from previous projects we've tackled in the past.  So we grabbed some 1x2's to make the supports and painted them the same color as the wall so they would kind of disappear and painted the shelves white. Again I know it's weird but I really love the texture this adds to the space.  I will definitely be using this material in other spaces around the house.  It's cheap, strong, and full of texture.  Anyhow we got our shelves up and we love it! It gave us the added storage we needed, it looks great and best of all it was FREE!!

Home office floating shelves diy

Home Office campaign desk


The pin boards were another DIY project.  They were basic cork pin boards with a cheap, frame that we've had for many years.  Over the years we have used them in different rooms for different purposes and have gave them different looks.  I knew I wanted to use them in the office so I gave them another makeover with leftover fabric and batting from another project.  The nail heads I also had leftover from another project.  So that was another FREE DIY project!!!  Those pin boards are already working hard everyday, I love them!

Home Office campaign desk


Home office DIY build rustic desk

Next to my husbands desk I hung a floating shelf that we already had to display some of his things.  I displayed his baseball glove in honor of his favorite sport. The stack of boxes are a few of his games,  his wooden chess set, cards and dominoes. I framed two of his certificates from work on the wall.  Next to the certs is the handmade tree I helped the girls make him for fathers day. The wooden dice are handmade by yours truly.  He keeps his golf set in the corner behind his desk.

Home office floating shelf

The curtains I bought a while back for the living room and I switched them out so they ended up here.  I added some plants that I stole from other rooms in the house for fresh air and because I love plants.  We didn't spend much to get the room to look like this because a lot of the things we already had.  The only accessory I bought so far is my desk lamp because I needed one and it wasn't expensive at all. I bought it at Target on sale and with a coupon so it was under $20. The rest of the money was spent in the paint for the room, the supplies for the desk and the hooks for the entryway. Total we've only spent about $120 in this room.      

Home office floating shelf

I want to do a separate post for the entryway part of the room because I'm not quite done with it but here are a few details. We reused our shoe cabinet, added hooks, built a small bench with scrap wood, and added some temporary accessories.  Basically I made it functional but I still need to paint the bench, I'm not sure what color I want.  I also bought a new, smaller lamp for the top of the shoe cabinet I just haven't thrown a picture of it yet. I have to order two more pulls for the cabinet. I bought those for another piece but I like the way they look on this cabinet better.

Entry way Hemnes cabinet

The room is not finished but it is functional and looks soooo much better than it used to.  I still have a list of things I want to do to it but like I said I wanted to make it functional and beautiful for the least amount of money possible.  Some of the things I want to do require spending a little more money others just require time. We will get there!  For now we are really happy with the outcome of the room. It is getting daily use, no more spreading out paper work on the sofa, leaving shoes and purses in the dining room.  We now have a place for everything and everything is in its place.  I know that sounds cheesy but it's true.

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