It’s spring, right? And spring calls for makeovers, right? Well, here is a spring inspired makeover!
My parent’s have this room that has to multi-task… majorly. It used to be a bedroom but was converted into a computer room. Eventually it became an office and since it is close to the living room, it was an ideal place for little ones to play in while the adults visited nearby. Needless to say, many of our toys have migrated from the basement into this room. Over time this room became a catch-all storage space too housing extra kitchen chairs, wheelchairs for a a disabled family member, and workout equipment. To add to the mayhem, we added a deck to the back of the house and needed a backdoor! The door was placed in this room. So, we ended up with this room that needed to serve as office/storage/playroom/back entry and it needed to be presentable. Those of you that follow Better After may have seen this room redo already. You can see it here.
Here are the scary before pictures.
As you can see, this room needed some help… desperately. We thought and thought and thought about a room layout, how to incorporate our existing furniture and we finally settled on a plan that would be functional, work with the existing duct work, and give us more storage. This new layout meant that the rolltop desk had to go. My mom was kind of sad to see it go. We kept the mahogany stained desk and built in shelf above it. My brother built those and my mom couldn’t part with them. After a couple of coats of paint (Benjamin Moore-I can’t remember the exact colour) furniture arranging, and installing shelves, here is the after! We aren’t completely finished yet; we’d like to add some crown molding to the top of the shelves and put a corner bench in above the rolling toy cart. But for now, it’s much nicer.
The fun part was “shopping” around the house finding items to put in here. The white toolbox on the top shelf was something my dad made years ago but just shuffled from one corner to the next with no purpose. The old grey typewriter was my great grandfather’s that sat in the basement for years. The pen and pencil organizer on the right hand side of the desk we had purchased at Ikea years ago but they sat in the laundry room collecting dust. I love putting stuff to good use!
This is where the rolltop used to be. In this corner we want to add a corner seat above the rolling toy cart for my little cousins and niece to read on.
This area didn’t change much. We cleaned it up, swapped the dinosaur of a CPU for my mom’s old laptop (that had more memory and processing power), and found a new home for the spare wheelchair! This desk is raised a bit so that a person in a wheelchair can sit at it so it serves as the perfect storage area for our extra counter height chairs.
The overall result is much prettier and much more functional! My mom says that she actually enjoys doing her paperwork now and in fact, is more organized than she has been in years!