Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Progress on the "sweatshop"

We have four bedrooms in our home, that's an abundance for the current size of our family, so we turned one into an office (pictures coming, I swear), one into a guest room, and one into our room. The other, well, we didn't know what to do with it. So, it quickly became a storage room where we dumped everything we didn't know what else to do with.
That's just a small portion of the disaster area that was the sweatshop.

Why the "sweatshop"? Well, I'm glad you asked. The day that we moved into our home, my mother-in-law and cousin spent the day in the spare room sewing curtains for our living room and kitchen, so we jokingly refer to it as the sweatshop.

Back to the progress. Last week I got the whole room cleaned out, down to the cradle my uncle Johnny gave me as a little girl, that got to stay because it's staying in the room. Then I painted, Behr's "Cool Jazz", a brightly pale aqua. Next up was furniture. My mother has an extra dresser lying around, so that takes care of that, then a writing desk. I've always thought a great guest room has a place to sit and write a note. In my head, I envisioned a nice, crisp, clean white parsons desk, like this one from West Elm. The price tag, however was more than my budgety self was willing to spend on a desk in a rarely used room.

Next I considered building one. Thank's to Ana White and Knock-off-wood, there's a heck of a women-building-amazing-things renaissance going on around the D&R internet. Which I think is fabulous, having already built my own built-in shelves around my television. But, since I have plans to build a storage daybed for this room, I wanted to take the easy way out on this one, and get more immediate gratification on seeing something go into the room. So I did some searching on the usual suspects and found this guy at Wal-mart.
For fifty bucks and free shipping to my home, I nabbed it, and it's put together and in the room. It looks great, the perfect addition to the room.

Then, yesterday, I made my next move. My in-laws had given us this chair when we moved into the house, because "it seemed like [my] style". And they were right, because I love this chair.
When I was searching for an appropriate chair to set at my sparkly new desk, this one was my first choice. But the fabric, while lovely, wasn't just right.

My whole inspiration for this room was some fabric that I'd found while on a pillow-making binge with a friend. I bought the fabric, thinking I'd come up with a use for it. There's always a need for throw pillows, isn't there? Well, I decided a great use for some of the fabric would be the cover on this chair. So I recovered it.
 I left the old fabric underneath, it adds a little dimension and made recovering the sucker easier. I'm not going to post how I did it, because it's simple, and there are a jillion blogs out there that show you how. It took me all of 15 minutes, and most of that was trying to figure out how to reload my staple gun.

Isn't it lovely? I love it. I've been known to walk into the room and lay on the floor looking at the beauty. But now I have a chair to sit on!

1 comment:

  1. Ha! Love the sweatshop! I can't wait to see how you do with the day bed. I've been working on the King FOREVER and I can't wait to finish it. The room is looking great :) and serious score with the $50 desk!

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