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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Workroom Makeover Reveal

Today I have one of the neatest ladies in all of blogland as my guest.  Kelly @                                                    
Talk Of The House

When I found her blog, I immediately felt like I had known her for years, she is one of the warmest and nicest people on this planet.  I am so thrilled to have her a my guest today.  I know you are going to love her Workroom, it is the stuff dreams are made of.  Grab a cup of tea and enjoy, this space is fabulous.

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  Hi Folks! I'm Kelly from Talk of the House.  Almost two years ago (which seems like forever in blog years!) Marty invited me over here to share my house with all of you sweet readers.  I must not have been too much trouble as a house guest because she has graciously invited me back again. :) So while we are visiting today I want to share a little before-and-after story with you (but you have to promise not to judge my "before" too harshly...okay?  It's bad....really bad.)
Here goes...
Once upon a time there was this room in our house that we called the study.  It started out as a room with 3 computers, but over time, it became the junk room...the room where we put things when we could find no other place for them...items for donations or yard sales..things I needed for blogging or redecorating.  Things that just did not fit anywhere else in the house.
Be brave.  Take a look at the disaster.

Talk of the House junk room

Besides all the obvious mess everywhere, the carpet had gotten gross. I kept saying, We should do something about the study, but nothing ever got done.  Until one day...the day my husband said, We just need to gut it and start over.  Those words were music to my ears!  I hopped right over to Lowes and picked out some new flooring (and then returned home to get all the junk out of that room. :( ) You see, we had recently finished a room over the garage for my husband's office, so this room - this junk room - was going to be my workroom all mine.:)

   Talk of the House laminate flooring

In no time, my husband had that carpet ripped up and the new flooring down.  What a difference!  And then he started on the walls - board and batten on the bottom, beadboard on the top.  Oh, and I also wanted a cabinet for the corner there.  So he built that as well.
  Talk of the House board and batten under constructionI was supposed to do the painting of all the new trim work, but unfortunately, I got sick at that time, and he ended up doing all the painting of the walls. Bless his heart! Talk of the House beadboard and board and batten

Because this was going to be my workroom, I put a lot of thought into the organization of it.  I needed the closet space reconfigured, so my husband did a little work in there, and by then, I was able to paint it all bright white.


  Talk of the House closet

Originally, this room started out as a room for my husband to use an office, and the furniture was somewhat masculine in design.  It didn't really fit with the look I wanted for the room, so my super patient husband went to work on that.

Talk of the House desk parts

He added beadboard and a fresh coat of paint, and viola!  The furniture, the walls, and the floors were all finished.  It was just waiting on....me.
I had ordered chairs for the desks back in December - cute ones - Parsons chairs slipcovered in linen with buttons up the back.  Christmas came.  The delivery got delayed until January, and then February, and finally Joss and Main cancelled my order.  boo hoo.  Projects elsewhere got completed.  We had parties. But that room?  It just sat waiting on me...
For months it waited.
Finally, I decided the wicker chairs from the dining room would work better than the Parsons chairs I had previously ordered.  That gave me the jumpstart I needed.  Don't we all need that from time to time? I sewed the curtains, framed and hung photographs, accessorized a few areas, and voila!  The workroom is finally finished! :)
See what you think.

Talk of the House the workroom

Here is the desk I use for blogging with its new beadboard front.

Talk of the House the small desk

Talk of the House the laptop desk

And here is the other part of the desk unit.  Beadboard was added to the back of it. All of the hardware had been oil rubbed bronze, but I used Rub 'n Buff in antique gold to change the look of it.


Talk of the House the large desk

Jars up on top hold old paint brushes and balls of jute twine.

Talk of the House the jars

My mother painted the table that I had previously used for my desk, and I stapled linen fabric to it for a skirt.  It is now a great work table for sewing and paper projects.  The bulletin board above it had been painted black and had a mahogany look frame. (I had used it as a chalkboard.) For the workroom,  I painted the cork the same color as the wall and used Rub 'n Buff on the frame to give it a lighter look.

Talk of the House the worktable


  Here is the corner with the new cabinet.  It is such a great storage piece!  Plus the height is perfect for working there too.

Talk of the House the cabinet

I guess you can tell I love red. :)

Talk of the House the cabinet top vignette

And that concludes this portion of our tour of the workroom.  Thank you so much for coming along!  And thank you Marty for inviting me back to be a guest at your wonderful place here. (She is just sooo sweet. :) ) I would love to have all of you over for a visit with me at Talk of the House. I am sharing the organization of the workroom over there today along with the sources for the room. (We'll be taking a peek inside the closet, crawling under the table, and opening the drawers for a look inside!)

Talk of the House workroom vignette

I hope to see you over there. :)
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Don't you absolutely love her workroom.  You need to rush over to her place and see the rest of the story.  She has part 2 on her blog today.  UNREAL   If you don't follow her, you are missing so much, so be sure to click that follow button.  Thanks so much for being my guest Kelly, I love having you over.
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27 comments:

  1. Yes, yes, yes, I love her workroom! Now I want one too! Sheila

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  2. I too just love Talk of the House Miss Marty! What I love best about Kelly is not only are her reveals ALWAYS worth waiting for but that she beautiful reminds us that good things are indeed worth waiting for. Well done!

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    1. What a super sweet and thoughtful comment Laura! Thank you so much. Yes, good things ARE worth waiting for.
      Kelly

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  3. Such a beautiful transformation! I love her style and frequently visit her lovely blog.
    Shelley

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    1. Thank you Shelley! I am glad you liked the changes in the room. Just being able to WALK in there was an improvement!
      Kelly

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  4. Wowza-what a nice work space! Love it all!

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  5. LOVE this! What a difference - the colors and the bead board are perfection! What a beautiful finished product! xx, b

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    1. This space is still haunting me - just adore it. Thanks also for linking it up to the Pretty Preppy Party this month! xx, b

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  6. Wow this is amazing! Love the way the wall was trimmed and the custom cabinetry! I never thought to use rub 'n buff to change the color of a handle- smart idea! I bet you are thrilled to walk in this room every day!

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    1. Liz, you are right! It is like having my own little hideaway. :) And yes, I love that rub n' buff stuff...contemplating using it on the hardware all over the house (and some overhead lights too!)
      Kelly

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  7. Wow!!! Stunning!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  8. Fabulous work-room makeover!!!!

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  9. How beautifully her room turned out! So pretty and so organized.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  10. What a great work room redo! And so nice to have a handy husband!

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  11. Oh My Kelly what a gorgeous creative space you have made. Beautiful. I am heading over to your blog now. Great guest post Marty.
    Kris

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    1. Thank you Kris! Glad to see you over at Talk of the House.:)
      Kelly

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  12. I adore Kelly and her style. Thanks Marty for sharing this beauty of a room.

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    1. Aw Ron...thank you!! I am happy you liked the finished room.
      Kelly

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  13. Kelly and Marty ~ What a wonderful space! And yes! now we ALL want one!

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  14. Wow it is a beautiful work space..love it

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  15. I am SO inspired! The room above our garage is supposed to be my "craft room." Unfortunately, it is really the catch it all storage/junk room. I want it to look just like yours! I especially love the chairs. Great job.
    Eilis@MyHeartLivesHere

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    1. This space proves there is hope for all the junk rooms out there! LOL It takes time (and donations to Goodwill!) Plan how you want to use the space, and then just take it one step at a time Eilis. You can do it!
      Kelly

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  16. What a pretty room! Thanks for the introduction to Kelly's blog.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  17. Thank you thank you!!...to all of you who left SUCH kind and wonderful comments here, to everyone who hopped over to take a look around Talk of the House,and to Marty who graciously invited me over and allowed me to share this space with you. You all are sweethearts!! And I am so happy you enjoyed seeing the room. :)
    Kelly

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  18. Pinning this one. I am in the process of planning my craft room redo. Love the beautiful wood floors you replaced the carpet with. Good idea.
    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.blogspot.com

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  19. Gorgeous makeover! So pretty and live the red touches!
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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  20. Marty, thank you for sharing Kelly's fabulous Workroom Makeover! It has me rethinking my office situation. LOL. Thank you for sharing. This is the Star Feature today at the Before & After Wednesday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check it out. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2015/03/before-after-wednesday-week-43.html Hope to see you again at the bash! BTW, I'm so behind in my blog reading, but I know you have been quite the busy bee. I'll will definitely be back later this week to see all of your projects! Have a great day! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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