Thursday, February 17, 2011

~Surprise Makeover~

It has been a crazy, crazy time around here. The tax office is hopping, the shop has been steady and I'm trying like crazy to maintain every day activities in our home. We're thankful for the warmer temperatures and a few rays of sunshine after all the snow we've had. Even with the lane being quite muddy, OK... it's "really" muddy things are good. lol With all the winds we're having it will dry out in no time.

Come along I have some exciting news to share with you.

Do you ever get one of "those" phone calls? Let me tell you I was sure surprised when I did. This past week I received a phone call from a friend asking if I knew of anyone needing or wanting office furniture. I cautiously said YES!! I asked a few details about the pieces and naturally the cost. There is NO extra money in the budget for new office furniture, after all what I've been using as worked for a while now, even though some days it's quite uncomfortable after sitting there for many hours at a time. Any hoo..... At the end of the conversation he said the cost was.......... FREE ! Oh my stars. I could not believe it. You see I don't get anything for free, I don't win things, I'm just not lucky that way. I felt like I had won the lottery. I've always dreamed of having "true" office furniture. :-))

I had to really search my archives to find any sort of picture of the office as it sits. ( I couldn't take current pictures without moving tax returns around). This is the set up awhile back. I don't have great drop ceilings, so a few years back I painted all the floor joists a nice creamy white. I'm almost finished with that project, so far I've used 55 gallons of paint.
Notice the white metal ice cream parlor chairs? They are no longer white, I've since sprayed them estate black. On the right you can see how "full" the top of the entertainment center is, or was, I've paired it down and lightened things up quite a bit.

Gotta tell ya, I'm really looking forward to all the nasty exposed wires gone. This cabinet was originally built to house the 3 sewing machines and worked quite well for those projects. My girlfriend was kind enough to help move it from one spot into this area quite a while back. I felt fortunate to have gone from a smaller size desk to this "huge" one. You see, I'm the kind of girl that makes what she has work. However, I'm "really" looking forward to an actual office set up, that takes up less space. This baby is huge. 4'6" x 8'2".
Here's a bit better view of the glass front bookcase. I'm still working on a way to disguise the heating vent, if anyone has any suggestions I can put into action I would sure appreciate it.
For now, I've decided to leave the half metal shelf on the wall, it's located just to the left of the entertainment center. I'm sorry the picture above the shelf is so blurred by lighting. It's a picture of old maps, it stays . I'll try like crazy to get a much better shot for the time of the new reveal.
At the end of the daybed sits a small buffet that has since been moved to the dining room. I moved a sofa table there for a bit, moved it and now have a smaller table and lamp. It looks a lot less cluttered and has the vision of an extended wall now.
My love of bunnies is no secret. I worked my tail off to purchase this beauty, it has to find a new home. I haven't decided "yet" where I'm going to hang it. No worries, I have a couple of ideas in mind. ;-)) Wow! That lamp is "huge". I'm glad I changed it out a long time ago. Do you do that, realize the fit isn't right after you take pictures? To the right of the picture you'll see a Boston fern and metal urn. I was using those to disguise the back of the tower. I'm sure you're wondering why it's not housed inside the cabinet. I tried, oh my gosh I tried it just wouldn't fit. I'm hoping the new set up allows for it to be hidden out of sight completely along with the external backup.
I'm not sure if the fireplace will stay in it's present location , will have to see when the time comes. You can see the decor was a lot different then. You can go back here to see how it looks at the present time, I like what's on it now much more than what I had on it then. lol

So.. there you have it folks, I hope you'll check back in to see what the office will look like. I'm suppose to get a phone call today or tomorrow to let me know when he's bringing "all" the pieces. I have a bit more work to do, moving things out, breaking some display pieces a part to get ready for him. Until next time......
hugs ~lynne~


Karen said...

Lynne, I know you are excited! 55 gallons (oh my word!) You've got the staying power on this one. I already love the room, the pieces of furniture are lovely and of course you just know how to put it together. The bunny print!!!! I saw another one today on someone's else blog, but I have got to find one! I have seen these around for years now and have never fell out of love with them. Just don't know where to put it in my house, but I'm on the hunt! Can't wait for the big reveal, and glad you are not still snowed in and things are hopping at the shop.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh girl I'm doing my Happy Dance for you..It's always so fun when you get FREE stuff..I love that..Girl your office is warm and beautiful..I bet your clinets feel right at home there..I love ya my Dear friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Glenda/MidSouth said...

55 gallons is a lot of paint!
You are going to have fun fixing up your new space. Free is always good. :D
Enjoy your weekend.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi sweet friend...

Ohhh my...I think your office looks gorgeous, my friend! I have serious "envy" going on right now! Hehe! I can't imagine this space getting any prettier but I am sooo excited for you...getting the new office furnature!!! I bet it feels just like Christmas...huh? Hehe! Well, I can hardly wait to see what your new furnature will look like and what you do with this room! How exciting!!!

You know, our basement looks just like yours, my friend! The difference being...we use the space for movies, etc. Russell has a projector that projects onto one big wall...makes watching movies lots of fun! He ended up painting all the exposed floor well with the home theater thing! I would have preferred white...I love how yours looks..much more open! Well Darlin', you have some really beautiful pieces, vignettes, etc. going on in your office! It was such a treat to get to see it! the way...I love your fireplace...magnificent!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek at my Valentine treasures!

Love ya, sweet friend!

jerseygirl211 said...

I'm so happy for you, I love the excitement that I can 'hear' in your words. I'm not lucky, I don't win things either, but I love to see it happen to others. Can't wait to see what you do with your new furniture, have fun, but don't overdo, when you have so much to keep you busy right now. It will all get done in time.

Love & Hugs

Blondie's Journal said...

Well, now you can call your self lucky!! I am so looking forward to seeing the new furniture. Your office looks very nice as it is now, it has a warmth and coziness to it. Very nice!


xinex said...

How exciting, Lynne! Free is always good too. I can't wait to see the new look. Everybody needs a change every now and then...Christine

Dolores said...

So happy for you getting something new and free.....can't get much better than that.

55 gallons of paint....oh my gosh! That's a lot of paint!!!

Actually I think your office looks charming....can't wait to see what you do next...

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Lynne how exciting for you! I am looking forward to the change and seeing how much fun you have with your new desk!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Oh Lynne, having just completed Joe's office redo I am SO happy for you!!!!! Free furniture is a blessing!!!! I can't wait to see what you do, everything you do is always BEAUTIFUL!!!! XO, Pinky

PAT said...

I can actually feel your excitement, Lynne. I can't wait to see your "new office"!

I love that bunny painting.:-)

Barbara Jean said...

How fun for you!!!

barbara jean