After showing you all my fluffed up dining room a few weeks ago (I still just love it!), I figured it was finally time to share undoubtedly my favorite home project . . . maybe ever? As I’ve shared before, the money that I make on PPP doesn’t get spent, however after working for three years at this blogging thing from my living room couch, my husband and I finally decided to use a portion of the earnings we’ve saved towards a home office.
I would love to tell you that it was incredibly penny-pinched, and that I sewed each pillow by hand and my husband built the cabinets himself. But, that’s just not the case. I spend anywhere from 30-40 hours on the computer each week, haul three kids all over town for their activities, do laundry, iron clothes, make beds, scrub toilets, and cook dinner almost every night. So, there’s not a whole lot of time left these days to tackle any huge projects myself! But, I couldn’t be more pleased with the results of this update, even if it did cost quite a few pennies. (Remember how I’ve shared it’s important not to sacrifice what you want right now for what you really want? This is one of those times that waiting was oh-so-worth it for us. . . even if it did take several years to get here!)
Ready to see it? Here you go . . . (soooooo exciting!)
This is what the room looked like before we painted and any of the bookshelves went in . . . (so dark!)our awesome builder these cabinets on Pinterest, and he did an amazing job re-creating them to fit in our home!) do this but haven’t had time to figure it out yet . .. ) Because the room is at the front of the house, I wanted closed cabinets to hide things in. The cabinets are ridiculously deep (my husband thought I was crazy), but I love that I can even store large storage bins in them. They also have electricity inside the cabinets so our printers and even my Cricut is inside the cabinets! Here’s the couch my husband picked out so that he could come sit and hang out with me while I work . . . And a favorite old chair of mine in the corner that my kids pull up to work on homework next to me . . .
Our builder was Dean with Dean’s Specialty Woodworks, and both he and his workers were just fantastic (I really can’t say enough good things about them!) If you’re looking for a cabinet builder in the North Alabama area, he does an amazing job and I would definitely recommend them. While I’m far from a decorator, I do love pretty things and am so happy with my new space ~ it’s like having an extra 12×12 room added on because when it was a “formal” living room we never walked in the room at all!
I will tell you that this was a very hard decision to build as I know there are so many that go daily without so much. I felt some serious guilt trying to decide if I could just continue the way I had been working, because I know there are so many out there in need. However, at least for now, I’ve come to the place where having an office has made me so much more efficient. (Prior to the office, my bookkeeping was in the kitchen, our printers in the guest bedroom, and our files in the playroom . . . it was a mess!) So, having things a little more organized will hopefully make me more effective as we really do try to save, give, and live an incredibly blessed life.
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!) If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!) See more previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!