Monday, March 4, 2013

Unfinished House Projects

Unfinished house projects.... they kind of haunt you right?  Alex and I have two in our house- the Office and my Dressing Room.  Neither one got completely finished up...

Since finishing up our Kitchen Project, Alex and I have been wondering about what we should tackle next.  We both agreed that we should take on one of these projects, at least then the haunting will go away too :) but which one???

So to get you up to speed on what we did and where we left off here's some background....


In the Office room, we did remove the carpet and paint the walls about 3 years ago.  When the tornado happened though we had some water damage in the ceiling and that had to be redone.  After that I decided to change the paint thinking we were ready to turn the room into an Office officially.  (The photos below illustrate the progression)
But, after I painted nothing happened.  I guess during the "Upstairs Shuffle" we ended up losing interest in finishing the Office and ended up working on our Master Bedroom redo.  So, that is one we still need to tackle.    BUT...

I think I am leaning more toward finishing up my Dressing Room (that sounds like more fun, right?).  In case you aren't familiar with the old posts on this room, it is located off of our Master Bedroom and only accessible from it.  Alex removed the old carpet and installed new wood flooring, then we added some window treatments thinking it might be a nice sitting area/reading kind of room.
Sadly, we quickly learned that the long narrow space didn't make sense at all for a sitting room and that it might be better suited for a small bowling alley or closet- especially since we have very limited storage space!

I took a stab at making this dressing room space TWO YEARS ago (yes, slightly embarrassed about this photo, not my proudest creation at all, barf!) and haven't talked about it since. 
I actually ended up taking it all apart not long after and moving things around to make it larger and more useful.   I think I have been tinkering with it for the past two years waiting for it to feel right before I started talking about it again on the blog.  Thankfully, it's finally feeling right!!!! 

I think I'm leaning towards tackling my Dressing Room Project 2.0.  I feel like it's in a good spot to start sharing.  I guess I wish we could tackle both of them and get them completed but we know never break the cardinal house project rule (only one project at a time!).

Are you more excited about the Dressing Room or the Office? 
Do you have any unfinished projects that are haunting you at home too?

12 comments:

  1. We turned a 10x10 room off our master into a walk-in closet/dressing room and we love it! I have my vanity in there which makes our tiny little bathroom a lot more useable. It means I don't have to turn on lights in the bedroom and wake up my husband when I need to get ready and visa versa. Its lovely. We got a put-it-together kit from Home Depot and have never regretted it, but if I had it to do again and had more money I might want something custom. Oh and right now it is just big enough to also hold a crib so it doubles for now as a nursery at night. (The baby's actual bedroom is upstairs from us, so it saves us a ton of stairs at night.)

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    1. Sounds like a lovely space! I hope mine turns out well, I feel like it is going to have a boutique-y feel to it. It will be a great use of that strange big long space in our house for sure!

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  2. Oh do the dressing room for sure!! The hubby and I are in the process of closing on a house with much work needing to be done and I have shown him ust about all of your projects :) I hope my before and afters are as good as yours!!

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    1. Oh fun! Congrats on the house! I'm sure yours will turn out great, and heck if some turn out bad you learn and then fix it. We've messed up quite a few things in the 4 years we've been here, but the house is so transformed!

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  3. The paint color in the office is warm and inviting which makes me want to look at more of that. Buuuut...what girl doesn't love a good closet?! I think either way you go will be awesome!

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    1. I do love the paint color in the office, I still feel like I don't know what to do in there to make it special though. The closet will be way more fun and I have more ideas for it!

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  4. I would love to see what you do with your dressing room. I need some closet inspiration myself.

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    1. You got it! I hope it turns out well so you get some fun inspiration!

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  5. Dressing room! Dressing room! Dressing room! :)
    Unfinished projects? It sometimes seems like my life is one big to-do list!

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    1. Yes! I think everyone prefers the Dressing Room project! I know what you mean about the never ending to-do list, feels even more daunting at the end of winter. Thanks for the comment and stopping by, I've been a fan of your blog since seeing you at Junk Bonanza when we went with Kevin and Layla. Crazy, that feels like so long ago now, LOL!

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