I mentioned in my previous post that I’m going to start calling the room I’m currently revamping ‘the study.’ But really, that name isn’t quite right either. Let’s face it, I don’t do any studying in here. As part of making over the room, I gave some serious thought to what I need the room for and how it should function. In the end, there are two main purposes for this room; I write my blog (and do other computer stuff), and I store my creative supplies here. What shall I call it? Got any ideas for me?
After giving some serious thought to functionality, I realized that the desk had to go. Here it is, in case you don’t remember it.
It is beautiful, but see that base? That was annoying. My legs are far too long for this desk. It would be perfect for a shorter person who likes to raise their feet a little under their desk, but I am 5’10”. My feet always had to be tucked under my chair. Plus, this desk (technically, it’s a library table) was just large enough that I tended to pile crap on it. Empty surface area = piles of stuff to look through later.
And let’s just mention the chair for a moment. Those wheels were leaving big black marks on the floor. I was able to get them up with a magic eraser, but still. Not good for the floor. Although it was quite comfy.
But all of that brings me to my new desk!
A bit smaller for sure, but enough space for exactly what I need, a perch for my computer. It’s now tucked in the corner which makes the room seem ten times larger. I angled it to avoid the look of furniture just lined up along the walls. Once Mr. Q and I put the angled desk in place, I realized that the space behind it was perfect for my chalkboard door. See those pipes running up the wall behind the door? Those are radiator pipes going up to the 2nd floor. Because of those, nothing could really be tucked right in to this corner of the room. And I now have a fab little vintage suitcase hiding all of those electrical cords, but I forgot to put it in place before this photo. Dang. In an older house, lack of electrical outlets can be a big challenge. This room has two, neither of which are in a good spot for the desk.
So let’s talk about the ‘desk’ itself. Do you recognize it? It’s the Boxwood farmhouse table!
I tried selling it at my last Carriage House sale, and there were no takers. Clearly it was meant to stay. As much as I loved the green, it just wasn’t working in this room. So, I really quickly slapped on a coat of MMS Flow Blue followed by a coat of MMS Artissimo. We’re seriously talking ‘slapped on’ here folks. The lighting was dim, I didn’t try to get 100% coverage. I wanted the look of a piece that has been painted multiple times. And here is what I got.
Love it! Perfect chipping with layers of color. Just what I wanted.
As for the chair, I have to laugh, I started out with this chippy farmhouse chair (oh, and there is the little suitcase in this shot).
That chair lasted all of about five seconds. I don’t know what part of my brain thought that I could actually sit and write blog posts in that chair. It looked cool, but was definitely not going to be functional. Thank goodness I still had my french cane back chair out in the photo cottage! It’s perfect for the new desk.
It is super comfy (I’m sitting in it now as I’m writing this).
There is just enough room on the desk for my computer, a couple of external hard drives (note to self, come up with way to disguise these!), some pens, a little container of business cards and a little ‘Q’.
I’ve used some vintage hangers and metal clips to add a little ‘pin board’ of sorts to my chalkboard door.
So now you’ve seen both the farmhouse cupboard and my farmhouse desk. Are you sensing a theme? Stay tuned next week when I reveal what I did with the dresser on the other side of the room, plus a final room reveal (if one final piece arrives in time!).