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DIY–A Child’s Office

June 6, 2011 23:11 by ehouston

In an effort to keep the Little Guy occupied (and out of my lap) while I work at my desk, I installed an office area just for him.  For a long time I had been plotting ways to incorporate magnetic paint into some key spots around our home.  There is a nice spot for a magnet board in the kitchen, one near the back door (for notes and reminders on the way out) and the wall space of the Little guy’s office.  Since we are far from completing the office space and one side (I won’t name, names regarding which side) is in total chaotic half-unpacked shambles I am only sharing the little area that I completed for our wee one.  I started by using blue painter’s tape by Scotch to mask off a rectangle that used to be behind The Mister’s desk and is just under our white board.  I painted that space with the magnetic paint first.

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This is just he basic stuff from Rust-oleum you can get from the home improvement store.  I could only find the kind that was intended as primer for under a chalkboard top coat.  I would have loved to have added the chalkboard coating too, but since this space is shared with our computers we figured the addition of chalk dust would be a bad idea.  If I ever get around to painting the spot in the kitchen that I have in mind, I will probably add the chalkboard top coat for a bonus!

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It took three light coats, as the packaging suggested and it smelled to high Hades!  In fact, this space is just down a small hallway from our master bedroom and at one point The Mister asked if we were going to die in our sleep.  I never imagined painting such a small area, with all the windows open and a nice breeze coming through, would leave us with such a stench.  This is all to say, “Warning!  Do this with lots of ventilation!”.  When planning this project, months before actually getting my hands dirty, I had intended to just cover the magnet board area with the same paint as the wall color.  But, since we are no where near finishing this room right now, I just topped the big black rectangle with leftover blue paint from the nursery.  That calmed down the visual abyss and made for a smoother finish.

Once everything dried and we got the bird out.  Yeah, we ended up with a bird in the house during the drying time.  It’s a funny story actually.  I was showering while the Little Guy was watching Sesame Street and as I was finishing up I heard him walk into the bathroom and say something that sounded like “bird”.  As I turned to ask him, “what did you say?”, a bird swooped down and flew right over his head.  He looked at me and said, “Bird!”, clear as day.  That’s what we get for not putting our screens up yet!

For a fun addition, I put up a couple of those hooks from Command, that have the sticky stuff that won’t ruin the walls during removal and tied a doubled up clothesline to them.  This created a place to hang his alphabet cards and has been a big hit so far.  Shortly after I finished the painting I found a chair and table set from IKEA on Craigslist for $30.00.  It was nearly new and he really has enjoyed using it to color, play and make look really old, really fast.  I can’t seem to get him to understand that coloring is supposed to happen on paper, not the tabletop.  Oh well….at least he isn’t going to town on the walls…yet…  Actually, once he gets the destructive coloring out of his system I hope to paint the set to give it a nicer finish.IMG_8414

Sorry for the blurry shot.  I could barely catch him standing still long enough to even get him in the picture.  The magnets he is currently using were created many years ago by affixing funny magazine cut-outs to sticky backed magnet paper.  These were for covering ugly rental property refrigerators when I first moved out on my own.  He has enjoyed them, but we really need to move on to something a bit more interesting to him.  I know we will find the right thing sooner or later.  We even have a mini laptop that he likes to play kid games on while I type away at my desk.  Babysmash is his long time favorite if you want to check it out.  Also, it’s pretty clear he gets his organizational skills from his dad’s side.  As you can see in the shot above, he has thrown stuff every where around his desk.  I think it makes him feel more at home with the rest of our disaster zone office.  Oh well, I am working on organizing my space too, maybe I can get him to tag along.  ??

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My Space

August 6, 2008 06:22 by ehouston

Today I thought I would share my workspace with everyone.  I live in a rather small, well normally proportioned (in other words, it's not a McMansion), home that was built in the 1960's.  My office and crafting space is set up in one of our three bedrooms and last year I switched the space up with what had been our bedroom.  The old office was an "L" shape, but the new space is just one big square with two nice windows.  One window is an outlet to the tree-filled back yard and the other looks out the end of our home and down the yards of the other houses on our quiet little street.  This room has brought me great pleasure, being able to think, design, craft and just plain old surf the web in peace and quiet.  This room is also filled with my collection of girlie items...things in styles not really seen in the other parts of my home.  I spare my husband from the frilliness of it all, but because there is this little spot in my heart for all things pink, flowered, soft and weathered with time, I had to make my mark in at least one part of our home.  The color scheme, though very popular now, was actually inspired by a lamp I bought while thrifting way back, long ago while I was in high school.  Said lamp is ceramic with a deep chocolate colored base and a cross-hatch overlay in pale turquoise blue.  The shade is a long drum style that came ripped and stained.  After years of using it "as-is" and thinking that I would one day find a better replacement for that shade, I realized I loved the shape and I finally just repaired it instead.  After fixing the rip I spent about a week and a half of evenings gluing hemp cording around the shade to give it a nice color and texture- good as new!  So, this lamp was a great find years ago and I decided then and there that one day I would have a room decorated in these colors.  Well, fast forward about 17 years and here I am sitting in my office with the pale blue walls and dark chocolate brown accents.  It may appear that I just took my idea straight from any magazine on the shelf, but the heart loves what the heart loves and life is really just to short to worry.  I have included a link to my FLICKR photostream to show my messy, but somehow calming space.  It even has a lounging area with vintage fabric, vintage pillowcases and vintage T-shirt pillows that I made.  I have hung vintage barkcloth drapes with a great vine pattern and installed shelves with mod wire brackets.  There is even an atomic clock to help me know when to stop blogging and get back to my nine to five.  ;0)

So, what does your space look like?

I hope you enjoy taking a look at mine!

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The lamp that inspired it all....


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