You guys, my office.  I can’t figure it out.  It’s called an office.  It housed our desktop computer that is 8 years old and we never use because it’s slower than slow.  But since it had a computer we could officially have a desk and call it an office.

What we really should have called it though was useless space.

The desk collected junk, the keyboard was covered and the power button was never turned on.  Piles of crafting and whimsy stuff would over take the floor space and no one ever dared to enter this room unless truly needed.  And the worst part?? It’s the FIRST thing you see when you walk in our front door.


I just HAD to have a pretty little arch there.  What was I thinking?  So, the office has changed many times over the last four years.  It started like this..


I did love this table, it was left at the house when we bought it and I gave it a makeover.  This was pre-whimsy days though, before “stuff” started to take over.

When we decided to homeschool I thought it would be fun to turn it into a homeschool room.  Make it fun and bright and COLORFUL??


And although it was fun and bright, you all know how I do with color.  I should have really learned my lesson by now.  And, the kids didn’t use it for home school.  They usually all end up within 2 feet of me and within 5 feet of the fireplace.  It was a good thought in theory, but again, was useless space.  Because remember, that computer really doesn’t work.

Third times a charm right?

This time if I was going to start from scratch, I was going to do it right.  First thing, I sold the desk at Whimsy and decided we were done with a desktop.  If anything, we’d get another laptop for homeschooling and didn’t need a formal desk to work at.  I told Ry my idea was to find some sort of farmhouse table to put in the middle of the room that I could craft/sew/work at and the kids could also do school if I needed an extra spot.  He graciously okayed the sale of the desk and I saved the money to put towards a table and chairs.

And…If I was going to do a room redo I was going to HAVE to add a plank wall.  It’s a must:)  Ryan had a few sheets of 1/4″ plywood left over from the man cave project that I got him to cut down for me for a rainy day, since that’s the hardest part of planking, is getting the plywood here and ripped down to size!

Let the planking begin…


I decided only to to do this wall.  It’s the first thing you see when you walk in the room and makes an impact.  This wall went up so fast…I seriously got it done in about 3 hours.

and then I started painting..



I channelled Jo Jo on this room redo and decided to leave the plank wall rustic looking.  I didn’t fill nail holes or where the planks met up.  And did you happen to notice that table??  Isnt’ it amazing??  My sister-in-law was moving and pulled it out of their basement.  It long and skinny and has so much chippy goodness that I fell in love immediately.  And they just GAVE it to me!  Seriously? Exactly what I was looking for.

Okay, so the vision for the rest of the room.  This wall will have a custom built in..


I know, it doesn’t look like much of anything…YET.  Trust me on this one;)

I got them cleared off…I’ll share the final project soon!


As for the other side of the room??

Oh dear goodness…


And this is what I’m talking about.  A catch all.  We had some extra lockers we brought in but they didn’t have an end.  We made one out of 1/4″ plywood and I still have to paint it cream to match.  And that corner? Yeah.  It needs to be addressed.

So that’s where we are at so far.

One wall planked.  Next up! Custom wall built in:)


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  1. You had me at plank wall! It looks amazing so far, and I love the lockers with the finished wood side….that was a great idea. Can’t wait to see the finished room!

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