Before I go into today’s post, I have some exiting news! Free Spirit Fabrics has been acquired and that means my fabric lines will still be produced!
That means I need to hunker down and start working on colorways for the second collection again. I’m so excited that Bunnies Birds & Blooms will be available, but I’m even more excited for this second collection to launch. The wheels are turning again…
Now, onto today’s post…
I’m still chipping away at my office here and there. I have been looking for baskets for the top of the cabinet to use for storage and to raise the visual height of the piece. I also wanted to hide the internet modem and Orbi unit.
My no-spend February turned into a low-spend February when I bought the cabinet off of craigslist and since then, I’ve stuck to the spirit of my low-spend challenge. I haven’t bought things impulsively. I’ve waited, shopped my house first, thought about it, did some research, and if I still wanted/needed the item, I would either purchase it or add it to a wish list to buy at a later date. I even went out to antique shops with a friend last week and all I bought was one antique ironstone pudding mold for $7.00. They are usually $35+, so it was a bargain I couldn’t turn down.
Anyway, all of this to say, I decided to go ahead and purchase the baskets, so I could move ahead with the office makeover. I bought four of these seagrass baskets (affiliate link) from Target for $20/each. They were the perfect size and I liked their texture and color.
(Those sconces were just propped up there, waiting to be hung.)
I used the basket on the far right to hide the internet boxes. To do this, I simply cut a slit in the back of the basket to feed the cords through…
It took a little bit of awkward maneuvering, but I got all of the cords through and plugged back into their proper place.
The internet modem and Orbi are the only two things in that basket, so they have plenty of airflow. I’ll just have to remember to run a vacuum up there a few times a year to keep the dust under control.
And yesterday, Jeff hung the sconces for me and I finished painting the interior of the second cabinet interior in MMS Milk Paint Farmhouse White.
I’ll tell you what…those caution-cone-orange-painted shelves ended up being more trouble than they were worth! I had the gut feeling that I should just buy some new wood and cut them to size to have a fresh start, but I fought these things all the way to the finish. Trying to strip off the orange paint was a mess. The primer seemed to work okay, but then it started peeling off and the final coat of milk paint made it start chipping down to the orange paint!
These were just bad news from the get-go and I should’ve known from experience. Well, they are now painted, but I bet that orange paint will make a reappearance as these shelves get nicked and dinged and I think we’ll end up cutting new shelves. Fortunately, the interior was stripped, so that painted up beautifully and the shelves are an easy fix if we ever want to tackle them down the road.
Over the baskets, I hung my first two magazine features. I cut the mats myself and put them in thrifted frames that I finished with imitation gold leafing. (You can find a mat-cutting tutorial HERE and a gold-leafing tutorial HERE.) It had been a dream of mine for a long time to be featured in a magazine. These two came out about the same time and I was so excited that I framed them!
(Yes, mom, I cleaned that glass, but it still looks dirty in the sun!)
Before we hung them, I questioned if sconces made sense there, but I envisioned them there in my head, so I thought I would try it. Since there isn’t an overhead chandelier in this room (just recessed pot lights), I like the soft lighting it offers at night. The sconce on the right can also swing around to provide task lighting for the chair.
The office isn’t quite finished, yet, but it’s getting there! I need to finish painting the window and door trim and find the perfect curtain fabric and a rug!
Oh, by the way, for those waiting for the tutorial on the linen shades, it’s coming! I just need a full day to do it and I haven’t had that, yet. I hope to sew them and make the tutorial when I get back form my creative retreat.
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