After what I would call a kitchen hiatus, I kind of left you hanging on the development of the Mego Cave. It was kind of like I led you into the cave but it was dark, so you actually couldn’t see anything but knew it was there. So here I am to turn on a light in the Mego Cave. You can see all the cluttered and no purpose of the carport room (what it was called prior to the Mego Cave) here and then when I began the evolution of the Mego Cave through this fabric art project, setting the tone of the room. That wasn’t too much though to call a Mego Cave.
Before I moved on to any more fun projects, I needed a foundation piece for the room. To me, this was a desk. Being
a tight wad on a budget, I started scouring CraigsList. I also had very specific guidelines for this desk, which made my search a little harder. Since this room was finished after the house was built, it has no a/c (but stays cool since it is open to the rest of the house) and it runs on baseboard heat. It is the warmest room in the house when those baseboards are on, but it also limits furniture placement. Since there was only one clear place for the desk in my mind, it set specific parameters for the desk. This was the space:
Wow, what an…ironing board?! Soon to be desk space though! Since there was a baseboard in the space, and that is where I wanted to put the desk, these were the parameters I had for the desk:
I had a few inspiration pieces, both one on the side of modern and one on the side of funky. The modern ones were definitely budget busters, since they usually have to be bought new. I did contemplate saving up for a piece that I loved, making it be one of those pieces for life and cherished items in the home.
Pick-up day rolled around and the Cube and Subaru went to pick it up, with fingers and toes crossed that it would fit. We had measured it and it had about a ½ inch of wiggle room. Success! It fit to the centimeter! I giddily drove home, ready to get this thing in the house and start cleaning and styling it! But first, it had to get in the house. Did I mention that the door is circa 1800s, taken from an old home under restoration in the area? Which is just awesome, but it also means it is the heaviest door you will ever lift. Solid, thick wood. So I set about cleaning up the other parts and let the boys handle the heavy lifting. Once it was in, another happy dance ensued! It fit perfectly and ticked all my boxes. Long enough to fit around the radiator with plenty of breathing room. It also had character and charm!
Remember this room?
And here it is with the desk in place!
Here it is with a little bit of style. Remember this lamp that I picked up with my mom in our shopping trip? This was where it was bought for all along – a desk lamp! Along with the desk, it will also have a makeover, as its scratched gold finish isn’t quite doing it for me.
There is still a little bit more of playing and styling to go, but this was my first attempt. The options are endless! Let’s do a before and after just because it’s always fun.
What have you been up to this weekend? Any fun DIY projects? How about any CraigsList finds?