Monday, February 6, 2012

Wood & Cloth-Completion-Study Remodel

We spent Saturday and Sunday in a Hail Mary effort to get the study presentable before the Super Bowl (note the football reference!).  As predicted we attempted the Full Monty on the room.  With a few exceptions we somehow managed to pull it all together and still maintain our sanity.

Before the big reveal it should be noted that this remodel is actually the second time we have shaken things up in that room…and it won’t be the last!

Phase 1
When we bought the house 2 years ago the study looked like many of the other rooms in the house. 

We wanted to darken things up a bit in the color department and give a little more heft and beefiness to the baseboards.  We ended up painting the walls, installing crown molding, and replacing the skinny baseboards with larger more manly ones.

The husband also designed and built a desk to go in his new study.  Yeah, he is pretty amazing.
Phase 2
The whole bamboo flooring project was inspired by the husband designed/built credenza.  Awhile back a close architect friend of ours gifted us 2 panels with bamboo shoots embedded in them from 3Form.  The husband immediately knew he wanted to use them for the top piece of the credenza.  The wife immediately knew she wanted him to install small track lights underneath the panels so that they would be illuminated from the underside.  I added that last bit as there was a bit of a struggle on the decision before the husband finally saw the light (pun intended.)  I really love the credenza…now I just need to find some cool accessory knick-knacks.  I am still kicking myself that I passed up a beautifully restored antique brass fan at the Farm Chicks show last year, it would have been perfect!
When we started out on Sunday we still had some wall painting to do, none of the base boards were cut or installed in the closet and the blinds had not yet been purchased.  But it all came together in the end.
We love how everything came out.  I really think the bamboo floor makes it look more like a study vs. just a room we decided to put a desk in. 

Overall Project Ranking for the Bamboo Flooring
Difficultly – Moderate
Frustration – Medium
Makeability – 100% Worth It

Phase 3

Phase 3 planning has already begun!  Even though the old IKEA shelves look better in the hollowed-out closet than I thought they would, we would still like to do some built-ins.  Something we were not planning on doing before, but is now an obsession, is installation of lighting in the old closet.  How cool would 2 can lights shining down on some built in shelves look?  Now envision the lights shining down on an antique fan…seriously I should have bought that fan.  The lighting project is going to require some outside help as both Wood and Cloth are very combustible and neither has electrical experience. 
We are also going to be on the lookout for a leather chair.  The corner that has the palm tree is just begging for a stately dark brown leather chair.   This will be the chair in which the husband, after returning from his nightly constitution, will don his smoking jacket, pour himself a glass of port, and retire for the evening.   Wow, I went a bit Sherlockian there for a moment but you get the picture.
The wife may have also pitched a couple small decor projects to the husband.  While I am not allowed to "go crazy" with decorating at it is "his" study, I can still slip in a few things here and there.  Hopefully I will get some time to work on those soon.  For now I will leave you with a teaser...sticks and pineapple.

1 comment:

  1. so mind-blowingly crafty! As always, very impressed