Here are some before pics:
I didn't change anything about our sleeping space, because I love it just the way it is. I find it soothing and relaxing.
Now. You'll notice that I have the curtains drawn over that little nook. That's because hiding behind them is the closet apocalypse.
And this is the view when you walk in the door.
I love books. LOVE. I love to keep my books. But I had to face the cold, hard reality that a bookshelf full of books is wasted space in a small house :( That, and I wasn't digging the teeth marks from where Bighead chewed the bottom of the shelf (causing me a massive 8-and-a-half-months-pregnant meltdown, by the way).
The work begins. Isn't it weird how my dad is always around when I start a home improvement project? What a coincidence ;)
Moving the shelves and patching the walls.
The finished product! I'm so happy with how it turned out.
Close up of the work space.
Printer storage and a mail sorter.
Good bye bookshelf (sniff). In its place is a bureau that holds our linens and some other odds and ends.
I miss my books, but I do think this arrangement opens up that corner of the room.
My budget for this project was like zero dollars. Sweet. But I didn't end up doing too bad at all! Here's the breakdown:
New (old) dresser: already had! $0
Desk: thrifted from mom and dad. Thanks mom and dad! $0
Chair: Craigslist $20 + $6 in spraypaint to make it green = $26
Paint for the desk: already had! $0
Wire shelving: already had! $0
Printer storage unit: already had! $0
Corkboard: thrifted from my dad's office (and covered in scrap fabric) $0
Decorative odds and ends (chair cushion, picture frames, mail sorter, storage bins, striped curtain): approximately $30 from the Christmas Tree Shop
Total for this project: $56! It's not zero, but if you think about it, it's only $56 over my budget. Watch one of those shows on HGTV, they're like $5600 over budget. Hopefully that's the end of renovating that space for awhile!