my new library

I have a little office niche right off my family room that is really functional for our family. It's a great spot to work on the computer, do homework, and pay bills. I've loved having this book case to house volumes of reading material and accessories, but it has no storage, you know, no where to hide my junk. Plus, the wood is so dark and I've been lightening things up a bit in my house. I've been loving the changes so much that it's inspired me to re-do my whole house in all shades of white.
Just kiddin' honey.

The other day I was meandering around the house when I looked upstairs at the library unit located in my mans office. I bought it for him when we moved into our home almost 6 years ago but sadly, he has never attached himself to it quite like I have....

I just adore that man but he can be stubborn when he wants to, and you know it's hard to talk someone into aesthetics over function in an office. Enter the perfect solution.....to bring his office unit down stairs and put it in our computer niche. I told my man about the idea and he gladly called over the first available neighbor to haul it down the stairs....with only a few tiny scratches on my wall (ya right).

We set it in the back yard on the lawn and I was so excited about painting it, I forgot to take "before" pics (waaaahhhhh), so please visualize the piece in a dismal, distressed black. Thanks.

I bribed my man to get out the paint sprayer and we sprayed one coat of primer with
Glidden Gripper (found at the Home Depot) and two coats of Valspar Cincinnatian Hotel Hannaford (Lowes).

Then the ladies of {Club Project} rubbed the whole thing down with light gray paint from the "oops" section at Home Depot, and highlighted the wood details with Ralph Lauren tobacco glaze.
I think we all were pretty excited about the way it turned out.

It's now the perfect piece to house my books, plus my camera, battery chargers, cardstock, my paint deck, tape measure and many other misc treasures.

This is where my man and I spend a lot of time sitting across from each other, fondly gazing into one another's eyes, working on our laptops together, until he checks the daily bank statement and I've got some serious explaining to do.

The desk was an old, chippy, door made into a table by some fine folks in Mexico. How clever.

What have you re-purposed in your home lately?
We'd LOVE to hear all about it!


  1. Since Ralph Lauren paint was bought out by Martha Stewart what will we do about glaze? Will you switch to Martha Stewart? I was wondering if you can get the same Tobacco glaze in the Martha Stewart. Do these companies know what they are doing to us when they do this to our faovrite projects?

  2. Looks great.I love your new office look...you should be a designer or something;)(said in my best beavis voice)Looks magazine worthy for sure.

  3. I am so glad to have found your blog... I love it and think you girls are so talented!

  4. I just found your blog on my sister's blog. She too is a DIY diva. I love the inspiration I got from your posts. I'm still a newly wed trying to make our new house look cute. Currently we are re doing our table, it's now sanded and primed with one coat of paint. Waiting to put on the last one. This will not be the last of these kinds of projects. You ladies are AWESOME!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

  5. What am I working on? Turning my kitchen into a hot mess. Seriously, why did I even start this?http://lisasroombyroom.blogspot.com/2011/03/progress.html

  6. WOW This is such a fabulous makeover! It looks like something out of a expensive catalog. I so wantto spraygun!!!
    Thanks for your e-mail! Love your blog!

  7. I can't believe he never attached himself to that piece. It's absolutely FABULOUS! Love it, and love how it looks in your niche.

    I've done all kinds of making over at my house. Two nightstands, two dressers, tables, etc.


  8. what brand is your paint sprayer?? we are thinking of investing in one.. just not sure we are ready to take the plunge!

  9. My paint sprayer is a Campbell Hausfeld. We really like it. Maybe see if you can find one on CL, I hate to buy anything new these days if I can find a used one in good shape. Take the plunge girl!

  10. Amazing redo!

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  11. I think I might be missing something. The painted unit looks beautiful but the before unit and the painted unit are different units. Sorry if it is me that doesn't get it.


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