Thursday, July 14, 2011

New Project: Bonus Room!

This is a BIG room, with easily a dozen or two DIY projects to keep me busy. Actually going up to the space to take the pictures made me feel a little overwhelmed! The is the last uncharted territory in our home, apart from the backyard that needs endless help {and a sizable budget} to get it looking fab. So I'm staying away from there for now and tackling the bonus room, where elbow grease will get me a long ways!


This room is used for movies, playing, sleepover parties and sometimes a little work. Can any more purposes be fit into a space?!


A neglected coffee table was the one piece of furniture the dog decided to damage when he was brought home. Finally it will be refinished, maybe with a fun color.


And speaking of color, of course the walls will get painted. I'm taking inspiration from the large print and some swatches I picked up at Calico Corners.


I can't even show you what disaster lies behind these doors. Some organization will be key to the success of this room.


Windows: something DIY and pretty.


Another item in the room, an old school house chair, needs an update. It is the only piece of furniture I have from my Chicago days. But it will be hard to refinish it, as it will mean removing the fun stickers Isabella put on the back. Or maybe I'll find a way to incorporate them into the redo.


These stickers were found during an extended stay years ago in Hong Kong and Seoul, when my husband was working on a project in those cities. Isabella was just one, and the stories I could tell about her popularity...a blond baby! You'd have thought she was a rock star with all the attention she received everywhere I took her.


A large blank wall. Amazing I haven't touched it yet...perhaps an art/photo wall?


I'm certain something fun can be created from this basic side table...


...and you know these fixtures are about to be history!


Finally, this table belonging to my dear grandmother will be rescued from the garage...


...along with this Bergere chair I had talked about redoing over a year ago! Its days of being a bike and scooter rack are about to end.

46 comments :

  1. Oooh a blank canvas! Can't wait to see what you are cooking up!
    Cathy

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  2. So excited to see you transform this room. Can't wait to see you work your magic.

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  3. Cool! Another room to work on!

    If this space was in my house & had all the functions you listed, I would be afraid to make it too pretty. I would worry every time the kids were using it for fear of all my work being ruined.
    Can't wait to see what you do with it & how you do it. I hope you show the process from the planning stages to the completion.

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  4. Looks like fun!! In a DIY kinda way... can't wait to see what you do!
    Heidi @ Show Some Decor

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  5. yes, Mary, you are right...it has to be able to take a beating! It's not uncommon to have 6 kids in the space doing their thing! Janell

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  6. Oh, I will be staying tuned for all the DIY glory. can't wait! liz

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  7. A big project, definitely, but one that looks like you could have a lot of fun with, Janell! You get quite a lot out of that bonus room. I'll bet you've got lots of ideas running through your head!

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  8. I'm so excited to see what you come up with in this space. Those fabric swatches are great and I can already sense the fun/classy look that you will create! Your tastes and ideas inspire me :)

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  9. Funnn! I can't wait to see where you take this room! SO many possibilities : ) Any thoughts on the wall color?

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  10. Wall color, the pressure! No, haven't gotten much beyond what pieces will stay in the room and what new will need to be found. I guess I better start thinking! Janell

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  11. This makes me feel better knowing that not every room in your house is perfect - yet. Staying tuned to your creative process. Will be fun for sure.

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  12. Can't wait to see your plan for the space!

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  13. Oh a brand new room- I CAN'T WAIT to see what you do with it!!!!

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  14. I see a lot of work and a lot of potential - I am excited about what is next - really like those stickers on the chairs too ;-)

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  15. Wow. I can't wait to see what transpires! I know we'll all love whatever the final product is. How exciting.

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  16. looking forward to finding out what's in store for this room...
    maureen

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  17. I can't wait to see what you do with this space. I have a large bonus room myself, and have made great strides in getting it done, but it's not there yet!

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  18. Oooooh this should last us well into fall. I'm making the popcorn!

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  19. Can't wait to see the creativity that you pour into this project! It will be a doosy!

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  20. Looking forward to see what you come up with! It will be a fun and fabulous ride for sure, how exciting! However it turned out, I am sure it will be pretty gorgeous in the end.

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  21. Was this the room you were going to build your office in? I think I remember a post about that a while back?

    Either way, it will be amazing, I am sure!!!

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  22. Genny, smart girl, I wondered if anyone would recall. Yes, I was. Until I got the bids. $10,000-12,000 seemed a bit much for a couple walls, a door and window. Oh, and some wiring, but seriously?! I rethought my plan afterwards, but will still incorporate some work space area.

    Janell

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  23. Janell it looks like a nice sized room with endless possibilities. I know it will be stunning with your touches. You always do wonderful work. It will be fun to follow along!! KATHYSUE

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  24. Oh, good I was hoping for an update on the walls as well. This is so funny as I have been trying to take before photos of our bonus room this week and I get hot and sweaty each time I walk up there. It's quite the all purpose room and needs major updating. Can't wait to see what you do {also my workspace sans $10,000 walls!}

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  25. LOVE it. This room of odds and ends are what most of us have in one way or another in our homes. I can't wait to see what you do with it! Everything you touch turns to gold!

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  26. Annie, you summed it up perfectly. This is indeed a room of odds and ends and the challenge is to make it all look fresh and like it belongs together. Not so much the case at the moment!

    Janell

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  27. We're redoing our bonus room too. My finished product will be a revamped & dedicated studio for my jewelry & metal arts though. (so excited!) Wish I could wiggle my nose and the hard labor would be done like magic though . . . if only!

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  28. I can't wait to follow along with the redo. I just know you will transform it beautifully. Hugs, Marty

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  29. I know you will work your magic on this room to Janell and it will be gorgeous when you're finished. I can't wait to follow along as your transform it.

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  30. oh how I love your projects! Can't wait.

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  31. This looks like a wonderfully fun project !! I look forward to seeing what you do in this spacious and multi-purpose room !!

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  32. Cannot wait for the rest of the process! I've got my own big, untouched multipurpose room to deal with so your ideas should be good for me!

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  33. Ooooh fun a new project! Can't wait to see what you do with it, Janell!

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  34. This should be fun....looks like a great space just waiting for your creative touch.

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  35. A lego wall maybe ;) Can't wait to see, what you do with it, I am sure it will be fabulous!!

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  36. I haven't got one idea for you... except POST OFTEN! I think a bonus room to decorate could go either way-- desirable- or -disastrous- ...just deciding what to do with a room this size and extra at that! You know a bedroom has to have a bed, night table, dresser, etc. A dining room -a table and chairs...
    But a bonus room.
    Hmmm... I can't wait to see what you pull out of your hat, Bullwinkle!

    I'll be watching (and learning), Pat

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  37. It will be fun to watch the transformation of this space!

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  38. I can't wait to see it all come together!
    The overwhelmed feeling you had just looking it at is how I've been feeling about this apartment. The difference is that I don't have my trusty go-to spots like Home Depot or my fabric shops, or discount big box decor shops to pick up what I need which just adds to the challenge (and the expense)!

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  39. It's going to be a wonderful project. Can't wait to see you work your magic!!

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  40. Can't wait to see what you do! I know it will be fabulous.

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  41. Wow! oodles of potential! I would love to see what 'diy' you have for curtains...that is what I am up against right now...not wanting to spend $$ on custom and not loving the pre-fabs! Can't wait to see the results!

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  42. Janell, it's going to look awesome! I'm so excited to see it come together. That red chair is so awesome...love the stickers and the history behind it (: I bet Isabella was a darling blonde baby!

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  43. Awesome Janell...can't wait to see all of you DIY skills put to the test again!!! I know the room will be as fabulous as everything else you have done in your home.

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  44. wow -- i've been so behind on my blog reading...so much going on over here!!! LOVE to finally be reading your blog from the beginning of a project. All the others I went back and read from the archives. so excited to see it develop!

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  45. ps -- i posted my rub n buff mirror earlier this week...and linked you, of course, oh RnB Master!

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  46. Can't wait to see what you do with the "neglected coffee table." I have the same one and would love to see what you do with yours! Any ideas on a color? TFS!

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