H-Haus Back Room

4.23.2010
A.K.A. The Room of Hand-me-down Furniture

So the back room of the H-Haus, formerly the dining room, has been a bit of a storage room for a while now. With saving up for being off with Violet, there wasn't much left to furnish this space. We had lots of hand-me-downs, but they just didn't seem right for the room. Well we finally got fed up last weekend and decided to do something, at least temporarily, to make the space livable.

First we cleaned out all of the junk that had taken up residence in the room. Then we scoured the H-Haus for any hand-me-down random furniture that we could make use of in the space. We had an IKEA shelving/entertainment unit from the Hubster's sister, an old desk that had belonged to the Hubster's grandmother in nursing school, and a few random pieces from Target that we had bought when we first moved into the H-Haus. It certainly isn't our dream furniture, but we thought we could make it work.

Here's what we came up with. (Sorry I don't have a before shot. Just picture the space filled with boxes and STUFF):








I kind of felt like we were on an episode of an old HGTV show called Design Remix. (At least I don't think that show is still running - I haven't seen it for a while.) But basically they would hunt around people's homes for whatever they could use in the room to make it nice - a room makeover without spending a dime.

The best thing I think we did was to separate the entertainment center. One part became a console on which we placed the mirror. The other half became a shelving unit around the desk. We happened to have some art that worked, and I felt like the black accents really helped to tie it all together. '

Is it our dream space? Definitely not. But it's livable and functional - I love having the desk to use for bills and things. Before it was never used in a lonely corner in the guest room. And I love to cozy up in the chair and blog to my heart's content. I feel like our tiny house has grown!

12 comments:

  1. You disgust me. You can take nothing and turn it into something really nice. You should've been an interior designer.

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  2. Our house is much of the same right now- a mish mash of hand me downs and cheap temporary items.

    We have that same big chair too! (Target I think?) We got ours when we lived in the apartment and someone was moving and put a perfectly good chair out to the dumpster! It used to live in the living room, but now that we have a little more money, we were able to upgrade the living room chairs and the big one now lives in the guest room. It isn't the most beautiful thing, or my "style" but for now free is a good thing!

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  3. I spy German steins and a German wedding cup! Great set-up and ideas to fill our new bookshelf.

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  4. Haha thanks ladies - yes I had to let the Hubster put out some of his MANY German steins and glasses :)

    The chair is from Tar-jay. Someday we'll get a nicer one, but it works for now!

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  5. That room is gorgeous! If you wouldn't have said otherwise, I would think you spent lots of many on a room makeover. Do you know by chance, the color of the paint in that room? It's beautiful!

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  6. Thanks Leslie :) The color is Behr Cheyenne Rock. It's a great neutral!

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  7. lots of *money*, not many! I'm going to check that color out, thanks!

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  8. I really like it! You really have a wonderful eye. Have you thought about re-painting the desk? That plus some cute hardware and it might make you like it a bit more.

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  9. Gorgeous! I see you answered the paint color question. I was wondering if it the same paint in all pics. I like the greyish color (with the kitty)then the last pic looks like it has more tan or camel? I have been really trying to find a grey that did not take on a blue tone.
    Any advise is MUCH appreciated :)
    contactlindsayjade@gmail.com

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  10. It is the same color in all of the photos. I would describe it as more of a mushroom color - not really gray and not really brown.

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  11. Thanks Leslie :) The color is Behr Cheyenne Rock. It's a great neutral!

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  12. It is the same color in all of the photos. I would describe it as more of a mushroom color - not really gray and not really brown.

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