February 16, 2013

Our surprise room makeover!

So about the week before Christmas, I started having a lot of headaches, which I usually don't suffer from, and my neck had a kink in it and was really bothering me. I couldn't figure out what was causing it all but I was taking Tylenol a lot and I don't like to take meds so it was kind of driving me crazy. 

Well on New Years Eve I woke up with a really bad kink and finally realized that it was being caused by our horrible bed. Our mattress, while not that old, was horrible. Kurt and I both had our own "deep trench" that we slept in. We had tried a few years ago to get the company to warranty it but they said it wasn't "bad enough" so we continued to sleep on it. Well, on this morning, it was bad enough for me. I got up and mildly ranted (meaning I wasn't totally serious) to Kurt that I was never sleeping in that horrible bed again and that I wanted the guest bed from downstairs to be brought upstairs and that I would sleep on that bed. He just kind of looked at me and said "ok" (as in "ok, whatever") and went to work. 

(Just a info note: our guest bed was in the same room as our office downstairs. It was a rather crowded room, especially when Barbara, our office helper, was in there working)

I didn't think too much about it until later that day he started texting me pictures of cabinets. He called me and said "what if we take the guest bed out of the office and make it a real office with these cabinets?" I said "sure!"

A few hours later he showed up with a truck and trailer loaded with cabinets and a granite countertop. We spent the rest of the day tearing the office apart and painting. We stopped to go have dinner with some friends and then came home, put the kids to bed and continued to paint. We actually painted past midnight and were able to ring in the New Year at the correct time. That hasn't happened in a long time - usually we go to bed at 9 and wake up the next day and say "Happy New Year" but this year we made it! Woo Hoo! We might make painting a New Years tradition. Then New Years Day we put the office back together. It was a total room makeover with absolutely no preparation or thought put into it prior to starting. From idea to completion, 2 days. Kind of crazy. And a total surprise to us!

Here is the before picture. 

The table was serving as our desk. As you can see, there was no storage space, everything was on top of the table and if one person was sitting there, there was not any room for a 2nd worker. Usually when Barbara was working, I would have to use the bed as my desk. It was even worse than the table. The bed was to the left of where I am standing taking this picture and took up most of the space in the room.

Here are the cabinets brought in. And see the nicely painted walls?


Kayla and me cleaning the cabinets out.

And here it is almost finished.

We now have drawers to put things in and tons of storage! Plus there are 2 working stations! It is so awesome!

And here is the clean window corner. Ahhhh, so much better.

And here is where Kurt and I slept for a month. I never did sleep on that horrible mattress again. We literally slept on the mattress on the floor in the middle of the toy room for a month! And my neck got much better and my headaches went away.

Finally about 2 weeks ago we got our new mattress and started sleeping in our room again. A nice flat mattress that doesn't kink our necks. It is heavenly!

1 comment:

B and Jessica said...

Love it! All that storage space is amazing. I'm sure you're in heaven.