One Desk, Three Ways

I shared a few of my favorites from Target’s revamped Room Essentials line a couple of weeks ago and today, I’m showing how their Wood & Metal White Desk can be styled three ways. It’s a little like my Making it Yours series in which I take a piece of furniture through three room designs, so this was a fun post to work on!

One Desk from Target, Three Different Ways on Making it Lovely

For Letter Writing, Bill Paying

You may not have need (or space) for a full home office, but many of us could still benefit from a place to sit and respond to mail or work from our laptop. With a cute lamp and some artwork above, this desk would look great in an underused portion of a living room or bedroom.

Cute Desk from Target on Making it Lovely

Cute Desk from Target on Making it Lovely

Cute Desk from Target on Making it Lovely

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As an Entryway Console

The desk is small in scale, so it would be great in an entryway with just a little room to spare. A stool can be tucked in beneath, a tray on top collects mail, and I like having a piggy bank there to collect loose change too. Drawers are handy for storing anything you may need near the entryway but that isn’t all that pretty to look at.

Desk as an Entry Console, Making it Lovely

Desk as an Entry Console, Making it Lovely

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In a Kid’s Room

This would make a great desk for kids, too! Next to a bed, it can also serve as a nightstand; just swivel that light over for reading a bedtime story.

A Kid's Desk from Target, Making it Lovely

A Kid's Desk from Target, Making it Lovely

A Kid's Desk from Target, Making it Lovely

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The desk is available now, in stores, and it’s a great piece that takes on the personality of what you pair with it. Do you have a favorite look from the three above?

The Second Floor is Taking Shape

Hey, no more visible lathe! We have walls!

Hallway: Now with Walls!

That’s the door we’re going to reuse for the new nursery, casually hanging out all akimbo at the end of the hall there. You know, where the 125-year-old subfloor is exposed? Living with the floor ripped up like that for a few weeks hasn’t been as bad as we initially thought it would be, but one of the kids’ bedrooms is over there so we will be glad to have an actual floor down sooner than later.

Subfloor

The wood on the second floor wasn’t in great shape when we bought the house, and when we started pulling it up for this project, we saw why. It’s a very thin material — not nearly as nice as the solid wood downstairs. It’s old for sure, and it has reached the end of its useful life, so we’re going to go ahead and redo the whole hallway rather than just patch the portion that we’re working on now. It’s something that we knew would need to be addressed eventually, but doing it now will mean holding off on some of the more fun stuff we’d rather spend our money on. (Sorry, potential front porch swing. Maybe another time.)

Kitchen to Nursery Conversion

There was a strip of wood molding along the walls in the former kitchen (soon to be nursery!) at chest height, matching up with where the beadboard backsplash behind the kitchen sink ended. After the wood was removed, the wallpaper had to be partially stripped so that any patching to be done could adhere directly to the wall. It looked like the paper was just applied over bare drywall in some sections and we were worried about potential damage, but it’s peeling off fairly cleanly and easily with just water. After our contractor is done working in there, Brandon will finish stripping the remaining wallpaper.

Wallpaper Removal Head Start

I’m about seven weeks from the baby’s due date now, so I’m not sure how the timing’s going to shake out, but the baby will sleep in our bedroom at first anyway. Really, we’re just aiming to get the loudest, most disruptive work completed in time, and thankfully that looks like it will be on schedule.

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The Best Benches
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  • Need a seat? If you like the look (or the ease of cleaning) of unupholstered benches, I’ve got you covered with a dozen of them right here. Or maybe plush softness is more your thing? Bam: 15 upholstered benches to choose from. And all at plenty of price points, too.

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