I really had no intention of redoing my office when I retired and starting putting together a project list, but my leaky humidifier and the carpet it ruined forced me to add it to the list. And as I ripped out the carpet that had a hole in the middle of it thanks to Athena and Rocky (hidden by a multicolored area rug), and looked around at the walls, I realized it was all kind of tired anyway. I’d had the same four colors on the walls at our last house, so basically, it’d been the same eclectic, vaguely Mexican, scheme for 13 years. I decided to use the opportunity to make a big change, and to rearrange the room to be a more functional music space.
I’d already decided that I wasn’t dealing with anymore room humidifiers, and wanted a guitar cabinet, so I could just humidify the cabinet. Custom-made, these cabinets go for anywhere from several to many thousand dollars, neither of which I have. I found a decent possibility at IKEA, but we hadn’t made time to go up to Phoenix to get it. I ended up finding an old TV armoire at a second-hand store here in town that, when you figure in gas and all the impulse buys at IKEA, worked out to cost about the same, and was actually bigger.
I painted it with the colors that the existing curio had so I would have some coordination in my hodge-podge of furniture.
I had planned to put checkboard black and white vinyl tiles in the room, but the order arrived defective (I’m still the middle of a dispute about that…don’t get me started) and I didn’t realize it until 6 weeks later, when I finally opened the boxes the morning my dad came to help me install it. An hour later, having been to Lowe’s, then Home Depot, then back to Lowe’s, I had an alternative tile that I like a lot better. Besides the new flooring, I painted the walls a peacock blue, painted the drawers on the little side table next to my chair, bought the keyhole wall hanging and new curtains for the closet, and painted my non-black frames black so they’d all match, but otherwise, everything else in the room was just rearranged for greater functionality and novelty, too. My mom always moved furniture around when I was growing up, and I started, too. It’s a nice way to have a “new” room when you don’t want to spend any money. I’ve got one more picture to hang (the one hiding behind the curio cabinet), and then it will be totally done, but it’s close enough to show off. I like it—it’s still me, but the overall look I think is more unified, and classed up a bit.
And with that, I am officially announcing the end of 2012 major projects; it’s already too hot to work that hard, and I’ve got bon-bons to eat, dammit!