Monday, September 28, 2009

Dining Room Hidden Storage


Before



After






Our home has limited storage space so we are always looking for creative ways to hide all our junk stuff. My wonderfully talented father-in-law built me these shelves complete with a desk and I am SO proud of them! They are just perfect and line one wall of our dining room. But they were need of a little concealment.

Any girl who is serious about doing work in the home needs to get one of these! And the drill is good to have also.






Hottie here can knock out a honey-do like no body's business but it has to be in his timing. I teased him that it only took 3 months...and 5 minutes to hang these IKEA curtain rods. They are pretty cool and cheap, too.






I didn't like the way they looked at first since they didn't go all the way across and well, they looked cheap. I remembered a white bed skirt I had been saving for such a time as this. I quickly cut it to make one long piece, dropped in a tea-filled sink, and then thumb tacked it to the ceiling. I wish it were a little longer, but it works.







I am still working on making the desk area more functional and cute, but happy with the progress so far. Somehow this project jumped ahead of the playroom, but it's soon to follow.






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37 comments:

  1. Very clever! Hey does that boy of yours ever wear clothes??? ha ha!

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  2. I love it! Great job!
    Blessings,
    amy

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  3. Love it! Neat way to warm up the room and maximize storage. Thanks for sharing. I'm working on a few ideas in my head for our dining room (but I think I'm scaring my husband - ha)

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  4. Now that is making good use of a lot of great things, like the old bed skirt, who'd figure? Now I know what to do with mine instead of tossing them out.

    Thank you for capturing this in a before and after moment. Looks great!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  5. Much better methinks! I might pinch this idea for our dining room that does triple duty as eating/homework/office space. Great job :o)

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  6. Love your tranformation! Love all that storage! Stop by for a visit sometime!
    Michelle

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  7. 3 months and 5 minutes! Ain't it the truth! He did a good job though!

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  8. Very nice! Stopping by from SITS!


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  9. Love the finished look!! Pulled together SOOOOO creatively.

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  10. This is very cute, and very inspiring!
    Brenda

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  11. That looks great! So much better! I love your kids names BTW!

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  12. I forgot to say, I am inspired by your blog layout! I would love to figure out how to do something like it to make my lists less cumbersome! If a blog can look beautiful, yours is the most beautiful!

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  13. Wow! What a great use of space, I don't have a lot of storage in my home either and I'm always looking for ideas.

    If you have any ideas on how to paint a front door pop over to my blog and leave a comment.

    Take Care
    Michelle

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  14. Oh my, sooo much better. You worked so well with what you had and made a beautiful, realistic, usable space. Well done!

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  15. Such a great use of space!! I have sliders on my closets and I think I might do something like this with them!

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  16. What a great idea! I love it. I want to do something like this in my daughters closet, to hide her toys. Come by and visit tomorrow if you can, I am going to host a fun Halloween Blog Party.

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  17. I understand limited storage! We have no garage! Oh my, the crazy places you will find tools in this house!

    I have a linky party going on come on over and link up! http://theshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2009/09/room-month-shade-tutorial.html

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  18. Very cute - love the white ruffle at the top!

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  19. Great idea ! Looks great, like you added a room !
    Kammy

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  20. I LOVE it, it really changes the entire room! Great Job!

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  21. A lovely & creative way to hide that storage piece! Plus...you got to add lots of lovely fabric. Yummy!

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  22. Such a clever solution. It looks very nice.

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  23. Nice change; it looks so much better and pretty!! I think there should be a training class made to teach women how to use tools and do stuff!!

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  24. Wow, that looks great! What a transformation. I'm having a giveaway today. Stop by and enter if you get a chance.

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  25. It looks great; that is so clever to add it to a room!

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  26. That fabric is so similar to what I used on the roman shades!

    Thanks for linking to my Room a Month, if you think of it could you link back so others can find it? Thanks! http://theshadesofpink.blogspot.com/2009/09/room-month-shade-tutorial.html I even have a button you can snag!

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  27. Ooops Sheri! Sorry I forgot to do that!

    I love your room a month makeover concept! Kinda trying to to that in my own home..

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  28. This is great! What a wonderful use of space--and now it looks very nice.

    My favorite thing, though, is the name of your blog. I'm a redhead with three red-headed sons, so I'm biased. . . but I think it's great!

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  29. I love the look of the lamp on the desk with the curtains hanging next to it. It feels cozy!
    -Angela

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  30. Very pretty makeover ... great storage solution

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  31. What a super neat idea...it looks sooooo good! Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  32. See! I'm so glad you linked! I missed this the first time around! What a clever idea and it looks amazing! Great job! :)

    Thanks for adding your creativity to the Show & Tell party!

    Roeshel

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  33. Awesome idea! Lovin' the fabric too!

    My DIY is here: http://foreverdaisies.blogspot.com/2009/09/scrapbook-room-remodel-revealed.html

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