Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  July 22, 2013 — 11 Comments

It’s so funny how you can get so adjusted to the layout of a room that you don’t even consider how things could be different. That’s how I was with my office, until someone pointed out to me that the green sewing desk looked kind of dinky in front of the big window. I wasn’t really too worried about it since this room is extremely functional for us and has come a long way from the pile of clutter that it was two years ago, but it did prompt me to start thinking about whether there was a better way.

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The truth is that I don’t sew that much, so I really didn’t need my sewing machine to be right there next to my desk. Just as long as it was somewhere convenient enough that would work. And as Jack gets older and more mobile it’s more important to have a space that is functional for him to entertain himself while I work. So moving his little play table (formerly my nightstand) from the cramped spot where it used to reside to this place of honor in front of the window and right next to me was a much better solution. While I was at it, I switched out my black desk chair for a much more comfortable wood and faux-leather chair that I already had.

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I’m going to live with it for a few days, but so far I’m a fan. I’m just itching to change the color of the play table but I’m not sure where I want to go with it–suggestions welcome! I’m thinking of adding casters to the desk chair, too. Could be fun. As for the sewing machine, I found the perfect spot for it at the other end of the sofa. That corner has seemed kind of lonely for some time now and this little desk fits right in. There’s not a plug over there, so I’ll have to run an extension cord behind the couch if I decide to keep it, but that’s no biggie. I used some double-sided tape to hang this card on the wall, just for kicks.

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These photos are kind of tight and dark since I took them this morning and there are baby toys everywhere, so maybe this week I’ll get around to tidying things up and taking some wider shots. It’s only been a day and I really like to live with decisions for a while before committing, but I’m feeling pretty good about this one. Isn’t it so funny how something as simple as rearranging the furniture can make a big difference in the feel and function of a room? Regardless of where it ends up I will definitely be painting that table–I don’t like the way it looks with our wood floors in its current state. What color should I paint it? Maybe black? A muted, dusty yellow (like this)?

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


11 responses to Rearranged

  1. Doesn’t it feel good to have a move around? It’s a good excuse for a clearout and lets you really “see” your room again for all of it’s opportunities! I think it looks great :) Really need and tidy! x

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap July 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks so much! It does feel really great. I think Jack likes it too! If I’d taken a wider angle shot you could’ve seen that it could stand to be a lot more tidy, though.

  2. Hi, Charlotte, I love your rearrangement, too. A thought: how about covering the play table with (clear?) plastic or a table cloth that can get dirty. My twin toddlers loved play-do, paint, blunt scissors, and other messily appropriate items. I used a Little Tykes picnic table (free @ yard sale), so it could be easily wiped up and the babies could have a snack on it. Garish colors in the preceding case, but indestructible. Overall, I love watching your home as it blossoms!

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap July 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      I definitely love the idea of having something that’s indestructible and easy to clean! I actually would love to have a washable tablecloth on there but I worry that Jack would pull on it and go crashing to the floor (along with anything on the table).

  3. It is a kid’s table now so I say paint it something bright and fun! What about a bright yellow? I think that would be pretty with your blue rug.

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap July 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      I’m definitely leaning towards yellow, but I have a bright yellow table in the nursery and would love to do something a little more subdued in here. Variety is the spice of life, I always say!

  4. I just found your blog and am loving it! I never seem to find any bloggers way down here in the South. We’re practically neighbors, as I’m on the MS Coast. I love your sense of style and plan to follow your blog now!

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap July 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      Sara, that’s awesome! I actually grew up in Slidell, practically spitting distance from the Coast! Thanks so much for your kind words!

  5. What about chalkboard paint on the top? So he can draw and write and stuff with chalk as he gets older?

    • Here’ a second for the chalkboard paint!!

      • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap July 29, 2013 at 9:57 am

        I’ve definitely considered chalkboard paint! I worry about the chalk dust getting all over his clothes, though. And I already have chalkboard-painted storage boxes in the expedit console nearby.

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