Thursday, December 30, 2010

Woman cave is done

Behold, my very own TV and reading room!  Nothing but vampire and romance movies are playing in here!  I'm totally kidding.  Mostly.
The bookcases are complete, and I couldn't be more in love.  They aren't perfect, but that's ok.  I love that we did most of the work ourselves, and it doesn't look like donkey doo. 
This room has been a long time coming.  We've had it painted since March, oy! 
I'm so happy with the dark brown paint!  I was worried it would be too dark, but the light is perfect in here.  The shade is Glidden 'Bark', but I think you have to ask for it now.
I have the cable box stuck underneath the dresser.  Unless you're standing against the bookcases taking a picture of the tv, you don't see it.  I'm also happy with the cord cover I installed under the tv.  In person, it's quite unnoticeable.  Note: the dresser has to be a little off-center so the heat vent by the door isn't blocked.  WAH WAH.
Do you remember my awesome Goodwill mirror from waaaay back?  It looks mighty pretty with a few coats of white glossy paint. 
The light fixture is this one from Overstock.  I love it!!
The teal 'Kira' rug was picked up at Crate and Barrel last Christmas on clearance.  It's been sitting in a spare room for 12 months.  It was worth the storage time.  You can find a similar rug there now, called the Baxter
The french doors that lead out to the porch have been dressed with white Ikea curtains and bamboo panels for privacy. 
And of course, the crystal pendant completes the desk nook.
The couch is Rowe's Dorset model, I was able to order it with the fabric I wanted, and they also let you choose fabric (I chose funky!) for toss pillows.  It was a good deal, but I'm not thrilled with the wrinkly seat cushions.  I'm wondering if I should complain or just let it go....
My chairs were found on Craigslist awhile ago, and will eventually be recovered.  For now, the burnt orange seats look pretty nice with my couch pillows, go figure! 
Now I just need an ottoman to prop my feet on.  So, do you think it looks better than it did when we moved in?
Boozie Susie, I swear!!!  Maroon trim??  I hate you. 
I guess I showed her how it's done. 
And the whopping cost for this makeover:
Bookcases and trim (materials and labor) - approx. $2100
Rowe sofa - $825 (plus $70 for Scotchguard) = $895
Samsung 42" Plasma - $475
Crate and Barrel rug (6x9) - $440
Overstock light - $130
Pier 1 bamboo panels - $110
Pier 1 pillows on couch - $60
Cane chairs - $50
Loft double curtain rod - $45
Dresser - $42
IKEA curtains - $30
Pier 1 set of two frames - $25
Goodwill mirror - $25
Cord cover - $20
CSN crystal pendant - $12
Faux fur 'rug' on couch from Hobby Lobby - $10
Various accessories that I've collected over the last year, let's say about $100 for all. 
GRAND TOTAL: $4569
Yeah, pardon me while I go throw up.  No, really...I have to keep in mind that there was construction involved, and that major expense added to big-ticket items like the tv, rug, and sofa added up to about 4k.  I still think it's a pretty good total considering the one bid we got for building the entire bookcase unit and finishing it was $3650.  Feel free to make me feel better!!!  Or make fun of me, whatever floats your boat.

84 comments:

meryl rose said...

I think that is an AWESOME price considering you have a whole friggin' wall of bookcases AND a new TV. Sa-weet. Plus, you have some fancy furniture to combine with your thrifty finds. And can I just say how much I appreciate your row of books organized by color that I saw in the first 2 pics - awesome.

Kate R said...

Seriously, I want to move in. Is the couch comfy for sleeping?

Sarah said...

I knew this room would be awesome, but really you've exceeded my expectations! I love it! Of course, I love every room you redo. You're not afraid of color, but manage to have a lovely cohesive home with flow.

As for the reno price, I think it's *very* reasonable. I just read Bossy Color's post about the cost of built-ins, so I'd say this was a steal!

Inspire Me Heather said...

Your room looks fabulous! So pulled-together and it looks feminine but not overdone - comfortable for a man too (do you know what I mean?). Great transformation!

Miss Chelsea said...

It looks sooo good!

Sharon@Sharon at Home said...

Gorgeous!!! The bookcases make the room ... but I LOVE the teal cushions. Great pop of colour.

The bookcases are worth the price of the room .... and you collected the stuff over time, so it wasn't just one cheque. Think of the years of enjoyment you will get from the room ... priceless!!

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Wow, color me green with envy!! Simply incredible. I can't get over those bookshelves; they look perfect as far as I'm concerned! And your crystal pendant over the desk is infinitely better than that nasty flourescent light! I'm loving the brown walls too, they're a nice contrast to all the white trim/doors. Sure, it was a big chunk o' change, but I think it's worth it in the long run. This room is so fabulous and functional now! Great work!

Maggie @ Okay, now what? said...

That is amazing! I absolutely love it! It seems like pretty good value for the end product. Please see back and enjoy it (with out the barf bag).

Lynett said...

Girl, you just blew me away! It is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the bookcases and the colors your chose and well everything!! Great job-and talk about a way to bring in the New Year!

Ashley said...

WOW WOW WOW WOW!!! I am SO jealous! Go you!

UrbanCountryMom said...

It looks great! Sooooo much better. I love the wall color and the main light fixture.

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

That is such a beautiful room! I LOVE the bookshelves.

Katie said...

this is a great room! the bookcases are beautiful, and i love how you've organized them. i think you did a great job with the budget - the mix of new, diy, craigslist items looks really nice. i actually like the orange cushions on the chairs with the blue rug :-)

savvy_homegirl said...

Oooohhh I love the colour combination and the book cases are beautiful.

Is that a photo frame, similar in shape to the mirror?

Your room is an inspiration to get my craft room done. It has also been a painfully-long year in the making!

The Brick Cottage said...

I love your woman cave!

Pine Tree Home said...

AMAZING! Can I tell you I love everything. First the rug. Then the books lined up like candy on the shelves. Then the orange chairs. Then the lights, lamps and all of it. Great job. I know spending the $ is a real eye opener, but your room looks FAB. SO SO worth it. Enjoy!

Macy said...

I've never commented before because I much prefer to be stalkerific...but your "cave" is simply stunning! Well done! I love everything about it...when are you going to work on the kitchen:)

Amanda- Hip House Girl said...

Well, it looks like it cost more than that if it makes you feel better! I'm so jealous of this room. I would totally plunk a sewing table in front of that couch and pretend to sew stuff while I really just watched Arrested Development reruns on that big ol TV. Oh and those chairs are wonderful in the orange color- I wouldn't recover them! You've done it again, RSR.

threeacres said...

OMG love! That room turned out great! I love the rug color and the combination of window treatments. That bookcase really makes the room and was well worth the time and effort!

Sara said...

This is me being very very JEALOUS! love love love it! What a fabulous woman cave! :)

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Kate - yes! The couch is awesome to sleep on. It's the perfect length for me, and for the room - 75 inches.

Savvy homegirl - yes, that frame was a hsppy find at Hob Lob and is a very similar shape to the mirror. Love it!

Macy - I love that you are stalkerific, but am very happy to see your comment! You read my mind, work on the kitchen will start soon after the wedding in May.

Tricia Terzaghi Martirena said...

This is the very first time I ever write a comment on the many posts I read, but yours is just AWSOME!! Every single detail is stunning! I'm about to start an adventure of the sort... Unluckily, my badget right now is no money at all but you've certainly have inspired me!!
I love your flair for colour and the outcome is perfect! Congrats on your hard work!! :)

Catherine said...

It's looks fantastic! Well done, it's come together so well. In regards to the wrinkly seats, if you can be bothered, I would complain. Their photo shows the seats to be smooth fronted. A friend bought couches a while ago and noticed that one of the seat cushions had looser fabric than the others. It got worse and worse over time and that particular seat always looked worn and wrinkly, like the couches were actually 20 years old, but only that particular seat had been sat on. She regretted not complaining.

Nikki said...

This room is BEAUTIFUL! I like everything about it, especially your use of color.

We are moving in 2 week and I plan to use similar colors in our living room with some pops of red. It may take us a while to get it done, but that's okay.

Great job!

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

The colors and work beautifully and the bookshelves are SUPERB. And I reaaally like the rug and couch and the chairs and the pillows and the dresser and the window treatments and the colors.

Did I mention I like the colors?


Kelly

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

You totally rocked that room!!! Every single bit is perfect. When are you hosting me for drinky-poos in your lady cave?!?! And can we talk about jealous that you have a whole room?!?! I can't even do my business alone in the bathroom!

Happy new year friend! Can't wait to see what 2011 has in store for you!

Melissa at HOUSEography.net said...

HOLY COW! That is an amazing transformation! I am so jealous. Great job!

Amy said...

The room is beautiful and still comfortable looking. Great work!

Lisa said...

Sara--the room looks aMAAAAAzing. Its really beautiful. My faves are the built in bookshelves, the rainbow books on the bookshelf, the light fixture over the desk, and that great mcm dresser under the tv. The colors really work together and the whole room has a great, comfy, feminine vibe but is not so fussy that the husband won't hang out in it. What a great job.

Katy said...

This room looks so amazing! You guys did a fantastic job - I'm so jealous that you have a room like this to hang out it!

Kristin said...

It looks amazing!!! Love love love it!

Hillary @ The Sweet Maple Life said...

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR- This looks amazing!! I want this room- and those orange seat cushions look great as is from the photos- I wouldn't even both recovering! Kudos to you on a another awesome room :)

Elisa @ What the Vita said...

I breathed heavily reading this post, just like a old lady watching the pool boy... I really love every detail of this room!! And that ceiling light, GASP, I want it for my living room!! The bookshelves - whatcha talking about, its perfect! The colors, the french doors, and I love the funky pillows and lamp!

Morgan @ PepperDesignBlog.com said...

Wow, what a beautiful job! I love the colors and the patterns (I'm actually really digging the burnt orange and peacock blue), you've done such a fantastic job!!

Callista said...

Girl, your woman-cave is freaking AMAZING. No. You know what? Scratch that. Your whole house is freaking AMAZING. I am so impressed with what you manage to pull off in your house, considering the smaller size of the city you live in. I grew up in Springfield, IL (population: 111,000) and now live in Portland, OR (population: 582,000). Personally, I have found that it is much easier for me to have awesome design when I live in a larger city where there is an abundance of creativity and thoughtfully-designed materials. I love, love, LOVE that you're so creative and talented; that you create spaces that I long to linger in. The home that I envision myself owning someday, looks a lot like the one you have assembled for yourself. In short, you're fantastic. I love your place. And I'm envious of your talents. Thank you for letting us in on your gorgeous home.

Lisa said...

I love it! You guys did an amazing job.

Rambling Renovators said...

So, when can I come over and hang in your woman cave???? AWESOME work guys!

Brittney said...

Amazing!! I love everything about it. I didn't even notice the wrinkle-y cushions. I say let it go! After a glass of wine, you won't event care! :)

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Callista, that may be the best comment I've ever received! I admit that it sometimes is hard to do what I envision when I don't have all the amazing stores that big cities do. Thankfully, I have learned to be an excellent online shopper!! THANK YOU so much for your thoughtful and sweet comment.

kitliz @ DIYdiva said...

Looks gorgeous Sara! Those bookshelves really came together. Now you have a room just for your clothes and a woman cave... how many rooms do you have in that house? It's totally awesome.

Kerry said...

Sara it looks so awesome. I love everything about this room, and wish I had a space like this for myself! Maybe one day! :)

Mary @ stylefyles said...

I've been waiting for this for SO LONG! Go figure I miss it, with the excitement of traveling from CT to BOS for New Year's and then traveling again to (finally) end up back home in LA.

The finished product is fantastic! I seriously wish I could pick this room up and transport it to my place. But that wouldn't be fair, what with all the work you've done. And also, I'm a renter so it would only be a short term amount of pleasure.

Everything is so fantastic I'm not sure which part of the room is the star.....the shocking blue rug, the immaculately adorned bookcases, the airy curtains....seriously - every item is individually fantastic but also works so well together. Congrats on all your hard work paying off and enjoy your new room!

Jamie Lee said...

OMG Sara this is beautiful!!!! It was totally worth the money that you guys spent on it. I can't imagine a more perfect space!!

Gloria Ruff said...

It was worth every penny! You did a fantastic job - the room is just beautiful!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

This is amazing. I'm just taking it all in and loving every bit of it. I love love the dark color with the white trim. What a great combo. And, don't get me started on the bookcase. I'm obsessed. You've inspired me to do a smaller wall of shelves in our new house in the living room. Hope it turns out as well as yours.

Cindy @The Flipping Couple said...

DROOL.

This is GORGEOUS. Gor.geous. I don't even know what else to say. Absolutely beautiful work!

Cait @ Hernando House said...

Your room looks awesome, Sara!

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

Love it! So worth the cost since you took into account the TV and all the furniture. Not to mention an entire wall of built-in bookshelves. Amazing job for an amazing price. You did it again!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

Wow, this has to be my favorite room of yours!! I love the dark paint and the new built-in shelves... and the fun pops of color. Perfect!

carrie @ brick city love said...

This looks SPEC.TACULAR! Ahmazing. Love how the bones (wall & trim color, big furniture) could go in a completely different direction with minimal effort if you ever get bored. But I love how you've got it done now. It looks really awesome.

Laurie Ratcliff said...

It looks beautiful! I love the way the teal rug looks with the rest of the room. It's about a million and a half times nicer than the before photos. :)

Rebecca @ the lil house that could said...

This looks amaaazing!!! Love the super dark paint with the white bookcases! And that light fixture from Overstock? Love it, may have to have it, as in clicking link for it now....

Oonafey said...

You are fucking amazing. It's as simple as that.


Oh, and I'd bitch about the wrinkly seat cushions. Definitely.

Ashley said...

This room is fabulous. I love the midcentury vibe. I just love this room. It's the best in your house yet. It should be featured in a magazine. Well done. How do you get such a talent for decorating?

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

You are all so sweet! Thanks for the wonderful comments.

Ashley - I usually pick a big item I like for the room and design around it. In this room, it was the awesome teal rug. Everything else just came together after I bought it!

kim said...

Lovely! I admit, I choked a bit when I saw the price, but you DO have big ticket items in there that make it make sense. Take out the shelves and sofa and it's actually suuuuper budget conscious with a huge impact! Nicely done!

thebritster said...

Wow cuz, the room looks great! I love reading your stuff.

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

Amazing amazing job Sara! This room is gorgeous! I love everything about it.

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

Just had to say it again - GORGEOUS!! Love it.

Carolyn said...

It's beautiful! I love the built-ins!!

pamwares said...

this is such a late response...sorry! but i had to tell you it was absolutely beautiful! You deserve a hand shake, pat on the back and a ice cold beer or maybe a glass of wine. Effort - outstanding!

The DIY Show Off said...

Oh wow, Sara. I need a woman cave. This is beautiful - an inspiration! You did a fantastic job!

Roeshel

Vonda said...

It looks fantastic!! I love the brown and teal together. It's the perfect room -- I'd totally be there, wine in hand for some vampire movie watchings!!

Melissa said...

I LOVE this room! You did an amazing job! The colors are perfect... you know I'm an aqua girl, so I'd be perfectly at home in this room. I know you're glad it's finished and you can enjoy it now. Yay! :)

Kate at Dream To Life said...

This looks so amazing! Very inspiring indeed!

Katie @ Domestiphobia.net said...

I. Want. This. Room. And I RARELY say that. I'd even keep the orange chair cushion! I would seriously be tempted to live in there 24-7. I love how you weren't really "safe" with many of your choices - especially the bold color palette - and everything just came together perfectly. Want to come do this in my house?? :)

Hasina said...

Sara, this is amazing! The shots of teal/turquoise bring everything together. Love it!
Price doesn't matter if you love it ;)

LindzWhite said...

can i just say that everytime i see pictures of your place i think "show me your ways"?? GORGEOUS

Jean said...

OMG, it's freakin' fabulous! Can't wait for our first chick-flick movie marathon margarita night!

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

HOLY CRAP you never stop amazing me!!! LOVE this space!

Anonymous said...

Found your site when googling built in bookcases. The ones you've built are fantastic! The room looks great. Bookmarking your page for my trip to Home Depot!

InteriorGroupie said...

Wow - it looks fantastic! You've done a great job. AND an amazing job tracking the costs and sources so you could share them all - thank you!

Anita said...

Beautiful woman cave! This is exactly what I'm doing with our spare bedroom. We don't have a separate family room or entertaining space other than our front living room, so I finally decided to turn the guest room into my own personal space - just as you said - vampire movies only lol

liza said...

Room looks GREAT! Can I ask what the dimensions are (approx of course!)? Thanks so much!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Liza, the room is 12x12, not a large space. It was 13 feet long before we added the built-ins, but it was totally worth losing that extra foot! Thanks for your comment :)

Freckles Chick said...

I just sh*t my pants. Not the first time it's happened whilst perusing your blog (it's not my first rodeo, if you will).

But this time it was due to the shock of seeing this jaw-droppingly GORGEOUS space you transformed. I LOVE. I DIE. I want EVERTHING you've done. I NEED TO CHANGE MY PANTS b/c I've sh*t them all over again as I re-scroll thru your pics.

Alexis L., The Studioist said...

I'm the latest ever but let me add to the chorus of congratulations. You did a very lovely job on a slim budget and it looks extremely polished.

Amanda @ Our Humble A{Bowe}d said...

I LOVE this room. Oddly enough, it has similar elements as my office. Lots of white shelving, chocolate brown walls (mine are Raisin by Ben Moore) and pops of aqua and teal. So insipring. And WHY did they paint the trim maroon?!?

Samantha said...

I just featured your woman cave as my Room of the Day on my Facebook page! Love this room... you did such a great job!

The Adventures of Ordy and Joon said...

i have no idea how i found you but i'm glad i did! I am OBSESSED with this room! and thank you for being real with the price! sometimes it makes me sick when people are like "free!" or "cost me under $50!" it looks GREAT and the bookshelf was a huge chunk of the budget- well worth it!

Courtney said...

Ditto on keeping it real with the prices!!! I mean I LOVE reading about all the vintage finds...but if $500 was spent reupholstering, I'd love a heads up on that. Anyhoo, just found your blog today and lovin' it!

margie said...

I love the room! where did you get your sofa? I know its rowe, but what store did you buy it from? How do you like the sofa so far, do you have a microfiber material? if so how does it hold up?

thans!

Colleen said...

I love this!!!! I want a woman cave!!!!

The How-To Gal said...

I'm late to the party, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this room. We recently purchased a new home and I've been scouring the web for inspirational color pallets for our front room. This is perfect :)