Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Slow Motion

Hey friends!

Happy Hump Day! This office project is moving slower than molasses. I feel like I am in slooooooow motion because this project is moving so slowly. BUT as the hubs always says - it takes time to do something right. I want this done properly, so I am going to TRY to find my patience.
This past weekend I had to work both Saturday and Sunday, so I couldn't be here to help - but the hubs did get some work done without me.

The walls got mudded again, sanded again, mudded again, sanded again - you could only imagine how much dust was all over my house. My Black Lab, Lucy, was completely covered in the fine white powder. I wish I had snapped a photo of her!

I came home on Sunday to find my walls painted! HUZZAH! Now all we need to do is trim them out.

All of the hubs' progress got me wanting to be productive, so Sunday night I sanded, cleaned and did the first round of staining on one of the doors for the cabinets. This is a really rough picture, and I obviously need some CLR on the glass, but you get the idea.

This weekend we have TWO weddings to attend, and on Sunday our neighborhood is re-staining some of the driveways - so I don't think we will be able to do that much on the office, but I am trying to remain patient :)

What are you working on? Any new project you want to share? Send them to me at

Hope ya'll have a wonderful rest of the week! Talk soon, friends!

Brandi Nell

Sunday, September 19, 2010

OFFICIALLY working on the OFFICE

Hi friends!

So excited to tell you guys that we had a very productive weekend working on my "one day office." WOO HOOO! We have got a LONG road ahead of us, but I am so pleased with the work we did over the past two days.

Here is what we did:

This is what it looked like before...

This was the view to the right as you entered our front door. You could see straight down into the "office" area. This area hasn't been an office for the past two years, but rather has served as a construction staging zone. Our laundry closet is also down there... Just what you want ALL of your guests to see as they walk into your home, laundry and construction junk. OH, and that door to the left of the pic? That's our master bedroom. YEP! Right when you walk into our front door, you also get a NICE view of our bedroom. UGH! Well, NO MORE.

This pic was taken from the office, looking up to the front door.

The hubs decided to let me take out my frustrations on the railing. I actually kicked out all of the spindles. You have NO IDEA how great that felt. Demo was my favorite part... and it only took about twenty minutes to do.

Once demo was completed, framing began. YAY!

I can't tell you how happy this wall makes me. Dry wall is up!

No more awkward beam! Its an entire wall now!

This was taken from the front door. My guests can't see straight down into the office anymore, and no more unwanted bedroom peeking!

This nook will have shelves and custom cabinets. I AM SO PUMPED.

Speaking of custom cabinets, here are the doors we are using for them. We brought these home a couple of years ago from the family farm. I washed them and have started sanding them. I think they are going to look awesome in the office.

The next few weekends are packed solid with work and weddings. Hopefully we will get paint and trim up on the wall soon. Is it sad how happy a wall makes me?

Well that was our weekend. What did you guys do? If you have a project you want to share or if you have any suggestions for me - feel free to email me at Talk soon, friends!


Brandi Nell

Monday, September 13, 2010

One day ... this will be my office.

Hey Friends,

You guys have heard me talk about my "one day office." I am hoping we can start working on it this coming up weekend. CROSS YOUR FINGERS!

This is how it looked when we first bought the townhouse, look at those dingy walls! UGH!

Since all three of our floors are connected by large walls, we had to pick a few paint colors that could work for ALL three floors, so our office (on the bottom floor) is the same color as our living room (middle floor) and that color does transition all the way up to the 3rd floor. Every room is open besides bedrooms and bathrooms. We like having the open living floor plan, but that's a TON of green and gold.

This is how the "office" looks now. I do really like how the green and gold both go with the Mexican tile floors, which were about the ONLY thing we liked about the house when we bought it! The Mexican tile floors are right as you walk through the front door and then in the office area only.

This is the view of the front door from the office. See? Pretty open living concept. And yes, that is a random beam that is running by our front door.

Our plan is to build a wall under the beam - taking out that Bannister and railings. This will allow us to build a shelving unit across that wall.

So now that you know what my "one day office" currently looks like, here are some inspirational pics. I would like to incorporate SOME of these features into our little space. A girl can dream, right?

Love the cork board in this one... and the ladder (sigh)


I want to do a storage unit/window seat under the three windows... might be cool to have it double as a day bed??? Love this one.

We brought two old doors home from one of our scavenging trips through the old barns at the family farm. We have been planning on making them into cabinets similar to this. I was so excited when I found this pic online... now I can totally see how its going to look!

So friends, as you can tell - we have a LONG road a head of us in regards to the "one day office." I am so ready to call it my "today office." Hopefully soon!

If you have any suggestions on ideas for the office, please send them my way. OR if you have a project (big or small) that you would like to share, please email me at

Hope ya'll have a fab week, friends! Talk soon!

Brandi Nell

Friday, September 3, 2010

YAY! We've been featured on Better After!

Hey y'all!!

I'm so excited to be featured at Better After! If you are popping over from Better After, welcome to Brandi Nell the Southern Belle!! We are so happy you are visiting! Here, you can follow "the hubs" and I in our adventures in "fixin' up our home." We have tons of fights fun working on the house. It is definitley a labor of love. Click here to read more about our home and about the blog!For all of you new visitors, I hope that you'll become a friend and visit often! Don't forget to send me links to YOUR blogs as well!

Looking forward to making new friends and reading new comments! I love love love seeing YOUR projects too! If you have a project you would like to share with me, please email them to me at Talk soon friends!

Brandi Nell