Building a Home Office

Welcome to theΒ 104th Metamorphosis Monday!

Last week in THIS post, I shared a lot of pics of my son’s old room and my plans to turn it into a home office. This is a bittersweet metamorphosis, because though I do need a place to work, I am having trouble letting go of this room.






I also shared some rooms that are acting as my inspiration for the office I have planned. This is the Bedford Collection from Pottery Barn. I struggled on whether to buy it or not since it has a pretty hefty price for what’s actually just pine and MDF or “engineered wood.”

Since it would cost a fortune to have a custom office built to resemble this, I got past my aversion for MDF and decided to go with it since it looks just how I’d like my office to ultimately look.

After 3 trips on Saturday to the PB that’s about 2 miles from my house, I had all the furniture home and in my garage. So far I’ve just purchased the corner desk set and a chair. I’d like to get those into the room first and decide on my final layout before I purchase any additional pieces.

I decided to go with the white chair shown in the photo above, instead of the wicker one shown in the other photo above. It tilts back a little and is just more comfortable to me. I’ll need to have a cushion made for it because the one PB sells is way too thin. The tall box on the right is the chair. The other two boxes are the components that form the corner desk set in the Bedford Collection. Each of those boxes weighs 70 lbs. Can’t remember how much the chair weighs, but it’s pretty heavy, too.

And this bad boy contains the tops to the corner desk and the other components. This box weighed a ton and was super awkward to handle.

I managed to get all the furniture upstairs by myself, pulling it up my carpeted back stairway by those yellow straps. I pulled it down the upstairs hallway on a blanket.

The week before the monster snow storm hit, I visited Ballard Designs in Atlanta to check out their desk furniture. I ultimately decided I like the PB office set up better, but I did purchase this. Do you know what it is?

It’s a bulletin board for the new office. It will be a while before I’ll actually be able to hang it…but I love the shutter doors that can be closed when you want it to disappear. πŸ™‚ (This bulletin board is called “Southporte Corkboard Cabinet.” I think it was in the Ballard Designs catalog last year.)

I couldn’t resist picking up a set of bumblebee stick pins for the board. They may become the inspiration piece for the whole office…not sure about that just yet. Stay tuned. πŸ˜‰

Yesterday, I called a gentleman who has delivered furniture to my home in the past, to see if he could assist me with dissembling my son’s bedroom and moving it to the basement for storage. I hadn’t heard back from him by this morning and patience is not my middle name. Β So, I took the task on by myself. I began dragging stuff out of my son’s room into the long hallway upstairs.

Huge job it is…taking apart a room that’s been the same way for 20 years.

Removed the drawers from the chest and the mattress and bunky board for the lower bed.

Removed the top mattress, and began taking the bottom bed apart. Hauled the mattresses and drawers and other pieces downstairs.

One of the parts that took the longest and was killer on my hands was removing the screws that held the slats in place. Normally slats just lay across the bed rails, but these were screwed to the rails with 4 nails each. And I think they were screwed in with that device they use to tighten down the lug nuts on tires. They were so tight that my Ryobi drill would not unscrew them until I had them half way out! Each bed had 4 slats, that’s 8 slats x 4 screws = 32 screws. Owww, my aching hands!

All the drawers from the TV hutch are downstairs now, the chest is pulled out, as is the small shelf unit that was hidden behind the chest. That’s the chest on it’s side. You can’t imagine how heavy this furniture is!

This room is one of the three remaining rooms in my home that doesn’t have hardwood flooring, yet. I may add it now because the bed was so heavy it really sunk down into the carpet. This carpet needs to be replaced anyway due to some permanent stains here and there. It served us well for 20 years.

More progress…

More stuff piled into the hallway…all needing to be hauled downstairs.

These are the screws/bolts that held the bed together. It took a long time to get them out of the bed because they are so long.

It really got tricky taking the top section apart…I needed a second person. I had to use the 5 million pound bookshelf to hold up the top section so I could remove the top back rail without it falling over.

It was scary at times trying to do this all alone. As you can see, it’s dark out side. It took me around 6 hours, and I’m exhausted.

Here’s how the room is now as I’m typing this. I pulled my new chair into the room to just see how the color of the Bedford furniture is going to look with the plantation shutters in this room. I think it will look okay.

I still have more pieces to haul downstairs tomorrow…that is, if I can get out of the bed in the morning.

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  1. I can't believe that you tackled taking that furniture apart by yourself! You go girl! I had a sofa and two end tables that were the same brand and I well remember the weight. Hope your back is ok in the morning!

  2. Can't wait to see your son's room transformation into your home office. I love that desk from Pottery Barn!

  3. That must be a bitter sweet room makeover, but it will be wonderful once it is finished.

    Thank you for hosting Susan!


  4. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says

    I know you are sore, Susan, but I'll bet you are real excited to get this office going! I was totally sore from shoulders all the way down my back for doing our snowblower this past week. Advil, a heating pad at night and one day I wore the heating pads you buy at the drugstore and wrap around your back. Two days and I was just about as good as new!

  5. Lani Padilla says

    Wow! What an incredible job to do alone. I'm really looking forward to seeing the progress and the finished room. I know it will be stunning!

  6. Linda @ A La Carte says

    Girl you have worked very hard. I know it will be wonderful when you are finished.

  7. One Cheap B*tch says

    Can't wait to see your progress!


  8. Your room is going to be gorgeous. I can't believe that you moved all that furniture up the stairs by yourself. Be careful. You could hurt your back!

    Love the bee pins too:)

  9. Here On Crow Creek says

    I cant wait to see your office makeover! I know its going to be amazing!

  10. In my old room at my parent's house I have furniture like that from cargo. It was great b/c it's basically indestructible, but it is very heavy. My mom continues to ask if I want to drag it down to my own house now and I continue to decline!

  11. ⚜ β†β„―β„¬β„¬α΄΅β„°βšœ says

    What a job this is going to be….I can't wait to see it. Thanks for hosting your MM party every week. I look forward to seeing what everyone is up to.

  12. Oh my word, Susan, you did all that on your own? Kudos to you for that.
    I love that you chose the Bedford collection, cannot wait to see the end product…not pushing you really! πŸ™‚ The Bee stick pins are adorable and the bulletin board is a novel idea.

  13. Chari at Happy To Design says

    Hi Susan…

    Ohhh…how exciting, my friend! I think your home office is going to be fabulous! You know, I have "eyed" and admired that very same office furniture at PB! Can't wait to see how it all turns out! Thank you for sharing the process with us…it's always so interesting and sooo much fun to see a room change before our our very own eyes! Please keep us updated with your plans and progress, my friend!

    Thank you for hosting another fab Met Monday party, dear lady!

    Warmest winter wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  14. Wow! I can't believe how much you accomplished today! Oh you are going to be sore tomorrow.

  15. Holy Moly! I'm tired just reading this! I'm almost ready to set up my craft room, daughter moves out next week. I love your inspiration rooms!


  16. Barb @ GritsandGlamour says

    Susan – me and you are suffering from the same back pains tonight. I moved my massive king four-poster and dresser and tv in my master bedroom. To say I overdid it is an understatement. Thank goodness I have a hot tub fired up and ready for me at 104 degrees. Wish you were closer, you could join me for some wine and a soak. Hope you feel okay in the morning. πŸ™‚

  17. Shannon @ The House Creative says

    Cant wait to see the progress! I am jealous of the space. I am trying to create a wall organization for our tiny office right now.. I don't have much space though, so I have to work with what I have. Have a great week!

  18. Allison Shops says

    Oh my, I can't believe you did all that by yourself! I would have done the same thing. lol Love the shuttered board.


  19. Well I'm in Pottery Barn heaven just looking at what you plan to do Susan. Make sure you take something tonight to help you to get out of bed in the morning. I can't wait to see the next step. Pea green with envy in Michigan.

  20. Sharing Shadymont says

    Oh Lord! I'd hate to know I had to do all that!!! Can't wait to see it all.

  21. Sue @ Not the Good Scissors! says

    It is going to be beautiful. That is exactly the office I want.

    One word of advice if you are still awake and reading this, take some tylenol or ibuprofen before going to bed. You won't be so sore in the morning. It always works for me after a long day of back breaking work.

  22. Good grief Susan, that was a huge undertaking. But it's going to be beautiful. I LOVE the chair. And the bulletin board is such a neat idea. I finally redid Cait's room, turning it into a comfortable, cozy guest room/writing room. Still have some furniture to refinish, but it's coming together. That chair would be perfect, I'm going to have to check out Pottery Barn! Can't wait to see this when it's complete. And I hope you treat yourself to a massage when this is all over! Kat

  23. Progress can be painful. I can't wait to see this room when you're done. I love the bee push pins. They are adorable.

  24. The Tablescaper says

    Man, you are working hard.

    I can't wait to see how it turns out!!!

    – The Tablescaper

  25. taking down the bed is a project all in its own! πŸ™‚ I can't wait to see your new office, I love the PB desk!
    Thank you for hosting a great party!

  26. I'm such I worrywort, I would never attempt moving all that stuff by myself! I hope there was at least someone in the house to call 911 if it all collapsed around you!!

    The truth is I would never attempt moving all that stuff by myself under any conditions. You are flippin' amazing!

    Looking forward to seeing the rest of the project.

  27. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Wow, Susan! That's a lot of hard work! Can't wait to watch it progress!…hugs…Debbie

  28. I removed my post because I had a typo. I meant to write you have done a lot! You are amazing! I know this office is going yo be wonderful. Be careful.


  29. On Crooked Creek says

    You are ONE determined lady, my dear. PLEASE be careful! The room is beginning to show signs of transformation! One step at a time. . .literally. Keep the progress posted. Those push pins from Ballard Designs, too cute!

  30. Susan, you are one ambitious individual. I can't believe you tacked this project single handed. No question you are one tired lady. Your office is going to be terrific. I look forward to seeing the project as you take it to completion. ~ Sarah

  31. How exciting and bittersweet…will be beautiful, I love the idea of bumblebee theme.

    Hugs and good wishes for your body..Lisa

  32. Wow, you have so much more energy than I do. Amazing that you drug that all out of there yourself. I love the furniture you picked out. It's going to look so good in the room.

  33. Handy Man, Crafty Woman says

    ohmygosh!! I am exhausted just looking at the amount of work you did! I've moved heavy stuff by myself before, and it's hard!!

    GIRL POWER! πŸ™‚

    Can't wait to see the transformation. Love how you are so thorough with your explanations and photos. I love seeing every little step; yes, even how you take the room apart!

  34. Susan-
    I am finally de-lurking to say "thank you". Thank you for the many hours of inspiration you have given me by hosting this meme as well as Tablescape Thursday. I have enjoyed them immensely. I don't have a blog so have never commented but I have the same unused, untouched son's room here at home and have been trying to talk myself into changing it. He has graduated college as well and is happily living away. He is my youngest and I'm having a hard time changing it. I will be following your progress with interest as usual! Thanks again. And be careful with all of that lifting.

  35. Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish says

    I know that furniture!!! That is some classic This End Up! We had a ton of it growing up and it is heavy as all get out! Hubby and I inherited one of the twin beds (w/ loft ends) that I have used unlofted as a daybed for years. It is heavy and a pain to put up and down!

    But it is going to look GREAT when you get it done!

  36. Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says

    Hi ~ oh your room is looking so exciting! I can't wait to see the final results! All linked up- thanks for hosting! πŸ™‚

  37. Decorchick! says

    Susan WOW!! I can't believe you took everything apart yourself and moved it. I can tell it's very heavy. I'm loving the PB set and your chair. And the Ballard push pins…how adorable! Love seeing the progress you made on this room. xo, Emily

  38. The Polka Dot Closet says

    OMG, I cannot believe you did this by yourself!! It was way to heavy, but I understand your impatience, I am the same way. I cannot wait to see the full reveal! I linked up as 77 and hope I did it all right. Thank you so much for hosting this and allowing us this opportunity!


  39. A Hint of Home says

    That is so much work for one person! I hurt just reading about it! I know it is going to look gorgeous when it's all over and done. Everything you have done in your house, I love.

  40. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hallie, thanks so much for your comment. This is one of the hardest things I've ever done…felt like crying a few times today. I am sad this part of my life is over, but my son is grown and doing great…and for that I'm grateful. I think in some ways, it will be less sad seeing his old room still as he left it, as if he is going to walk in there any minute. Once I get a bit further along, I think I'll get excited about the change and not feel so sad about it. If you do change your son's room, take lots of pics. I think I'll feel better knowing I still have the pics to look at anytime I want to remember how it looked.
    Thanks again…so great hearing from you!

  41. I guess this must be a little bittersweet! It means that we have even acknowledged that they are grown πŸ™‚ I guess I will do the same thing after the weddings! I love what you have picked out. It is going to be fabulous! Take pre-emptive Advil!

  42. You are amazing! I had to go take two Advil just reading about what you did! I know it is going to be wonderful.

  43. Wow that bed is heavy! I know we have one too. I moved my sons room to another room in the house a couple of months ago and swore never to move that beast again. Can't wait to see the "new" room !

  44. I can hardly wait to see your finished office. You are very brave to tackle this by yourself!! I am very interested in purchasing the bulletin board with the shutter closure but I could not find in online at Ballard Design. I did a search on their website and still could not find it. I really, really like it! Do you know where I could buy a similar one elsewhere? Thanks! Good luck with the decorating!

  45. Blue Creek Home says

    I know you must be broken after all of that lifting and dragging! I am just like that – just get it done…I don't want to wait!

    The decorating won't be as back breaking and much more fun.

    Can't wait to see the finished room.

  46. The Quintessential Magpie says

    Susan, you are a marvel! I am just astonished at all you got done. And I am mad at that man for not coming. Can you find someone else to help you get this other stuff downstairs? Don't do any more by yourself. I'm like a mother hen, I know, but I worry about you hauling big heavy things alone. I wish I were young enough and strong enough to hop in the car and come help you.

    I like how this is going to look wtih your new furniture. I'm excited for you and can't wait to see what you end up doing. Did you decide on the wood or not? I'm sure whatever you do will look smashing. I was thinking, Susan, that if you get into a fix with the wallpaper coming off, get some of that bead board wallpaper and do the whole room in that. It looks cute. It might be worth it. Lots of people have worked with it, and it looks pretty good. Is your desk a bead board or just plain wood? I can't remember. If it's plain wood, then it might be a good alternative instead of going to all the expensive of wood paneling. You could always just try a section and see.


    Sheila πŸ™‚

  47. begin with a Sunny Outlook says

    Really like the PB desk and chair. This will be a great space to work in when you are all finished!

  48. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    The Ballard Designs located here in Atlanta is half store, half outlet, so they sometimes have older stuff, too. I think the bulletin board was in their catalog last year, so I'm not sure if it's still available. The sticker on the back says, "Southporte Corkboard Cabinet" in case that's helpful in locating it.

  49. Deb {Confessions of an Ugly Mom} says

    Holy cow, I can't believe you tackled that Cargo furniture yourself! We've got the same stuff — bunks, desk, dresser, bookshelf — and you weren't kidding about how heavy it is! I am most impressed.

    Congratulations on the beginning of your fun new space. I can't wait to watch its progress.


  50. Susan, you are totally reading my renovate-my-office mind! I've been dying to paint my office white, trim and all… just LOVE the new furniture and can't wait to see it all installed in your new office!


  51. Patricia Torres says

    wow!! You amaze me… and inspire me!! Well done.. I love love the look of your new furniture.. and cant wait to see more!! πŸ™‚

  52. Wow! Labor intensive but worth every step. You need a nice hot bubble bath and a glass of wine!

  53. I am so impressed that you did all that hard work by yourself! Where there's a will there's a way!I am the same way though, once I get it my mind something needs to be done NOW there's not much stopping me. Can't wait to see your new office, I know it will be fabulous!

  54. How fun! You need a hand truck (if you don't already have one). Would make moving those boxes much easier or at least those slider thingies. I think you made the right choice w/ the chair. Wicker and rattan always look better, but they are just not very comfortable, in my opinion. Like those plaid sheets on the bunk bed. I'd save them & repurpose them. Have a fun week…if you can move! ;O)

  55. Designs By Pinky says

    Susan, I know how hard it is to redo a room that was a childs room! Also after my son left for college my Mom moved in with us and when she died then I had to redo that room for the third time. I still think of it as her room…. I know your new office is going to be great! I can't believe how hard you work! Joe and I had SUCH a hard time getting the Christmas tree back up into the attic this year!!!! WE have already requested our new SIL's help for next year:):) Can't wait to see your office progress as it happens! XO, Pinky

  56. Infatuated with Homes and Gardens says

    Goodness ,you do make me feel lazy ,I ould never try to do this on my owne! well done

  57. How exciting to see your office taking shape! I love your inspiration and what you have done so far.
    Thank you for hosting.

  58. Really Rainey says

    New beginnings, I get that… but I got a little sad reading your post. Remembering back when I had more guest rooms than I really needed! And I felt a little sadness in your words too… You new office is going to be amazing I can't wait to see it. I ended up buying a smaller house.

  59. Good lord! I remember how stupid heavy his furniture was, and I can't believe you moved it out on your own. Sad to see the room go and to see the mural painted over after all these years, but it's not like he's going to graduate from grad school and move back in so I'm excited to see the finished office product.

    Has Max come out from under your bed yet? I'm sure he was freaked out.

    Have the girl and boy ideas nailed down, I think, for the nursery. You must check out and then we must talk.

    The heir of the bonus room


    thanks for hosting cant wait to see the office. i love pottery barn.

  61. ~ Lyndsay The Kitchen Witch says

    As always, you amaze and inspire me!

  62. Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) says

    Susan! I CANNOT tell you how impressed I am with you!!! I am truly in awe of you. As I continued to read the post, I was saying, "Oh, don't tell me she is going to take all of those drawers down to the basement herself." Then, "Oh, don't tell me she is going to say she is going to start to disassemble the furniture and not wait for that guy." Then, "Oh, don't tell me she is going to try to move that heavy stuff down the stairs!" PLUS, I can't believe you dragged all the NEW stuff UP the stairs! You are amazing, woman!!!! I swear I would just sit there and just look at everything and then go sit down just from the exhaustion of thinking of (and not moving) the new stuff OR the old stuff. And did you assemble that new desk chair yourself yesterday too???? Holy cow. You are very inspiring. BUT: thanks a million for putting me to shame! I have so much to do around here. I think when I need a PUSH, I am going to come read this post again to shame me into doing something. OK, I will end now. I'm tired from writing this for 5 mins., nevermind your doing all that hard work for hours and hours! CONGRATULATIONS, WONDER WOMAN!!! πŸ˜‰
    P.S. I forgot to say: Your new office furniture is going to look beautiful!!

  63. So fun to totally redo a room, this one will look fab. Are you going to re-use the shelving from the bed? Paint?

  64. Wow Susan good for you! I probably would have let the furniture sit until the hubby or someone else moved it…then again, if I waited, I would never have the room I wanted.

    I love that furniture and would have gone with the white chair myself, in fact it is on the wish list.

    Can't wait to see the progress and the final product!

  65. Avalon Cat Cartoons says

    Such a beautiful blog! Just subscribed through Google Friend Connect. Keep up the good work!

    ~Avalon Cat Cartoons,

  66. Green Door Girl says

    Love the bee push pins – too cute! thanks for hosting the party each week!

  67. The Decorative Dreamer says

    Wow! You have been a busy bee! (get it?..bee) Anyway, I am so excited for you. I turned one of our extra rooms upstairs into a craft and sewing room for me this summer. It is so thrilling! I love the direction you are headed!

  68. Condo Blues says

    Even with a chair pad, the white chair looks more comfortable than the wicker chair. Especially if it's going to be your office chair. A good home office chair is important.

  69. The Painted Cottage says

    So much progress! Can't believe you did it solo! Loving your new bulletin board!! Can't wait to see what's next! πŸ™‚

    – Lauren

  70. You are BRAVE to tackle all that HEAVY furniture on your own!! My word. Be careful.
    I want to see what you do to that room too πŸ™‚

    But take it easy!

  71. Donna@Conghaile Cottage says

    WOW that's a lot of work. BUT it's all worth it in the end…I'm looking forward to seeing the finished project! It will be beautiful!!!
    Hugs to you,

  72. It's amazing what a woman on a mission will undertake. Bless you heart, you did it!
    Love your ideas and know it's going to be wonderful.

  73. Can't wait to see how it all turns out! New to Metamorphosis Monday and LOVE it! Thank you for hosting!

  74. Glenda/MidSouth says

    Can you walk this morning? πŸ˜€ If I had done all that I would not have been able to get out of bed this morning. and probably be making an appt. to start physical therapy.
    Looking forward to seeing the redo, but please be careful.

  75. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    I'm so tempted to use the shelving and to paint it, but my son and his fiance think they would be interested in using this bedroom furniture in a guest room or kids room in their future home, once he finishes school and they get married next year. So, I feel kind of bad taking a piece of it and painting it since it's nice to keep the whole set together. So tempting though! Great question!

  76. Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door says

    What a job to tackle! But I can't wait to see the end result! Your PB furniture is going to be perfect! Thanks for hosting!

  77. Wow! You've done a lot of work by yourself. And you must have developed some awesome muscles! Can't wait to see it all finished. I've had my eye on that desk unit, too, but think it won't happen here. Think my room is too small so may have to tweak the design a bit! Thanks for the inspiration.

  78. Anne at Bird/Like says

    I love the corkboard cabinet!! I can tell the room is going to turn out great,can't wait to see it finished!

  79. What a woman! I hope you don't have a sore back after all this is done. I am in the middle of pretty much doing the same thing you are, too – changing my son's bedroom into a guest room/office. It is really slow going right now because we're also transforming the basement (family room) at the same time.

    Just a FYI – if you are just buying particle board furniture like you mentioned, take a look at IKEA. They have a great selection and much cheaper than Pottery Barn.

  80. Looks like it's coming along! Can't wait to see the finished room! πŸ™‚

  81. Sandy Jenney - Organize with Sandy says

    Wow…. can't believe you did all that yourself. omg… you really got a work out!
    I linked up an office before and after that I did for a client.
    I would love for you to link up your party to my linky list…
    and share your posts on my Organizing Mission Monday link party.

  82. tales from an oc cottage says

    Look at you! Crazy woman! WOW!

    m ^..^

  83. Jane @ Going Jane says

    Thanks for hosting…I am in love with Pottery Barn myself! It's probably a good thing it's 2 hrs to the closest one from my house! πŸ™‚

  84. Cass @ That Old House says

    Ohmigosh, Susan, I feel like such a slacker and under-achiever after reading your post! Good golly, you are Wonder Woman. I'm exhausted just reading about what you accomplished already in this room.

    When we moved and my girls' raised platform beds needed to be taken down, I knew I wasn't going to use them in That Old House, so I put an ad in Craigslist and gave them away to whomever would come and take them apart. It worked.

    It is bittersweet to be transforming a child's room into something else, but you will love having a dedicated work space, and it will be SOOOOO lovely.
    Have fun!
    Get a big bottle of Advil ….

  85. Serendipity Chic Design says

    I can see why this will be an emotional transformation for you. In the end though, you will be loving it!

    I adore those tacks from Ballard Designs.

    Take care,

  86. You are my HERO for moving all that stuff by yourself.

  87. Omgosh, Susan!!! I hope you are alright today?!! OH my aching back just thinking about you doing all of that by yourself, boy I really feel like a wimp. I was complaining about my back because I lifted a solid marble French clock off and on to a table because I was rearranging it!! A bed, dresser and desk, no way Jose!!! Take care, you work to hard, Kathysue

  88. taradaramadeit says

    You made me tired just looking at all you had to do!!!! Ugh, that's we have to look forward to in 15 or so years…..

  89. Entertaining Women says

    Way to go! Hugh accomplishment to deconstruct all that furniture. Saving it for his first apartment? We've finally reached that wonderful place where both kids have actually removed all their "stuff." More hidey holes for china and crystal! Excited to see your progress. used some of the same PB pieces to redo her studio. I think that she has a post on it in her archives. Check it out! Cherry Kay

  90. Good luck on the rest of the redo. Wanted to say thanks too for being one of my top referrers for 2010. You rock!

  91. says

    For goodness sakes girlfriend – be careful!! You are scaring the heck out of me! But – the office is really going to be amazing!! I can understand why you can't wait!

  92. I'm in love with those pins from Ballard Designs. I can't wait to see what you do with your home office. It looks like it's going to be amazing. Thanks so much for hosting the party.

  93. Susan, you are amazing!! I cannot believe you carried all of those heavy boxes up your stairs all alone! You are one determined woman! I think your new office is going to be gorgeous (like every other room in your house!) I can't wait to see the finished product.

  94. Wow! Susan, where do you get all that energy? I can just imagine how much work and lifting you had to do to get those furniture moved out. That is a lot of work and heavy work too! But I know it will all be worth it at the end….Christine

  95. Sally Lee by the Sea says

    goodness, Susan – I'm exhausted just watching you do all this work. Your choice of office desk/bulletin board etc. is beautiful…love the look.

    Can't wait to see the finished project. (don't work too hard!)

  96. Nan at You Could Make That says

    Hello Susan,

    Just wondering if you're still considering "bees" as your inspiration for the room? I may have something for you if that is still the case! I saw those pushpins and instantly thought of something.


  97. I love the baseball room for boys. I can't wait to see your beautiful new office.



  98. Becky in SC says

    Hi Susan! I can understand that bittersweet feeling. My two sons are on the brink of leaving the nest…and I'm none too happy about it. But I know it has to happen at some point.
    I have tried to skim over some of the other comments and tried to notice if anyone else was wondering "Where were the men folk in your life to help you out on moving all that heavy furniture??"
    I'm a DIYer, but my goodness, I always welcome help when a hurt back might be lingering around the corner. πŸ™‚
    Anyways, cant wait to see the end result of all your excruciating work!!

  99. 'Susan: Between Naps on the Porch Wonderwoman'!! C'mon… what are you trying to do?? Ruin your back forever? πŸ˜‰ I do know that 'patience' thing can be a problem to many women, however. That was some disassembly project. Gives me some hope that mine won't be as bad. Good luck and take it easy! Jan

  100. honey, you are an awesome woman. In my younger days…I would have taken a room apart too! But then I got the HERNIATED DISK! So God bless you but be careful out there…..

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