dog room before & after

i’ve got an extra room on my first floor, which i call the dog room, as it’s the only room that the dogs are allowed to sit on the furniture (the futon has a great view of the street). technically, i can no longer call it a bedroom, as i removed the door frame and 1-foot deep closet during the remodeling project of 2005 (bathroom + kitchen + dog room). when i remodeled my living room in 2009, i got rid of my bookcases so all the books that were in that room ended up being stored in boxes and random tower shelves in the dog room. where they sat and sat.

in spring 2010, my ex took the IKEA entertainment center i had in the room (which matched the random tower shelves), and he took me to IKEA to pick up a new bookcase. which sat and sat in its boxes. here’s what the room looked like, for over a year:

before : view from the hallway

before : boxes of books, hannah on the futon

before : messy supply cabinet, containers of stuff

why did it take me so long to put up the bookcase?! it’s because i wanted to repaint the wall the bookcase would sit in front of. and that wall led into the hallway, which meant i’d have to repaint the hallway, too. and i had absolutely no desire to spend a weekend repainting. i could have skipped the paint job, but the walls were scuffed up and looked like crap, so things sat and sat. i finally forced myself to paint last september while i could still keep the windows open. see in the first photo, where i’ve removed the outlight/light switch covers, have patched some spots on the wall, i even have a can of paint and rollers ready? i took that photo last january. it took me 9 months to get my shit together and paint. good grief.

after : view from hallway

after : no boxes of books, hannah on the futon

after : less clutter

after : new bookcase

in the last few weeks i’ve put a thing or two on the walls, and found some boxes to store stuff in, and i consider this project done — after 2 years. i still have empty walls. and the rug doesn’t really match, but it was the cheapest one IKEA had, and i am not spending more than $60 on rugs until my 12 year old lab goes to that place in the sky where someone is throwing a ball constantly and his legs work like he’s a puppy again (a bout of the barfs last spring ruined most of my rugs, and a bout of the shits 2 months later finished off the rest). but i’m calling it done!

13 responses to “dog room before & after”

  1. shona~LALA dex press says:

    We bought this house on the last leap day + now that it’s leap year again, I realized that I’ve been a homeowner for 3 years. The plan was that during that month we took to vacate the last place we lived in + move into the house, we would paint! Well… 3 years later 1 room is painted + I think I may have decided on colors for other parts of the house. I’m thinking spring so I can open the windows. Or there is always fall, another nice time of year to open the windows.

  2. jenn says:

    very nice… and hey! you framed the woodtypemuseum print. Awesome! (where did you get the frame?)

  3. cindy k says:

    in my next life i would like to be your dog and have my own beautiful room. i like how your dog finds the sunlight for posing, too. i like the color, the rug and how awesome you assembled that ikea bookcase. mine would still be in the box. looks great!

  4. FranT says:

    wow Jen that room looks pretty nice. And that rug looks nice to me. Aww your dog looks so cute on his futon:)

  5. Anna says:

    It looks grand! Must feel so good to finish it up. And I totally understand about the rugs. I wouldn’t replace any of ours for the last couple years of Nikita’s life, even though my mother complained every time she visited that they smelled.

  6. kristin says:

    it looks great jen! DIY house projects are just like that…slow but steady…and it’s not like you had anything else going on last year…ahem.

  7. Jesse says:

    Well done! It’s taken us 5 years to get around to painting one room – we bought the paint 8 months ago, and painted last weekend.

  8. aimee says:

    you did it!! looks great! that thing about furniture sitting in boxes for a year? totally me….

  9. jackie says:

    thank god. i thought you were immortal and always got r done. it looks great! and doesn’t it feel great! i have some stairs to get some carpet on, and some decluttering and painting to do myself. and i wanted a large set of bookshelves here, and thought to myself hey those shelves look great and might be reasonably priced…with shipping they would run me about $550 – shipping is more than the damn shelves.

  10. Ellen says:

    Looks very nice. Love Ikea! And I love that Eames chair. Where did you purchase it? I’m saving up for one.

  11. Krissy says:

    it looks great! nothing like that “i’ve accomplished it!” feeling. the dogs seem to like it too :)

  12. Sarah says:

    a.) I quite admire that you ended your post with “shits” and “barfs.”
    b.) Thank goodness your name is Jen. Otherwise, those letters atop the shelf: awk-ward.

  13. melinda says:

    It looks simply lovely!
    I bet that sunshine can be pretty nap-inducing for humans and canines?
    I think the rug is awesome, I’m told “rampant matching” leads many of us to break out in massive hives anyway…
    And hey, what a dandy creepy green squirrel, I’d forgotten all about him!

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