Dabney's Before Photos: Out of Control, Messy Workroom

Dabney's Before Photos: Out of Control, Messy Workroom

Dabney Frake
Aug 5, 2013

My first Style Cure post showed my workroom a few months after we moved in, looking all brand spankin' new and pretty. The photo above is from the same time period, just a different angle. I've gone back and forth about whether or not to share the REAL "before" photo with you, because it's deep down embarrassing like woah nelly, but — in order for you to truly understand the problems with this room — I am going to do it.  But I might stall a few minutes and talk to you about commemorative coins or something because I am already cringing at the comments sure to follow, because I know you all and they're a-comin'. 

Are you still with me, or did you just pass out? This is the same room, years later, and on a really bad day. It doesn't always look like this, but this here is undeniable proof that it has. There's nothing wrong with the room itself, but it functions as a huge storage and project space. Stuff tends to linger until it gets photographed and stored away. In my own defense... nope, I have no defense. I just let it get horribly out of control. It's like when you run with a grocery cart in the parking lot, and then that cart gets a mind of its own, gathering speed and weaving in and out spastically as you hang on for dear life. 

For various reasons, the workroom is evolving — less storage limbo for vintage goods, and more a place where I will actually sit and work. So my plan for it includes the following:
  • Massive, epic purge, getting rid of TONS of stuff. Anyone live in Saint Louis and want anything — anything at all? Chances are good I have it.
  • Cleaning the entire room, and especially the window sills and baseboards, which have lots of dust.
  • Re-painting the white floor, which hasn't been refreshed since we moved in and painted it the first time four years ago.
  • Space planning to include distinct areas for projects (where I can be messy) and a functional desk (with a computer).
  • Reupholstering the Scandinavian crack den sofa, which I got for free on Craigslist and has been lingering ever since, mocking me.
  • Some general pretty-ifying, so it's a little warmer and more inviting, so I'll spend more time in there voluntarily.
Just seeing the room in its former bright, open glory makes me super excited to tackle this project and get it done.

(Images: Dabney Frake)


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