A Thrifted Hat Wall


Changing Chaney Hat Wall

I might be biased, but I'm drooling over this thrifted hat wall I installed this weekend.  Ignore the broken off door casing-- we'll be fixing that next weekend. Reno problems. 

If you've been reading for a while, you know I love a collected look and often look to thrift stores to accomplish a sort of found aesthetic.

Changing Chaney Hat wall

I wanted our office to be my happy place-- and make me smile when I walk in.  One of our happiest places is Mexico, on the beach, drink in hand, wearing my vacation hat.  As I thought about art for the space, I decided to think a bit out of the box.

I'm a strong believer that art isn't limited to canvas. On a mission to recreate that Mexico, vacation hat feel, I started scouring thrift stores for straw hats.  Collections of items creates such a high, visually interesting impact.  Each hat was somewhere between $2-$4 dollars, costing me just $34 in total.  Way cheaper than a flight to Mexico. 

Changing Chaney Hat Wall

I've also been obsessed with recycled glass bead strands lately (note: I'm self aware enough to know that being obsessed with bead strands is really, really lame).  And I love them worked into this vignette-- they add just the right amount of texture and color to break up all the straw from the hats.   

Changing Chaney Hat Wall

The best part about this project (besides it making me feel like I'm in Mexico on a $34 airplane ticket) is that it was incredibly easy to put together. After giving them a good Lysol, all I did was tack a nail in through each hat to secure it to the wall.  I did one at a time and tweaked as I went-- truly a no-brainer.  To see how it all came together, make sure to watch the slideshow at the top of the post 

Thanks for coming by.  Our office is definitely coming together and is really feeling like a reflection of us-- my favorite. 

Some new floors and a massive desk

Not a ton of pretty pictures in today's post, but definitely a lot of progress being made in our office.

Changing Chaney Floors

The floors are in!!

It really is amazing to watch a room come together and how even small changes can make a space feel totally new and exciting.  The new crisp walls, the lighter and cleaner floors and the space is just breathing new air.  

Josh is becoming quite the floor installer. It started with our entire first floor, then our master, and now our office. We knocked out 90% of the floors on a single Saturday, but that last 10% is always the hardest. We didn't have the right tool to finish, and we couldn't make up our mind if we wanted to rent or buy, which ended up stalling the process.  We decided to buy a new table saw, and Josh couldn't be more excited about his new tool.  Truthfully, I'm kind of loving it too!

The floors, Pergo London Oak, are a beautiful, light oak color with gray undertones.  They have an amazing texture to them that really makes them look and feel like real wood.  Plus, the wide plank cut our installation time down significantly-- SO many fewer cuts. Which means less measuring.  Less cutting.  Less mistakes.  MUCH happier couple.  

But let me introduce you to the real stunner of the space....

Say hello to our 12 foot beauty of a custom desk.  She's in and she.is.perfect.

Yes. I've decided my desk is female.  But No. She isn't real Calcutta marble.


Let me back up a minute.  I knew I wanted the desk to span the full length of the wall with some real storage options. I looked everywhere and nothing fit the bill.  Deciding to take matters into my own hands, I started designing a desk that would function well for our family.  I knew I wanted something that had deep drawers to store my jewelry and Josh's extensive collection of math textbooks.  I also knew that I wanted the option to fit two chairs comfortably, should we ever both want to work at the same time.  Lastly, I wanted something bright and airy since the room itself is pretty small.

I turned to IKEA for the basic MALM dressers.  I may give them a facelift at some point and paint them navy and/or add some hardware-- but for now, I'm going to keep it clean and classic.

And that desktop?  It's LAMINATE!!!  I'm not kidding you.  I ordered a custom counter top (like you would order for your kitchen) from Lowes. It took several weeks to come in, but it was completely worth the wait. I was a little skeptical if it would really look like marble-- but it's a dead ringer and a fraction of the cost.  I'm talking $200 opposed to several thousand.  And I'm obsessed with it.  Obsessed.

This weekend is baseboards and securing the desk into the studs of the wall.  It's pretty sturdy right now, but Josh is Mr. Safety so still a few more steps until we're totally done there.

And how about a sneak peek of the other side of the room?  What, you think I was only going to show you reno pictures in this post?  I know you come here for the pretty pictures.  

More to come!  Stay tuned!

Office Inspiration


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Well, our flooring is 99% done.  We really knocked out a ton of work this weekend on them. Unfortunately, we got to the last row and weren't able to finish because we don't have the right tool.  We're going back and forth between buying a table saw or renting one to finish up the project.  Once we have one, we should (should is always the operative word)  be able to finish pretty easily.

In the meantime, I've been gathering inspiration and really developing the plans for the space. I developed the mood board above to help pull everything together.  I'm always partial to blue and white, but I think I'm going to change things up a little by adding in some mustard tones.

We will tackle two large projects in the room (in addition to the floors).  We're planning on making a custom 12 foot desk using ikea dressers and a Formica desktop.  The workspace will be long enough for both of us to have our own space.   

We are also playing around with the idea of a floating daybed that can function as both a sofa and as a spare bed.  We have drawn up the plans and will likely start on it next weekend (if the floors go well!).  It will be  bit of a riff on our bench in the kitchen, which turned out to be one of our cheapest but favorite projects yet.

Using the mood board is always so helpful for me and helps me focus on what items I really want to bring into the space.  Do you pull together inspiration before starting a project?  Do you use a mood board? Pinterest?  Wing it?  Would love to hear from you!