Two Story Cottage

Mom Cave Reveal

This is edited for submission to the CSI project favorite project of the year challenge.  Go visit all the favorites!  


I’ve been talking about my super secret Mom Cave project for a while now.  We don’t have an extra room so I decided to turn my desk into a Mom Cave.

Here are the inspiration pieces I blogged about…

Home Goods Find
Wrapping Paper from Paper Twist

My desk is between the kitchen and family room. It is my command center.

Here is the Before
The original desk is Ballard Designs from several years ago.  The outlet (in Atlanta) has great pieces that are only slightly damaged.  

I liked my desk but I wanted a place to hide my coupons, bills, etc.  Remember my trip to Ikea?  Well, I was shopping for 2 Akurum cabinets so that I could do just that.   
I’ll blog later about putting together the cabinets.  

My sister & I secured the hutch to the wall (studs) with screws. The Ikea cabinets hold a TON of weight luckily.
I went to HomeGoods for accessories & got almost everything from the clearance aisle.   Spray paint is the name of the game!  With the exception of the mirror all items were $3- $7.
My finds (before) 

My laptop even hides in the middle drawer when not in use.  We’ll see how often that happens.

The mess I made while styling the hutch – it takes a long time to get things just right!
The candle holder is an upside down Ikea bucket with a plate on top.

I feel like my desk is a true Mom Cave now.  Functional & attractive = inspiration for me.

Stay tuned this week for details on my desk turned Mom Cave.  I couldn’t fit all the info in 200 words. 🙂  Special thanks to my sister for all of her help!  Luckily she is a math whiz since I’m not.  
Check out the Mom Caves @ Centsational Girl.
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  1. Cute! Great idea, love it. Ah, Ikea, they have a solution for everything! Liz @ Desiging Domesticity

  2. Wow- the creativity involved in this project…where to start to comment.
    Sensational job!
    Actually I have an antique dresser and hutch combination that would work well in something like this. I never considered bolting the top section to the wall. I am going to consider the possibilities differently now. Thanks.

    Good luck with the contest and enjoy your space.

  3. What a great, clever idea! You should get a prize–you’ve done a great job of making this space super-functional as well as pretty. Good for you!

    Stopping by from Kate’s party. 🙂

  4. AWESOME!!
    Sindy 🙂

  5. What an amazing transformation! I love your Mom Cave! Good luck with the contest 🙂

  6. How fun and pretty! The paper is such a cute pattern. I like how you accessorized the shelves.

  7. Gorgeous. I love how you redid the hutch top. What a fabulous solution to storage. Your accessories and decor are perfect. Love it all. Hugs, Marty

  8. I love it! It’s so peaceful and calm! You did a fabulous job! Angie xo
    Visiting from CG.

  9. I love the wallpaper for the back. Cute little touch (:

  10. This is so beautiful!!!!
    Just love it — inspiration for my own desk

  11. New follower. Love, love, LOVE your design!

  12. What a great mom cave in a limited amount of space! I love your design.


  13. AHHH! IT’S GORGEOUS!!! *me, screaming!*

    You rock. Yep. Rock!

    I love it. It’s happy, cheery (is that redundant?) soothing and functional! Perfect!!!

  14. Wow…what a great job and wonderful way to expand what you already had. So what are you going to get with the gift card if you win? A matching cream colored desk chairs? Desk lamps? Cause inquiring minds want to know…lol Best of luck, fondly, Roberta

  15. Beautiful! I love that wrapping paper wall paper effect. How did you end up affixing it to your cabinet back? I’ve been trying different techniques and haven’t found a truly wrinkle-less approach yet.

    Thanks for sharing!

  16. That was pure genius to add the Ikea cabinet under!! Great styling job too! Glad to have found your blog, and can’t wait to check out more!

  17. beautiful!

  18. Where did you find that amazing mirror?? I love it – great job on your entire project!

  19. Found you at Just a Girl. Love what you did. Glad to find your blog. Come check out mine. Thanks.

  20. That looks fantastic! I love how you styled it. I want a mom cave just like yours. 🙂

  21. Lovely work!

  22. It looks so relaxing…it’ll make easy-work of keeping everyone’s lives in order:)
    I’m working on my own mom-cave…thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

  23. Super job on the redo! It came out just adorable! I love the paper in the back! 🙂

  24. Hey great idea! Keep up the good work 🙂

  25. Love how you added some upper cabinets and put the hutch on top to create more space to work and more storage too. Awesome!

  26. That looks awesome! I love the colors!

  27. I am hosting a “Trash to Treasure” party over at Sassy Sites! You should come by and join in! 🙂 xoxo!- Marni

  28. Your new desk is just beautiful!! It looks like something out of a magazine. You are very talented. I really look forward to your post on how you put everything together.

  29. Well done, that is BEAUTIFUL. So nice it’s close by to your family so you can enjoy it and them!

  30. It turned out beautiful!

  31. That is gorgeous! I love the way you made it look built in!

  32. Just beautiful!!

  33. That is Gorgeous! What a great transformation. I am hosting a new before and after party tonight if you would like to link up.

  34. Thank you so much for linking this wonderful before and after.

  35. Great idea. Love the wallpaper too.

  36. Fantastic. Gotta love good foundational pieces like those from Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel. Take care.


  37. Wow- I just love what you did with your desk-so much more storage and you’ve made it look elegant with cabinets-amazing!

  38. Wow spectacular!!! I am speechless, my favorite colors, soft and sweet. Came here from Savvy Kim’s, so glad I did

  39. Wow, what a difference. I love it!

  40. FANTASTIC! I would love to work at that area, love the cream finnish and it is so light and happy! Great job love it!

  41. This is AWESOME! I have been trying to think of a way to do a mom central…I think I will have to do something similar…dang I wish I lived near an Ikea!

    Thanks for sharing!

  42. Love your transformation! Such great a great idea for using what you have and adding a little to it.

    Thanks for sharing!

  43. Beautiful desk! It’s awesome that you put it all together too.

  44. Wow! I am at a loss for words. I absolutely love it. I saw this over at the CSI challenge. Great job!!!

  45. Wow…I have been looking for something to do above my desk…great idea.

  46. Hi Erin! It was so nice finally meeting you at Blissdom at the Lorax party! I was perusing your site yet again, and I checked out this post….tickles me pink that you call it your Mom Cave….as that is exactly what I call my craft room (aka our loft-full-of-crap-right-now). It is also a work in progress and my main focus this spring/summer! Come visit me!
    Shara @ Palmettos and Pigtails

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