Today, I am finally sharing my brand new Home Office. We have been working on this office for quite some time. It all started with the Billy Bookcase. I always say this when we finish a room but this is now one of my favorite rooms!
I have been stalking Pinterest for months looking for the perfect desk for my new office space. At first, I wanted a white lacquered desk with chrome legs. I was dreaming of a modern sleek style. I love the Jonathan Adler Desk pictured here from Wayfair.
Then I started looking for a white desk with gold legs or gold accents. I found this one at Pottery Barn Teen.
I really like both of these options but did not want to spend that kind of money. Then I started searching Ikea and found this IKEA hack by Just Bella. I thought this was fabulous. It was just what I was looking for and IKEA prices are the best.
I adore the sleek desktop and the gorgeous gold legs. It was just what I wanted. It would be perfect! Then my husband asked, “Do we really need to buy another desk?” I was thinking no, we really don’t need to buy a new desk but oh how I wanted a sleek new desk. My husband suggested we use something we already own. Perhaps, I could use one of the desks we have in the basement. The only two desks
we have in the basement are old, dark antique desks. The complete opposite of what I had been dreaming about…white, lacquered, sleek, modern, and with gold legs.
So this is the desk I am going to be revamping for my office. The desk I have despised because it was so dark and depressing (using Gman’s words).
Yep, I know what you are thinking. The same thing I was thinking… this is not sleek, white nor modern. This is not what I had in mind when I dreamed about my office but the more I looked at it, the more it started to grow on me, just a bit.
O.K. so it was not my first choice but I think I can work with this.
I am really beginning to love the details that were hidden beneath the layers of dark stain.
I started sanding and the details really began to pop.
So, while it may not be the sleek modern desk I was dreaming of I think this desk has lots of character and I am excited to make it mine!
Until next time…
We spent the day at the Island Home yesterday and I thought it would be fun to start a home tour! I am going to kick it off with the Attic Lounge Space.
We are in the planning stages of creating a home office space. I had originally planned on making an office space in the basement and I did create a desk space that I love which you can see here. BUT it is in the basement and I am just going to say it…that basement scares me to the point that I will not go down there unless someone else is with me. If I am forced to go downstairs by myself, I reach my hand around the corner to turn the light on before I even start down the steps. Then I get what I need and run as fast as I can back up the stairs and shut the door. I consider it my aerobic workout for the day. In all seriousness, it is a nice space but it is too dark for me. The boys like to hang out with their friends and play pool and watch movies. So for now, we will just leave it as the man cave!
We have been working in the basement on and off for a few months and I decided to carve out a space for our blog work. We also set up a little photography studio for my tech guy!
We built a simple desk that suits us and gives us plenty of space for our individual needs. We still need to add some finishing touches but we are getting there.
We made the desk from metal/aluminum sawhorses and four 2 feet by 6 feet planks of wood.
We used joiners to pull the seams together on the four separate planks of wood. Then we attached the sawhorses to the planks with metal screws. I used leftover wood to trim out the front and sides of the desk to give it a more finished look. I did not countersink the screws on the trim pieces which adds a more industrial look to the piece. Once that was complete I finished it off with barn wood grey stain.
We recovered an old bulletin board with burlap, added a few whiteboards and hung our wire rack organizer which was a gift from two of our biggest supporters (Thanks Kim and Sandy!)
Check out our personalized mugs from Santa! He also gave us the Cricut Expression 2. We are still trying to figure our how to use it. I will leave that up to my tech guy to figure it out and explain it to me!
- Office Space (illustratednutrition.com)
I found this desk and chair set for $40 and thought it would look cute in the attic/loft area for the boys. I repainted it with a high gloss white paint and then decoupaged some maps to the top of the desk. After I painted the chair, I reupholstered the chair in the blue and beige stripe that I picked up at JoAnn Fabric. You can find the desk in one of my favorite rooms here.
This past weekend, I spent some time hanging out at our Island Home and I thought I would get some updated photos of the little office area I created. It is really no more than a corner in one of the bedrooms but my favorite thing about it is my $10 desk. I was going to sand it down and repaint it but that never happened. All it really needed was a good old fashion scrubbing. I like that it is kind of shabby chic which fits in with the Island vibe of the house. I love using my bargain finds to create unique spaces that our original to me. I feel like when I decorate with my thrifted finds I am creating a look that most people will not have because you usually can’t go out and find the exact pieces at a store.
Creating an Office Space with a Ten Dollar Thrift Shop Find
Everything in this space either came from a thrift store or was a clearance/sale item. My favorite piece hands down is the ten-dollar desk. It came from my favorite shop on the Eastern Shore. It is the perfect size and I like the little center drawer. I also have to say that I like the chair which came from Target many years ago. It makes for a nice and comfy office chair. I also like the old fashion bell on the desk. When the Gman was about 3 he was with me on a thrift shopping trip and he loved the shop bell at the register so they gave it to him. I miss those days when he came with me everywhere!
As I am sitting here looking at the photo, I am noticing that all my sea glass is missing from the glass lamp. The same person that stuck that bird statue on my desk probably took the sea glass. I am wondering how I missed all of that! I was probably just focused on my $10 desk.
The wall decor came from a thrift shop and the wooden box with the chalkboard top came from TJ Maxx. I like the driftwood look of it. It usually houses some of my books which are missing as well. Apparently, I am not very observant when I am taking photos!
I hope you have enjoyed my little office space at my home away from home.
Until Next Time,
I added some pictures under the glass and this is the chair that I showed you here.