|After pic my desk area|
|Planning my desk area|
We wanted to make use of the little nook with the window facing it. At first I figured I was going to use a small metal and glass shelving unit from Ikea. The dimensions were perfect, it would be the perfect spot for the printer, some magazine files and other stuff. But then I thought we could save even more money if we just used some of the leftover sheet of osb that we bought for the desk top. We have tons of leftover wood from previous projects we've tackled in the past. So we grabbed some 1x2's to make the supports and painted them the same color as the wall so they would kind of disappear and painted the shelves white. Again I know it's weird but I really love the texture this adds to the space. I will definitely be using this material in other spaces around the house. It's cheap, strong, and full of texture. Anyhow we got our shelves up and we love it! It gave us the added storage we needed, it looks great and best of all it was FREE!!
The pin boards were another DIY project. They were basic cork pin boards with a cheap, frame that we've had for many years. Over the years we have used them in different rooms for different purposes and have gave them different looks. I knew I wanted to use them in the office so I gave them another makeover with leftover fabric and batting from another project. The nail heads I also had leftover from another project. So that was another FREE DIY project!!! Those pin boards are already working hard everyday, I love them!
Next to my husbands desk I hung a floating shelf that we already had to display some of his things. I displayed his baseball glove in honor of his favorite sport. The stack of boxes are a few of his games, his wooden chess set, cards and dominoes. I framed two of his certificates from work on the wall. Next to the certs is the handmade tree I helped the girls make him for fathers day. The wooden dice are handmade by yours truly. He keeps his golf set in the corner behind his desk.
The curtains I bought a while back for the living room and I switched them out so they ended up here. I added some plants that I stole from other rooms in the house for fresh air and because I love plants. We didn't spend much to get the room to look like this because a lot of the things we already had. The only accessory I bought so far is my desk lamp because I needed one and it wasn't expensive at all. I bought it at Target on sale and with a coupon so it was under $20. The rest of the money was spent in the paint for the room, the supplies for the desk and the hooks for the entryway. Total we've only spent about $120 in this room.
The room is not finished but it is functional and looks soooo much better than it used to. I still have a list of things I want to do to it but like I said I wanted to make it functional and beautiful for the least amount of money possible. Some of the things I want to do require spending a little more money others just require time. We will get there! For now we are really happy with the outcome of the room. It is getting daily use, no more spreading out paper work on the sofa, leaving shoes and purses in the dining room. We now have a place for everything and everything is in its place. I know that sounds cheesy but it's true.
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