Thursday, July 19, 2012

New Office Space

Last week I casually mentioned to my husband that we should turn one of our unused spare bedrooms into a studio/office space for me.  We currently had our office in a tiny upstairs bedroom that served as my shipping station, but nothing else really went on in there.  Much to my delight, before I could get the words out of my mouth my husband said "Yes!".  So that night we were purging unwanted stuff and swapping furniture up and down the stairs.  


We were able to reuse most everything we had.  I kept the window treatments and paint color from the previous bedroom setup because we've only been in this house for 4 years so I still loved those aspects of the room.  We then had to come up with a budget friendly desk idea.  I wanted something with lots of storage and lots of counter space to spread out.  Off to our local hardware store we went for ideas!  We came across some discounted unfinished kitchen cabinets.  Score!  Now for the counter top.  We looked into having white Formica counters made but that really didn't fit into the shoestring budget we had in mind.  Instead, we decided on inexpensive hollow core doors.  They were the perfect depth for our kitchen cabinets and at $19 each we felt like geniuses for coming up with this idea!  






This room gets great lighting in the morning but I can't seem to get it to photograph really well.  Anyway, our budget friendly desk in all it's glory!  If you are a fan on Facebook, you have already seen little snippets of the room. Now you can see what I had planned for those open frames.  I wanted to display some of my jewelry in a fun way.  I had thought of pegboard inside the frames, but am really not a huge fan of pegboard.  So instead I went with a cool radiator grill.  It has a little clover cutout rather than the plain old circle  pegboard.  This is one of my favorite features of the room.  The two oval frames were vintage Syroco mirrors I had packed away in a closet for a long time now.  I opted to keep one as a mirror for a little bit of interest on the wall.  A fresh coat of white paint on them and they are perfection in my eyes!



The shelves are mounted high so as not to get in the way of my counter space.  They are purely decorative right now, but I'm sure as I grow into the space and see how I will ultimately use it, they will be much needed storage. I like the clean look of the floating shelves.


There is an empty space in the corner next to the shelves that I plan on making a jewelry rack using decorative knobs mounted on a piece a wood.  A small detail that I'll get to eventually.

I'm looking forward to creating in this space.  Now all that's left to do is to move all of my beads and supplies in and get to work!  I couldn't have done any of this without  my amazing husband :)  He is so incredibly supportive and I am so thankful to have a man like him in my life.  


I  love my new space, what do you think?  

23 comments:

  1. A few months ago I made display for my necklaces using decorative knobs mounted on an old cabinet door. I was able to find one with great design, a bright white finish and beadboard inset at my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for one dollar!!! I couldn't have asked for a better piece of wood and such a steal on the cost.

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  2. Wow this is amazing! If you're ever interested in hosting a giveaway, I'd love to host one for you!!!! Beautiful work :)

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  3. So gorgeous! I love your studio makeover. I was actually just talking with a coworker this week about I need a dress form to display necklaces.

    Wonderful job!

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  4. Very well done, Rachel! That's a beautiful space to work in. I can't wait to see it in person. I love how you have used the necklaces as wall art instead of having them tucked in a drawer. Pretty splashes of color!

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  5. LOVE the drapes!! Where did you purchase them?

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  6. GORGEOUS! What color is one the walls?

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  7. I love your new space, too!! So fresh and pretty, just like your jewelry :)

    Liz

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  8. Your studio makeover is such an inspiration!! I am going to begin working on mine this week. Thank you for sharing :)Your jewelry is beautiful too! I love how you have them hanging on the walls.

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  9. Your new office room looks great! I like how clean and classy it looks like. And the desk is really something. Reusing some materials to put all of it together is hard work, but the outcome is pleasing as it fits in your office. And you made all of it under a tight budget.



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  10. Beautiful furniture and decorated in a nicely mannered way. Love your new space, your studio makeover is such an inspiration for all. Best of luck.

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