Saturday, June 12, 2010

office part 1

The third bedroom in our house has been referred to as the office since we moved in. However, this was never an accurate depiction of its function. Yes, it housed my college desk (barely big enough for a computer) and an ugly file cabinet, but we never actually sat at the desk. It also housed an older tv on a card table, a hand-me-down recliner that doubled as a dog bed, an old end table that was piled high with junk, numerous storage containers, and a permanently exposed ironing board (ok, who am I kidding, that will probably stay). Oh, and I cant forget the dingy beige wall color, popcorn ceiling, and hideous fan. And the fact that is was perpetually clutterd and disorganized. It was a piece of work. Let me tell you.

I have looked high and low for a picture of this complete mess and I cant find anything. That is probably because I never took any. That is probably because I didnt even like looking in there. (Being that this room is directly across from my bedroom, it was hard to avoid) Just picture an ugly, cramped, disorganized space. And then imagine something worse. Pretty much it.

But recently we have made efforts to greatly improve this room and its functionality. Beginning with a few long nights of scraping, sanding, puttying, sanding again, and painting the ceiling and painting the walls and trim.

And we now have a desk! An actual desk that we can put our legs under. One that I can actually write on or wrap a gift on.

yes. I am aware the frames do not have pics. My husband was ready and willing to hang the frames. I took him up on the offer and will add pics later.

I knew I wanted something long that rested on some sort of drawer unit. Enter Ikea. Butcher block counter as the top and Vika drawer unit and legs as the bottom. I really liked the way it turned out!

Ceramic owl to add some wisdom. Also holds chargers and camera cords.

Gift wrapping area. Red container holds wrapping paper, tissue, tape, ribbon, all the essentials.

This room also holds Peter's closet. (Old house, small closets). Thus, it also belongs to him. Meaning that I also needed to find a way to incorporate his vintage Sports Illustrated (Dodgers only, of course) and his collection of Dodger bobble heads. Joy. Stay tuned for more pics (read: I haven't finished yet) of how I brought some Peter into the room and a makeover of the green dresser!


Olive Oyl said...

OMG. DYING DYING DYING. EVen better than I imagined! LOVE that Peter finally got you to Ikea to get that desk because it is PERFECT!!!! :) Can't wait to see the rest! :)

kathleen said...

yay! this looks so good toni!

allie said...

Love it! It turned out really well!

Katie said...

Amazing Toni! That desk option was the perfect choice. I can't wait to see what you do next :)

Olive Oyl said...

It looks even better in person. I LOVE IT.