Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Now That's Using Your Nooks and Crannies - Make the Most of Your Space!

Lowe's Allen Roth spanish tile wallpaper
Custom Workspace for under $200. Boom!

There's been a lot of buzz on pinterest and the blogosphere about using every available space.  Even though my house is a good size, all my bedrooms are OCCUPIED.  In truth,  I have a first floor master so I kind of try to avoid going upstairs.  As each of you know that last sentence actually means that I have three boys and their rooms and the playroom are up there and basically I am trying my best to avoid a full, nervous breakdown every. single. day.

See! This is no joke.

My son Nathan's room on a good day.

But, I still have to pay bills and keep up with paperwork.

Since I don't have a dedicated room for an office, I have to use the space that I do have.  And, it's going to be downstairs where I (and everyone else) can see it, soooooo

A:  it needs to be pretty (paying bills is depressing enough)  and

B:  the lights will stay on because I actually paid the electric bill that was in a handy spot instead of tucked away upstairs.

My inspiration was this:

And/or this:

I love the open shelves, but let's be honest, nobody wants to look at a bunch of paperwork. I'm still on a mission to find some cute, inexpensive storage containers.

And one of our favorite bloggers just blogged about making the most of all your space on Friday, here.  

source: copycatchic.com

What I had to work with was just an 80" wide by 20" deep space between my bedroom and the powder room. I can't find a before picture, but you can imagine a little nook for a console table with a couple of lamps on it. Enough room for a writing desk perhaps, if it wasn't too deep. Saw this one at Goodwill for $25 dollars, but it just wasn't quite right.......

Catherine always calls me a Craigslist troll but I'm really an equal opportunity troll.  I like to frequent Goodwill and the Habitat ReStore as well.  And, it's paid off more than a few times.  This is one of those moments.  I saw these at ReStore and yep, they're ugly but, they could be so much more!

Here's a cool example of how to remake a metal filing cabinet.
Source: Apartment Therapy
Ultimately, a standard, metal, office-issued cabinet was not going to work because of the depth. 

So, we started with 2 of these bad boys from Ballard Designs (by way of CL of course!)

Added an old solid wood closet door I picked up at Habitat ReStore. 

Nice right? Of course, I couldn't leave well enough alone. It bugged me that the closet door pseudo-top didn't go wall to wall like a real built-in. I also wanted to raise it up to be counter height. Visions of a cute industrial bar stool danced in my head!
Patrick took off the base molding and made a platform for the file cabinets to sit on. Then he wrapped the whole base with the baseboard and added a cute trim piece. Total cost for the lift: $22.
Now for the backdrop. I was thinking about a pop of color via wallpaper or perhaps a stencil.  I really liked this one, but ultimately, my cheap side won out and I went with the in-stock Spanish Tile version from Lowe's.
Plus, I kind of chickened out on the teal color. Daring? Yes. Scary? Yes.
Allen Roth Wallpaper Item #: 332822 at Lowe's

I was inspired by this blog post about making over an ugly bookshelf. She used the same wallpaper and once I saw it, I was convinced that this neutral was the way to go. I have been accused once or twice for changing my mind about things. Sheesh!

Ugly Bookshelf Makeover by Kendra

Surprisingly, this little space used 2 1/2 double rolls. We thought about just doing the back wall, but hey, why not go all out for the bargain price of $20 per roll?

I took this pic with my phone so it's not great, but you can see how it came together with the paint and hardware back on.

Don't ya love how Patrick (supreme-talented-home-improvement-supahstah!) moved the outlets up, so my electronics could plug in without me bending down under the desk?

I still don't love the DARK brown desk accessories, but we'll stick with what we have 'til I find better ones. After all, our motto is "Use what you have until the money tree comes through with new fruit."
Cleat for the floating shelf installation.

These are my manly men cutting wood for the floating shelves. Now that's hot!

Measure twice; cut once.

And this is it in all it's glory! A true workspace nook that didn't break the bank and suited our needs perfectly.

I'll write more later about these awesome mirrored frames and my uber-cheap yet uber-awesome art.

What's that you say? YOU want one of these for yourself? Well, guess what? We can help you with that. If you live in NC, email for pricing on custom carpentry.

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  1. Thanks for the link back Jacki. Glad I could be a small source of inspiration (or sanity). Your desk looks awesome, and the wallpaper is just so design friendly. Now following :)

  2. I have created two cloffices in my home and love them! Yours turned out fabulously! Found you at ECC link up. The wallpaper is so pretty, I stenciled the back of my cloffices twice, who knew I could score some cute wallpaper so cheaply? Enjoy your new space!

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  3. those file cabinets don't even look remotely the same! love it! how did you adhere the tabletop to them?

  4. It's stunning, Catherine! Thanks for sharing at Give Me the Goods!

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  5. I've always wanted to make one of these, but due to my small amount of storage space, I don't have a closet to sacrifice!

  6. Your little nook is very neat and beautiful!

  7. So, so beautiful and quaint. I would live in this work space of yours if I had it! Thanks for the inspiration. Have a wonderful day!

  8. I am looking throughout my house to find a space to transform like yours. I can't say enough how much I love it!!!

  9. wow this is stunning! how fantastic

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

  10. OH my gosh. I actually did a double take when I saw the room. I would avoid going up there too. Jut the thought of having to remind them constantly to clean up their rooms. Too much for one day. It's a nice big space though ;-)

  11. those file cabinets don't even look remotely the same! love it! how did you adhere the tabletop to them?

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