If you recall, I started my planning process here, laying out my vision and shopping list. And the then sitting room, looked a little like this:
We had decided for a couple of reasons, that we wanted to relocate our office back to the little sitting nook off of our bedroom. First, running a daycare, little munchkins tend to want to play with computers, printers, pens and other office supplies, so to ensure safety, they were all removed from the kid accessible area. Also, as you may recall, I have a large dream of starting up a Professional Organizing Business, and this will be the perfect place for me to start creating contracts and spreadsheets, and of course, blog!
So, we moved our desk from here:
But that wasn't enough for me. I wanted to add storage, color, and additional functionality that we didn't have when it was out in our game room.
So, I started by wallpapering the desktop and the door fronts in a fresh floral pattern:
And then I created some memo boards to hold all sorts of goodies:
And finally, created some labels full of cuteness, for the fronts of some large magazine storage boxes:
Then came Sunday fun day. Mission completion. Time to get all of the goods installed and pull the room together. But let's back up a step shall we? On Friday evening, we were doing some final measurements and looking at everything we were planning to install. My plan was to put a 5 slot bookshelf, horizontally above the desk, to hold the magazine storage boxes. However, we were great about measuring the length to make sure it would fit, but not so great about measuring the depth. That's right, a big, OH NO happened. There is a heating vent in our ceiling, that would be covered up by the shelving unit, if we were to go through with the original plans. So, we created a quick plan B. A simple floating shelf would have to do the trick, to balance the weight of the desk. So, back to our second home, Ikea, one last time, to grab a new shelf. The little measuring mishap cost us thirty smackaroos.
We were glad we discovered that little problema before installation day, since we were able to pick up a shelf ahead of time.
While the hubby hung the new shelf, I started to ponder how I could mat a poster sized collage calendar I had ordered from snapfish.com when they had a big 30% off all calendars sale. I already had the frame in the room, it was a matter of tying the poster into the other changes going on. So, I grabbed some more leftover wallpaper from the desk and bulletin board project, and used it to mat out the poster calendar.
As you can see, I also used some "clips" frames, scrapbook paper and some black and white photos I printed out at home, to create a trio of photos, one of me with each of my sweet little angels.
By now, the shelf was totally installed and next it was time to hang the bulletin board and the magnetic board. The magnet board came with slots cutout on the backside, making it easy to hang, we just anchored it in with some drywall anchors and were good to go. The bulletin board came with nothing for hanging, so we got resourceful and borrowed and hanging kit from an old frame that we no longer used.
I told the hubster, he probably would never make it as a hand or foot model, he was a little tearful, but I think he will be ok.
Placement of the magnet board was easy, because there was only one space on the wall big enough for the board, and so that is how we determined it's new home. The bulletin board would be placed on the opposite side of the wall for some balance.
And in-between the two memo boards, was a bar holding some cups for pencils, markers, etc... using some hooks:
And that was it! We were donzo. As you can see from the pics, we added some more white flowers around the space to keep it girly! And my accent color of pink, is placed all over the room: as matting to my kid's photos, the fronts of the tins, on the bulletin board, in a flower on the desk, on the labels for the magazine boxes and in a vase and frame on the upper shelf.
And something that only you really observant individuals may have noticed, that is a little different on the desk... some new pulls! I love when I find things lingering around the home! I have a bin in the garage for misc. hardware and assembly pieces, and stumbled across two handles! And that's when I gave my hub the infamous eyes and he installed them on the doors, he's a good man!
Again, the Before:
And the After:
And, a final budget for the entire makeover as well:
Wallpaper for the desk/magnet board/calendar mat: $44.98
Clips frames for kid's photos: $2.99 x 2 = $5.98
Calendar Collage Poster: $18.92
Frame for Poster: Already Owned
Magnet Board: $12.99
Magnetic Tins: $4.99 x 3 = $14.97
Bulletin Board: $4.99 plus fabric: $2.49 = $7.48
Floating Shelf above the Desk: $29.99
Pink Vase: $3.99
5 Section Book Shelf: $59.99
Magazine Boxes: $11.99 x 2 = $23.98
Scrapbook Paper: Already Owned
Lamp, Desk & Chair: Already Owned
Grand Total: $223.27
Not too bad huh? Sure, I splurged on some things and held back on others, but I think the end result is exactly what I was going for!
Now it's your turn to let me know what you think! I have posted the pics on HGTV's Rate My Space website, stop on by and rate my new office space!