Today’s Finish It Friday project is my new office area. If you follow Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza on Facebook, you know that my office area has been one of those “problem areas” in my home. I’m not finished yet, but here’s where I am now:
So, why is this a problem area in my home? My office is in the guest room and, until now, I just didn’t have enough room to spread out and work. Here’s my craft space before:
This is the area in the guest room between the bathroom and the closet. I organized it well enough, but it is just too small in which to really do any work. I would move the chair and stand up at the table, or I’d just leave it altogether and go work at the kitchen table.
It was time for a change. I had a solid wood door in our storage room that I knew would be the perfect desk top. I needed some legs for the desk, so I first went to the thrift store. I found this file cabinet for $4.98!
I gave the body of the cabinet a coat of Rust-oleum Universal gloss white spray paint + primer.
And I painted the fronts of the drawers with Rust-oleum chalkboard spray paint:
I liked the black and white paint combination, plus I wanted to write on the file drawers, to show what was in each one.
For the other side of the desk, I bought a drawer unit at Ikea ($79).
I also wanted a new desk chair, because the blue plastic swivel chair just isn’t comfortable. I found this chair at the same thrift store as I found the file cabinet:
The seat needs replacing, but it is otherwise in good shape. Not bad for $4.99! I found the same chair on Ballard Designs’ website for $279.00 for two. Score!
I moved the tripod lamp onto my desk – just because I love it so much and wanted it all to myself – and here’s where I am now:
Same photo, with the cost/supplies breakdown:
Now I just have to tackle organizing it, and cleaning up the rest of the room, which is a disaster:
What are you working on today or this weekend?
This proves that we could really create something nice out of used items. I was amazed how you have recycled the old wood door. Excellent job for this one!
Karen Cooper says
Thank you! The door makes for a great work surface – nice and big – and glass on top makes it a flat surface.