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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Office makeover

As embarrassing as it is, I have to be honest about how terrible our office used to look so you can get the full effect as to why I’m so proud of it now. I took these pics back in early 2010, and between work and life in general, I just finished with it’s much needed revamp about a month ago.
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When we moved into our house in January 2008, life was coming at us in full force. I feel like it wasn’t until last year that we even started making this house our home. Consequently, for two years the office became a dumping ground for junk, papers, and more junk. I hated going into this room! Can you imagine why? =0)
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I hated looking at the blank wall when I was on the computer, and I hated having my back to the door. It felt completely closed off from everyone. (Sorry for the bad picture quality here!) And please pardon the disaster and Cooper trying to scratch that hard to reach spot. =0)DSC02930
The office closet:
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I wanted a deep charcoal color in this room, because I love that color but I’m not daring enough to use it in anywhere else. I lucked out on a random trip to Home Depot and got a gallon for $5 in the oops section. Score! But it didn’t cover the whole room so I had to get it matched later and the guys at Home Depot weren’t able to get it right. Fail. So I called off the project till after the holidays. Lowe’s was able to match it no prob, and I’ve gone there ever since for paint. (Sorry Home Depot, I still love you, but Lowe’s is the winner in this paint competition. lol!!)
Here it is today.  I still need to add shelves to this wall and the one on the right.
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The wall to the left of the desk is going to be a hodgepodge of mine and Haley’s random art pictures, maps, etc.  Maybe a few design inspiration pics…but I want it to be very casual, which is why most of it is taped or held up with thumbtacks.
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The above pic is taken with a flash, and below is without. Both pictures represent how the color shifts and changes throughout the day.
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The wicker hamper below is home to all kinds of fabrics for when I get the whole sewing thing down. The bookshelf I’m hoping to paint white soon. When I do, I’ll show you the after for shizzle!!
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Bad picture of the other side of the room, facing the closet. I love having the desk facing this direction because I have a view of the outside facing the street, and I can also see the hallway from here.
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This wall is one day (hopefully soon!!), going to hold lots of shelves so I can even better organize all my craft supplies. The table in that back corner is actually an old miniature ping-pong table that’s been sitting unused in my garage for probably a year. I covered it with a drop cloth and it currently functions as a temporary craft table.
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This is the closet. I moved this huge dresser from our bedroom in here after I wasn’t able to sell it on Craigslist for what I wanted. It turned out to be just what we needed for this space. I’ll probably paint the parts of the wall that are exposed around the dresser
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The small drawers hold things like stamps, craft paper… one holds product manuals. The large one at the very bottom houses almost our entire cd collection, and the other two large drawers are filled with wrapping paper in one and gift bags and tissue paper in the other.
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I took the door off to save space, and if you haven’t noticed I still need to paint where the hinges were. =0)
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I hope that wasn’t picture overload!!
I feel like this room is in it’s ‘during’ phase. There is a lot I need to do over time to get things just how I want them, but my short term goal was to de-clutter and make it an enjoyable place to be at this moment.

Check out my parties page for all the places I’ll be linking up to this week.

Thanks for reading!!
Edited to add: Oh I almost forgot! I started up an Etsy shop so please check it out here. I only have a few items listed for now...still figuring it all out! =0)

5 comments:

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

Love the dark grey walls - the colour is nice and rich and dramatic.

Good call on re-positioning your desk. It's always a creepy feeling to sit with your back to a door.

Your office is coming along nicely :-)

Jill said...

WOW! What a difference already! My office / sewing room is a bit like that now, really needs a make over, but it isn't going to happen any time soon!

Love the wall colour - and look forward to an 'after' picture when it's all complete!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!

Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Condo Blues said...

My sewing room is like your before :(

Thanks for inspiring me to do something to it. I love the gray walls.

The Polished Pebble said...

Great Job Stephanie and thanks for the comment on my blog. I need an email to send you a link to the very first post. You can contact me at kelleymotsch@gmail.com

The Polished Pebble Blog ; 0 )

thanks again,

xo kelley

Michaela said...

I love the wall color! Great job (: Cooper is adorable.