Sunday, July 19, 2009

Office Closet Finished!

I'm SO EXCITED to share this project. This is really my favorite of anything I've posted so far.

So, I've mentioned that I've been wanting a little office in our office closet for a while. Why an office within an office? Well, Mr. T works from home some days and he uses our main desk. I want a space mainly for crafting and gift wrapping. When my girls go back to school, I will also work from home so desk space is not going to be wasted in our house. Mr. T tried to do the shelving for the space a few weeks ago when I was away, but I don't think he understood what I meant. So, I gave Mr. T this drawing to explain what I wanted in the Office closet.


What the heck is that??? Explanation: 3 shelves on the top and a desk for the bottom "shelf". The back of the wall where the desk is is pegboard. Mr. T is a miracle worker and from that drawing, he did this:




Mr. T worked so hard and I'm so happy with it. He really deserves all the credit for this. I stayed up until 12:30 AM last night painting it all and organizing and I'm still not done. I will eventually label all the bins once I arrange everything in them a little better. I left the rod up in the closet so that if someday we move, this can easily just turn back into a closet. The shelves and desk lift right out and voila! Closet again.

The trim is something I looked at a few years ago to put up as chair rail in the nursery. I ended up just deciding against it. Mr. T called me from the store and started describing this moulding and I knew exactly what he was talking about. I told him that was perfect. When I painted it, the vine design disappeared. I contemplated how to bring it back out and thought about painting the leaves. I ended up rubbing some gel stain over it and like how it turned out.



This chest under the desk is something that's been all over the house and its perfect for larger things that won't fit in the bins. I can't put anything large or permanent there because there's a panel for our plumbing that needs to be accessible.

This chair is actually a match to the chest and has also been all over the house. I pulled it up from our basement where it was being used as a jungle gym by our girls and serving no other purpose.


When the doors are closed, the chair can sit in that corner and be extra seating. I hate it when two people are looking at something on a computer and there's no extra chair. Problem solved. Its not the perfect space, but it works and its better than what it was previously being used for.


I need to get a better lamp, but for now I just stole one of the milk glass lamps that was unused in the nursery.

Why am I so excited about this? Because this is how it was before:



Actually, the picture above is after I cleaned out some of what was in there! I have decided to keep this area just for crafting, gift wrapping and storage. We have so many photos that I've relocated them to shelving in our basement. Organizing that is going to be another project in itself. There is also more to do in the office itself - more organizing and a desperately needed ceiling fan. It gets very hot in that room, but Mr. T needs to mount the an electrical box to the beam and its probably 150 degrees in the attic so that's going to have to wait.

I'm just so happy to have the scary mess lurking in the closet gone!

Be sure to check out all the other transformations at Between Naps on the Porch and A Soft Place to Land!

49 comments:

  1. You did a great job. Organized and pretty!

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  2. The office closet looks great! I love organization projects!
    Kate

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  3. It looks fab! You should link up with this party on Friday:
    http://mydesertcottage.blogspot.com/2009/06/im-having-party.html
    I'm having trouble getting her blog to load today, but maybe it will work for you.

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  4. Love the closet! Where did you get the bins?

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  5. That looks like a wonderful place to create!

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  6. Your DH did a fabulous job from your drawing. I love it. What a thrill to have a place to store all the ribbon and wrapping supplies and all the crafting supplies. It is just perfect. Great job. Hugs, Marty

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  7. OOooH...I like it! Those bins are so nice, and love the trim!

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  8. Great job. I wish I could fit all my stuff in a closet.

    Cheri
    www.itssoverycheri.blogspot.com

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  9. Oh, keep it up young lady. This looks great and for Mr. T he is a great guy. You are a fortunate lady to be his wife, and blessed with a beautiful family. You inspired me this week with this project, I hate to organize closets. You did a wonderful job and I showed your blog to my customers and said "look at what she did"! Love the boxes that you painted what a special touch! It is a show spot in your home. The organization says so much about who you are. You are wonderful and thanks for the spark in my old life. I am going to try harder to finish my projects that do not interest me so much, (closets and others). Thank you for a great blog, we all need to do some of the things that really matter in our lives too. I always enjoy your home improvements too. But behind the closets doors is another thing, I am going there soon. Sandi

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  10. That looks awesome - I loved your picture, I actually could tell exactly what you were hoping for with the picture. Yeah for handy husbands!

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  11. Well, how very cute is this!!! I did a similar thing with my guest room closet now turned sewing nook.
    Brenda

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  12. The closet is so soft and appealing - I love it! You did a great job - love the colors!

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  13. Awesome! Loved it! You guys did a great job!

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  14. Sandi, I honestly think that is one of the nicest comments anyone has ever left me. Thank you so much and thanks for visiting!

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  15. *GASP* Love it! I have been wishing for something like this in our tiny little house... I want to wake hubby up right now... okay, I'll wait until he gets home from work tomorrow to show him. I love the drawing you did... I'm always giving similar drawing to Hubby... LOL Wonderful work!!!
    ~Amy @ The Lemon Cottage

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  16. Oh wow, your transformation is mind-blowing! You're amazing, and Mr. T is wonderful! This looks great, I love love love it! Thank you so much for sharing, you're my inspiration.

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  17. Kudos to the hubby! Great work! It looks fantastic!!

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  18. LOVE the space! It think it's great. I wish mine could be closed behind doors when not in use!

    One question, how did you do the ribbon holder?

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  19. alicia,
    For the ribbon holder, I put in some hangers in the pegboard. Initially, I had planned to just put all the ribbons on a single dowel. I ended up forgetting the dowel in my car that was getting an oil change! This turned out to be a good thing. I found a package of dowels that were cut to about 12" sections. I put the hangers in the pegboard and put the ribbons on the dowels then I just placed the filled dowels on the hangers.

    I realized that it would be MUCH easier to add/remove the spools on shorter dowels!

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  20. What a wonderful transformation! That will become a favorite spot, I'm sure. Thanks for sharing, JOB WELL DONE!

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  21. Woweee! What a great transformation! Thanks for sharing this with us, your new office closet is amazing!

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  22. This is so great..., I wish I had a computer station like that, where I could close the closet doors.

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  23. WOW! Great transformation! I love the colors you used.

    I also like the fact that you can dismantle things when you want to sell your home. You can carry it all to your new home! Great idea!

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  24. I can see why you are excited it looks great!

    Carolyn

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  25. So nice and neat and pretty too-that's what helps keep it clean in my house, if I make it pretty I am better to keep it organized! Great post! Miss Bloomers/Sonia

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  26. Great do over for the Metamorphosis, goes to show with a bit of imagination and inspiration all kinds of things are possible. Your colour selection is really sweet.

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  27. Two of my favourite things, a workroom and organization. Fantastic job!

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  28. Very cool and great vision ! I love to sketch out everything....I have oodles of notes !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  29. Wow, what a cute space. I love all the baskets and the trim. Now you have a fun space to work at.

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  30. I followed your link from YHL and love your cute little crafting space! Nicely done!

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  31. I love your re~do! It is great to see a closet turned in to something useful!! I once saw a blogger use a closet near her kitchen as a pantry. She just added shelves and glass doors.

    Happy Met Monday, a bit late!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  32. I'm swooning!! - Wish I had an extra room with a closet to do this! Maybe someday...lovely work!

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  33. Wow! This makes me want to spruce up my craft closet. I love the colors!

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  34. AH! That looks phenomenal! Thanks for that great idea!

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  35. That is amazing! I've seen this in magazines before and wanted to do it. You did such a wonderful job!

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  36. Ohhh how awesome is that!!!! I loveee it! Amazing transformation!

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  37. Wow, that is beyond awesome! I have a similar problem here in our office/craft area. It's got me thinking...
    Thanks for sharing!

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  38. Such a simple idea and yet so helpful! I'm going to look at my closets in a new way to see if I can put them to better use, like you did.

    Nice job! :)

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  39. Wow, I really like this. What a great job. I like the baskets/bins you used. I love the look of baskets on a shelf. Your area looks wonderful!
    Blessings,
    Debbie
    great blog too!

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  40. This is AMAZING!! I wish I had a big enough closet for it.

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  41. oh I love your closet redo!!! I am inspired! I really enjoyed seeing you bring order to a small space and giving it a purpose. Thanks! I am new to your blog, and I will be back.

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  42. I love the closet idea! I was toying of the idea of having a craft room, but who am I kidding? We don't have the space and my hubbie would just want one of his own! But this is a much niftier trick... I bet you could do this with store-bought cupboards and change the inside.... Thanks for the idea! You have a lovely site! XXX

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  43. How funny, I just finished making a closet off of my kitchen (that wasn't being used much)into a little office. Needed somewhere to dock my computer and stuff and still be near the kidos. The hubs thought I was a little nutso when I first mentioned the idea, but he rolled with it and it all turned out pretty good! Yours looks awesome!!

    :) T

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  44. I did the same thing to my closet!!! It was a sneaky little project I did while my husband was a way for the weekend. Boy did I surprise him! I have a couple smaller shelves to add (things go slow with little people about) and it will be complete. YEA!!

    I too will be working from home part-time when the kiddos are into school enough I can get something done (I'm a crafty engineer too - structural)!

    Oh, I am so jealous of your green storage bins!! I discovered one last one that was on sale for the end of the season here at my Michaels. I wanted more for my girls playroom but after calling every possible store in my area I had to accept they were gone. I wish I had noticed them early enough to have as many you!!!

    Lorrie

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