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.
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!