So, my house isn't perfect. I have kids and a husband. It's hard to keep up with them sometimes. There are spaces in my house I don't frequent and this is one of them. This is what happens ...
Eventually, I get tired of it being this way. So, what to do? I decided that since my husband works from home here, I would fix up the space and make it more masculine for him. He was apprehensive about my project and thought it was just fine the way it was, but once I got started he came around.
I purchased the two large bookcases to the left at Ikea. They are Billy bookcases with Oxberg doors. The two shelves to the right were actually shelves from the first picture above that I painted. I also got these great boxes on the smaller shelves to hold things like crayons and paints.
Here are the shelves before painting.
We have lots of books and they were stashed all over, so it's nice to have them in one spot now. I added some vintage prints on the wall that I got a while back at a flea market. One is of a steam engine and the other is a machine of some sort. My husband and I are both engineers so it seemed appropriate.
The doors below actually hide a lot of the mess the kids had.
Overall, I think the space is shaping up to be a much more organized area.
I like the look of the vintage items in the space. I so often decorate with white or lighter colors and the black here is something different for me but it works.
I'm not quite finished with the actual desk, but the majority of the work is done and I'm so much happier with it.