The Office Nook Saga Continues…

Like I said when I showed you my new cork board, I found desk bases for the office nook.  It’s not ideal, but it has a right amount of storage I needed, and it was a cheaper option.  I also didn’t have the patience to look around a hunt places like Craigslist and Salvation Army.  Remember how it started out?

Then I organized and decluttered my desk top, stenciled the back wall, and redid my cork board.  Now it looks like this.

sorry for the terrible lighting here

The problem I was having with the current bases is that there wasn’t enough storage.  Yes I had a file cabinet, but it still wasn’t being used to its full potential.  Not to mention I have years and years of paperwork and files that I probably could get rid of. After weighing out all my options, I felt as though these two from IKEA were the best options for me.  They were affordable, and I could customize it if I wanted to.  I could have easily bought a whole desk, but I wanted the top to go wall to wall so it needed to be a very specific size.  And I wanted a two tone look. After admiring looking at it for a while, and getting advice from the hubs and my mother in law, I decided to keep the current white desk top for now.  It looks cohesive and I’m OK with the all white desk option.  Plus it will save me money and time building one.

I just realized while reading through before posting that there is a slight warp on the desk top that I have to fix.  I also added label plates to the drawer fronts.  I figured once everything is labeled it will stay organized and hubs will know where everything goes. I’m thinking of jumping on the washi tape bandwagon and use them to label the drawers.  I’m pretty excited to look at my options.  All that’s left is organizing the cabinet and drawers and finding wall shelves.  Then it’s just accessories, reveal and budget breakdown!! Yay!

  • clean up the mess
  • take down all old shelves
  • patch holes and touch up paint
  • stencil wall
  • look for desk bases with storage
  • empty old file cabinet and organize paperwork
  • make a desk top last minute decision to keep current desk top
  • wall shelves
  • remake cork board
  • art and accessories
  • final reveal and budget breakdown!!
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I Love Gold!!!

Name that movie.  OK here’s a hint.  I share the same exact feelings after I finished stenciling the back wall of my office nook.

Before I could actually get started on the stenciling part, I had to prep the walls.  That meant spackling the wall followed by touch up paint.

Then I used Martha Stewart’s Metallic Gold craft paint and a stencil, both from Michaels.  I had them on hand already but you can get both for under $20.  Much less with a coupon.

This is where I share in progress shots, but I was so eager to get it finished that I didn’t stop to take pictures.  Nor do I have a tutorial on how to stencil a wall.  I just eye balled it and taped the stencil to the wall with painters tape.  One thing to note is that I started from the bottom so I can get a few practice stenciling in before I get to the exposed wall area.  I’ll just let the pictures do all the talking.

The spacing isn’t just right, but I like the imperfect look of it.  There was also some bleed through, but that’s ok too.  I’m going for a organic and natural look so the imperfections makes it stand out better in my opinion.  I also couldn’t figure out how to get rid of the overhead light glare, but it shows how the paint shimmers, so I left it.

For my first time stenciling a wall, I think I did ok.  I can tell you this place looks 1000 times better than how I started just two weeks ago.

1 more thing to check off the Office Nook checklist.

  • clean up the mess
  • take down all old shelves
  • patch holes and touch up paint
  • stencil wall
  • look for desk bases with storage
  • empty old file cabinet and organize paperwork
  • make a desk top
  • wall shelves
  • remake cork board
  • art and accessories
  • final reveal!!

I still have lots to do, but I’m really excited to get it done.

To read how I got to this point, check out my mood board and how I cleaned up the mess.

Office Nook Makeover: Taking Care Of The Messy

Last I left off with my office nook is my mood board and the mess I’m working with.

Before I could get started, the first thing to do is tackle the mess.  So I cleared everything except my computer and printer.

Then I went through all of my papers and threw out expired coupons, old mail, and put my bills where they belong (that’s a whole other post).  I’ve been using a utensil caddy to hold all of my pens, pencils, and extra stuff.  In theory it’s a great idea, but it created too much visual clutter for me.  I just kept stuffing papers and things in it and it became over crowded.  Besides, the caddy is better used somewhere else.  I also didn’t have a system for my incoming mail and that just piled on top of my desk.

While walking through Target last week, I saw some of their Threshold items on clearance.  I couldn’t help it.  I picked up a little blue jar with a chalkboard label and a bread basket.  I paid $5 for both items, compared to around $14.  Score.

I condensed my pens and pencils and put them in the jar.  All of my incoming mail now goes inside the bread basket.

I can finally see my desk top again.  Now that it’s not as messy I can concentrate on creating my look with my mood board.  I’m excited to get started!

Office Nook Mood Board

I’ve got this nook in the living room that I want to turn into a mini office.  Right now I just had a piece of white melamine board cut to size and used legs from IKEA to make my desk and called it a day.  I also stuck my file cabinet in there too.  It does the job OK, but it doesn’t use the space to its full potential.

I’m keeping it real my friends.  This is how it is most of the time and it drives me crazy.  For one, there isn’t much functional storage.  Yes, I have a filing cabinet, but it’s full of papers that I could probably go through and get rid of what we don’t need.  The current legs are spaced too far in, and the melamine board is looking flimsy.  The wall shelf in the center isn’t sturdy enough so I’m afraid to load it up with books and accessories.  Pretty and functional it is not.

I brought it up with my mother in law (it is her house after all) and thankfully she said I could change things up.  I think I have an idea on which direction I want to go with, I just have to put it together.  I’m a visual person so I like to see ideas in place before I take the plunge.  I thought it would be fun to create a mood board to gather some ideas and inspiration.  I’m going for a rustic & natural feel to this nook.  Keep in mind this is my first mood board so I didn’t add a lot of details/accessories.  I just included the basic items I needed (i.e. desk, storage, color concept).

1.  Of course I need a desk.  This one is from here and it comes with a pretty price tag.  I will definitely have to DIY something to keep costs down.  I like the two tone look of this desk which is why I’m using it for inspiration.

2. I already have a nice sized frame that I use for a pin board.  It’s the same dark brown frame, but I love how the cork is covered with linen.

3. That paint swatch is called Spicy Mustard by Benjamin Moore.  I’m not sure if that’s the same color as the current walls, but it’s close enough.  I actually like the color it is right now so I’m not planning on painting it, just sprucing it up (see below).

4.  Although this is a rug from Joss & Main,  I have a stencil similar to this pattern which I plan on doing on the back wall.  I’m still undecided whether to do it in a shimmery gold, or use a high gloss glaze.  Either way, it will show a subtle interest to the wall.

5. Finally I want to go vertical with storage and this corbel shelf is what I had in mind.  Although my inspiration is a bit too rustic for the look I was going for, I still like the two tone look, which will go nicely with my desk.

Obviously I’ll add in some art, accessories, and storage items along the way.  That utensil caddy I’m using to hold my pens and papers has got to go.

So how do you like my first mood board?  Any tips to making it more inspiring?  I used Olioboard to create it and seem to get the hang of it.