Y’all, I made myself an office. An office!!! In this four bedroom house with four kids, I now have an office. I cannot begin to contain my excitement. I now will not have to gather my books and papers, after spreading them across the table and clump them all back together, where invariably something will get lost. My books for work are lined up nice and need, not tossed in a cupboard somewhere. I have pens AT MY DISPOSAL that will not be carted off to lord only knows where by sticky little fingers. My mail box is neat and orderly. I have a bulletin board, a white board and my own desk.
Oh the excitement! (and how the definition of this has changed over the years.) And the best part? It cost me less than $50!! That’s right, my own space with my own pretty things, for less than $50. Wanna know how? Well keep on reading sister, and I’ll fill you in!
It all started with a closet. You know the one. It sits somewhere in a hallway, packed full of all the crap you don’t know what to do with. And a few coats and boots and house plans (where did those come from?). So I took said closet and I transferred all of the stuff. In other words, I got a little organized. I filled space in other closets that wasn’t being used. I re-purposed a cabinet downstairs. I made people responsible for their own things. In other words-if it’s YOUR blankie, it stays in YOUR room. Mind boggling, I know.
Then I went to Lowes. Man I love Lowes. Isles and isles of possibility in that store. So, I went to Lowes and did one of my all time favorite things: I looked at paint. Now, I wanted teal. I had visions of this masterful little space all bright and blue. But, I also had this color in mind for my living room and thought this would be a great place to try it out and since it’s a small space, repainting is no big. So I got a sea glass green. Back home to taping and painting. Nothing makes a space feel better than the smell of fresh paint. (and no those aren’t the fumes talking) It has a way of making things feel clean and new. Just what I needed.
So I taped and painted and then, because it was late and I was tired, I decided to modge podge. Oh yes I did! The hanging bar is attached to not just the wall, but a piece of 2×4 that goes around the edge of the closet. So I got some of my fav scrapbook paper and modge-podged it on, All around the perimeter. So now I have a few of my favorite pages lining the walls. Then hubbs hung my desk (the shelf) for me. For the overhead shelf I pulled a little stain that hubby had out of the garage and slapped it on.
Then came the fun part. All those pictures I love that have been stored away? I pulled them out. Now they hang on each side of me, next to the adorbs mail holder we had picked up when we moved. I pulled my books out of the basket and tossed them on the shelf next to my family figurines and an antique globe I’ve had for years. My books needed book ends, so I grabbed a couple of my favorite wine bottles and propped them up next to the covers. This morning hubbs picked me up a white board and a bulletin board too. So I covered the bulletin board in more paper for a color pop and hung them both.
Lastly I looked up quotes for writing inspiration. I have this lovely silver fame with an intricate design on the sides that I haven’t displayed in years. I found a quote from Beatrix Potter, printed it on some fancy scrapbook paper, and framed it to hang right above my desk.
I love this little space. It has some of my favorite things, it’s bright and colorful, and it feels like an area of the house that is just me. So, how’d I do it for under $50? I’ll tell you. The only things I purchased were these:
Paint: $13 (and now I know if I want it for my living room or not, saving me a bucket load later)
White board and bulletin
board: I’m honestly not sure, hubs picked them up, but I know they were cheap.
Everything else was my own. I used my own paper, pictures, frames and other decorations. All in all, it was super cheap, pretty darn easy, and a TON of fun to put together. And it’s functional. I’m writing it it right now. 🙂