|The space felt really cramped which made me feel stressed|
|Six lavender paint samples later - I found the one|
|I collected images for my makeover inspiration on a poster board|
|Discarded door from hardware store renovation|
|Desk used since college. Now waaay too |
|Transformation in progress.|
In the meantime, I set up a small workstation on the other side of the room so I could still function and continue working during the makeover...
|My mini-office in the midst of the chaos.|
I could only last so long crammed in that tiny corner, so it was time to gather items around the house to decorate those shelves with (I didn't buy one single new thing for the shelves - I was so proud of myself for showing major restraint), get the futon out (finally) and move over to my new and improved workspace. I can't believe how much bigger the room feels and the way I look forward to opening the door each morning instead of dreading it. And finally, my new space...
|A place I look forward to working in now|
I still have more work to do like add wood trim to the edge of the desk to cover up where the door hinges used to be, get control of my cords, frame & hang the art prints for the walls and work on completing the other side of the room where those Parsons desks are. It's still a work in progress, but I love the space even now, partially complete.
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Paint: Olympic Premium No-VOC Environmentally-Friendly paint bought at HomeDepot colored matched to Benjamin Moore's Iced Lavender. $22
Desktop: Old door in my basement was free!
White Parsons desks: Local discount home improvement center for $15 each (can you even believe it?!?!)
Modern white chair: Local discount home improvement center for $15
Shelves: IKEA LACK shelves (color: white) $29.99 each
Desk legs: IKEA VIKA BYSKE (chrome): $30 each
File holder: IKEA SPONTAN (white) $9.99
Lamps: IKEA FORSA (chrome) $29.99 each (with IKEA's energy efficient light bulbs)
Fuschia flower pot: http://www.terracycle.com/ made from mixed plastic waste (Terracycle sent to me a few years ago as part of a ThisNext.com product test when I was named their first Green Maven Expert).
Bamboo CD holders: Purchased at Target 10+ years ago (this is where I keep many of the products I'm currently testing)
Orange bamboo frame: Purchased at West Elm a few years ago.
Wooden Chinese fisherman: From my Grandma (it was always on her mantle and I got it when she passed away - it's so special to me)
Handmade clay bowl: Gift from a friend
Woven ratan/bamoo box/baskets: gifts