Finally, with the push of having clients over for their print ordering session (first clients in several months!), I got my office in order. I had painted it way back in June, then bought a work table, and brought in bookshelves from the garage, but I was waiting for money to come so that I could buy a decent desk and I was going to try making my own picture frames. Well, neither the desk nor the picture frames happened. I decided to get a little more creative about it, and came up with this awesome idea for the pictures, which was actually inspired by a visit to my friend Lisa’s office several months ago. Basically, you can hang several pictures for just a few bucks (see below). The desk is still on my wish list, as well as some curtains for the window and maybe a table lamp to go on top of my file cabinet to replace the big ugly floor lamp. Till then…
Filing cabinet corner before I painted it. (The room was a bright blue before we primed it white, so it was much uglier than this to begin with.)
Same corner after being painted light grey and cleaned up.
Ugly wall...you can see some of the bright blue down by the baseboard.
Lovely bookcase filled with a small selection from my hoards of books. I saved the two bottom shelves for toys and kids books.
The door corner. Okay, not really the corner. But there is the closet that I did not take an 'after' picture of because it looks virtually the same.
The door corner after. Notice the hanging pictures? The line of pictures goes all the way across the back wall.
Computer corner before.
Computer corner after. (The good news is that I knew exactly where I wanted all of the furniture before we even bought the house.) Still need a new desk.
'Gallery' wall before...
Gallery wall after. This is where I put all the large prints of Michael (and a couple other kiddos) that I thought I was going to frame.
For the hanging of the prints, I made a 'clothesline' using hemp twine and used plain wooden clothes pins to hang them. So easy! And extremely easy to switch them out for new ones. Waaaaay cheaper than buying frames.
The window alcove before....
My lovely, lovely, wonderful workspace after. Just needs curtains.
I feel like I can breathe in this room. I also moved all my craft, photo, and office supplies up from the garage and put them in the closet (they were already in plastic storage drawers). Now that everything is clean, pretty, and accessible I’ve been very much in the mood to work in here–to finish old projects and start on new ones. Here’s one that I’m working on…
Wooden letters that I am painting and sticking magnets on for Michael to play with and to become familiar with.