Hey hey! Are you ready for this? I'm not, ...mainly cuz now you all get to see how my office has been off and on for ummm..about two and half years? But I figure, my cheeks won't stay so red for too long cuz I think the after is beautimus. But of course I'm a little biased :)
Anyway. I had to find a way for an office with a lot of stuff. And when I say 'a lot', I mean a TON of stuff to coexist in a room where guests will be laying their heads. So, as promised, here's the before shot of my office:
You see the problem here is that I also used this for storage. Storage of anything from unused furniture to decorating accessories. And then I some how had my business and normal home office stuff jammed in there too. Anyway. It was bad. Obviously :)
Eventually I'll get around to adding a foam seat...but I'm in no hurry :)
When things aren't too organized, there's little in it for me to make it stay not too organized. I like to make it worse :) But the best things about these curtains? The stuff doesn't have to stay looking organized and pretty! None of my boxes and baskets match. Half my stuff isn't even in a box or basket. But you can't tell, now can you?
Eventually I'll go through the dreaded process of organizing all the stuff for reals. Maybe when I'm expecting more guests cuz if they are anything like me, I would totally open those curtains and go through stuff :) Its kinda like using someone else's bathroom and opening up their cupboards.... come on...you can't tell me that you have never done that??? haha. I SWEAR that I have never done that (wink wink).
So, the total cost of this $275. It would have been about $250, but I really wanted to replace the table I stole from my bedroom with another one, so I figured I should add this into the total cost. Here's the breakdown:
Ikea table: $20
Target lamp/shade: $30
Bedskirt: $4 (those were Ikea mesh curtains btw)
Curtains -mesh and linen, Ikea: $24
Ikea bookshelves: $100
Ikea 'bench': $40
Hanging Light: $12
Desk upgrade: $5
Misc. Fabric for room: $20
Holy crap, I love Ikea -obviously, can't you tell??? Its either bought at Ikea or handmade, figures.
Now I would have made the bookshelves myself. In fact, the plan from day one was to make the bookshelves to save money. But then I remembered, that was the same plan as the plan from 1 year ago and 2 years ago. And look where that got me? I figure, if things are too daunting...and essentially make you not do what you need to do....then find an easier way to do it. Yes, it may have been cheaper in the long run to make the shelves. But my time and sanity is worth at least twice the cost of my purchased bookshelves ;)
If you have any questions on anything, let me know! I'll be posting about more projects and how-to's in upcoming posts.
Oh, and Happy Compliment Day! Yep. and it is also Beer Can Appreciation Day, just an FYI :)