Sunday, August 19, 2012

Home Office and Craft Space–Part 1

I’ve changed up my office again!!  As you may remember, I showed you a little peek last week while sharing some office inspiration with you.
This is before I started painting but AFTER I started moving stuff around. Yes, it is a total mess but I forgot to take before before pictures…you know what I mean.  When I took this picture I had already removed the desk!
This room is off the living room though a set of french doors.  It was originally part of the porch but when we started homeschooling years ago we closed in this section for the school room.  I wanted a new look in here and painted the built in shelf and dresser/credenza white.  I collected all my baskets and painted them the same color as you can see in the previous picture.  Then my husband brought home some salvaged cabinets.  Once again, I didn’t take a picture!!!  This happened very quickly.  Anyway, here’s a similar one that we have left.
They are nice custom built cabinets with a glazed finish and this is the other cabinet after I painted it.
It was a custom built entertainment center with bifold cabinet doors in the middle section.  We left off the bifold doors because I liked the more open look plus I did not like them at all!  As I said, this transition happened very quickly.  Last Monday, my husband didn’t work and he tore out the built in shelf and moved the dresser/credenza and installed this.  While he was doing this, I was at the hospital with my mom.  Everyday after this, I painted some and then went to the hospital!  Finally I finished! and my mom came home!  Feeling better but definitely bruised up!  While in the emergency room, she passed out and fell face first on the floor!  It was a very hard fall but thankfully, as of now, there appears to be no lasting effects except for the black and blue bruises but it did cause her to have to be admitted for several days.
Hunter, Savannah and I started an assembly line and cleaned up the locker baskets that I told you about last week.  Hunter used an electric grinder to remove the rust on the outside, Savannah used a wire brush to clean the inside, and I used vinegar and water to clean them.  The lovely Dianna left me a comment saying they reminded her of the baskets at the public pool when she was young.  She said you put your clothes in the basket and attached the pin to your swimsuit!
I love my new knobs!  I found them at Hobby Lobby.  They remind me of some that Ballard Designs on their site.
I got this pretty painting from the auction a couple of weeks ago for $3!
The letter tray was 50 cents from a garage sale.  The finish was a little worn so I spray painted it.  I need to get on the ball and do some paperwork!
I’m not satisfied with this area!  I think I put every picture in this house here but nothing looked right so I leaned a couple frames here.  The baskets on the shelf were more garage sale finds.
I stored some linens in a few baskets and old green jars in others.  In the baskets were there was just miscellaneous items, I covered a book in brown paper and inserted in the front of the basket to help camouflage the items.
I put my copper pot up top storing some silk flowers and I have a bolt of burlap from another yard sale, $2!, on top!
There is so much more storage here and looks a lot better too!  I still have a lot to do before I’m finished.  My husband is going to build me a desk so I’ll be bugging him about that this week!  I also have to paint the room, change the light fixture and refinish a balustrade table that is on the opposite side of the room.  But this week, I plan on working on a wall collage that will include a memo board.

UPDATE:  I've completed one memo board that you can see here and also Part 2 of the office is here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sharing with:
Before & After Party @ Thrifty Decor Chick
Newbie Party (with a twist) @ Debbie-Doos
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Cowgirl Up @ The Farmhouse Porch
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Vintage Inspiration Friday At the Picket Fence
Furniture Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors


  1. This is looking great! I am in the process of decorating my oldest daughter's room right now. She has a craft space that is still in need of great organization! Your space is inspiring! Life to the full, Melissa

  2. That looks great!~ I can't wait for my boys to head back to school. I have some big plans myself. Thanks for linking up to the party.

  3. Tammy: Your office is looking so good. That is a great piece of furniture and I like it open like that. So nice to have a place to call your own..Happy Sunday..Judy

  4. Your office space looks great! Love the white cabinetry. You did a great job with this!

    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

  5. I adore the white furniture in your office. The bookshelves are arranged beautifully.

  6. It looks so wonderful!!! I love what you have done!!!

  7. Tammy, what a great use of your finds. I love what you did with the baskets. I have a whole bunch that aren't quite as cool as yours that I got at a sale and I'm trying to figure out what to do with them. This gives me more ideas!

  8. Very nice. You and your husband are such a great design team. I love this, especially since it came from older pieces being reused. So sorry to hear about your mother. I hope she is on the mend! There are so many wonderful organizing ideas in this picture I am sure I will be back to peep in often. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Looks very nice. I need to get my office organized ... maybe I can copy some of your ideas. Love the use of wire baskets. Blessings,
    Audrey Z.

  10. That storage unit is fabulous and I really like the way you've organized it. It makes you want to be near it :) Have fun with it!

  11. So nice and organized! I love those baskets! I hope you'll stop by Gettin' Krafty With It tomorrow and share this awesome space!

  12. It really is so nice and pretty! Love the baskets and the knobs! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Coastal Charm. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  13. Yikes!! The before pic... love the organized after. The knobs are too cute as well as the baskets.

  14. Wow, you have completed some wonderful projects! I love the combination of wicker and wire! The room looks awesome, and I can't wait to see it finished!

  15. Love it! It's not only organized but looks great too! You did a great job!!!

  16. I just found you through Faded Charm and am your newest follower! LOVE all your locker baskets-I have lots around my house,too :) Your room looks so pretty and organized!

  17. Wow I love the built ins you created!

    I would love for you to link up this wonderful post on Friday's Favorite Pin!
    Have a blessed day.

  18. Your craft room is awesome. Love those baskets and the built in. Lots of cute details!

  19. Looks awesome! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  20. It is a nice information to know this blog. I have a plan to make one of my room as an office space and hopefully it will happen soon. I can get some ideas on your blog on how I will do it on my own office in my house. Thanks.

  21. Beautiful country craft pieces you have there! :) Those can truly provide a great aura in your office space!


Thank you so much for all your lovely comments! I try to return the favor and visit each one of you! ~Blessings, Tammy~