Friday, April 18, 2014

Office mess

My office is an extremely unattractive place. I have office furniture that is actually office furniture as in it was made to be  in an office building. It's nice Herman Miller office furniture but it's very officey.

This room has such great potential with the pretty windows and the tray ceiling, and so I think I'm going to redo the entire room. I'd like to do built-in cabinets and bookcases on the one long on interrupted wall so that a lot of the stuff can be hidden behind the cabinets and maybe the bookcases can be styled so that it looks attractive. I have an old bookcase on the short wall behind the door, but it is a very cheap bookcase, And it is as unattractive as it is poorly functioning.

I need to repurpose the credenza. It's a very solid piece of furniture but I don't need The top and all that additional storage. The bottom drawer is a hanging file drawer and has tons of space. I love the shape of the little side drawers because it's great for storing things like filling the blank here.

The desk is actually pretty cool because it is a drafting desk. You can raise or lower the height of it and the back section tilts up so that you can look vertically at papers books etc. I think I'm going to use this as a desk for Jake at some point upstairs. The metal base could be spray-painted with the galvanized coating and the top painted gray or black and then it would follow with the industrial theme that were using in his room. I think instead of building a desk from scratch because I have so much building to do that I am going to look for used desk that I can repurpose and restore and then paint the same color white as these others. I'd like something with some drawers again to hide things away so that the office doesn't look quite as messy. I'm hoping that on one side it will be big enough that I could build shelves and store the printer there so that it is out of sight.

Lighting is going to be really big issue in this room since there are no overhead lights I'll need to figure something out for that. Also this office gets the afternoon sun and it gets really unbearably hot in this room. The blinds have to stay closed most of the day to help keep the sun out to help keep it cooler. I would love to install some lights at the top of each of the cabinet bookcases like this  Love her blog!

I will need task lighting for the desk and then something else to try and get it a little brighter here at night.

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