I am constantly thinking of projects for my dad. His skills are so good that I hate for them to go unused. I mean that! Just because he’s 60 now doesn’t mean he’s incapable of amazing handy work. Trust me. He’s still got it. And then some.
This time…I had an idea for a whole new office. Our office room is open to our living room/kitchen area and is very visible to guests. I absolutely despised how it looked before, but to be honest, when we moved in, it was one of the last things on my “to do” list.
Here’s a BEFORE picture. See. BLAH.
I feel like it was so unorganized. The space was misused. The desk was blah. And underneath…equaled = CLUTTER.
Type A’s no like clutter. No like. At all.
So when I saw this picture of a home office (I would give credit, but have no idea who’s picture this is…Nina posted it on twitter months ago and I can’t remember where she found it)…I knew that my home office…just wasn’t cutting it.
Cue – calling dad to the rescue.
I used this as my inspiration picture, but also knew that this home office was not near as modern as my style. I told him that I wanted something similar to this, but more modern…and in different colors.
Yea. He loves when I say, “I want it to look like this, but not really.”
After brainstorming and some serious measuring we came up with a plan. Well, I should say…he came up with a plan and I loved it.
And so he went to work.
He built everything in his garage (aka his personal workshop). Here he is after completing the bookshelves.
Isn’t he nice to dirty up his garage like that? The saw dust was EVERYWHERE.
The bookshelves turned out perfect!
Then it was time for paint.
He decided to buy a paint sprayer (is that even what they are called?). He turned his
workshop garage in to a paint shop and away he went with the primer and paint.
My office looked a mess for a few days during installation.
He even had to make a few final cuts inside. Cue – saw dust now everywhere inside. Thank you Jesus for the Dyson handheld.
But, because I’m impatient, and so is he…it didn’t take long before everything was installed and looking 100 times better than the old office.
Here is the final product! CAN YOU SAY…WOW?!
I decided to have the desk and bookshelves painted the same color as our pillars in our house. I was “ify” about it. But, beyond thrilled when it turned out awesome.
We used butcher block counter top for the desk top. L-O-V-E!
I still have some organzing bins to buy. Target only had 2 of the ones I wanted.
See, when I said it was open to our living room/kitchen, I wasn’t lying. It has no doors.
I’ve also replaced the ceiling fan with a very cool LARGE pendant light. I dont’t have a picture of that yet, but it looks way better than the fan.
Also, my dad is still in the process of building 4 shelves for the walls to the right of the window. I will update when those are finished.
These following pictures are not the best because I took them with my phone, but I wanted you to see what it looked like with…
…my new bamboo dry erase boards.
My husband INSISTS on having dry erase boards on the walls for his “goals”. But sometimes big ugly white dry erase boards make me wanna gag.
Cue – CB2 to the rescue!
Definitely more modern. Now I won’t want to choke my husband for making me hang dry erase boards in the new gorgeous space.
One of my new favorite parts of the office, this wonderful chair.
You might be wondering why it’s so wonderful? I mean, I realize that it is pretty retro and looks like it came from the 60′s.
But, this chair came from my Gma B’s house. I wanted something of hers that I could use in my house that would always remind me of her. I think my entire family thought I was nutso for wanting this chair. I had big dreams for this chair. Refinishing it and reupholstering it.
Except, you see, when I got it home, it looked too good with my new rug…
…that I have decided I am not going to do one thing to it. I like it just the way it is.
So, there you have it, Project Home Office = COMPLETE (minus the stuff we want to hang on the wall).
Another great project completed by my dad. Did I mention that I loved that he’s retired?