Into my office went a small bookshelf, my futon, and my TV. I eventually sold my bookshelf and futon, but no one wanted my TV, even for free!! My parents upgraded me from my 13 inch TV in 2003 as a grad school graduation present, but unfortunately everyone has flat screen, flat panel TVs today - and my 2003 TV had a flat screen, but a giant back and probably weighed 150 pounds. After discovering that the city would come pick up my TV if I simply filled out an online request form - bye bye to my old TV!
Here is what I started with in my office - a decent amount of space, just no organization and lots of junk left over from the wedding!
The right wall. You can see how the sloping ceilings pose a challenge to buying furniture - you can't have anything too tall, or it won't fit.
The back wall with the windows. I love my snazzy accent walls, even if they were a huge pain to do.
The corner of shame...my desk and stuff dumped everywhere. The small door goes into our attic space, which is huge!
A big apology to my books, stored in sad piles!
Once I bought a new long (in width) and short (in height) bookcase, I knew my storage problems would be solved! And I was right. However, the bookcase I bought came in a light unfinished pine wood, and I knew I wanted to stain it darker. The process was surprisingly easy!
The bookcase as I bought it. I lightly sanded it, and then wiped away the dust with a tack cloth. I was ready to apply some stain!
After the first coat of stain. I just followed the instructions and applied the stain with a cloth, and then wiped away any excess. I did two coats, and it took me about a half hour to apply each coat. I then sealed the bookcase with clear polyurethane that I applied with a paintbrush. Letting the stain and polyurethane dry was probably the longest part of this project - I started it Monday, finished it on Wednesday, and moved it to my office on Thursday.
And...the bookcase in action! I love how it came out to be the same color as our floors!! Totally unintentional, but I really like it. Also, I need to look for a reading lamp to put by my chair!
Check out that tidy desk!
I'm so glad I finally got my office in order!! Yay!! This was one project that I was dreading, but am so happy I finally got it done. Did you cross any big projects off your list this weekend?