Condo Guest Bedroom

Here’s My Office Now (Don’t Expect To Be Impressed…YET)

I had big plans to get my office cleaned out this weekend, and get a coat of paint on the walls so that I could show y’all my new black office today.

Well, here’s the deal.  When I’ve used a room as a storage/I’ll-get-to-that-later room for over a year, it’s completely unreasonable to think I can clean it out enough to paint the walls in just one weekend.  After two days of working on purging and decluttering, it’s still a wreck, and I would probably have a hard time convincing most reasonable people that I’ve even done any work in here at all.  But I have.  Sadly.

So I’ll show you where it stands now, and for future purposes, these photos will be used as the “before” pictures of this room.  Are you ready to be shocked (and not in a good way)?

We’ll start with this view of the window wall…

office before 1

I had long shelves on that wall (you can still see the brackets) that were piled with magazines, books, papers, paint samples, tools, etc.  It took me probably three hours just to go through all of that stuff alone and get it sorted and put in the proper place (or create a proper place for it).  This wall will eventually be wall-to-wall cabinets for storage.

My desk will stay right where it is, but obviously it’ll need a bit of tweaking.  When I got this desk, I had planned for it to be up against the wall, but now that the plans have changed, the back will need to be dressed up somehow.

Next is the bed wall…

office before 2

That’s the sad little bed that we bought on Craigslist in a mad rush when we thought we were going to have an extended-stay houseguest and we needed a place for him to sleep.  I’ve regretted buying it since that first day…for obvious reasons.

I’ll get rid of this sad droopy bed, and replace it with a daybed that I’m going to make.  Since this wall is the first thing that is seen from the door, I want it to pretty spectacular.  I’ll do some really great headboard, lots of pillows, and some bright and colorful artwork.  Of course, the wall will be black.  Hopefully most of the stuff now piled on the bed will have a place to live when I get the cabinets built.

Next…brace yourselves.  Isn’t this a sight to behold!?  Ha!

office before 3

Yes, this is where I ran out of steam last night.  I had already removed the doors (read on to see why), and I started pulling stuff out of that closet, got completely overwhelmed (and exhausted), and decided to walk away.  Hey, I’m just keeping it real here.  Smile

This closet will be completely emptied out, the shelf and hanging bar will be removed, and I’m going to turn this into my sewing closet, complete with a little desk for my sewing machine, and shelves on the sides to store fabrics and sewing notions.

Remember me saying that the bright, colorful floral fabric that I choose will be used in a big way on one project?!  This is it!!  I’m going to “wallpaper” this sewing closet with the bright, fun floral fabric.

And one more…

office before 4

This is where I’ve been storing all of my MDF remnants from all of my projects.  This pile has gotten bigger and bigger, taking up valuable space in our tiny condo, but I just haven’t been able to part with it!!  I try to convince myself that I just need to let go, but I haven’t yet.

Well, I’m kind of glad that I’ve been hoarding MDF, because now it’ll save me some money when I make the cabinets for this room!  See, hoarding is a GOOD thing!!  lol…Okay, I’m just kidding.

So that’s my office now…sadly.  And yes, that’s after two days of organizing and purging.  Pathetic, right?

But I can’t leave you with all of these horrifying pictures in your head…not on a Monday.  So I’ll leave you with something nice…

fabrics for office

It’s got a long way to go, but it’ll get there.  And having all of these horrifying “before” pictures will make the “after” pictures even that much better, right?!

So be honest, do you have any rooms in your home that are storage/I’ll-get-to-it-later rooms that you’re trying to tackle?  Or perhaps you’d just rather close the door and forget about it.  I tried that.  At some point, you have to deal with it.


P.S.—I know some of you are probably wondering, “Hmmm…did she get her kitchen and breakfast area complete?  Did I miss it?!  Because she said she was going to do that before moving on to other rooms, and she said she was going to do her bedroom next!”

Yeah, I hear ya.  But here’s the deal.  I’ve learned a very important lesson about myself over the last few months.  The lesson is this:  I don’t work that way.  If I’m ever going to get this place finished, I need to go where my interest and my enthusiasm lead me, and right now, it’s my office.

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    Robyn @ Imperfect Nest
    May 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    My children's playroom pretty much looks the same.  I have painted, but not completed it.  I've also purchased window treatments, but they are still in their packaging.  Hopefully, you get further much quicker than I am getting.  

    Also, who are the floral fabrics from?  I love the colors in them.  You know for another room in the house that might be completed one day.

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    May 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Hi Kristi-

    I work like you – doing what feels right at the time and where my energy and inspiration are. Everything slowly evolves and works out in the end.  Looking forward to seeing how you put your office all together.

    My best- Diane

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    Patricia Dominguez
    May 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I love your work and YES, we had our little hide a way space just like you, only I don't have a great before picture. It was literally un-walkable in there. It was our absolute DUMP room! And in the last several weeks I have been working hard at getting it ready to be the prettiest room in the house. Anywhoo…. I totally feel your pain, and I love your work! Can't wait to see the finished product ♥

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    May 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    When you build the daybed, will you please please please share your plan and maybe include a tutorial??  I've been looking for/considering building one for our office/guest room and haven't found anything that will really work yet (or is cheap enought!). 

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    May 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    The floral fabrics are Alexander Henry from the Larkspur collection.  There are several more in that collection, and they'e all wonderful!! 

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    May 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I'll definitely share the plan and a tutorial!!  I haven't completely designed it in my head yet.  I'm tossing around a few different ideas.

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    Imobiliare Dambovita
    May 17, 2011 at 9:34 am

    super decors 

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    Terri Roberts
    May 18, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Thank you for "keeping it real".  My home office is one of those mystery rooms, that only I know what's in there and where to find it.  Basically, there's a small path from the door to the computer, it is my dump room.  One of these days (famous last words), I get in there and organize.  Maybe then, I'll get inspired to decorate!  🙂