Saturday, February 27, 2016

DIY Budget Home Office



This is a tale of a long over due rendezvous between a girl and a room. I have had a longing for a room all my own for years.  A sort of office but with the shadow of a craft room. Some place I can lay out a project with out having to clean it up in an hour  because dinner is ready and my work space is actually the kitchen table.  It has always been a dream of mine.  With a house full of kids there wasn't really a room to spare. So I waited.

Fast forward to 2016.  My boy is graduating from college this spring and will be attending law school in a land far far away.  Now this knowledge makes me a little sad as it seems that he has grown up and flown the coup in a blink.  The excitement of seeing my son achieve a goal that he has worked so hard towards for so long is the only thing holding me back from drowning in my own tears as he cleans out his childhood bedroom.  Well its the room he ended up in after his sister moved in to his about 3 days after he left for college 4 years ago, but still.  As he is packing up the last box he looks at me and says "Well Mom, now you can have that room you always wanted".  What?... Wait?... OMG yes, yes I can! 

At long last, I have a room all my own!  Half craft room, half office... A Craftice!  Well, the name needs a little work but you get where I'm going with this.  So this is what I have to work with:

The walls are a great purple color, its a combo of many different shades that my daughter had picked out when the room was hers.  I have always loved it, its a bold color in a house full of neutrals.  The furniture has served us well for 20+ years, purchased for our first baby nursery.  The bed is going to school with my son and the other pieces will move to our guest room.  I removed most of the books and other items from the shelves but I added more zippered Reisenthel storage boxes that I have been collecting over the years.  Most were purchased from Amazon.


I have always wanted a Pottery Barn office.  You know the one with the beautiful white desks and square craft table. 



 Shocker, not in the budget!  So we headed off to our favorite budget  friendly store, IKEA!  After much research on line, I had a list of items I wanted to purchase.  As usual I ended up purchasing nothing on my list and pick out something totally different when I got there!  Things always look  different to me in person then they do on line.  I love what we found and all that is left is the assembly, totally not my department but thankfully, my husband is a wiz at assembly!  Here is everything we purchased from IKEA:




The desk and bookcase is made out of wood with a white wash finish so you can see just a bit of the wood grain through it.  The desk has two drawers on the right and a cabinet like door on the left with two shelves.  The bookcase has 6 adjustable shelves with plenty of room for storage.  I purchased 3 gray media boxes and 2 larger gray storage boxes for storage.  The swivel chair is perfect for me because it has a straight back and adorable bows on the back of the chair.  I also picked up 2 plastic potted plants for decoration in the room.  

I am loving the way it turned out!  Neat and clean with plenty of out of sight storage space.



These boxes are a perfect solution to hold my camera, planner supplies, and my ETSY store inventory.  The metal baskets were found at Target and hold some of my favorite Dollar Spot finds.  Up top are the two plastic plants I found at IKEA, the tin pots they are in were purchased at my favorite dollar spot at Target along with the middle bucket.  





There is a sense of securtity with Humphrey Bogart looking down on you while you work! The desk has a great work surface for crafts and keeping up with my blog.   My Reisenthel storage boxes hold my crafting supplies, stamps, adhesives and card stock.  



I think the desk lamp provides a bit of a vintage feel to the desk.  The pretty mercury glass cup I use as a pencil holder was found at the Dollar Spot in Target for $3.00.  Had to have one of my favorite candles on my desk, Marshmallow Fireside by Bath and Body Works.





I love my new craftice, (still not feeling the "craftice"), maybe you guys can come up with a more appropriate title for my long awaited room of my own.  I'm loving having a space to create and a space to store all of my ETSY supplies, planner supplies, blog files and camera equipment. 

I still miss my boy and would give all this up if we could go back in time a few years and he was still small.  But I have reminders of him tucked here and there and there are such exciting adventures awaiting him.

Thank you so much for hanging out with me and I hope you will remember to leave me a comment below and remember to subscribe.



Edited to include IKEA Budget Office Makeover Tour:

Love Your Life, 

XOXO,

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27 comments:

  1. Wow Mickey, you made the prettiest craftice! I just love it and I hope you enjoy it. I would love for you to share this at our Monday Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up! Thanks and have a nice weekend. :0)
    Julie @ Julie's Lifestyle

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    1. Hello Julie, Thank you so much for visiting! I would love to share my "Craftice" on your Cooking and Crafting Link Party. Very kind of you for the invitation!
      xoxo Mickey

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  2. Hi Mickey! Your home office looks amazing and I love,love,love your purple walls! Thanks for visiting my post on my recycled decoupage bunny. The mirror on the wall is a HomeGoods purchase from a few years ago. I love your blog and am now following you!

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    1. Hi Gail! Thank you so much for visiting! Home Goods is just the greatest for finds like your mirror. I'm glad you like the office walls, I know purple is your color! Hope you have a great week ahead.
      xoxo Mickey

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  3. What a fabulous space! Having a child move out, and especially far away is bitter sweet. It was hard for hubby and I when we first became empty nesters. Now, we love it! :) You did a great job. I can see you spending lots of hours in there. When we finished our basement 4 years ago I got a nice craft room. Still loving it! Happy to be a new follower.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Hi Jann, Thank you so much for visiting. It is bittersweet to see one of my babies moving out in to the world. Lucky for me I have 4 kiddos and I still have a few years before everyone is gone.
      Thank you so much for following and I hope you have a great week.
      xoxo Mickey

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  4. This is great. Love seeing color on the walls, there is so much white everywhere. A home office is so useful and I find mine an inspiring space. Enjoy it.

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    1. Hello! Yes, I have to admit the purple took a bit to get use to but now I love it. My whole house is neutrals and this splash of color brings out a lot of creativity! Thank you so much for visiting!
      xoxo Mickey

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  5. Congratulations on your son with law school, woo boo on finally getting your crafice room. I achieved mine 5 years ago.

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    1. Hi Candace, Thank you so much, my boy worked very hard and we are so very proud of him. I love my craftice, it makes me happy!
      xoxo Mickey

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  6. Well done! You'll miss your son, but I just know (from experience) that you will get used to having your own space VERY quickly!

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    1. Hello! I always miss my kids when they are away from me, I don't think it ever changes. It is nice to have a space though and I do enjoy it!
      xoxo Mickey

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  7. What a great space! And truly yours not used as a guest room or anything else, how wonderful.
    However=---I would need hundreds of those boxes to store my craft supplies, lol. Great job! Sandi

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    1. Hi Sandi, Thanks so much for stopping by! Truth be told I have some cabinets in the basement where I store a lot of supplies, my a preschool teacher and I have quite a collection of wiggly eyes! I keep most of my Etsy store supplies and planner supplies in my new room. I hope you have a great week!
      Xoxo. Mickey

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  8. Such a cute office. When I am able to build on to I want a office. I love the while desk! Thanks for linking up at Family Joy Blog Link Up. I enjoy your blog.

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    1. Thank you Charlene, I love the white too. I loved linking up with Joy Blog Link Up, I'll be back!
      xoxo Mickey

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  9. Love your "craftice"! Good for you! It looks great! Thank you for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!

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    1. Hi Lori! Thank you so much for visiting, I loved linking up with Dishing It & Digging It! I will definitely be back next week!
      xoxo Mickey

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  10. Love your office! Simple yet totally functional. You have to come link this up at Welcome Home Wednesdays! Party is open! PS - Love the font you use in your logo - what is it?

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    1. Hi Erin, I just linked up with you at Welcome Home Wednesday, thank you so much for inviting me. I love my new office, it is simple and clean, I am working on simplifying everything. I am glad you like my font, I am sorry I do not know the name, my blog designer is listed at the bottom of the page if you are interested, Rebekah is great.
      xoxo Mickey

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  11. Neat. Looks like an amazing works space. I bet you can get a lot done in your new office.

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting me, I do love having a quiet spot in a very loud house!
      xoxo Mickey

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  12. Your space looks so fresh and new! I have a combination office/craft space too that is in need of a makeover and you've given me some great ideas! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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  13. Hello Beverly, thank you, I am loving my new space. I was happy to share on Snickerdoodle Sunday, I will be back next week!
    xoxo Mickey

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  14. I love this! And I am super jealous as my kids have taken over all my space! One day I will have a dream office haha.
    Malena from www.allergykids.co.nz :)

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    1. Enjoy those little ones Malena, they grow up way too fast! Thanks for visiting My Bashful Life!

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  15. Love it! Just found your video and got so many ideas! Currently working on my sewing/knitting/office/guest room !

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