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Colorful Home Office Reveal

It’s done! Hooray!

Sheesh, this room took the longest (from start to complete) just because I wanted it to perfectly represent MY personality because it is MY room. When we had just one computer, it was more of a family room, but since we moved into this home 3 years ago (when this room held our only computer) we’ve acquired a laptop, iphones, ipads, chrome book, etc. So, it’s no longer the place for everyone to gather, it’s become my space, which I’m grateful to have because I know this is not the norm.  I never thought I’d have an office for myself….I never thought I’d need one!

We could never decide on what to call this room, either. In my family growing up, it was the study. In my husbands home, it was the den. We went back and forth, and I finally honed in on calling it the office (not even a craft room), a place to store my business related stuff and the big computer, too. So welcome to my Colorful Home Office Reveal!  I love the turquoise, pink, green, yellow, and teal colors–so happy!

Colorful Home Office Reveal

The color palate was inspired by this room I saw quite a while ago.

If you remember, my husband build the yellow desk (for under $50) over a year ago.  My green armoire used to hold our old school television, then we upgraded and my husband  made our Sliding Barn Door TV cover, so the armoire found a home in my office.

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Little Girls Play Vanity Table

My husband built this adorable play Vanity for our girls, and finished it JUST before midnight on Christmas Eve! He only started it a few days before at my request, and I love how it turned out!

diy

I originally pulled up plans for a play vanity from my friend Ana White (who by the way featured plans she made from my Sliding Barn Door TV cover on her site here), but then we modified the vanity a bit to include legs.

One day in October, my 3 year old and I were roaming the aisle of a store when she spotted from a distance a big box with a picture on the front of a plastic toy vanity set. She stood there staring at it (the picture on the box) mesmerized and proceeded to tell me how much she wanted that. I think she saw the blow dryer, fake lipstick, brush, etc. I said to her, “oh, isn’t that cute…maybe for Christmas….” and I was eventually able to persuade her to keep walking. I thought she’d forget about it, but oh no she didn’t. Pretty much every day she started talking about how she was getting a “mirror table” for Christmas. I wasn’t too excited about the plastic one, but my wheels started turning, and I spoke to my husband with my puppy dog eyes, and requested he build one in the days before Christmas. I found the plans, but wanted to make a few changes.

I wanted legs with space under, so hubby got 2×2 wood and slid the other piece of wood right in.

diy

As he built, he used “L” brackets on the inside, and used wood glue and bungee cords to hold pieces together while the glue tried. Then reinforced the piece with nails/screws after.

We used bead board on the outside that would be showing, it adds a nice element of texture.

Above is how he cut the bottom piece in order to fit right into the cubby with the existing legs in place.

the home depot

After the two side cubbies were made, it was time to pull them together. He put a ledge of the 2×2 in order to hold the desk part. Then another at the back to strengthen the mirror. I am SO excited about the mirror I found. I actually had one that someone gave me that we quickly realized was too big, so I ran out to Target crossing my fingers that I’d find something cute, and grabbed this gem! I think it was $20, which is more than my preference, but I did not have time on my side and it was adorably perfect!! (See my clothes? Christmas Eve rush).

Target mirror

I taped up the mirror part and sprayed it white.

mirror vanity

We built a “Y” out of the 2×2 to attach the mirror. It was a quick decision and I might have done it differently had I more time to figure out something, but it’s up against the wall, and works fine (see back of mirror in a few pics down).

My hubby and his brother madly spray painting the vanity at around 9pm on Christmas Eve.

spray paint

Though the idea was made for the littlest, it was a gift for both girls. On Christmas morning, it was the last to come out.

Christmas Present

surprise

The girls were very excited!

minnie mouse

Below is a good picture of the back of the mirror:

The girls got right to work (the cute Minnie Mouse set I found at the Disney store). Dad even got a head brushing;)

hair play

I love to see his face when he adores his girl adoring something he made for her.

lipstick

hair style

Girls have played with it daily and even set up “Beauty Shop” hours and pricing.

diy vanity

 

The boys won’t turn down a chance, who doesn’t like getting their hair brushed?!?

vanity

It was a big hit!!! Let me know if you have questions, I’m sure I didn’t cover everything!

P.S. Teal tin baskets came from Target.

{Edited to add: The Girls Fancy Room Makeover Reveal is up, check it out!}

 

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Custom Office desk~under $50

My husband pretty much rocks. He built me a custom desk for my office exactly how I wanted it, for under $50. I’m a desktop kinda girl. I like having a place to go when I need to get things done, and it helps me set a time limit as well. I had been working out of a cave for quite some time. A black cave that was a desk armorie that could close, but who am I kidding, the doors never closed, and I had ZERO desk space, so all my papers were spread all over the floor. I wanted an “L” shaped corner type desk, but I wanted it in the middle of the room, not against the wall.  Most desks like that had an ugly backing because it was meant to be against the wall, so it just woudn’t do. I wanted to be able to just avert my eyeballs if I was on the computer when my kids walked into the room…instead of them seeing my back.  I also wanted a funky shape, I told my hubby, an “inkblot” to which he said, “o….k….” And I knew I wanted a bright YELLOW! Here is the final product, then a step by step.

We used 4 boards to start with. They measured 5ft x2ft and about 3/4 inch thick. Then we trimmed down to about the size we wanted for the surface of the desk. My hubby then re-inforced the bottom of the desk in varying ways.We wanted to shape the legs exactly as we wanted them, but don’t have the tool to do so (lathe) and Home building stores don’t even rent them. I was happy to find these legs at Home Depot. They were $10 each, which was more than I wanted to pay. I even went to Habitat for Humanity Restore to look for banister legs, but they were too thin. I went back to HD, and was delighted upon checking out that I was about to save 50% of my purchase for opening up an account, so I did it. I then cancelled shortly thereafter. So I got each leg for $5 each. (It would make the desk just over $50 if you didn’t get that smokin’ deal that I got).Hubby even installed a drawer to put stuff in. I didn’t need much space in the desk because I have a wall of cabinets right next to me, I wanted to keep it simple. My littlest one took a few of me on my phone applying some glaze after it was painted.
The yellow in the picture looks more mustard, but it’s a bright cheery yellow. It looks fantastic in my new office–a reveal that will have to wait until I finish a few little details. I am lovin’ it though. You can see a very slight peek scanning the phone pictures above.

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