When we moved into our house I cried. I didn't love it even a little bit. And the space for my computer made me sad. It was so uninspiring. Then we painted the built in shelves white and the wall behind it blue - much better. I sorted out the books and made it tidy. That lasted a pretty long time.
But things got messy. Real messy. The filing cabinet was ugly, the desk was yuky, the curtains went and were replaced by (a completely un-photographed) bamboo roller shade. Chaos reigned supreme. And all the while there was a new desk top sitting in the garage (and for a while in the hallway!) waiting to be put on its frame and painted.
And then it was. Joel finished putting it together and I painted 4 very careful thin coats. I was more patient than I have ever been and waited a full week for the paint to cure so it couldn't scratch and yesterday, finally, it made it's way into it's new home. My library/office/wok/area is (almost - there's a few tiny details still to come which I'll tell you about) complete.
Check it out from the beginning:
(Picture from the last time I updated you)
And now. Well? What do you think? Isn't my husband so clever to make me this desk from scratch?!
+ Desk - made by Joel and painted by me all for about $100
+ Curtain - from Freedom, $39.95. Am just waiting for the second half to arrive. Typically the one curtain I loved was out of stock.
+ Mats under computer and lamp also from Freedom. $4.95 each
+ Lamp. This gorgeous lamp was discovered, after searching many, many places for the perfect one, at Adairs. It was on the clearance table because there are a few tiny chips on the glass base. $200 down to $70 - yes please!
+ White ceramic pot with bamboo lid - $14.95 from Spotlight. It hides Morgans treats.
+ Toaster rack from my letters - $1 from the op shop.
+ Glass jar - from my Grandma's house.
+ Paper flowers from my sister in law.
+ Blue expandable folders (hiding on the shelf behind the gym ball) - $21.95 each. I bought two and managed to get everything I needed into one. And now the ugly filing cabinet is gone.
+ All the little odds and ends that float around desks like usb sticks, post-it notes, my computers remote, have all been hidden into a CD tin that I covered with fabric. Can you spot it?
+ All the spare cables etc are neatly wrangled into the white basket on the bottom shelf.
Still to happen:
+ Paint walls and trimmings. but that will happen when the rest of the house gets done after it stops raining and we can have the windows open.
+ Add second curtain.
+ Maybe get a cosy chair instead of the gym ball. Although the ball is good for my posture...
+ tear up the carpet to enjoy the polished floor boards that are hiding underneath - but I might be dreaming about that! (There really are polished floor boards under there but the condition of them and the chances of us being allowed to tear up the carpet are slim. At this stage!)
There you have it - my new desk! I couldn't be happier.
Thank you darling husband for making me exactly what I wanted. xx