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Monday, September 24, 2012

A little kitchen-office DIY

Lately my kitchen table has been doubling as my office. It has been irritating me daily, because, ohmygosh if I have to move the laptops, paperwork, my notebook, camera, etc from the table ONE!MORE!TIME! before dinner I was gonna lose it.

But in this modest size townhouse we make do with what we can. I swear, we have had to utilize every square of inch of this house to make it properly work for this family of four plus a dog. This place felt huge when we bought it, but has shrunk with each addition to the family.

So back to this kitchen-office business.

I've needed a place to put my laptop, house my cords, more drawers and storage for mail/Emeline's craft stuff/my work stuff, and more. So a few months ago while Declan and I were yardsaling we came across this little desk for $15 bucks. Fifteen bucks? Put that sucker in my car, thankyouverymuch.

I had plans to redo it. To repaint it some crazy fun color. But when I FINALLY brought it up to my kitchen on Saturday, I realized I kind of like it like this. Although it's totally possible I'll change my mind and paint it turquoise or something, but we shall see. For NOW--it's staying as is.


It's cute, right? But once I brought it up, I realized this was going to be more of a project then I had anticipated. The entire wall above it needed to become something special...something fun.

Luckily my husband was out for the morning helping his parents move, and the 2 year old was with my parents, because even with just Lucy around, I still felt like I had all the time in the world to make my vision a reality.

After scouring my closets, garage, repurposing old frames, getting my spraypaint on, finding a free printable, making some quick "B" artwork, a quick sticky-gram project, and a little penant banner, I had a little kitchen office area that I'm not only proud of, but makes my heart happy.

Voila.





Soooo what do we think?

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46 comments:

  1. That looks great! I love the artwork and pictures above the desk, it really brings the area together as one little cohesive space! What does the frame with the verse say?

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  2. Wow, Katie! That looks so awesome. You did a fantastic job pulling all of that together. I love it and all the fun stuff you put on the desk too. Great job!
    That desk is unbelievable... and for $15!!!! I need to yard sale more.
    Have a great Monday enjoying your beautiful girls and your fun new work space.

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  3. Love this! An office space is on my to-do list as well. All my stuff constantly crowds the countertops. What a great deal on the desk!

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  4. Absolutely love this! What a fun but totally practical area! Great job mama!

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  5. That looks great! So creative! It looks like it's straight out of a magazine! You did a great job!

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  6. I love it! so impressed you pulled this together without leaving the house!

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  7. I love it. :) When D and I buy a house next year please come decorate it for me!! You have some MAD skills.

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  8. That is exactly the type of desk we need for our bedroom nook! Our current office will be the new nursery and we need something small to sit and work at for bills, etc. Now I just need to find something similar!

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  9. THIS LOOKS AWESOME! Great job! I love it! Love the little pennant banner! PERFECT! way to go momma!!!!!

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  10. OMG it looks great! Your husband will be so surprised!

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  11. I LOVE it! I also use our dining room as an office (even though we have a home office AND a craft room...that I can't get into right now) and it never dawned on me to find a little desk to fit into a corner of the dining room! Thanks for the idea!

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  12. It looks fantastic! What a score that desk was AND great job putting all those pieces together. You truly are talented.

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  13. I think it looks awesome. I love all the little touches on the wall...Love productive mornings like that!

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  14. I miss a good Pennsylvanian yard sale. People just keep pure crap in Texas. I feel like PA has good old fashioned or at least better quality items. I loooooved yards sales. Nice find!! And I really like the green clock. I'm just a clock fanatic.

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  15. I'm so jealous! I have all these ideas floating around in my head (and on Pinterest, who are we kidding??) for my kids' room. I just can't ever get around to doing anything. I work full time and we have mayjah responsibilities at church on Sundays, and that leaves Saturday for everything to get done and no time for fun stuff! I NEED to make time to do this stuff UGH. You're so inspirational. and I'm jealous! :) (If I'm a no-reply blogger, email me at cindycrochets@gmail.com and TELL ME!) :)

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  16. I really love it! You have such a creative brain! Send some creative dust my way please! Oh and $15 for that desk?! Yeah I never get that lucky.

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  17. That desk is crazy adorable, as is all of it!!

    Of course now the problem is that you're going to want to hang out there all day! ;)

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  18. Wow that looks awesome! I'm very impressed. Can you come and decorate my house?

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  19. Umm...amazing! I need an office type space in my kitchen like woah. Usually the mail, art projects, receipts, daycare daily sheets, etc...take over the table AND the island. Drives me crazy!

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  20. Love it. Absolutely perfect.

    Also, Lordy do I ever feel you about making every single inch work when you live in a small space. We're really trying to focus on that too prior to Baby #2 (and all her STUFF) being added to the mix!

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  21. You have just created my ideal set up...so cute! And when it's nice out you can move the curtain and be able to enjoy the outside...perfect! LOVE IT!!!!

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  22. Looks adorable - I love the chalk board! Do you remember where it's from? And how did you get your instagrams printed?!

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  23. Wow! I hear you on moving things constantly- love the way it came out!

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  24. Wow I love it, it looks so cute and sounds so easy! I really like it white.

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  25. Beautiful! Can you tell me where you bought those shelves from? I need them!!

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  26. I can't believe you got that desk for $15... that's crazy!!!! Love how you have it set up, it's great!

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  27. Oh hey, super mom. You're freakin' awesome. I LOVE all of this, but I think my favorite part is the little pennant banner. SO PRECIOUS! I love it I love it. Happy Monday, chick!

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  28. Looks GREAT! Now, can you come to my house? You would laugh at the desk area in my kitchen! :)

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  29. SO cute! Love the space you put together!

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  30. Looks awesome! You should paint it lime green!! I may be bias, but I love lime and teal together (your walls) ... I mean, it is my blog design colors! :) Very nice, Mrs. Balla!

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  31. So nice! I wish you could send it all to my house.

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  32. Katie, that looks REALLY good!!! You are so talented in more then just one way! Can you come decorate my house? LOL!

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  33. LOVE it! That came together so, so, so nicely!

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  34. So pretty! I love your little work nook. :-)

    Where did you get the ledge? I'm looking for something exactly like that for Sofia's room.

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  35. Soooo cute! Impressed that you put all of that together in one morning! Toddler gone or not!

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  36. Awesome job with this space - I love it!! :o)

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  37. SO CUTE!!! This is fabulous! Good Job!

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  38. Wow! Glad i found your post. I was thinking what to put in white wall in front of my office table in our bedroom. It's been 3 months since we move in. Noe i know what to put on it. thanks.

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  39. Love it! Where did you get that cute shelf? The one with the ledge?

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  40. Oh wow. I think it's adorable!! A wonderful place to get inspired too. :)

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