Okay, you guys! I am WAY excited about today’s post. As I hinted in my last few posts, my creative juices have been flowing in over-drive in recent days, and I finally pulled together our desk/work station in our office/craft room. Take a look at my new digs:

Office Desk Makeover-001

Oh my, you guys. I am just smitten. Let’s take a step back and see the whole thing, shall we?

Office Desk Makeover-002

Gosh – I know, I know…it’s been forever since I’ve talked about or shown you any progress in the office/craft room. (If you’ve been coming around here for a while, then you know I started a big overhaul and makeover back during the summer while my husband was deployed. It was supposed to be my summer project and the ONLY thing I worked on while he was gone.) I did make some HUGE progress in this room. I sorted, purged, cleaned out, and organized every nook and cranny in this room, made over some new office storage, painted some stools, and made an awesome polka dot feature wall. But then I hit a creative wall and my husband came home, so I shifted my focus to other things. But as things tend to do, after a good long break from this space, inspiration hit and I wrapped up this corner of the room this weekend.

Just a  reminder, this is where I started back in the beginning of the summer, (and no, this is not a dramatized “before” shot, this is really what it looked like. Oh the shame 🙁 This desk, which we oh-so-affectionately called the Black Hole, has been our biggest furniture regret EVER. We bought it from a big-name furniture store (before we discovered the wonders of thrifting and consignment). It was too big, too dark, and way too expensive to just get rid of and start over. From the minute it was delivered, I have struggled to organize it and love it…it’s just never worked for us.

Office Desk Makeover-003

Over the summer, I got the desk area to this point (below). I had a few really good ideas, and then I just couldn’t seem to come up with ANYTHING that would give this space the sophisticated, glam and fun look I was craving. It sat like this for a good few months!

Office Desk Makeover-004

But now, we have a fun, fresh and glam space I love to be in. With just a few really, really simple projects, this corner came together in a matter of days. For the first time in the 2+ years we have owned this desk, I finally love sitting down to the computer!

Office Desk Makeover-005

The biggest change to this desk (and this corner) was that we decided to remove the hutch and replace it with a simple white shelf. Not only did the hutch awkwardly house our computer, but the cabinets never seemed to hold what we needed them to. The hutch was also in front of the one window in this room, blocking all of the available natural light. Although a total waste (because the hutch is now sitting in the garage), removing the hutch was the single best thing we did in this room. All of sudden I could breath in here, there was more light and more energy…and no more big Black Hole for stuff to get lost in!

Office Desk Makeover-006

The shelf now oh-so-perfectly displays our diplomas, awards, and a few other accessories I collected from around the house.  Instead of an awkward and unsightly gallery wall of diplomas, the grouped arrangement now feels more like a collection of art!

Office Desk Makeover-007

Office Desk Makeover-008

The other big and dramatic change to this desk was the addition of some gold and blue striped wrapping paper under a sheet of plexiglass (bought at Lowes). I still really hated how big and black and heavy the desk felt in this light and bright room, but I couldn’t bring myself to paint it. I just knew in my heart painting it wasn’t the right choice here. I bought this wrapping paper at Marshalls months ago with the intention of doing this very thing. I never got around to it over the summer, but decided to go for it last week. The desk looks like I took 50 pounds off of her and now is just so “me.” Honestly, the $3 roll of wrapping paper is what truly sparked major changes for this room!

Office Desk Makeover-009

The only other change I made to the desk itself was to swap out its silver knobs for these gold crystal knobs I found at Home Depot. They bring the perfect amount of gold and glam to this very masculine desk. So worth the $20!

Office Desk Makeover-010

With the wrapping paper down and new knobs, my ideas were rolling and I knocked out a few waiting projects for this area.

Office Desk Makeover-011

This clear acrylic file box is from Staples. I added the gold “files” sticker and it holds all of my paper, laminating sheets, cardstock, etc. I’ll show you an up-close of this box in the coming weeks! The black dragon flies artwork is also wrapping paper from Marshalls popped into a frame from the garage.

Office Desk Makeover-012

Because I tend to change my looks around somewhat frequently, I don’t like to spend a ton of money on artwork. As such, I am constantly on the lookout for ways to make super cheap and super chic artwork for our walls. These frames are my take on old-school Iris-paper folding. I’ll have the tutorial for you here on Friday. I love their graphic and vivid pop on in the somewhat neutral space!

Office Desk Makeover-013

Just this weekend I was surfing Pinterest and found a collection of awesome computer desktop images. I couldn’t download this gold foil confetti image fast enough! I mean, it looks like it was made for my space!

Office Desk Makeover-014

As DIY/home decor projects tend to go, one project lead to another. While I had a curtain hanging up in here, the floral motif in the fabric just wasn’t working for me anymore. I re-cycled some white curtains from an old project into these awesome edged drapes. I have a tutorial for these too, so stay tuned!

Office Desk Makeover-015

Now, instead of walking into a big, black, overpowering desk, this is what greets me as I walk in the office door! (I know you see something turquoise-y there to the right. Hold your horses, I’m still working on that nook…but I’m almost done so stay tuned!)

Office Desk Makeover-016

If you couldn’t tell by all the pictures in today’s post, I am just over-the-moon about this transformation. I’m not sure what made this particular makeover so gratifying…maybe that I turned an eyesore of a desk into a sparkling diamond with very little effort, or because I allowed myself to walk away when the ideas weren’t there and return to it ready to make it something special. Either way, this corner is certainly now my Happy Place!

Office Desk Makeover-017

Now, whenever you read a post here on the blog, you know all the “magic” was done right here 🙂

Office Desk Makeover-018

Hope everyone’s having a great week! Check back on Friday for the full how-to for my iris paper folding art! See you then!

See You Soon!