Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Impromptu Office Remodel

Nothing like a visit from your family to encourage you to get some things done around your house.  Well, our office (shall I say disaster area) was just that, something that needed to get done.  Devin works from home and it is important for him to have an functional work area, but let's just say he nor I made this room a huge priority since move in until about 10pm Saturday night. 

Last week we discovered these desk tops at IKEA in the As-is area.  (always our first stop at IKEA when we get there).  They are just what I was anticipating buying for the office for our new desks.  After buying the legs brand new we ended up paying $58.47 for all the new desk pieces (3 total) rather than $111.47 if we had purchased the table tops and legs new.  As with many As-is items there is nothing wrong with the item, but it was in a display, it was returned or it is discontinued.  One top had a slight ding in one corner but that is about it, even the pre-drilled holes in the bottom for the legs had not been used.  So BONUS for us as it was an intended purchase anyway.  These tops had been sitting in our garage in anticipation of their new home in our office.


IKEA Corner piece...ours all have black legs
So with the family coming to town this Friday, I decided to put the new desks in to "clean up" the office and make it more roomy for my Granny who will be staying in the office downstairs.  It is the only room on the ground floor and has a full size bathroom adjacent to it. 

Well as most of our projects go, it had a domino effect that happened quickly.  Devin and I were both sitting in the office at our computers discussing the new layout, when I said..."well, if we are going to move everything out, we might as well paint."  BlAMO, there it was!  The words that sparked the crazy whirlwind project to empty the room, paint, and re-assemble the room with all the paper and crap important stuff that resides in it.  Remember these famous last words were uttered Saturday night about 9 pm.  So Devin and I proceeded to empty most of the room and get it ready to prep for painting Sunday morning.  This makes me tired just reading it.  I am also still not a hundred percent well from my "Week of Death."

What it looked like after we had begun cleaning it out...I forgot to take a before pic before
There is nothing wrong with the image below, those are white marks on the wall where some paint came off when we removed a shelf the previous owners had there.

Notice the massive metal file cabinet...yuck!  But it was $10 at a garage sale in ABQ
We finished the mass exodus of 'stuff' about 2am Sunday and I was finally in bed ready to sleep at 3am. 

Big Ol' File Cabinet in middle of the room cause it is still filled at this point

So first thing Sunday, I begin priming the walls.  The plan was to paint all the walls white and have one section orange where the closet door is located.  So to be sure to cover the existing orange and gold, I primed with a can of Kilz that we already had (sweet).  We ended up only having to use one coat of white paint as a result.  Yay! 

Primer going up

More priming

Another view
But of course we had help!
Sophie taking a break from the work

Sophie's "paint brush" tail, she loves to help
Painting was finished about 4pm I think.  It took longer than anticipated because I was just not my usual self with the 'sickness' still hanging on.  Devin was also working on the wire mold project at the same time so I got his help after the priming and orange paint were up.  With his help we whipped out the final stretch of painting quickly and we had plenty of daylight remaining for the furniture installation process, which included screwing on the legs to the desk.  

New desk getting installed
I'm sure you are all wondering what the heck I am going to do with that Big Ol' Filing cabinet.  Well it is going to be garage sale-ed at our annual neighborhood garage sale the last weekend in April.  I'm sure it (and many other things) will find a happy home elsewhere.  Instead of that mega cabinet, I found an awesome 2 drawer lateral file cabinet at Tops, a local used office furniture warehouse (also my new favorite place)!  Get this...retail value approximately $500, we paid $95!  Yeah baby that's what I'm talking about.  It was just truly meant to be!

View of new 2 drawer lateral file

Devin finishing up the last top's leg installation

File cabinet still in...until I can unload into new cabinet

Still some daylight left...YAY!
At Tops, the used office furniture mecca, we also found Devin a new office chair!  He was in desperate need as his back would ache from sitting in the el cheapo IKEA office chair.  I wanted to find him a good quality commercial office chair.  We found this Human Scale Freedom Task chair (super sweet ergonomic chair) for the bargain price of $125.  This chair's list price new is $1110!  HOLY MOLY!   That is exactly what I said! 

Devin's new office chair, Freedom Task chair by Human Scale

Big Ol' File cabinet gone and it's contents mostly in the new file cabinet
Ok enough's enough.  Here is the finished result (for now).  I still need to hang curtains and pictures and models and organize a little more.  But it is definitely much better for my Granny to sleep in.  She might want to do a little work while she is in there...

Reminder of what it looked like at the beginning of this process (and super long blog post!)

Now I need a nap. 

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