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|
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
|What it looked like after we had begun cleaning it out...I forgot to take a before pic before|
|Notice the massive metal file cabinet...yuck! But it was $10 at a garage sale in ABQ|
|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|
|Sophie taking a break from the work|
|Sophie's "paint brush" tail, she loves to help|
|New desk getting installed|
|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|
|Reminder of what it looked like at the beginning of this process (and super long blog post!)|
Now I need a nap.