I’m so excited to be sharing this post with you! I thought it might never happen, but I finally have a proper scrap room. It’s really one end of the living room, but I have about 13’x10’, I I think it qualifies as a room. Originally, this area was designed to be a dining area, open to the living room.
This is my former work space. It wasn’t usually this messy, but why not go for the full effect? lol
I started with some furniture I bought at a garage sale last summer. At the time, I wasn’t entirely certain what I was going to do with them, but the price was right. They started out like this (and now I am kicking myself for not checking my photos before I started the reno. Oh well.
After stripping, sanding (lots of sanding) and 4 coats of paint, they now look like this:
$60 for both pieces
$45 paint and supplies
$30 for hardware
Gotta love that! Some of the drawers are still empty, so I have lots of room to grow.
Next, I bought these chairs at our local university’s salvage shop:
I did more sanding, then painting, and refinished the seats (there are two chairs in my new space), and ended up with this:
Chairs $10 ($5 each)
Total Cost for 2 chairs: $40
Then, there was the need for a computer desk. The space the remained was awkward, so my (awesome) husband designed and built one just for me, to fit the space:
Husbands labor: priceless
Total cost for desk: $50
After those main items, the rest of the cost for the redo was minimal. The tabletop came from the same salvage store as the chairs, and we added legs for a total of $31. I spent $10 on baskets at Goodwill, and reused and reinvented items I already had for the rest. There were a few miscellaneous costs for things like a cord protector (since my cords run under the rug), and some casters for the bottom of the chairs, etc. Total cost for the renovation: $276.
I am so happy with how it turned out! I love working in this space. It’s bright, and cheery, so much so in fact that it can be hard to photograph. I’m okay with that. Here are a few more photos.
Thanks to everyone who has shared photos of their spaces and designs recently! I gained a lot of inspiration from you, and I hope you find the same in my space.
Thanks for taking a peek!