A cleaner, whiter reclaimed wood office reveal is finally a wrap!
To recap, my self proposed challenge was to clean up, and lighten up this area.
My home resembles a cave when the sun doesn’t shine, so I wanted the back wall white and bright, to hopefully retain more lightness during our dark, dreary winters.
The before and backstory for this office is HERE.
But in a nutshell, I meant to only clean, but got carried away and decided to paint too. What a stall, which I’ll talk about soon. Not sure I will go this route from hereon out. I think I’ll just clean first, then go back and refresh some areas once it’s been dejunkified.
So beware… doing it right just takes a LOT longer.
It’s a fresher version of what was already there. Same colour, but much lighter intensity.
Cloverdale Paint in Canada / 1/4 strength of Bamboo Beach / eggshell
Cloverdale Paint in Canada / white plus 2 drops white, right out of the can / eggshell
One other elephant in the room was the overhead light. While it served its place well when we use to have a kitchen table in this space, we were always seeing stars after bonking our heads against it on nearly a daily basis!
So I got the nerve to flick off the power, and clip off those wires. Done! This move alone made the room feel SO much bigger.
For now, until I can make my own junk light, this ‘Antiques sign’ is covering the annoyingly off centre hole.
Antiques sign tutorial is HERE.
Another somewhat unusual perk are these reclaimed fence boards. They were directly attached to the wall unit front to hide all the computer wires. YES!!!
Every other one was screwed into place, so it’s easy to remove a board for access when desired.
The computer wire corbel remained. Why fix what ain’t broke? 🙂
These crate paperwork storage ideas suit this rustic office to a T! I’ll be making a rolling cart version for under the desk for hanging monthly files as well. Yay, a new challenge!
This is why it’s worth it to gut and purge! You’ll create more stuff to fill up those empty spaces. #oops
How to make your own crate is HERE.
Each sheet is on its own clipboard, so it’s easy to access, without cumbersome books nor paper pad / sheets that go missing.
This wooden file was found on one of my junk trips to Hope!
Another holds spare batteries and their chargers.
You can find the GROCERY stencil HERE.
Ok, I lied. This group is just to look cool. 🙂
But I think this is temporary… I can see a junk light made from these guys coming soon! All three are PERFECT For what I have in mind.
Remember my post about my secret to staging and drying hydrangeas? Here’s the finished result.
The bunches are arranged to have a tumbled effect, and are already dry for the long haul. Yay! No watering for this girl… 🙂
I also tried to keep things from blocking the sunlight as much as possible. Those windows are invaluable!
How to build the sawhorse pallet wood desk is HERE
I’m so very happy with this much lighter and brighter desk area, and am so glad I can now move on to other areas!
See you next Wednesday with another revamp!
Wish to join the challenge? Here’s two ways!
1. Click to join Crap to Clean on Facebook HERE, a private group for ongoing encouragement.
2. Visit here each Wednesday, and link up your progress below if you have it online.
Visit other Crap to Clean instalments HERE.
How did you make out this past week?