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The Office

June 24, 2011
You all know I love a good pop culture reference :)

One of my goals this year was to organize our office space, which is really just a corner between our living room and stairs. We previously had an L shaped desk their, but it was a little worse for wear after moving.
notice any problems? Look closer....
If not for these wood stumps, the entire thing would collapse onto itself. Not exactly safe. Or pretty for that matter. Their other issues with the desk were a) no drawers or cabinets, which required everything to be out in the open and look cluttered b) no shelves for storage and c) I didn't like the L shape, I wanted something a little more streamlined.

So we started watching the sale ads and when nothing turned up we ventured down the street to office depot one Sunday to see if we could find anything reasonable. We ended up with THIS desk and hutch for a reasonable $200. Lucky for us the desk came in about a million pieces.
It took us a good three days to put the two pieces together and during that time desk building became a new spectator sport for our pups.
The desk went together relatively easy once we got an electric drill and stopped torturing our selves with all those little screws. Some of the steps didn't seem to make any sense, like assembling the whole thing flat on the floor and then picking it up (causing screws to come back undone) so we figured out our own way to do some of the steps that made more sense to us.


Eventually we got the basic structure together enough for it to be functionable as a desk and over the next few days put together the drawers and cabinets. The dogs had long since lost interest by then.


While my husband was putting the finishing touches on the desk I started thinking about that blank space between the top of the hutch and the ceiling. Besides the cats, who love to lounge there, I wanted something decorative. I decided on some canvas prints after seeing this picture:
Michelle's Living Room
So I picked out a few prints of us and our dogs that I love and then debated for a few days with what size to get and where to get them printed from. I eventually decided on 4 12x12 canvases after doing some very "rustic" measuring with a ruler. I landed on Color Inc. because it's been so highly recommended by the Pioneer Woman. A little pricey, but good quality. I ordered the prints and then we went on vacation and I forgot about them. A few days after our return this large box was waiting for me when I woke up from my afternoon nap ( a summer essential!). I contained our prints of course and I wasted no time laying them out above the desk so my husband could hang them as-soon-as-he-got-home-no-you-don't-need-to-change-your-clothes-first.


 Berore I show you the finished project let me share a few things I really love about this desk. It had all the things I wanted but didn't have in the old desk.
1. Shelves
2. cabinets for storage
3. A file cabinet.

And here is our finished office area!!!!

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