Thursday, March 21, 2013

Office Reveal - Built In Book Shelves on a $500 Budget

I'm done with my Office!!!! 
 It has officially gone from Crap Room to Craft Room!!
Can you tell I'm a little excited?
 It's been a long journey,
 but all my rooms are a journey on my super tight BUDGETS and busy life with 6 kids! 
If you missed any of this awesome journey you can check them out by clicking on the links below:



 I'm so excited to show you!! 
 Let's just take it all in!!










Did you take it all in?
  It's sooo bright and light!! 
 And I love that's it's functional, organized and pretty!!  
My favorite combination!!!
You know how I've done all these built-ins for $500? 
(if not go back up to the top and check out all the parts to this office.)
And I know you are wanting to know about all the other yummy decorations!!!
Most bloggers list what stores there decor comes from so you can go buy it. 

 Yeah, I don't quite work that way. 

You know me,
 they are almost all used or sale items.  
But I'll share so that hopefully you will be inspired to create your own decor from inexpensive items. 

Let's start with the paint color: 
 Yeah,
 I mixed some leftover paint myself
 but Grayish by Sherwin-Wiliams is a close match.
Moving on, 
Pin Board was made from an old frame I bought at DI,
(You can check that story out here.)
"Simplify" sign given to me by my neighbor
( You could easily make one from a scrap of wood.)
Silver tray from the $1 Store,
frame, silver pear, and vase all from DI and I didn't do a thing to them. 
The black bucket I had. It was green and I spray painted it black and added a vinyl number.
The small fake plant I rescued from my neighbors throw away pile.
The white apple blossoms I snagged on clearance at Target.
Cabinet Pulls full price at Lowe's
 (I know shocker that I actually pay full price sometimes!!)
And my favorite is the aqua desk organizer that I picked up at Salvation Army for a couple of bucks.  Show ya the before and after of that another day.


And the desk was $10 from the Restore!! 
 Here's what she looked like when I first saw her.


On to the towers on either side of the desk.
Everything was from DI or a garage sale except
the blue and yellow birds were $1.59 from Reams.
(A local Grocery Store and they still have them last time I checked.)
The silver elephant was $2 from Family Dollar.
(It was brown until I got to him)
Tall can for paint brushes...
empty Pringles can wrapped in rope.
And the big basket for items that need mending I have had for years.




Just for fun let me remind you of how far this side of the room has come!!


Oh and before I forget, 
the silver desk lamp was $8 from DI.
The silver tin on desk was $1 from DI.
 (I added some fake grass my sister didn't want.)
The $5 dollar Bankers Chair I recovered with a clearance table cloth from Target.
(Check out that here)
And the Vintage stool was free from trash
(Check that out here)
Oh and that stately desk was free from one of my excellent neighbors.
I plan on painting it grey someday, but for know it's staying brown.

Now for the other side of the room;
 the side I look at when I'm sitting at the brown desk.
Just take a look at what I used to make the lovely white shelf that sits on the wall above the buffet. 
 I already had this piece so it was FREE, 
You can check out the transformation here.



Doesn't she look lovely on the wall?
And to think I was going to give it away!!!
Again all accessories are from used stores or garage sales except for 
the baskets that I've had for years.
The clock is from Tia Pan Trading for $5-10 because it's missing the glass.
The white pot (49 cents) and fake plant ($4.99) both from Ikea.
The gold "B" is from Hobby Lobby. Got it with a coupon.
And the Butterfly picture was a Christmas gift from my oldest son Austin.
Oh and the buffet came from a fabulous friend who had no room for it.


OK, small break 
lets check out the beginnings of the 10 foot wall of shelves!!
Yes, 
we started that whole wall with that $60 black book shelf.


Beautiful storage galore!!!
This shelving needed to house a lot of stuff, 
so I had to actually buy some containers retail. 
Gasp!!!

Here we go:
1.  Cloche is from DI for $1 and the nest is from Country Furniture & Gifts in Gardner Village
I don't remember how much it was.
 I used some leftover black electrical wire wound up to rest the nest on.
The keys were from the $1 section at Michael's.

2. 8. & 9.  Doors to cover up some not so pretty storage $7 each at the Restore.

3.  White urn was from my neighbors from their "get rid of"  pile,
The fake plant is from Ikea.
And the magazine boxes are from Ikea and covered with wall paper.

4.The gray square and round boxes were $2.50 each from Target and the vinyl numbers I added.


5 & 7.  Threshold Global Large Milk Crate baskets, my splurge, $19.69 each. I bought four. 
They have a very specific purpose I'll tell ya bout it on another post. I'll also show you how I made those faux vintage ceramic number plaques for free.
The white boxes were from Ikea. 
Some were full price and some were 50% off because of slight blemishes, 
but not to worry, I covered them with my wall paper.
 Oh, did I mention I got that cute gingham wall paper from DI for $2?

There you have it!!  
Anyone can decorate for less!!!  
What do you think?  
Does it look like a second hand store?  
I love having beautiful rooms,
 but love it when I haven't spent my life's savings on it even more! 

Just for fun, 
OK, just for me, 
'cause I love to see my hard work in fast motion, I made a video.
Disclaimer: 
I really did the majority of the work on this room, including the building of the cabinets.  
Les served as my all knowing trainer and helped out mostly when I need two hands and during installation.
(Thanks to the best husband/teacher in the world!)
Just saying cause Les is in so many of the pictures.




Well that's my office/craft room!! 
 I'm so happy with it.  
What do you think I could really use the comments.    
I'll be back soon with a few small projects.  
Thanks for stopping by!

linking up to:



House of Smith's



Home Stories A2Z



TDC Before and After


DIY Show Off




40 comments:

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

Amazing Ronda! I am completely awed by your mad skills. The colors are fantastic- the whole transformation is inspiring. You guys are incredible.
I see many more features coming your way.
xoxo

Cristina Garay said...

Wow WOW! What an AMAZING job you, guys did! Only $500? incredible! I love all the storage space you created, the styling, the build ins! Beautiful work!

Kathy said...

Turned out sooo great! I am almost inspired enough to start mine. I'm always afraid to spend a bunch of money I dont have and have it not turn out. You have great vision.

Katy Li said...

I love it, and I love it even more because you fashioned all those built-ins for 500 - that's fantastic recycling!

Rachel said...

You did it again! What an amazing 'put together' space. One would never guess that the furniture came from so many different sources. You've got talent! And I like the desk the way it is. I think it grounds all the white built-ins. Just my two cents. ;)

amy moore said...

Fabulous job, these are such great built ins! I'm jealous :)

Suzan Sweatman said...

What a stunning transformation - what I wouldn't give to have an office with all that built in storage ( which by the way just beautiful )
Great job! 500 dollars is amazing for what you have now!
Hugs,
Suzan

Life After the Aisle said...

wow!!! It looks amazing!! This is what I am going for with my craft room. We are laying out the design now and hope to get it going in the next couple weeks. I'm so saving some of this for reference!

Amanda said...

This is beautiful!!

Marie Roxanne said...

Great job! and I like the fact you put the prices down on everything. Makes it much better knowing you can get a great room like this for so little money!

Marissa said...

I am SPEECHLESS! What a beautiful space! Fabulous job!!!

dee dee said...

Excellent Job my friend!
It looks fantastic and all the little decorator items finish out the room perfectly! You have such a talent!
dee dee

gypsyrps said...

Fantastic!! I need you to come help me. I started shopping garage sales today but don't have the same vision as you for such a beautiful room.
Well done!!!

Jennifer Burton said...

All your hard work really paid off, it looks amazing. You have great talent! I hope you enjoy your room and thanks for blogging it.

Jessica said...

It looks beautiful! Thanks for letting me come over and check it all out last week!

Shannon said...

wow. breathtaking transformation. i must know what this heaven you call DI is...!

Rachel said...

Oh my goodness! I am OBSESSED with your office. I hope when I get started on mine that it turns out half as great as yours! :D

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Love it, love it, love it, love it, love it!!!!

Amazing job! So impressed with your thriftiness. Wow!

TidyMom said...

FABULOUS! I loved watching it all come together in the video!!

Roeshel said...

What beautiful work...to create a beautiful place to be creative and work! lol I love it, Ronda! So many pretty accents and great storage. I'm including a link back in this week's highlights. ;) Thanks so much for sharing!

Kate Griffin said...

What an amazing space to get creative in. I just love love love it!

KC Coake said...

Wow! What an amazing project! It turned out fantastic! I bet it is fantastic to work in your office now.
KC

Jenny Eanes said...

Wow! Was there any part of the room you didn't touch! It is totally fabulous! I'm definitely going to check out that chair makeover in just a sec! Can you come to my house next? I'll even help ;)

Pinning for sure;)

Jenny
from diywithjenandb.blogspot.com

Carrie - Worth Pinning said...

It's gorgeous. Nice work and nice work space.

Janae said...

Beautiful job!!! Using this as my "inspiration" now for my office. Love what you did! Thanks for sharing!!!

Janae said...

Beautiful job!!! Using this as my "inspiration" now for my office. Love what you did! Thanks for sharing!!!

the cape on the corner said...

i love that the fan mimics the pattern on the curtains. you've left no stone unturned. enjoy your new and finally done space!

Jamie -Better With Age said...

Wow! That's an amazing transformation! Incredible. I'm your newest follower!
Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

Carol said...

Wow, such an amazing transformation! Looks like you can do a whole bunch of creating in this space!

Sibel-ish said...

I'm really speechless! What can be said at this point? I appreciate and admire your work with your family. Looking forward to your future projects:)

Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART said...

Such a beautiful make over. I loved seeing all the photos. It turned out so great. Oh the things you can create in this space!!

Kathy said...

This just amazing! Love it!

Kathy said...

This just amazing! Love it!

Deez Nailz - Canadas most fabulous hand model said...

so awesome!

cherylschmitt said...

I am mauler impressed with all the effort and the finished project...the video was fun to watch at the progress!

cherylschmitt said...

I am mauler impressed with all the effort and the finished project...the video was fun to watch at the progress!

Susan said...

This room looks absolutely fabulous! I am so impressed. I am getting ready to start on a room of my own, and this one is a great inspiration! Thanks for all the details!

Margaret said...

Amazing... This is very similar to the craft space I want to create in my playroom. Your up cycling is an inspiration.

Jocie@TheBetterHalf said...

so beautiful ronda!!! thanks so much for linking up to support Habitat. Sharing on FB now. :)

Jocie@TheBetterHalf said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this! What a great job! Thanks so much for linking up with OPC and Remodelaholic to support Habitat. Featuring you on the blog tomorrow!