DIY: Office Space

Three years ago this office housed wedding gifts and an ironing board – this little space is slowly but surely turning into a family friendly environment. 

Some of the pieces in this room have been contributions from family and friends, while a few touches were handmade, and still some bought. The main goal for this space has been a uniquely crafted room with a reasonable budget. 

A while back our old ironing board decided to permanently collapse on us, so we re-purposed the flat surface as an art installation, while a friend suggested an additional use as a magnetic board -- art to house art. 

The bed frame was given to us by another friend, while our new ceiling fan was a gift from my parents and installed by an electrician friend for a cup of coffee - I'm thinking I got the better end of the deal? 

Instead of purchasing a traditional mattress, we invested in an air mattress and hand pump. While it will occasionally have to be re-filled with air, it’s easily transportable for camping – and a great price to boot. Bedding by IKEA + Target, LOVE pillow from my Gramma, while the flannel style pillowcase was put together from an old pair of p.j. pants.

To give the room more space, we took out the closet doors and moved our bulkiest piece of furniture in. 

The chevron pop of color in the office is duct tape – a much simpler solution than any sort of wall paper or cling. Oh yeah, it cost a whole dollar too, a big thanks to Target's dollar section.

The rug was inspired by a blog post I read on using canvas drop cloths and painting them to use as rugs, while the fireworks pattern came from still another blog (heyhomeslice). IKEA rug stoppers keep it from sliding around.

The curtains, rod, book-end, frames and drawing figure were also IKEA purchases, simple touches to add character. The frames have a couple of postcards from past adventures, with black card stock used as backing. 

 I used objects previously had in this room for additional marks of character... and... that's it! While it took some time to compile everything, I would say the waiting was worth the outcome. 

While this has turned into a comfortable work environment, it took on a life of it's own and became so much more. For under $150 we are thankful for our little office/man cave/guest room/play area + hang out space. 

What are your favorite room re-dos?