Monday, August 15, 2011

Simple Shelves

At the beginning of the year I had a grand plan of carving out a little office in this corner of the large bonus room. It included constructing a couple walls, extending wiring, a door and window. But when quotes were showing up in my inbox with price tags hovering around $10,000 I decided a plan B was in order!

Now I'm simply creating a work area within the room, and bringing in storage and shelving will go a long way in creating an organized area to get some work done. With some basic supplies from Home Depot, MDF shelving lengths cut to size, brackets and toggle screws, simple shelves where installed above the filing cabinets.


I looked at "pre-made" shelving kits from Ikea, but none were the right length and I wanted the shelving to extend from side to side in the recessed area. The MDF shelving was cut to size at Home Depot; luckily I measured right and the man at the store cut right! They fit just perfectly.


I made sure to pick up some heavy duty threaded drywall toggle screws, nothing disrupts organization like a shelf tumbling down with all that is on them following. I'm looking at a lot of books these days and the shelves will have to hold them.




Remembering these posters ordered last year....


...some inexpensive frames picked up at Ikea make them look great!




The last project for this nook is to find a countertop to place on the filing cabinets, creating a good surface for the printer and such to sit on. I saw this option at Ikea...much cheaper than the walnut I originally had my eye on. I am going to have to give this some thought!

36 comments :

  1. Looking good, Janell! Can't wait to see more. I like seeing that red chair in the space. What color do you plan to paint it?!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Janell,
    Looks like things are coming along.
    I don't know if your bonus room will be more of a family space &/or a space you will be working from, but I think you should use the large blank that you mentioned once as an art/photo wall & hang framed pictures of the cover of each issue of HOF.
    We hang our kids pictures because we are proud of them. The same should apply to your work.
    Also...I love the pink chair with your wall color.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Loving it so far. What a great work space.

    ReplyDelete
  4. The little nook looks great. I've used the butcher block countertop from Ikea before with great success. It has a nice finish and looks much more expensive than it is!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I like how things are looking so far... What a great idea to use a countertop on top of the filing cabinets to put printer, etc!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. Meg,
    GOOD to know! Thanks, and I love it can be cut to size, you may have helped me make my decision!

    The chair, red/pink, and I do love how it's pop of color brightens the room, it just may get a slight "polishing"!

    Janell

    ReplyDelete
  7. Looks Great! I love the butcher block too. Great idea for over the file cabinets. I can't wait to see what you're doing with the wallpaper. I just ordered a bit of wallpaper for picture over the bed. I figured the wallpaper picture wouldn't fall and hit me in case of an earthquake. Earthquake gods didn't hear me. lol

    ReplyDelete
  8. For your countertop consider going to your local lumber yard and have them cut a solid piece of your favorite wood. You can stain it yourself. May save you some money for a quality countertop and you also get the look that you want.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Looks great. Very organized and I love how perfectly the shelves fit into that little nook!

    Happy Monday :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. what a great idea to add a little work area in the bonus room. everything looks great so far. i can't wait to see that wallpaper go up!

    ReplyDelete
  11. That looks great, Janell! Thank God for plan B's! : )

    ReplyDelete
  12. It is looking fantastic! I know about the pre-made shelving at Ikea, I wish their Lack shelves came in more lengths than they offer.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Looking good. So nice to have a spot to get organized in. I love the red/pink chair against the mocha colored walls. Good combo.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Great use of space Janell.I can't wait for the wallpapered wall,it is going to make such an amazing statement, that paper is gorgeous. Kathysue

    ReplyDelete
  15. What a great space! Love the framed prints, as well as the color of the walls. :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. Excellent ideas! You do not have to spend a bundle on a remake or redo! I love that you are always so honest about your projects!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Looks great, Janell. So nicely organzied! Love the red/pink chair with the chocolate walls!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Now that's what we call a creative way to create a home office space on a budget! The counter top will finish off the space.
    Angela and Renee

    ReplyDelete
  19. as i was looking at the pictures I was thinking to myself. She needs a counter along there. then i saw last minute you had thought of that. Though I LOVE walnut I would go with the Ikea counter. its mostly going to be covered with books, printer, your posters and inevitable clutter and walnut will cost a lot, save the cash and go for the ikea special.

    ReplyDelete
  20. looking good so far. Cant wait to see it when it is all done. I so need an office!

    ReplyDelete
  21. The space looks amazing! Isn't it crazy how much people charge for things these days! I'm with you, $10k is a lot for an office nook.

    ReplyDelete
  22. You are inspiring me to get my office finished. Now that the kids have started school, it is 1st on my list. Really like the Ikea block tops.

    ReplyDelete
  23. fabulous little office area..and this to me is the way to save money..DIY....I hate chintzing on getting what I like but don't mind doing it myself to get the look with the items I love..
    best,
    maureen

    ReplyDelete
  24. The space looks great!! I think the butcher block counter is the way to go, it would look amazing and custon ontop on the filing cabinets

    ReplyDelete
  25. Check the As-Is section at Ikea for desktop/countertop. We found some for 50% of retail about a month ago (however, there may have been a great selection because they had just switched out displays.)

    ReplyDelete
  26. Sarah,
    Great tip, for this and in general! Janell

    ReplyDelete
  27. I love it... so jealous of all that extra storage! Though you need it!

    Tiffany {living savvy}

    ReplyDelete
  28. Hi, Janell--
    You might consider having a countertop of white Corian cut to fit the space--it can be seamed invisibly, if necessary--and would continue the visual theme started with your white book shelves.

    Corian is a warm surface, pretty indestructable--and you can have the front edge shaped, beveled or built up to 1" or 1-1/4" inch or more to make the top appear more substantial.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Looks great Janell. I love the "Think Positive" sign.

    ReplyDelete
  30. I have that countertop in my kitchen & I love it!! I'd say go for it. I kept mine natural, but you can do whatever you want with it - paint, stain, natural...

    ReplyDelete
  31. This site is one of the best I have found :

    => Home Insurance Rates <=

    ReplyDelete
  32. It looks quite sleek and sophisticated! I like the style you have created, and actually think you should consider keeping the chair the bright red it is now. It makes a lovely contrast against the black of the storage unit and chocolate brown wall behind and it would be a shame to paint over that lovely colour.

    ReplyDelete

Now I Would Love To Hear What You Think!