BEFORE and AFTER(ish): Office
Please excuse the difference between the professional “before” photos (from our Brides magazine shoot in 2009) and my shitty iPhone pictures. Once we are done-done, I will take some photographs with a nicer camera.
I spend A LOT of time in this office. It’s a tiny, tiny room but it’s where I do all of my writing. About a year ago, I got sick of all the kitsch (yes, it’s possible) and wanted to streamline the space. You can’t tell from the “before” pictures (because it was clean), but the office used to be our go-to place for any weirdness that didn’t have a home. Especially Maude Night props. Sketches of mine have included a mummy puppet, a parasitic triplet, a talking amputated leg and a severed hand, so, shit was often out of control in here. I have since cleaned out a shelf in a closet for props.
I also wanted a blank wall in front of where I write, like Teddy Roosevelt. (Because I am Presidential.)
This entire project was funded by selling the blue chair and the “desk” (a vintage table) in the “before.” In fact, I probably made a profit on this revamp because I’m good at flipping furniture. Here’s a list of everything “new” in the space:
Paint: Behr’s Disney line (I know) in 1000 Acre Rain. Really nice grey for this space. I didn’t want to go too dark because of the room size.
Cane Chair ($30 + paint): The Flea in The Street of Shops (my Dad’s store)
Fauxboo Desk ($30 + paint): Amherst Salvation Army
Rug ($25): Wholesale Liquidators in Queens
Dresser ($20 + paint): Church thrift store in Royersford, PA
Fauxboo Lamp ($1): Amherst Goodwill
Filing Cabinet ($0): Dad cast-off
Desk Chair ($0): free — found it on the street (don’t worry, I cleaned it)
Curtains ($0): we got a West Elm gift card with our new couch, so these were “free”
Things left to do:
- get a new cushion for the black cane chair because the two oranges be clashin’
- a lampshade that fits the green lamp
- paint the green lamp? (to be determined)
- light fixture to replace non-functional ceiling fan
- still looking for the right hardware for the dresser