One thing can be said for anyone with an admin background: we love the look of an organized office space. Drool-worthy workspaces and offices are our thing.
When my husband and I moved into our townhouse in 2004, we dreamt of an office space we could both work in together. Prior to this period, we had makeshift office spaces and often had to share a computer. This was frustrating for both of us. He was heavily into online gaming with his buddies, I was running a website and moderating an online chat community.
We bought our townhouse new, and we had some say in how our home was customized. We chose to have the ensuite left alone, and an additional, small closet built behind our bedroom door (the model unit was built the same way, and we loved it). My husband really wanted to build an L-shaped desk from scratch, and he was so excited when it was complete. It truly is a great desk. There’s plenty of space to store things, but it quickly became cramped with a full-size computer, CPU tower and all that goes along with it. Then there was me with my laptop.
Eventually, he had computer problems and it was time for him to get a laptop, and he slowly vacated the office. Of course, all of his other stuff stayed! So the years went by, and we were using it less and less because we really did enjoy being in each other’s company, and we were often on different levels of the house if one of us was using the office. Fast forward a few more years, and I left my job and began working from home. I had a good reason to be in the office for long periods of time!
So when I saw a photo of an office from a woman I admire, I knew I could take my office from drab to fab (yes, I really went there) for MUCH less than what she had likely spent on an office organizational system. And I had time. It’s winter, for one thing. For another, my husband was formatting my computer so we weren’t going anywhere anyway.
The best part, my husband didn’t question it when I showed him an example of what I wanted to do! Bonus!
After some research online, I found where I could buy pegboard and some accessories/attachments. I relayed the info to my husband, but he did me one better. His workplace recently did a reno and had some scrap pieces of pegboard that they were more than willing to part with. I just had a few things to stock up on.
We went to Rona (and no I’m not pushing the place, I just happened to decide on that store because I collect Airmiles, plus they had a better variety of attachments) and I picked up a peg hook assortment, some pegboard cups, and a wire rack kit. I also picked up a can of rose Tremclad spray paint, and we bought some white paint in eggshell at Walmart.
Before the makeover
I’m a little embarrassed by this picture now, but, it gets better!
The following picture is after I spent some time cleaning out old stuff like documents we’ve had for 10+ years, PC games, old discs, and just a buttload of crap we no longer needed. I also cleaned up parts of the shelf. You can also see the shelf support that we had to work around.
Before we did anything in the office itself, we needed to paint the pegboard because it was a light grey. So I gave each of the two pieces two coats of white paint, left it to dry overnight.
I also took the few elements I wanted to paint pink and did that. I painted a magazine holder, the peg cups, the wire racks, and I took an old pot lid holder I’ve had forever from IKEA and painted that too. We once tried to install it for its original purpose, but our cupboard doors were too thin, and it was impossible to attach. I like shopping from my own house, and knew I could use it in the office.
I bought some glitter tape at the dollar store for sprucing up some plastic storage bins, and applied it to a pencil holder:
My husband took measurements of the two areas I wanted the pegboard installed, and cut the painted pegboard to fit. He also attached a few blocks of wood along the bottom. This was not only to attach the pegboard to the bottom but also to keep the space between the wall and the pegboard consistent.
The hard part was done. It was time to plan out how I wanted my space (right after vacuuming up the mess and using furniture spray on the desk).
I wanted to hide the space between the two boards. Remember the pot lid holder I mentioned? It was perfect! This was going to hold file folders I use frequently.
I felt a little overwhelmed by how much I wanted to put on this wall. With the second coat of pink paint on certain items, I didn’t have it all in front of me. But the best part about pegboard is that it’s all movable, and I can mess around with it as much as I want.
I added the glitter tape to my bulletin board, my dry erase calendar and the dollar store plastic storage bins.
Overall, this makeover cost less than $70 for paint, magazine holders, pegboard accessories, glitter tape, plastic bins and mounting hardware. The pegboard being free probably saved us about $25-$30.
My office is now super-functional, feminine and pretty organized. I absolutely LOVVVVVE it.
I hope this post inspires you to make the most out of your workspace/office!
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