The Office

19 Jun

Until lately our “home office” looked like this:


But now we have a desk! That’s the big news. Josh brought it home from the armory because they were going to throw it away and we still haven’t found one we both like and we hadn’t made it priority because Josh hasn’t built his computer yet. The armory desk is quite sturdily constructed but was ugly with a lot of surface wear/defects, so we decided to make it over. I didn’t take a “before” picture until after we had taken the hutch off and removed the cabinet doors. But you get the idea:


After picking out the paint, I stood around aimlessly while Josh did a lot of sanding and priming and sanding and priming. Then I painted it Colonial White! And then Josh sanded and added a second coat while I was at work.


cat door

Folks were watching from the windows, everybody held their breath

Now our home office looks like this:



So I was playing around with push pins.


My dad drew the one on the top left. The rest are just internet things I have liked.

Until now I have not spent any time in this room. Before it can really be functional (and comfortable), a few more things have to happen. Here is my to-do/to-buy list:

– desk lamp where the pencil cup is
– new hardware for cabinet doors
– new fabric for bulletin board
– buy remaining parts for desktop computer (Josh’s project)
– pad to protect desktop paint and make writing more pleasant
– filing cabinet(s) for underneath or beside
– curtains for window
– extra seating: love seat?

Hopefully all of that will happen soon and I can put up an updated picture.

Ida is already at home in our new hangout. Maybe when her “cat bungalow” arrives I can put it up here instead of in my living room. :/



Hydrangea update! It continues to grow, very slowly. But my fuchsia plant may be dying from overexposure to the sun (whoops). It is chilling out in the dark guest room for a few days.



13 Responses to “The Office”

  1. The D June 19, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Very nice update! Great job on the new desk furniture. Where is the room where Josh is sanding? Is that the basement? I don’t recognize it.

    • littleapartment June 19, 2013 at 10:41 am #

      I guess I didn’t mention it. That’s the garage, and the door behind him to the backyard.

      • The D June 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

        Oh, yeah … such things as garages. We didn’t set foot in it when we were there, so no wonder I didn’t recognize it. By the way, I saw an article in a tech journal that ND just had its biggest oil producing month in April, which was also the coldest April on record. We were there in March, though, so I really can’t say. :-)

        And by the by the way, “Cast a Long Shadow” is a new movie that I had never seen before, so that was quite a nice surprise. (It’s in B/W and is quite good in my view — so double thanks!)

        • littleapartment June 20, 2013 at 5:34 am #

          I believe it about April. I’m glad you like the movie! I hope to see it when I’m next in town.

  2. Mom June 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    Wow! How did I miss this new post? Going to Chick-Fil-A was so exciting today I missed everything else, I guess.
    I love the new desk, and hardware will be a fun addition! Lookin’ good!
    The hydrangea is nice too, and way to shock the fuchsia :-)

    • littleapartment June 20, 2013 at 5:35 am #

      Thanks Mom. Yes it really needs new handles. I wouldn’t mind as much if they were just brass but they have a lot of purposeful black on them too which is weird looking with the gold. And I don’t think it would clean off.

  3. stephaniegerow June 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    Desk does look good. I like the fabric how it is! Folks are cute.

  4. Anonymous June 29, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    Looks great !

  5. Linda Evans June 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    Loks great !!!!!

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