DIY :: Home "Office" Makeover

My maternity leave is quickly coming to an end and we have some big changes coming our way within the next few weeks. I am transitioning to working from home. Full-time. Without childcare. Which means 1) I'm crazy and 2) I needed some place to work while keeping an eye on the little munchkins running around beneath my feet.

Enter my makeshift home office. Set up smack dab in the middle of my living room full of baby dolls and infant toys.

I found this cabinet on Craigslist for $45, slathered some leftover white paint on it and called it good. It's not huge -  we didn't have a ton of space to play with - but I think it'll serve its purpose. My main concern was being able to close it off to keep tiny hands away from my work computer. Also, I wanted to be able to hide the equipment after working hours were done since it's not in a separate, dedicated office space.

It took me a couple of layers and a few days to get it painted (nap time only lasts so long...) but we finally got 'er done. A few stellar iPhone-quality photos for your liking:

The backboard and shelves are covered in contact paper, which I had never used before but ended up being super easy to put on. I ended up removing the drawers in order to fit the computer tower so it didn't have to sit outside the cabinet.  

In an attempt to keep Gracyn occupied for approximately 13 minutes a day, I painted the inside of the doors with chalkboard paint so she can color her little heart out while I work.

I want to find a cute little chair to go along with this but I'm not sure how it'll fit in the room. We're pretty much maxed out on the number of pieces of furniture we can fit in here so I might just end up using a chair from the kitchen table. We shall see.

It's a cozy little space, that's for sure.

It's a huge blessing to our family for me to be able to stay home with the girls while still contributing financially. I'm sure there will be an adjustment period for everyone involved - me, the kids, my coworkers - but I'm determined to make it work.

Say a prayer for us as we get used to our new routine over the next few weeks! And maybe send some wine my way?!? I might need it...

This DIY makeover was super easy and required essentially zero skills when it came to operating a hammer or screwdriver. Check out some more do-it-yourself projects that can be completed without tools here!

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1 comment

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