For the longest time, our desktop and my workspace was in our bedroom. I was ever crazy about it, but since our apartment is so small, it seemed like the only option. That is until I was decluttering the storage closet in our living room and stumbled upon an outlet on one side. I have never been more excited to see an outlet in my entire life.
With that outlet, I could turn half of the closet into a perfect little office nook and finally get my workspace out of our bedroom. But first, I had to get rid of quite a bit of stuff since we would now only have half of the closet for storage. Ready to see what it looked like before?
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This is everything that came out of the closet. I definitely had to do quite a bit of purging to allow space for a small nook.
And here is what the space looked like before we started the transformation. Ready to see the after?
Storage Closet Turned Office Nook
I have been wanting to “wallpaper” a space in our apartment basically since we moved in, but every place I considered needed quite a lot and it would be way too expensive. However, when we started working on this office nook, I calculated how much it would be to cover the walls in fabric and found it could be done at a relatively affordable cost.
To put the fabric on the walls, Stewart and I followed this tutorial. We used duck fabric because that ‘s what I found it on sale at Hobby Lobby for $5, however it’s really hard to deal with and I wouldn’t recommend using it. It’s so heavy and we went through a lot of liquid starch to get it to adhere to the walls.
Isn’t this fabric so fun? I love that it has a neutral background, but also has ton of fun, bright colors. It would be hard for me to use this in any other space in our home, but since this space is so small, it’s easier for me to take risks. Do you feel that way too?
The Desk and Shelving
Luckily, our landlords had already installed a shelf towards the top of each side of this storage closet, which meant all we had to do was install supports for the desk. We made the shelf and desk out of 1/2 inch MDF which we had cut at Home Depot, and then I chose to paint both using Behr Spun Cotton in a satin finish topped with clear wax.
As for the supports for the desk, they look exactly like what you see beneath the shelf except we used a really small piece on the right side because it fit so tight in the space. Thus far, these supports have worked out great, the desk hardly moves if you try to shake it.
After living with only two baskets on the shelf above my desk for a while, I realized I need something else. I really didn’t want to store items I use everyday in those baskets and have to get them down every time I need something. I first though about hanging a magazine rack on the wall to the right of my desk, but that was is concrete blocks, so it’s hard to hang things on and a magazine rack really wouldn’t correct my storage problems. Then, I discovered the Elfa door rack from The Container Store.
These systems are great for taking advantage of what would typically be unused, wasted vertical space. I started by taking an inventory of all the items I need to store and easily access daily and then purchased items based on that. I highly recommend doing it this way, so you don’t have to make numerous trips or place multiple orders to get the products you need.
Here is the list of products I used:
To hide all of the storage on the other side of the closet, I bought these curtains (such a great deal!), died them navy blue, and then hung them using a $4 tension rod. Super simple and easy!
This makeover was so much fun and I’m so happy that I have a workspace all to myself! The best part about this makeover is that most of what I used like accessories and even the office chair I already had, so it was super budget friendly.
Want to see what my workspace looked like before I discovered the outlet in the storage closet? Head here to check it out!
Baskets: At Home (similar)
Chalk Labels: Michaels
Wrapping Paper Holder: At Home in vases
All of the other items I used in this makeover were thrifted or I already had on hand.
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