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Welcome to the Workroom!

One of the main features of the space is the huge work table.

The Story of the Table Top: Tyson and his buddies built the top one weekend about 16 years ago.  My husband had just invested in his first computer and I had just had a baby.  I can’t tell you anything about the project other than only one guy really knew what he was doing.  They constructed the table top, gave it legs and when it was finished, I REALLY hoped it would hold the weight of the new computer.  Not only did it hold the weight of the computer, monitor and printer, it has faithfully endured for over a decade and a half.

We said good-bye to the legs when they wouldn’t fit properly around those garage opener boxes coming up from the floor.  Instead, we set the table top on 2 two-drawer file cabinets with the garage opener box disguised underneath.  Then when I would use the table I would periodically bang my shins on the box.  Have I mentioned how happy I am that the boxes are gone?

When we upgraded the studio, we moved the table top onto these Ikea bookshelves creating a spot that is the perfect height to stand and work at. Someday we may paint the bookshelves, but for now we’re really happy with our “new” table.

We also have another work table in here that I received as a birthday present from my mom and grandma several years ago.  It’s from Pottery Barn.  This is weird to say about a table… not only is it pretty, but the wood smells amazing too.  I know… weird… but so true.

Two happy accidents occurred in setting up the Workroom:

1. Both tables are the same height.  It creates a nice line across the room and makes either table comfortable to work at.

2. The table top lines up perfectly with the first inset bookshelf.  How awesome is that?!

In the interest of full disclosure… you know that these surfaces will never be this tidy again, right?  In fact, I already have stuff on them and had to pause and clear everything off just so I could get these photos.  But I am trying to keep the chaos at bay as much as possible.  It’s interesting… when things are organized and pretty it makes me want to keep it that way as much as possible.  Who knew?!

Another feature that came together was the closet.  This was a black hole of stashed stuff.  It was constantly overflowing and a complete eye sore.  (That might explain why there are no “before” photos.)  I was able to bring in a 4 square cubbie organizer from Target and utilize photo boxes that I already had on hand.  Now I actually know what’s in here and can easily get to everything.

Because we are using the bookshelves as legs, that gave us a ton more storage for the space.  We also brought in some additional organizers for the bookshelves.  And then we purged A TON.

I’m so happy with how the room turned out.

I love the warm neutral palette and think it’s perfect for the small room.

That’s the full tour.  I can’t wait to share the other two spaces soon.