Jason has made some serious progress on turning our hall closet into an office. The major work is pretty much done. All we have left to do are a few finishing touches and decorating.
A brief word about this space: This closet is located under the stairs in our Cape Cod style home. It has served many purposes. When we first moved in, it served as a place for all of Imani's messy toys, like paints, crayons, games with a million pieces, moon sand etc.
About a year ago, I moved all of her stuff out and re-claimed the space as storage for all of our miscellaneous belongings.
Here is the mess we had going on.
When we started our guest room redesign, I decided I wanted to hide my office stuff, like the computer, printer and office accessories. My solution was to move the office into the closet. It took a bit of convincing, but I got Jason on board and, like always, he went to work to fulfill my wish.
The first order of business was to move all of the stuff out and find a new home for most of it.
Here is the closet when it was almost empty.
Notice that horrible cheap tiled ceiling and the strange recessed light on the wall? Jason was convinced the light came out of a submarine.
Jason set to work, first installing beadboard up the wall and then painting it white.
He also ripped out those ugly panels on the ceiling and installed wooden planks, which he painted white. The floor was in rough shape, so Jason sanded it and finished it with polyurethane. Here's a picture of it just as he was finishing and I ran in with my camera to remind him he's not allowed to finish without first taking a picture!
He also added a board with sliding rails under the desk area for our keyboard to the computer.
Finally, he painted it and changed out the light fixture. We got the lights at Overstock for $30 a piece. I'm considering getting a table lamp to add more light to the space. Check out these table lamps on Overstock and let me know which one you think would look nice on the desk area. I'm thinking maybe the Grandrich Paper Shade table lamp, but I'm still not sure.
Here's the progress.
Here is a before and after, just for fun. Not bad for just under $125, right?