Monday, October 17, 2016

Creating a Workspace in a Small Area

Our house is a decent size, but it does not have an extra room that I could use for an an office, since I do not want to give up the guest bedroom.  So, I usually ended up working on my laptop at either the breakfast bar or the dining room table. Of course this caused a problem, because when we had guests over, I would have to pack up my laptop, mouse, planner, and other crap piled on the table. My goal was to find somewhere in the house where I could steal a few feet to have a proper work space.

Create your own workspace in a small area with these tips

I had mentioned to my husband that I was thinking about putting a small desk in the corner of the front living room, since we did not use that room often.  I had started pinning desk ideas and since I did not want to spend much money, I thought we could build one. He started plotting and ended up surprising me by building me a beautiful, retro hairpin leg desk!  We were able to customize it so it fit perfectly in the small space we had to work with!

Create your own workspace in a small area with these tips

I painted the frame of a cork board (that my hubby also made) with the same paint color I used on my mini crate that holds my Cricut tools.  I found this super cute calendar, that you can color, at Big Lots.

Create your own workspace in a small area with these tips

I picked up the metal organizer, gold Ampersand, and jar of over-sized paperclips  from TJ Maxx on clearance to decorate my desk. The magnetic holder was silver, so I used my Homeright spray shelter and Rust-Oleum spray paint in Seaside to give it a pop of color.

Create your own workspace in a small area with these tips

The three-sided tent is the perfect size to paint smaller items like lamps or smaller home decor accessories.  You can set it up on a workbench or table top, without having to worry about over-spray. I set mine up on my front porch to keep the paint fumes out of the house.

Create your own workspace in a small area with these tips

It comes in a convenient, round carrying case and folds up with a twist of the wrist.  This is definitely my new favorite DIY product...no more saving cardboard boxes!  I have already used it on several projects.


Now this fits right in with my other turquoise accessories!  

Create your own workspace in a small area with these tips

Do you have your own designated space for your office, or do you have a room that does double duty?

Create your own workspace in a small area with these tips


Disclosure: I received the HomeRight Spray Shelter for review, but all opinions are my own.

14 comments:

  1. I fall into the box category when I'm spray painting lol

    I definitely could have used this last week on those drawer pulls!

    PS- I absolutely LOVE the turquoise - shoot, the whole space looks awesome!!

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    1. Erin, This spray tent is my favorite! No more spray paint on the garage floor or driveway :) Thank you for your sweet comments, I am so pleased with the way the space turned out!

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  2. omg I love this! I usually use kitchen tale for all my work. I need a desk on my own! Love the turquoise! My desk have to be white (hence I have to go and shop at IKEA and I will definetly get gold, pink and teal accessories ) Love this post! it got me inspired to make my own little work corner

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    1. Thank you Monica!I can't wait to see your work corner when you finish it! We obviously like the same colors!

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  3. I love to hair pin leg desk and the retro chair!!!!

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    1. Me too! I love retro stuff...my hubby is the best!

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  4. I am seriously loving your new desk! What a great surprise! Super cute area all around. I currently work from my dining room table, but would love to have a designated work space. Since both boys have moved back home I don't have as much space as I originally did when I purchased my home a couple of years ago.

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    1. Thanks Jennie! It turned out so beautiful and it is so nice to have a space where I don't have to constantly move it around.

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  5. The desk looks awesome! This is such a neat space.

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    1. Thanks Melanie! I am so proud of the hubbys work!

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  6. What an awesome husband for surprising you with a desk he made! I love the retro look with your bright accessories! It looks like an beautiful new workspace.

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    1. Thank you so much Robin! I love the retro look and he did such a great job!

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  7. Such a cute desk! I have about the same amount of room as you do for my deck but I would love to give it a makeover so that it is cute and more me. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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    1. I am so glad I could inspire you, Hannah! Sometimes you have to get creative with the space you have!

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