I have been slowly chipping away at putting my little office back together over the past month or so.
I didn’t exactly take an organized approach to emptying the room out before this makeover started – instead I took the completely unorganized approach of just haphazardly throwing everything into boxes and totes and piling them up in the basement.
So now as things come back in, I’m going through them one by one, and taking the time to determine what needs to stay and what can go.
And I have come to the conclusion that in addition to being a pillow hoarder, an antiques hoarder, and a book hoarder, I am also a paper hoarder.
Cable bills from 2007? Heat and electric bills from four addresses prior?
Yep, I had ‘em.
The pillows, antiques, and books are hard to part with, but I figured it was probably safe to let that paper go now. 😉
In addition to emptying an entire filing cabinet full of old bills and other useless pieces of paper, I also gave a little vintage cabinet a facelift.
We picked up this little cabinet from a yard sale about ten years ago.
True to form, I thought I had “before” pictures. This is the best I could find…
I’ve never been overly attached to this cabinet and considered getting rid of it – or at least moving it elsewhere – but its small size makes it perfect for this small room, so rather than relocate it, I decided to give it a new look.
There is a lot of white and a lot of wood in this space, and I wanted to break that up a bit so I decided to cover this little cutie in a coat of dark gray chalk paint (a color called Oxford by Vintage Market & Design).
I also wanted the ease and airiness of open shelves, so I removed the doors and chose to leave the inside unpainted because I loved the tone of the raw wood inside, and I loved the contrast of the gray paint with the wood.
Painting it was a breeze, as I didn’t want any sort of perfection whatsoever. I didn’t fill in the holes left from the hardware and I only gave it one coat of paint so that some of the original finish would show through. A quick distressing around the edges, a coat of wax, and I called this cabinet done.
It’s perfect for housing extra books and magazines (I just may be a magazine hoarder as well…) and other random office supplies.
I have one – maybe two (I’m still thinking that one out) – projects left to complete and then I think this room will be officially done.
Hope you all have a great week! 🙂