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Thursday, June 28, 2012

MoS Decorates an Office, Part 1

One day I will write an emotional post about how I am really living my dream, doing what I always wanted to do but never dreamed I would actually do, what has led up to it, etc.  But after being without air conditioning for the past 4 days along with everything else, I don't have the time or energy to write that post now.  So I'll jump right into how I am currently decorating my office in our (finished) basement. 

Creating an office that is happy and full of life can be a challenge in a basement in a north-facing house.  So I'm using white furniture, bright colors, and mirrors mirrors mirrors.  I want it to be fun and peppy, more Meg Braff than Phoebe Howard (although I am certainly not comparing my little project to the work of either of those legendary women, both of whom I adore). 

Yesterday I stumbled upon a faux bamboo dresser.  It is one of those typical 1960's Florida motel cast-offs, nothing special, but it's exactly what I want to use for storage in my office.  The drawers are dovetailed, and the quality is good, so for $40, the price was right, and I picked it up.

(I didn't take a "before" picture, but mine looked just like this one.  Thanks, Circa Who).

As soon as I unloaded it this morning, I started painting.

I sprayed it a glossy white.  It isn't fine furniture, so I just painted it myself with some Rustoleum.  If it was going upstairs in my house, I would probably splurge and have a professional do it.

I painted all the hardware black, for contrast against the glossy white drawers.

My husband helped me cart it in.  I added a big mirror and my favorite blue and white dragon lamp.  FYI, the wall color is going to change...

It is perfect for all my paperwork and office supplies, and it's nice to have a surface where I can lay out fabric samples and paint colors.

Stay tuned as I reveal more of my office and playroom makeovers!


Sadie + Stella said...

Cannot wait to see the next updates. Girl I am loving that piece!

Dina @ Honey + Fitz said...

I can't believe you found that for $40. What a steal! Also I love how you started this post. I have all these really "deep" post ideas too but they all seem so exhausting to tackle...and without air conditioning?? Omg, in the south? I'd die! Can't wait to see the rest of this space. It's gonna look fab, basement or no basement!

Vickie H. said...

Sarah!!! You are THE LUCKIEST GAL on the PLANET!!!! That little chest is FABULOUS!!!! I DIE!!! Good luck with your office! I know it will be wonderful when you are done!!! Can't wait for your next post!

Jess @ said...

So pretty!! Well done :)

Rowantree Design said...

I have loved these chest from afar for years, we don't find many here in Sydney. When I was living in Florida ten years ago I saw many of them, wih I had bought one and shopped it home. It looks fabulous!

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