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!