We’ve mentioned before that we’re kinda the king and queen of unfinished projects, but a few weeks ago, we finally wrapped up our office renovation, which we started wayyyyyy back in (cough, cough) August. Okay, we didn’t completely cross it off the list yet; we still have a few more things to finish before it’s completely done.
We’re planning on sharing more of our office project once it’s 100% complete, but we wanted to share a recent garage sale find that will be a part of the finished product. Our office was a bedroom in its previous life with a really dated set of sliding closet doors that just weren’t our style. So, we decided to rip them off, and in lieu of doors, we’ve decided to keep the area open, but we needed something to fill the space.
And we know you’re soooooo excited to see the finished office, so here’s a sneak peak. The piece that’s in the closet nook right now was also a thrift store find, and use to be an old console TV. We bought it, it’s not our style, and we’ll probably put it in our “Great American Shit Sale” that we’re planning to have later this month. Stay tuned.
To replace the old console TV, our original plan was to build something. We had talked about building something completely from scratch, or using IKEA wall cabinets to create a floating credenza like this one from Nalle’s House. But then we came across this beauty on Facebook Marketplace at a local garage sale.
It’s exactly what we were looking for. We wanted something stylish but also functional, and a piece that didn’t make the space looked like a messy closet without a set of doors. For a crisp twenty-dollar bill, we had to have it.
This all occurred the morning after our tree fell down on our front yard, and we didn’t want to touch Laryssa’s car yet for insurance purposes. We drove over quickly and paid for the dresser, and the seller was totally fine with us waiting to pick it up until the next day. On Friday, we packed it into the back of Laryssa’s Equinox and drove very, very carefully as we couldn’t get her back hatch to close. A few miles later, it was home safe and sound. It’s beautiful. So beautiful that we didn’t even bother to dust it off before taking pictures in the driveway.
We probably didn’t need another project to add to the list, but this was meant to be. It’s in great shape, but we’re thinking it will be a hot second before we move it in. We need to sand the whole thing and refinish it. It doesn’t look that bad in the picture, but it does have some water spots on the top that we’re hoping to sand off. We’re thinking of staining it a darker wood tone to provide a good contrast against our white walls.
But before we refinish the piece, we’re planning to make some changes to make it a little bit more functional in our office space. We have a big ass printer that’s hidden away in our library(?) right now, and we want to modify the dresser a bit so it can house the printer as well. Kinda like this modification from PB&J Stories:
…except our printer is wayyyyy bigger. We have an Epson WorkForce Pro WF-3730 Wireless Printer which means it’s not going to fit in just one of those drawers. We’re thinking we’re going to take out the three middle drawers, pop off the door fronts, and somehow connect the three pieces to create a door. We’re then going to have the printer sit on some type of drawer slides, that way we can easily access the back of the printer in case the bitch jams or something.
We know exactly how we want the new office credenza to look. We are a bit nervous about squeezing it inside the closet (the dresser is much wider than the door frame), but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. Who knows, maybe we’ll have to hack off a third of it so it fits.
Now that summer has officially started, we’re hoping to tackle some more unfinished projects around the house including:
Finishing and styling our new office.
Filling, sanding, and painting the crown molding in our living room (it still looks like shit).
Finishing our shiplap in our dining room.
Giving our downstairs bathroom some much needed love and attention (the duck hunter wallpaper border has to go).
What house projects are you hoping to tackle in the weeks to come?