Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Office Space....LMM style

I'm very excited to finally have my own little desk space.  Originally, when we took our house off the market, and I realized we would be staying here, and that I didn't have an office to call my own, I began hunting.  I knew that I wanted a simple table design.  I knew I didn't want to spend hundreds of dollars.  I knew I wanted real wood.  I knew I wanted it to look old, beat up, worn out, and well loved.  I knew I wanted a pop of color on the table itself, and I knew there was no way I was going to find everything I wanted for the price I wanted to pay.  So I did the next best thing, and asked my brother to make me one.
I really love how it turned out.  I used Minwax Special Walnut stain for the first layer, brushing it on a little at a time, and then wiping it off.  After that dried overnight, I used Sherwin Williams Pro Classic water based paint in Jargon Jade, and painted the whole thing.  Once that layer was dry, I freaked out momentarily, because it was a super bright, albeit darling color. Finally, I hit the whole thing with my sander, taking a good portion of the paint layer off.
 It was almost perfect after that step, but I really wanted a little more depth, so I went back over the whole thing with a rag and more stain, being careful to rub it in all over.  I got really excited at this point, because it suddenly looked exactly like the picture in my head.  You know what I mean right?  I had this mental picture that I really hoped it would turn out to look like, and when it did, I was thrilled!
I'm not sure I've ever mentioned this, but I love office supplies, and cute stationery.  I love pens, pencils, colored pencils, little notebooks, pretty folders, and anything like that. 
 I would hate to break from blogger tradition, so from this point forth, I'll proceed to present you with a zillion photos, from random angles, of my desk.  Bwahahahaaha!  (You know it's true... we all do it.)  These seagrass boxes were a find at TJ Maxx a few years ago, and have moved all over my house.  Now they store cards, office supplies, cords, chargers, cordless mouse... all the ugly stuff. 
 See?  Ugly.
 I love how nothing matches, but everything coordinates. 
 
I have had these three little cups forever!  I got them in a three pack at Ikea, but used rub-on letters to create the "etc." 
From now on, you'll know where I blog!  I love this spot in our home too, because to my left, I see our glass sliding doors that lead out to the trampoline and backyard, and to my right is the front door where I can see the bike riding and fun that happens out there.  It's a perfect spot for monitoring things.  My headquarters, if you will.  I feel like I suddenly have eyes in the back of my head.   


I love the collection of favorite items hanging on the wall.  I can just look up at all the silhouettes of my kiddos and smile, remembering how little they were when I made the first ones, and seeing how they have grown to the most recent ones...  

Sigh.

Happy. 

37 comments:

  1. sasha it's beautiful! i love the way your desk turned out, absolutely perfect for you! enjoy every second at your little "getaway" spot.

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  2. very cute! Very hip! great pics!

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  3. It looks absolutely brilliant! I'm sure it will be very inspirational.

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  4. I completely love it! I really want to try something like this ONCE I've de-cluttered the house!

    Very inspiring!

    Is it just me though, I can't help but see the word "boob" on your wall!!!! Xxxx

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  5. So wonderful. Everything is just darling! ♥

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  6. Exactly what I imagined in *my* head that you would have ... love it!

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  7. Oh I just love this little desk space!! Where did you buy that super cute pink and green twine?

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  8. Oh my goodness it turned out so beautifully! Great job! Can I just move in??

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  9. That is SO SO SO perfect! I love it so much. That is the treatment I want to do to the ends of my bookcase, should I ever get it built. LOVE!

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  10. i also have a slight office supply LOVE! and that table is dreamy. truly. i may copy ;)

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  11. Love it, great job! I love office supplies too, I am a sucker for them.
    Now how did you do the silhouttes?

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  12. Sasha...you are so amazing! I just love looking at your blog and seeing all your ideas. Someday I can say, "I knew her when"...because you are going to be famous...I just know it! You are so talented. Great desk design and layout..love it all!!
    Jermaine Larson

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  13. GIRL I KNEW IT! It turned out a-maz-ing!!! I'm going to run and get me some white cup thingys from IKEA. That etc... was a brilliant idea.

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  15. LOVE the desk! The colors are great!

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  16. Perfection, dear lady, perfection! I love it!

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  17. how adorable! i love how that turned out!! love technique you used...i'll have to remember that one. and i have a thing for office supplies too, so i know just what you mean :)

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  18. absolutely stunning!
    you are amazing!!
    love love love it.
    cheryl xox.

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  19. Headquarters looks like a fun, beautifully organized place. I too am a fan of lovely stationary and notebooks. The ETC on the white cups is clever. I also like anything with typography.
    Two thumbs up for brother for making it for ya and for you achieving the look you had in your head. Don't you just love it when a plan comes together?

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  20. Hi Sasha!!! I've got so much catching up to do!! LOVE the desk- it turned out gorgeous.

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  21. Wow, great job! The stain on the desk even picks up the color of your wood flooring. Enjoy your little oasis.

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  22. I LOVE it! You did an awesome job. Really, it's inspiring me to paint something. :-) Hope you enjoy your new space.
    -FringeGirl

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  23. it's gorgeous! gorgeous! seriously! i am in love!! if only i had a brother like yours....

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  24. Turned out great! We're getting ready to do the desk thing as well but probably a double version. And yes, I like all the pics at different angles. Makes it more fun. Love office/stationary stuff too. By the way, found the red & white polka dotted muffin liners and finally used them for my daughter's b-day. Check it out here: http://mojaneofalltrades.blogspot.com/2011/06/red-white-polka-dot-birthday-party.html

    Thanks for the Michael's tip on where to find them.
    Love the new "office"!

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  25. WOW! I totally love it! You did an amazing job, just like out of a magazine.

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  26. I'm still laughing about the blogger tradition. It is so true!

    I love it! Not matching but coordinated is my favorite!!

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  27. Very nice! So organized!! I just found your picture through pinterest and pinned it because of your lamp and boxes!

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  28. Absolutely gorgeous! I love what you did with the desk, it came together perfectly!

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  29. Where did you get that blue lamp? I've been trying to find one like that for a while now. Your house is adorable!

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  30. That is amazingly beautiful! Do you know where he got the legs for the table from? They are fabulous! Love the colors you chose!m

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  31. It's beautiful! LOVE how the table turned out. . . I have a bench that I'm going to try this technique on. Thanks for the inspiration!

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