I really have no clue.
I’ve spent so much time trying to decide what to call this space in my kitchen, that I’m almost embarrassed.
Desk area? “Area” feels too big.
Kitchen nook? Nook? That word is weird if you think about it.
And then there’s the guilt. I feel a little guilty for stressing over what to call my little space, when kitchen spaces like this were considered a luxury when I was growing up. (I am speaking for myself here.)
These mental speed bumps come up all the time. I’m okay with that because let’s face it, I don’t have a choice. It’s how my brain works.
So having typed some rambling lines, I’ll jump right in now.
Before I spout off a list of what was wrong with this “area”, let me express my gratitude for having a roof over our heads. This home was designed and owned by my husband’s grandparents. I appreciate the love and detail that went into it, and I mean no disrespect with any comments that I make. (Like when I express my confusion over the low height of the desk top.) We have owned it and lived here for over 5 years, and the fun in making it “ours” has just begun.
Now, here’s my list of “wha…?” ‘s
- I had issue with the low desk (previously stated)
- The overhead cabinets were overly big (great for hiding stuff, but hard to reach and remember what was up there)
- Cork board (not a fan of it)
- The floor (that’s actually my fault, because I had the carpet removed)
So, here was my plan:
Simple enough, right?
Then here’s what came next:
Remember those old land lines? Where the phone had a cord, and it went into the wall? Yeah, I do. Good times.
By the way, I turned off all necessary breakers before beginning this project. In fact, I kept the power to these outlets and wires “OFF” for the duration of this project. Those wires look scary, and I have a fear of being zapped.
When I had removed what I didn’t want, I had to sit around for a few days and let it look like this. I also had to leave my tools around and not worry about putting everything away, because hey- it’s a legitimate construction zone. (I love justified chaos.)
Eventually, I came up with a plan:
I’ll skip ahead to the “after” and then break it down after that:
( The frame with built with my Kreg Jig )
Some key features:
- Tin ceiling tiles
- Light fixture
- Crown moulding art
- Scrap wood desk top
- Upcycled glass dry-erase board
- Recycled newel post legs
- Painted floor design
I should also point out the extra space on the left side of the desk. After raising the level of the desk top, I took advantage of the space to create a little open shelf perfect for stuffing papers and frustrating my husband. On the right side, I also created a ledge for storing a rusty pulley. Everyone needs a place to store a rusty pulley.
Now I’ll break it down a little.
Starting with the top, I used some rusted tin tiles and some reclaimed wood shingles.
I decided to do it at an angle instead of a drop down, to keep it feeling airy and spacious. I love vaulted ceilings, and this was a way to bring in a tiny bit of vaulty-ness. (I inherited vaulted ceiling love from my mom.)
My original crown moulding art piece is featured in my tutorial HERE.
I also installed a lighting fixture that I purchased from LOWE’S for about $29.00. This was the most expensive part of the project. Really.
This piece of glass was found at ReStore for $3.00. Judging by the sticker that was on it, it was intended as a shelf for an Ikea furniture unit.
I used skinny fabric tape to map out lines on the concrete prior to painting with latex paint. I distressed the paint a little bit with sandpaper, which gave it a slate-like look. I’m sure more paint will wear away with time and traffic, but that’s what I planned on. It might actually end up looking better, after more wear.
Here is a close up of a pulley I found last summer. Everyone can appreciate a close up of a pulley. (Check out my Instagram for a pic from that day.)
Oh! And this is what it looks like with the computer.
That’s all folks!
I’m sure it will be cluttered with papers, a rubber band, loose change, and a Hot Wheels car immediately following this post.
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