When we moved into this house 7 years ago. It was your basic run of the mill track house with nothing of interest what-so-ever. We had a empty enclave in our Family Room that I knew could be something really cool if I could just figure out what to do with it. About 5 years ago, I decided to turn the space into a little computer nook for our old laptop. It wasn't a real work area but more a of place for displaying pretty knick-knacks. There was no real lighting or storage. Visibility was limited but that was ok because my nook was pretty and I didn't want a bunch of dangling cords. It filled in all the dead space without throwing in a plain boring bookshelf. With the boys moving in on J's work space upstairs I decided to revisit this little nook and make it a little more functional. My goal was to add some lighting, simple storage and update the paint inexpensively as I could. Simple right?
Here's what I came up with. The total spent was around $30 and only took a day or two to put together. I think it blends better with the Family Room now. I love it!
Next thing I did was rehang the shelving tracks a bit lower to add a new shelf. I painted the tracks with more craft paint to help camouflage them on the wall. The shelves went lighter with a couple of coats of my leftover chalk paint in French Linen. I restained the desk with a darker walnut stain I had in the garage and sealed it with some poly.
For the lighting, I found these industrial clamp lights at Home Depot for $6.97a peice. I painted them in Robin's Egg Blue with spray paint that I bought I Michael's with my 50% off coupon. The paint was horrible, more oil and water than anything else but it was only $4. I hid the cords to the lamps down the sides of the shelving tracks with electrical staples hammered in for a tight fit. When I was satisfied with the placement of the cords, I gave them a coat of more craft paint.
I didn't buy much in the way of new accessories other than a couple of things. I found a rustic basket with tin containers for pencils and pens but I didn't care for the tin when I got home. I replaced the tin containers with glass jars that I save from the fridge, usually jars from pickles, jams or jelly's. J got a charger caddy for his bday and I painted that (yup, you guessed it- with more craft paint) to help it blend. I also painted my black framed cork/dry erase board white and rehung it over the new monitor shelf. I had the chipboard boxes in my closet and pulled them out and used my crappy Robin's Egg Blue spray paint to give them a quick new look. The wicker basket was from Wal-mart and was $7. The blue wire baskets came from Homegoods and were $5 apiece. I bought those a few months ago for the kitchen but wasn't crazy how they looked in there. The rest of the accessories were either here on the old shelves (ceramic dogs and amber glass bowl) or gathered from other areas of the house. I love it when that happens! I was afraid the overall look was kind of busy so I reworked a few things but I think this works now. I really enjoy this little nook and it's now as pretty as it is functional and all under $30!