As a freelancer I try to keep things fresh by alternating my in-house and work-from-home contracts. That way I never get tired of working from home or working in an office, it’s really the best of both worlds and I absolutely love it. I’ve been creating this ‘office’ for awhile now, just slowly adding things as I needed them and it’s turned into a perfect little space for me to retreat to. I don’t know how much longer I’ll be in this apartment (there are a lot of changes in the works), so I thought it was about time to reflect on how it all came together. Here are my suggestions and essentials for building your own workspace on the cheap – what a great New Year’s project, right?
My home office DIYS and steals
- The desk was a throwaway the previous tenants left in the apartment (along with 1000 mason jars and knick knacks…!!!). It was pretty junky, but I liked the lines so I sanded it down a bit, gave it a couple coats of white paint with a final glossy finish and then spray painted the handles gold. Later on, after I noticed how dirty the desktop kept getting, I got a piece of glass cut to lay over the top, which cost me around $80. It’s now perfect!
- All the artwork was found at Goodwill, pilfered from an old job, and gifted from a dear friend. I invested some money in getting the prints properly framed and it was totally worth it.
- The solid wood ‘teacher’ chair was a great find at the Aberfoyle Antique Market (I can’t recommend this place enough), at about $80 it costs a fraction of what it would have for the same quality in stores. It was made to last!