Okay, so I figured I would post about piano/desk area before I forget about it... It's hard to get it all in one shot, but this little room (originally meant as a formal dining room) is attached to the living room—where the photo ends on the right). You can see the kitchen through the doorway on the other side. Here is what we were working with at move-in, just before our new oak floor was installed. Notice our old nasty carpet rolled up? Gross.
After painting and getting the floor installed, we moved our desk in. I loved the dark wood when I bought it off of Craigslist 5+ years ago, but it didn't really fit with the new floors, and it wasn't a good use of space. I realized pretty quickly that it wasn't going to be a long term solution. I had big plans for a custom DIY workstation, but I needed some cash first.
I was able to sell the desk really easily, and use the profits to build the new one. My plans centered around a couple of old taupe file cabinets that Peter's dad gave us.
Peter helped me spray paint them white, and I added some metal legs from IKEA for height—I wanted the workstation to be out of easy reach of the kids. I had to hack the legs a bit with nuts and bolts to make sure they were secure, but it worked out.
Then we bought a white countertop from IKEA, and I cut it down to fit our space. I wasn't patient enough to wait for someone to help me with a circular saw, so I used a hand saw. It wasn't a perfectly clean cut, but it totally worked. I think I used a piece of painter's tape over the cut line, to minimize splintering the laminate.
Then it was just a matter of assembling everything, and adding a bracket underneath to keep the countertop from sagging.
So, again, here's where we started.
And here she is now:
I added a couple of ikea shelves for art supplies, and I painted a chalkboard square on the other side. I keep telling myself that I will switch it up, but this design has been up for over a year :)
It's so nice to have a wide workspace that can hold the iMac, and the printer— not to mention all of the file and technology storage. The drawers have accumulated a bunch of junk that I need to sort through, but they have a lot of potential. The only thing I don't like is that the height of the counter is kind of awkward for the standard 24" stools that we have. My shoulders get really sore when I have been on the computer for any length of time. I think an adjustable stool with a back would be my best bet. Maybe someday soon...
Okay, so the desk was a major rabbit trail... Here are some shots of the rest of the room. Maybe I overdid it on gallery walls, but I guess I am okay with that, because at least it's nice to have pictures up.