When we were looking for a house, a man cave was on our list of many requirements and honestly I didn't think that it was going to happen considering our budget and where we wanted to live. However, not only did we get a man cave (which I use all the time to watch tv), but I got myself a work room! Of course this is a total luxury, and when I lived in my 1 bedroom apartment the only way to work on projects was to destroy the whole apartment and then put it all back together if I needed the space for something else - I am sure many of you can relate! So you can imagine how excited I was when I got to have a whole room dedicated for projects! Having said that, the room for the past year or so really has just been a giant dumping ground for all the wedding activities, projects and decor used around the house (if you don't believe me, check out the images below)! Since then, I have taken a room that was really just organized chaos and have created a space that is actually usable and not just a beautiful soft pink!
This room has honestly been the only room that I really did start from scratch. As you can see, all I really had was "stuff," a hot pink bench and some great natural light! The first thing I wanted to do was to paint the room. It was originally a typical tan, but I figured this was my chance to have a "girly" attic room so I went for Benjamin Moore's Romantic Pink 2004-70. The first pink room I have ever had! Tyler isn't the biggest fan of the pink... he swears I didn't tell him I was painting it pink, but when he came upstairs my mom, sister and I had already started painting so it was too late to turn back, and I LOVE it!
After the painting, it still took a while to figure out all the pieces I needed, wanted to make the space usable and affordable. I decided that the best route was to go for inexpensive, white and easily moveable considering everything had to get up into the attic. I decided to go with the 2 simple, white Kallax shelving units from Ikea and to use their Kassett cardboard boxes (which are a pain in the butt to assemble) to contain some art supplies. I also needed an actual work surface, so I went with their SUPER simple Hissmon desk and spray painted the legs gold, hence the gold spray discussion earlier on the blog. I did get a bit desk happy, and ended up buying 2 of them and once everything was in place realized there was no way I was going to fit two of them in the room! After that, it was just about getting myself organized and adding a few accessories including a giant garbage can, my cute wooden chair Tyler picked up for me (I think for $10), a bit of fur, and a pillow Carly made for me, and my fabulous white and gold lamp! It was getting a bit serious with all the white, so I added fringe to all the boxes for some fun, color and to identify what was what. Oh and the most helpful of all things was this storage unit I bought for the closet door that holds all my scissors, paint brushes, wrapping paper and stamps in wide mouthed mason jars - which honestly would be great for anyone who needed some simple storage space and doesn't have a lot of room!
Overall, I am loving my space. It isn't perfect, but it has all the essentials - a little gold, great natural light, storage and a work surface. Of course there are a few more things on my wish list for the room - like a rug, possibly painting a stripe on the garbage can and any little accessories that I find, but for not very much I was able to transform the whole room into a fun usable space that I honestly use multiple times a week! Do you have a space that needs a little love?