Well it's been one heck of a week around here at the Love Shack and I'm very happy to say...T.G.I.F.
I'm Lovin' It that it's Friday and that it's Sneak Peek Friday in the studio at (in)courage and that I can finally reveal my studio makeover with you. It's also Follow Friday for all of us 40 and Over bloggers! Remember the big HOT MESS that I had created when I decided to make-over my closet?
Well before I tore apart my IKEA desk so that I could use the bookcases in my closet...here is what my studio area looked like before...
AND...there was nothing wrong with my IKEA desk...REALLY...after all my studio was featured in the Winter 2010, Clothe, Paper, Scissors Studios magazine...you can download it here ;)
But when I fell in love with my inspiration photo with all the neat cubbies for my closet...my IKEA bookcases fit the bill. Now...I could have...just gone out and bought more bookcases, but the reality was I wanted a different desk.
I wanted a desk that didn't take up the entire space and would function better for me.
I'm a short person...I have short arms and legs...so I wanted a desk that I didn't have to stand up to reach everything in the back of the desk top. I wanted a desk that was low enough so that I didn't fall out of my chair every time I got up...can anyone else relate to my shortness?
So I found a local glass shop that cut down my original glass top from 36"x60" to 26"x52" so that it would fit on top of two of my metal filing cabinets...I so missed having my file cabinets ;)
Of course I love how metal file cabinets function...however...I don't like the way they look! So I'm always making fabric covers for my file cabinets and folding tables.
These covers I made over four years ago to cover a couple of file cabinets that were in the front office/den in our home in Mint Hill...you can see them tucked in the back of the room with the candlestick lamps on top. Since this room was right off the front entry, I really didn't want the metal cabinets to be seen ;)
Originally I had used velcro dots that I hand-sewed onto the fabric and then glued the opposite of the velcro dots to the metal file cabinets to hold the side panels neatly in place. BUT now I've added some ribbon ties to the panels and they are much easier to use and so much prettier...looks like a corset ;)
These file cabinets were in our storage unit and it took me all day yesterday to go over and dig them out and to PURGE all the extraneous papers that came along with them. Having the file cabinets for my desk has also enabled me to bring over all of my 8 1/2"x11" card-stock that stashed away in storage. It feels great now to have my space re-arranged and my supplies re-organized and to have room to move around. Behind my desk is my scrapbook album storage cabinet with my printer on top and next to it I've "stuck" my plant stand...don't worry it's not staying there...lol The two bowls on the bottom are filled with fabric scraps from my Little Dresses for Africa sewing projects and I want to incorporate them someday into a Remains of the Day art journal ;)
This is not the first time that I have combined fabric covered file cabinets and a glass top for a desk...
Over eight years ago, when I worked for a start-up company and we didn't have decent desks, I went out and bought a piece of glass from Pier One and made this fabric cover from upholstery fabric I got on sale. Then the company grew and got snooty and they didn't like my desk anymore so I brought it home and turned it into my then home studio. I raised the glass with some metal napkin rings (oh yeah...so cool ;) so that I could put my latest projects under the glass for inspiration...
Guess I'm not the ONLY one who hates the look of file cabinets...
The Nate Berkus Show: March 30th Episode: Regret-Proof Design
Be sure to check out the desk that Nate made in this episode as he helps a couple with a design plan for a shared office/man-cave space.
hmmmm....which came first...Roberta's or Nate's desk...lol
Not sure...but I do know one thing...T.G.I.F. because I need a break!
How about you...what are your plans for this weekend...rest or play?
Hope it's enjoyable! Fondly, Roberta