Adventures of a New Writer

I had claimed the “catchall” room for my writing space and two years later while continuing to work at a folding table, I had finally saved up enough to start building out my office space. As part of the agreement for using the spare bedroom, I had to incorporate a rather large(r than expected) wine fridge into a small usable space, so I was already starting out with a pretty big challenge. 

My friend had given me a bright and happy birthday card and I wanted to use the colors as inspiration. I also knew I wanted to have inspirational art and quotes that would make my office a welcoming place to work. Creativity needed to happen in this environment, so I needed it to feel bright, cheerful and happy (just like the card!). After figuring out a way to hide the wine fridge in a cupboard, the only way to balance out the available wall space (most of the room had closets or doors on each wall), was to build a matching cupboard on the other side. We decided that this additional space would be storage and hold things like the printer.

Based on the set up with two cupboards on either side of the walls, the only place my desk could go, was between them. I was afraid it was going to be a bit of a tunnel for me, but as it was built out, I realized there was enough space between them where I didn’t feel trapped between two objects. The ceiling is really high, so we decided to take the shelves all the way up instead of creating a false stopping point at a normal ceiling height. We also decided a bright white paint would really make it pop.

Everything came together beautifully. My space is filled with colorful art and inspiration, that is always bright and cheerful. I sit with enough room for two monitors, which is a huge help in giving me more space to have documents open when writing and I have the occasional hum of the wine fridge to keep me company.

Outlining the Shelves

Outlining the Shelves

We put up tape to outline where the shelves would go on the wall.

The Card that Inspired My Office

The Card that Inspired My Office

I just loved the colors in this card, they are so bright and cheerful.

Printer Cabinet

Printer Cabinet

This is the side where my printer and files will go.

Where My Desk will Go

Where My Desk will Go

The actual top part of my desk isn't in place yet, but the set up is now built for it.

My Completed Office

My Completed Office

Here it is freshly painted! (The wine fridge is on the left)

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