When you think of your dream workspace what do you think of?  For me...I think of my little room in the back of our garage.  It is my little world where I work, create, and blog.  I feel happy and comfortable in this space, surrounded by the things I love.

 If you enjoy DIY projects scroll down for ideas on how to create your dream workspace by repurposing furniture and using items that you already have.

The fun part of decorating a workspace or home office is letting your imagination go.  I mean you can add certain decor in a workspace or home office that you wouldn't necessarily put in the rest of your home.  Make your space as personal as you can.  In other words, break away from traditional decorating and just go with your gut and have fun.

If you work from home like I do you will need a designated area to call your office!  For some that might mean a cozy spot in one of the living spaces in your home or a room that no longer functions as it used to.  If you have enough square footage in your room create different work zones; for example, set up one zone for working on projects and another zone for office tasks.  If you have a co-worker think of setting up two different work areas in the space.  That might mean using two desks on opposite sides of the room or butting the desks together facing each other.  

My co-worker set up a cozy spot on the window sill.

Here are a few before pictures.
It's a horrible mess as you see and I can't wait to show you all the pretty.

My husband and I renovated this room together.  Our small budget included a new floor, molding, and paint. Sadly new furniture was out of the question, but I have a knack for repurposing things including furniture.  In this space, there was a large entertainment center.  My plan was to take it out of the room but it was too heavy to move and any attempt to even try would have resulted in a serious backache.  Soooo I took a step back and looked at this piece of furniture in a different way.  I saw that the top can become a desk, the drawer shelves, the knobs hooks, and the glass door a frame.  I decided to keep it and repurpose the parts. I grabbed a crowbar and screwdriver and carefully took the whole thing apart.  The top became my desk, the drawers became shelves and the glass door became a frame for this picture.  
Furniture dilemma solved so far!

Here are the pretty pictures after all the grunt work was done.  
Come on in I'll show you around

I set up different work zones in the space.  The farm table is my work table. I placed it in the middle of the room so I can easily move around it when working on a project. I set up two storage areas and a desk to work at for e-decor projects and for keeping up with my print shop.  I recently added a chair in the corner of the room.  It is a comfortable corner to take a break from the computer, gather my thoughts, and sip a cup of coffee. 

I knew this room was going to get messy with paint spills, so I went with a laminate floor.  Laminate is easy to keep clean.  A damp sponge with soap and water does the trick.  My husband installed the new floor...  It turned out great!

I painted the walls, White Dove, by Benjamin Moore,  It is a warm white and I love how it makes the room light and bright.

I had to get even more creative with the furniture pieces since there was no budget for new purchases. I decided to use some of my old furniture but in a different way. The farm table that was in our kitchen in our other home is now my work table, the dresser was my daughter's diaper changing table, now it is used to store fabric swatches and office supplies.  On top of the dresser is one of the drawers that came from the entertainment center.  I painted all of the drawers white and added antique navigational maps behind the dividers.  They now have a new purpose as shelves. The small drawing in the white frame is my daughter's masterpiece, made when she was a baby.  Oh and that incredible toolbox came from a consignment store.

My dream workspace is flooded with sunshine. Sunshine makes me happy and this is why I love this room so much!

The cabinet below was a roadside find, it is holding up one side of the desk. The two white pillars hold up the other side. The top of the desk was the top of the entertainment center.

I added some personal items on top of my desk.  An antique decorative wooden bowl was purchased at a consignment shop.  The caricature in the gold frame is me and was made by a local artist.   The dancer in the frame is my artwork.

My sweet husband bought me a dozen roses after we completed the room.  I decided to dry a few and place them in a tarnished antique dish.

I placed jelly jars filled with buttons, craft supplies, and other personal touches on the shelves.  The shelves were the drawers from the entertainment center.

I repurposed a frame into a bulletin board and hung it next to the work table. You can check out the tutorial here.

My co-worker is very happy watching me work in my fun creative space...

Thanks for visiting my dream workspace!
This space has evolved over the 6 years since I started blogging.  I think it's important to make updates to your workspace as you and your company grow.  If you make small adjustments to your space as you evolve, your space will be yours to enjoy.
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  1. Your work space looks great! Looks like a wonderful place to hang out and be creative! I noticed that you have a lot of Mary Englebreit prints on your walls. I do too! I framed a bunch from a calendar one year. I love them! Enjoy your new space! P.S. Your co-worker is adorable. ;-)

  2. Beautiful work space and I love that chair...it is drop dead gorgeous!

  3. Beautiful space! There is nothing like having that room for yourself, isn't it? You did a great job transforming the room. Very pretty!



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