Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Another Man's Trash

I was trying to get all of our computer/office supplies organized and decided that what we needed was a cabinet above our computer desk. I really wanted to have Neal build something custom for the space but time and money are not in abundance around here right now so I tried to think of something I could use that we already had laying around. And then I remembered I had this cabinet that I had gotten out of someone's trash years ago!


And it is just the right size for the space above the desk. I wanted to be able to hide unsightly things inside it though so I put ticking inside the glass doors.





The desk the computer sits on is also from someone's trash. I spotted it on the curb in Queens, NY while visiting my niece. Thanks to my mom, sister and niece for helping me carry it 6 blocks to the car!




Almost everything else in this space, except for the wire paper holders, is from a thrift store or garage sale. The cork board is from Pottery Barn but I found it at the thrift store and changed out the ugly metal hanger it came with. The little table with the printer on it was a $1 at the flea market. The industrial lamp, wooden cubbies, jar and crocks are all from some awesome garage sales I hit while staying at my sister's camp this past weekend.




The tall cupboards were actually two bookcases that Neal had built for our previous home. They fit into this little corner perfectly so we just made them into built-ins and added doors. I painted them with  a  $5 clearance gallon of Glidden "Antique Beige" paint that I found last week at Walmart. It is a beautiful creamy white if you are looking for one.




The room you can see into here is our bathroom. I hope to do a post about it one day, but it is hard to get the right lighting in there.


No new development on the kitchen/great room reno. We have to wait a week or two for the cinder blocks to be completely set before we can do anything else.


And I have a question for any of you that are familiar with the Chicago area. Neal and I are going to Lollapalooza in Chicago this weekend and I might have time to visit one or two antique/vintage shops. If you know of any ones that I shouldn't miss while I am there let me know! Thanks!

14 comments:

  1. I just love it!
    Lisa
    Leeshideaway.blogspot.com

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  2. I love your lamp and the peeks into your bathroom. Is this upstairs? Your home is just too charming!

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  3. That is an awesome wall cabinet and perfect for storage. You find the coolest stuff. Neal did a great job making the cabinets. I love their simple farmhouse construction and the $5 paint looks like a great colour.

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  4. I love this little nook, Megan. The way you put stuff together is so fun to look at. . . I get so much inspiration and ideas from you. . . it's always a good day when I see a post from 5540 Farmhouse. . .

    have fun in Chicago. . .

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  5. Super cool! Love the cabinet, love the fabric inside too. Great inspiration!

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  6. Your re-purposed cabinet fits into your space perfectly. Looks like your well organized and ready to take on any office challenge.

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  7. All of the pieces pull together nicely. Great buy on the paint!
    Urban Farmgirl in Rockford, IL?

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  8. I just love it when I see you've posted--your home is so lovely. The things you do just make me want to emulate and get to fixin' around here. I've already gotten some great ideas from you!

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  9. Stumbled upon your blog, just wanted to say hi.

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  10. Just stumbled across your blog on Pinterest... Gorgeous!

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  11. Wow what a find...and what a pretty little nook you have created!!! I would claim that space as my own in a heartbeat!!! LOVE IT!

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  12. Megan,
    what an inspiring place to "work"! Your cabinet is perfect there and, lucky you to have great "labor" to help you carry that desk 6 blocks!! It all looks lovely as always!
    Rebecca

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  13. Love what you've done with this space! Wow-I thought I found good bargains, but you are the queen!! :)
    Susan

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