I’ve been working out of an old armoire/desk since moving to NC almost 4 years ago. ((Can it really be nearly 4 years? Yep! February it will be!)) The desk thing was functional, but really limited me to the size of monitor I could have, I couldn’t put my legs “Under” it like a desk, and even though the keyboard tray could extend a bit, it just wasn’t comfortable.
Besides that-- it had seen BETTER days! A couple of weeks ago I was vacuuming, and I kept wondering WHO had spilled BB’s all over the floor in here…they sure made a racket being sucked up into the vacuum! Turns out they weren’t BB’s --- they were the ball bearings from the slide out desk keyboard shelf thing. It was time for this thing to GO!
I’d checked IKEA when I was there with Jason last week --- Everything was very “Minimalist” with no shelves, no cubby holes, no nothing --- and just didn’t fit the kind of furniture I wanted for down here. I wanted a large desk surface area, and I still wanted drawers.
We wound up at Colfax Furniture Outlet --- they buy the floor samples from the Furniture Market that goes on here in High Point twice a year. You have heard that NC is #1 in great furniture, yeah? Well –—what you see above is what we found! Floor model, as is --- GREAT PRICE. I got the desk, the file cabinet, and a side book case.
The basement itself is NOT “house beautiful” It’s an older house, and the basement is more functional space wise than it is aesthetics wise, but I love my space down here!
We moved the other desk/armoire out --- vacuumed ----A LOT! ((boy does stuff get yucky underneath immovable furniture in places you can’t see!!)) and set me up. The biggest challenge? ALL THE CORDS! Good grief. How many cords are there? We did our best to organize everything in a non-tangled way ---and most of it is hidden. The other cords --- the ones that go to the surround sound for my audio---are “mostly” hidden by the quilt on the wall! The armoire kept most of that hidden, but the quilt does its job in brightening up the wall much better.
The ugly thing to the left of the photo is my very small design wall….what was left of a peach colored flannel sheet that has fit the bill just fine.
The desktop is protected by a vintage child’s 4-patch quilt. It will protect from scratches, etc…and I get to enjoy looking at every stitch while I type :c)
On the future to-do list? Cleaning out the book shelves and culling stuff I don’t want/need anymore. Same with the magazines that have accumulated. I let them sit “whole” until the basket is full, and then I spend a couple evenings going through them and removing the pictures/ideas I want --- putting them in page protectors and filing them in binders that I call my “inspiration” books –And the rest? Bye bye ---I need to do some more minimizing in that area!
This makes such a HUGE difference in my space down here……now they’ll NEVER get me to go upstairs unless I need a drink or a bathroom break..LOL!
Oh --- and needless to say….NO cookies got baked today! Maybe tomorrow --- The Hubster is still clamoring for “PLAIN” Chocolate Chip --- with no oatmeal, no raisins, no nuts, no “funny” stuff as he puts it! I think I can do that ----