As an educator, I spend A LOT of my time behind a computer preparing lesson plans while I am at home. I was constantly finding myself in a dreary, unsettling extra bedroom that was NOT increasing my creativity or dedication to building creative lessons and activities for my students.
In January of 2016, I had a local carpenter come to my home and give me an estimate to build a custom desk and a built-in wall unit around the large window (the pictures below were the sketches I actually used to give to the carpenter). When April rolled around and he had given me every excuse in the book for postponing the installation date, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create my own home office to the best of my ability. I really should have known he would fall through; the quote he gave me was WAY TOO REASONABLE TO BE TRUE!
Anybody else had bad experiences with a local contractor? I would love to hear your stories - feel free to comment below!
Ultimately, I decided in May of 2016 that I was going to dedicate my summer to creating a relaxing, enjoyable home office on a SMALL budget.
Below you can read about all of the details of my home office makeover and reveal - but first, you must see the terrible BEFORE images.
As you can see, the Before was REALLY BAD. The old dresser as my file cabinet and the 19 dollar desk from my college years just were NOT cutting it for me.
After a lot of research and review reading, I finally made some decisions on what to use to create my dream office. I ultimately settled on a desk and a credenza by Sauder that I purchased on Amazon as the focal points of the room. Thankfully, my sweet hubby put both of them together for me; it took him about 2.5 hours for the Credenza, and about 4 hours for the desk. I could not be happier with how beautiful both pieces are!
Below is a list of supplies and resources that I used to create my dream office:
If you have any questions about my home makeover process, please comment below! Keep Scrolling to see the AFTER PICTURES!!!
Click the image below to see the full details and specifications for the desk and the credenza!
The Makeover Process...
Hayley Wood is a middle school computer technology teacher specializing in innovative activities and Google Apps for Education.