Office Space

While focusing on the kitchen, my office nook didn’t get as much attention.  For a while it had only floors, looking blank and sad.

Kitchen-Remodel-Empty-Office

Then Ben set the drawer boxes and it stalled again.

Office-Cabinets-Set

Once the kitchen was fully functional, we were able to focus on the office.  A matching maple desk top is warm against the white cabinets and drawers.

Office-Drawers-Priming

Office-Cabinet-Primed

After spending several days priming and painting, the office is nearly complete.  By complete, I mean useable.

Office-Drawer-Stack

These drawers are already getting loaded up.

Office-Drawer-Detail

Organizing-Office-Drawers

We have to add trim under the window before the office is back at 100% capacity.  Though torn sheet rock and foam is beautiful.

Office-Drawer-Stack-with-Top

I’ll also need to apply a last coat or two of poly on the maple.  Before settling on water based poly, I tested six other options: mineral oil, cutting board oil, Danish oil, butcher block oil, wax, and teak oil.

Oil-and-Wax-Test-Strips

Oil-and-Wax-Testing

Based on color, sheen, and water repelling abilities, I loved the paste finishing wax.  It looked natural, but still brought out the depth of the wood.

Office-Desk-Top-Wax

It looked and felt wonderful – so smooth with a subtle gloss.  To test durability, and stray marker/pen situations, I wiped the desk with a damp cloth.  As expected, the water wiped the wax right off, raising the grain.  I knew right then and there the wax wasn’t for me.  So far, the three coats of Polycrylic with light sanding between is perfect.

In addition to useful office supplies, I celebrated a new office with greenery.

Maple-Desk-Top-Above

A lemon button fern and succulent.

Maple-Desk-Top-Detail

Just a few small steps left in here.  I’m itching to get everything out of the closet and from under the bed.  To work at a desk instead of a tiny dresser.  Any favorite office file organization systems?

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3 thoughts on “Office Space

  1. You have great storage in your office space! Looking good. P.S. Those donkey tails are so cool. I have one in a hanging basket and so far haven’t killed it yet. They are hardy!

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