If you didn’t see on the blog recently I finished up one of my new favorite spaces in my home (go here to check it out). I remodeled a room in my basement that serves many purposes, a laundry/craft/storage and also turned it into an office space. I was on a budget for this room and had to get creative. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite things I got for this room, where I found these items, and the diy’s I did to create this little retro pink office nook.
Here’s the before and after picture. A lot was done to this room. I painted every surface: walls, trim, shelving, and ceiling. Ripped out the old carpet, got new pad and carpet installed, installed new lighting and bulbs, and constructed a built-in-desk in the nook.
Let’s start from the ground up. I mentioned above we ripped out the 30 year old pink carpet and pad and got new carpet and pad installed. A great way to save A LOT of money on carpet is to go to your local carpet store and check out their clearance section for remnant pieces of carpet. Sometimes you might not find the right color, texture, and type of carpet your first visit, but keep checking. I went to my local RC Willey and found this Beaulieu Residential plush greyish/beige remnant piece of carpet that was more than 50% off!
I knew this space needed something on the floor other than the new carpet, but I didn’t want to spend a butt load of money on a rug especially just spending money on carpet. I got this black and cream striped rug 50% off from Cost Plus World Market during their Caravan Sale! It’s a lightweight cotton rug in a 5 x 8 size and love how it adds a modern feel to the room.
*Note, make sure to always read the tag on a new rug to make sure you don’t need a rug pad. Luckily, I did do this and for this striped rug it highly recommended me to use a rug pad underneath if I was laying it on top of carpet because the dye could transfer when it’s rubbed against the fibers of the carpet. I think I would die if I had black stripes on my new carpet.
I never put much thought into rug pads, but did you know that when you get a rug pad, there’s different types of pads you should use for different types of flooring? I had no idea. I thought you used the plastic dotted pads on all flooring, oh how I was so wrong.
I found this out from Rug Pad Corner, an online carpet and rug pad store that specializes in eco-friendly pads that are specially designed for different types of flooring. They offer the most natural rug pads made in the USA. They specialize in helping you find the best pad for your rug and floor so the pad can prolong the life of your rug and floor. They even cut your rug pad a little smaller than the size of your rug, so you don’t have to do it, that’s freaking awesome.
Have you recently heard about the recent reports about Lumber Liquidators selling laminate flooring that contains high levels of formaldehyde and have made some people sick? The crappy thing is after this report came out my husband and I realized the laminate flooring we got and installed from Lumber Liquidators in our home is the same flooring people have been reporting that have made them sick.
Ever since this happened, I’ve been a lot more conscious on making sure items in my home isn’t poisonous and going to hurt my family. I love how Rug Pad Corner don’t use any chemicals, glues or adhesives in their rug pads. Their pads are made from natural fibers and rubbers. I got the No-Muv rug pad and really like how it adds a little amount of cushion underneath my rug and am glad to report the rug hasn’t moved an inch. Right now, if you buy a rug pad from Rug Pad Corner use the discount code REVIEW15 for a 15% discount off your entire purchase!
I need to talk about this wallpaper. This was my inspiration for this space. I got this wallpaper from my grandparents. When both of them passed away and my family was cleaning out their possessions to get their house ready to sell, I found a couple leftover rolls of vintage wallpaper from the 1960’s they had used in their house. Nobody in the family wanted them so I took. I love how it’s one of a kind and I’m sure no one else in America is going to have this wallpaper, plus it reminds me of my grandparents and the great memories I had over at their house.
Finding legit vintage wallpaper like this that’s not going to cost you an arm and a leg can be tricky. If you want to use legit retro wallpaper I would start your search by checking out your local flea markets, thrift stores, estate sales, ebay, and Craig’s List. If nothing comes up here are other resources I’ve found to have really fun vintage inspired wallpaper: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Rosie’s Vintage Wallpaper, and Hannah’s Treasures.
I wanted some beautiful and interesting art in my office. Did you know Minted.com has an amazing selection of artwork? They have a marketplace where they feature independent artists artwork. I love how Minted supports these talented artists. Seriously, I spent HOURS going through all of beautiful prints and artwork and had the hardest time narrowing it down to just three.
I ordered the Leave Behind the Shadows in the 16×10 size in the Whitewash Herringbone frame, Free in the 8×10 size in the Black frame, and Jade Mineral 01 in the 8×8 size in the Distressed Charcoal Stain frame.
Here are some other art pieces I absolutely love from Minted.
When I received the art it came so neatly wrapped like a pretty Christmas present and included in the packaging three beautiful cards telling me about each of the artists who created the works of art. Love how Minted put a lot of thought into small details.
My original plan was to find a desk to fit in this nook, but after much search I knew this was going to be really hard. Then I thought of the idea of building a built-in-desk instead. This was my inspiration for this desk.
I found this tutorial and it’s a great tutorial, but as I find with anything you find on Pinterest you ALWAYS run into problems and sometimes tutorials don’t mention everything you need to consider. Here are some of the things I learned from building this desk and will hopefully save you a lot of grief and pain.
– When you build a desk in a nook like this, let it be known that nooks aren’t square in measurement. So when I measured the space I assumed that the front was the same distance as the back. Well, after I went to Home Depot and got my lumber pre cut and came back home and realized that I was almost an inch off. I remeasured and yep, the front was an inch longer than the back. SO make sure to measure all sides.
– This leads me to the second piece of advice, which I kick myself for not doing, but remember to always measure twice!
– I didn’t like how flimsy the desk felt with the “E” construction of this desk like it recommended in the tutorial, so we added a 2 X 2 piece of wood to the front to give it more support, so the base looks like a box instead of an “E” shape.
-Because I made a big mess up and didn’t measure correctly, we had a gap around the perimeter of the desk. To cover this up I added an inch tall crown molding around the edges to cover up the gap.
Other than those small disasters, the desk only took two hours to build, thanks to my husband and me “supporting” him.
I have to mention the plants, because when you have three plants in space this small, this means I really like plants. All of the containers I already had. The white one is the dish to a ceiling light and the metallic one I sprayed Rust-Oleum Mirror Paint inside the glass to give it that cool look. I purchased easy and low light plants like cactus and succulents.
Rug Pad- Rug Pad Corner
Carpet- RC Willey: Beaulieu Residential
Paint-Sherwin-Williams Emerald paint in the color of Verbana
Chair- Thrifted, check out my tutorial here.
Calendar- My Mind’s Eye
Hashtag Paperweight- Mine
Plants and Pots- Cactus and Succulents purchased at Home Depot, containers are mine.
Vintage Wallpaper- Mine
Mexican Porcupine- Mine
Canvas Organizer- Mine
Buddhist Succulent Plant Container- Found in a garbage can many years ago. Those are the best finds.
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