What can you do with 43 inches? Doesn’t sound like a lot of space, does it?
But guess what? You can get creative and turn 43 inches into an office nook.
Let me show you how I did it.
The green cabinet holds my TV. In the drawers and behind the doors are my craft supplies.
Before I moved here, I had a dedicated office/craft room. But I only have one bedroom now and I have to get creative with my 725 square feet plus my beloved patio.
I purged and kept my favorite craft supplies and stored them in the green cabinet when I moved here.
Oh, the top drawer and one shelf behind one of the two doors store my tools and nails and such. You have to know where your hammer is because if you’re like me, you move things on the wall a lot!
The green cabinet came with me from Texas over 7 years ago. It was painted black back then.
I found this Crushed Oregano green paint from Valspar about four years ago, and I have painted quite a few pieces of furniture with it. I love this shade of green.
So why not put my “office nook” right next to my “craft storage space” and everything would be in one spot, along one wall. All within easy reach.
I can even watch TV while I make crafts at the desk. Which I’ve been yearning to do. I miss making crafts and little DIYs.
But I would have had to get everything together and take it over to my dining table, so I didn’t bother.
I ordered the desk and chair from Wayfair on a close out sale. Together the two came to around $100. Not bad for an office space.
Then at Hobby Lobby I purchased the shelves, white cabinet and the drawers underneath it.
I almost didn’t get all three of them, but I’m so glad I did. Because it has given me so much storage space that I really needed.
At the half price sale last week, those three things plus a few other supplies came to about $90.
I have a little vintage Mason jar collection that I’ve been slowly adding to for years.
Some of the collection is displayed on my blue hutch in the dining space where I keep my dishes. And now some of it is here in my office nook.
I love the chippy cabinet. Inside it are paint and craft supplies.
I’ve had this black and burlap memo board for a few years. It, along with most of my decor, was in my closets. I’ve got to straighten out those closets!
I looked in a box in there and found the vintage images I had at some point printed off. I love vintage images of children.
Then there’s the pic of Andrew taken a few weeks ago at the beach that my daughter gave me. I love that photo of my little grandson.
I already had all the pencils and pens you see in the jars in the old box. I don’t recall where I got that old box. I was digging around in one of the two bedroom closets when I found the colored pencils high up on a shelf.
I put the washi tape rolls I found around the top of one of the little bottles next to the lamp. Seemed like a good place to store them where I could easily find them.
I had forgotten I even had the washi tape till I started digging around.
Decorating Tip: If you look you will see that you cannot see the lamp cord underneath the desk.
I took a nail and hammered it behind the green cabinet where it is hidden. Then I lifted the lamp cord over it so it isn’t hanging down.
The distressed shelf holds my camera lenses and my favorite photo of my daughter and Andrew.
On the top shelf is the white cow I had in the kitchen with hooks holding measuring spoons.
I moved the spoons, filled the holes where the hooks had been, and now the cow is displayed here.
Repurpose, my friends!
I have about five vintage wash boards I’ve been carrying from home to home for at least 30 years.
Several are on the wall over my couch. Two are on the wall in my kitchen above the washer/dryer holding Saran Wrap and aluminum foil, etc. Here is a link if you want to see that.
I could not possibly store all that I have in this apartment unless I utilized vertical space to the max.
I love barn paintings.
I had ordered this one from Wayfair, but right after I ordered it I changed my mind and cancelled the order.
For some reason they sent it to me anyway. It was not my error and they didn’t ask for it back.
So this is what you can accomplish with 43 inches. That is if you also use the vertical space above it.
Using vertical space is the golden rule of small space organization and decorating.
Another tip: I had already ordered this black desk chair when I happened to be back on the Wayfair.com site the next day and saw that it was on sale for $19 cheaper.
So I called them and they refunded the $19 to my account.
Don’t be afraid to call and ask. All they can say is no. And if they say yes, you save money!
So this wall in my living room now holds my craft supplies and office nook. I have used virtually the entire wall. But I’m pleased that everything is in one place where I can find things now.
No more digging in the closet for something like a stapler. It is here on my desk. I feel so much better when my things are organized.
Do you have an office space in your home? If you don’t, remember my 43 inch office nook.