Feb 13, 2014

My $72 Office Space {Reveal + Cost Breakdown}

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Well guys, it's finally done!

The office space I mentioned in my 2014 project goals and showed you in my Office Space Phase 1 & Inspiration, is up and running!

And I am one happy gal.

Not only is it more fabulous than I had imagined, but I also came in $28 under budget!

Budgetnista in the house!

Let's take her in one more time and then we'll talk numbers.

So how did I manage to only spend $72 on this office space? Well, I knew I only had a small space to work with as opposed to a whole office room, so I had to stay focused on my priorities. 

I wanted 2 things: storage space in the form of shelves since they don't take up floor space and a memo board area underneath my shelves to keep important reminders and such in front of me. See, I"m not that high maintenance.

Here is the cost breakdown in a fun illustrated version:

Obviously most of the money went into the shelves and I spent more on those than I would have liked BUT we had to get everything...wood, brackets, stain and sealer.

On the upside, I now have leftover wood, stain and sealer!

The brackets were $5 a pop but I really wanted a touch of industrial to the rustic shelves. I'm glad I went with those instead of the standard ones in the shelves isle.

Another reason, this office space was very inexpensive, is I used things I already had or made things with stuff I already had around the house.

I think they call that being resourceful. But you be the judge.

Here are all my office space freebies:

The desk was my old vanity and I had already did something fun with the mirror and reupholstered the stool for use in the living room.

You can read about the chair here (it was actually my very first post)!

I found some great deals when shopping for this office space, like this $4 bin I found at Target!

I keep my laptop, nook and camera charger in this pretty bin so they're not all crammed in my teeny tiny desk drawer (my office desk drawer organization will be another post).

I got the tiny mail sorter at Walmart and painted it white (it was black) and failed to take a close up picture of it. My apologies.

I dolled up this $1 Target tray with a gold sharpie pen last year after seeing Jenna's from Rain On A Tin Roof.

Yes I totally copied her. No, I have no shame in admitting it. When I see awesome, I go for it.

Another Target steal...$7. 

Yeah, they should have just given it to me.

I used my own black and white photography from a youth camping trip for art, and some driftwood from another youth lake trip.

I love things that have good memories behind them, don't you?

Well folks, that's a wrap!

I am happy to say I not longer blog from my bed in my PJ's...well sometimes I am in my PJ's
but that's one of the benefits of blogging!

Please do tell me I'm not the only one?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Similar products to what I have in my office space (affiliated links):


Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I love it, Selene! And I REALLY love that lamp! It goes perfectly in there! Seeing this post makes me want to organize something. :) I think it's so nice that you used the photographs from your youth trips. I love things that have good memories and meaning behind them too. Oh...and I love the mail sorter too. :)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you, Lisa!! You're like me..if I see something organized on a blog I must do the same ASAP!

Mindi Carwin said...

It looks awesome Selene!! Great job! I love the shelves and the wood looks beautiful! I am sure you will have many more great projects with your left over wood, stain, and sealer! Fun lamp too!

Leah {Grace Lee Cottage} said...

This looks great Selene! I love how you packed so much storage and function into a space! Just the motivation I needed to finish up my office space!

Corey W. said...

What a functional space! I need to get my office on my list of goals. Yours turned out great and I bet you can get so much more done now that you have a place for everything!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Mindi!
I'm loving the wood also!! I got the lamp at Target a while back on clearance! Gotta love that place, huh?

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you, Leah! I didn't have a room to devote to my office so this tiny space had to do! I can't wait to see yours!!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Corey!
You are so right! I get more done with everything in one place! That's of course when the kid lets me!

Vel Criste said...

Fabulous Selene!!! Finally a wonderful space to sorta call your own! Can't believe you only spent $72?! You must be very pleased dear!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Vel!!
I know, I was pretty surprised I didn't at least hit my $100 budget!

Leslie Tally said...

Beautiful! Just stopping by from Inspiration Monday. Your office space is lovely! :)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Leslie!! I'm very much enjoying it!

MomMaven said...

Great job! I have a small workspace too. I'm on the search now for the perfect chair. I popped over from Hit me with your best shot linky.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks!! A good chair is a must! Mine is pretty comfy!!

WoodsofBellTrees said...

What a nice space! I love the pattern on the chair! So pretty!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks WoodsofBellTrees!! The fabric on the chair was actually curtain panels!!

Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog said...

$72?! That is awesome! And the space looks so incredibly cute, Selene! Thanks so much for linking up at Hit Me with Your Best Shot! Have a wonderful weekend!

~Abby =)

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