Monday, June 7, 2010

Computer Room

Our computer room is hands down the most organized room in our house, and if you take a peek at how it looked before, it is also the biggest transformation.













Our green computer room started it's life as a 2pc. bathroom, an ugly 2pc. bathroom.
I know it's not great for resale to take out a bathroom (no matter how ugly it is), but we found a way around the issue. Lee (being the smart, smart man that he is) devised a plan to cap off all the plumbing and cut a hole in the cabinetry to allow space for the capped pipe. Now when we go to sell the manor we can either install a sink and toilet, or simply inform potential homebuyers that the option is there.
The computer room really does act as a multipurpose room. It's our fish Nemo's home. It's my scrapbook/ craft room. It's Lee's car model room. It stores my sewing machine and fabric.
It stores knitting needles and yarn.

It's where I work on my computer, it's where the printer lives.
It holds all of our office supplies, paper, envelopes, stapler and all. Hiding inside a cabinet is our medical binder (a binder I keep our medical records in, blood types, cholesterol numbers etc.) and my inspiration binder (a binder I keep magazine cut outs in). I also store our gift wrapping supplies and cards in there. Not bad for a 5' by 6' room.
We painted the room green, and because I use the room way more the Lee does I thought it would be alright to accent it with pink. Besides pink and green love each other.
  •  The scrapbooks boxes (the base cabinets) came from Michaels Craft Store (here's the link).
  • The ribbon organizer is also from Michaels (here is the link).
  • The corner cabinet came from Ikea, as did the handle on the cabinet. It's a Kitchen Upper corner cabinet.
  • The counter top came from ikea (here is the link).
  • The two upper cabinets also came from ikea (here's that link).
  • Shelves between the cabinets, from ikea (i'm starting to see a trend an ikea trend) (Link)
  • The wall organizer is from Ikea it's part of their ASKER series. It's very useful and I think it looks great, although my sister thinks that the white containers look like, well I can't say on here but let's just say only men have them! (here's the link to the Asker Series)
  • The sewing form came from a consignment shop for $19.
  • The chair is a matching one to the dinning room chairs, that way if we ever need an extra chair for dinner it will match. The link is inside the dinning room post (HERE).
  • Pink file folders are from Michaels, I found them in one of their fantastic dollar bins ($1 for 4)
  • The clear plastic wall mounted file holders can be found at any random office supply store or on my amazon store. (here is the link)
  • Cork board was a simple big box store purchase but I found one on amazon that is similar to mine, but had I seen this one first I would have bought it. (here's the link)
  • The Spare Key hooks are from Home Depot, but I  recently saw the same ones at Target (for less). Read more about the Key Hook installation HERE.
     That's it for Our Computer Room. I don't know what we would have done if Lee hadn't thought of changing our ugly powder room in to our beautiful computer room. We have no where else in the house to put our computer and hobby equipment. Thanks to one handy husband I have the perfect place to write this post from.

    47 comments:

    1. You are a brave couple!!! Most people would cringe at the thought of removing a sink and toilet...that is what I love about what you guys did. Who cares what others think, you have to live in and enjoy your space.

      We are remodelling our kitchen, and we "forgot" to add space for a dishwasher...oh well , it is me living in the space...I dont need to plan for people one day who might live there. I would rather have cupboard space than a dishwasher.

      Your craft space is what I have always wanted mine to look like....and to tell you the truth I don't even do crafts but have just as much ribbon as you....I am a ribon hoarder, just because it looks so pretty...it make me want to eat it!!!!
      I think I will go cruise around you site and sign up, because I can't wait to see what else you come up with that is NON-Conforming...great post!

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    2. Thanks for the comment, it's my first comment! (excluding my mother) haha
      I'm so glad someone agree's with our non-conforming ways my realestate friend almost had a heart attack when they found out what we did.
      Thanks again for the comment!! It was more exciting then you could ever know!

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    3. This is an awesome conversion!! I would love my craft room to look like this! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    4. Hello!

      What an absolutely lovely home you have. I have been searching for sources of inspiration for the home my husband and I will move into soon and I thank you so much for sharing your home online (I arrived through IKEA Hacker). You have simply splendid taste and a great sense of style. Thank you for linking to where you found each item... I suspect this will come in very handy for us soon ;)

      I hope you will continue to share your decor ideas (I love your computer room and your dreamy master bedroom) and organization tips (you have the most heavenly under-the-kitchen-sink-un-mess I have ever seen!).

      Sincere thanks!

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    5. Fabulous use of an unneeded space and I love how polished and organized it looks. Thanks for sharing.

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    6. I love your teeny room!!! I think you guys are so bold. I never would have thought to rip out those plumbing fixtures and re-purpose a powder room - thank you so much for this great idea! Now if I can just convince my husband...hee.

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    7. That is amazing! I'm hosting We're Organized Wednesday this week. I would love for you to join. There's a giveaway also.
      http://organizeyourstuffnow.com

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    8. Thanks everyone, We are lucky Lee knows how to do some plumbing it really helped us do it on the cheap. I'm so happy you all liked it!! Made my day!
      Leanne- Thanks so much for the invite, I'd love to partake I'm on my way over now!!!

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    9. you should have just left the toilet and used it as a chair, clearly this is the most efficient situation

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    10. I'm in love with your organization! Nice job.
      I'm visiting from Fingerprints on the Fridge. I'd love it if you'd come link up at my Home and Family Friday Linky Party. I host a party every Friday.

      Becca
      becca-homeiswheremystorybegins.blogspot.com

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    11. Lee already suggested the working on the toilet situation, I stopped that before it went any further.

      Becca- I would love join one of your linky parties, Looks like I'm too late for this week But next friday I'm there!!
      Thanks so much for the invite!

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    12. Love this room! So stylish, but so functional!

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    13. I am so inspired by the great use of this small space!!

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    14. Clever! I love this and I love the story behind it.

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    15. Can I have this room? Please?

      So organized and pretty at the same time. Very jealous.

      :)

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    16. What a fabulous room! I love the cute little storage drawers you have, and the sewing form is a great addition! Lots of inspiration in there. :)

      I'm visiting from Kate's "Where I Blog" party. Hope you'll stop by and say hi. :)

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    17. Love what you did to the room. Very smart. I wish I could do that but we only have one bathroom so I think my Hubby would kill me if he came home and saw a new computer room. LOL
      Have a wonderful week. Kath'

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    18. What an awesome space! So cute and cozy, you did a great job.

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    19. Very nice! I love the little sack-shaped vases from Ikea, I have a couple of those myself! You have definitely made the most of this small space.

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    20. I think you did an amazing job. Toilet be gone!! ha! The fact that you left the plumbing there was a stroke of genius. The room makes you happy now, but can still be a bathroom for future owners. Great job!

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    21. I am wishing I was as organized as you. . . such a great space to create! Thanks so much for this peek into your life and for linking up today!

      Still swooning over your mud room too~
      xo
      Kate

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    22. With having 5 bathrooms in the house, I think I can do away with one too, lol. I love what you did to the room, so organized and so functional and pretty too!...Christine

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    23. Thanks so much! I'm so glad for the amazing comments, we are a little sad though, we have to rip it out this week to put the bathroom back for re-sale. I'm so glad I could share it one last time before it's gone! Thanks so much

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    24. Wow, I love all your cabinets and organizers... and what a great idea for an unused bathroom!

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    25. I'd have to say this is a brilliant use of space and you have utilized ever inch in the best way. Functional and beautiful! Such fun stopping by!

      Kindly, ldh

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    26. So organized and a dream to look at! Completely fabulous!

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    27. Organize and Simplify...two of my favorite words!
      Your work space is SO cute...I love all the ribbions and and of course the organization!! The apron lady is pretty sweet too.

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    28. How smart to transform a bathroom into your office/craft space. I love it.

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    29. I love how organized it all looks and how you made your home work for you. It's not often that people take bathrooms out. It's an amazing transformation and great use of space!!

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    30. Beautiful! Love how it is so clean and organized.

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    31. Thanks girls, I was so sad to see it go! I promise to recreate something bigger and better in our new home.
      Thanks again, your comments made me smile!!

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    33. What a great room! Can't what to see what you do with the space in your new home :')

      http://debsheartandhome.wordpress.com

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    34. That is amazing! I am in love with that space! Well done

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    35. Great transformation and I also hate powder rooms when they are located right off the kitchen or dining room...we had one like that once.

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    36. Your space is so well done! I love how the scissors hang and seeing all the pretty yarn, but my favorite is the dress form in her sweet apron! Great job:)

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    37. That is a brilliant space and wow, you are so organised! That ribbon holder is brilliant!

      Best wishes,
      Natasha.

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    38. What a great use of your space. I love all of your Ikea storage. It looks bright and cozy.

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    40. I love how organize everything is in your space, and oh my! alot of storage too. Im definitely diggin' your Ribbon holder!

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    41. What a fabulous space! It's so organized and functional.

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    42. Awesome! I loved the hanging container idea. It gave me an idea for my own office. Thanks.

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    43. Spread the news! you were featured on Apartment Therapy's Re-Nest http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/roundup/15-fantastic-organized-spaces-136955

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