Friday, July 30, 2010

From My Office

This is the valance that I made from vintage feedsack fabric that hangs in my home office windows. Above the window is a collection of colored vintage flower pots.

My little office is in the rear of the house by our back door to our sunroom, our main entry. Last year I repainted it a light seafoam blue, made valances from vintage feedsack fabric, and reupholstered my roller desk chair with vintage barkclothe. Although not a large room, I have set it up to house my large filing cabinet, a computer desk, a worktable , and some open shelves. I used a primitive screened milk safe with old white paint to house my office supplies. The bottom drawer is our "junk" drawer that holds everything from glue to low-voltage light bulbs, a must-have for every home.

Reupolstering the desk chair was not a difficult as I thought. After adding some more foam and cotton batting for a fluffier seat cushion, I cut my barkclothe pieces larger than needed, stapled and tacked them to the bottom, then replaced the bottom web covering. The arms were not as easy because they had no backing to remove, so I simply tacked them real smooth on the underside and remounted them. They are mounted with only 2 screws, so not big problem putting them back on. The back of the chair was a little trickier. I had to remove the entire back piece that had hidden nails holding it on. I was not able to remount it the same way, so I used some little decorative brass tacks, and it worked just fine. I love it, and it is much more comfortable than the original chair.
My daughter was getting rid of some vintage storage shelves she had in her garage. These shelves were already painted white, so I cleaned them up and they fit perfectly under my window that faces the old smokehouse. It is a handy place for my cameras, current ebay items, and wireless network components. The corner worked for file storage drawers, and a little primitive shaker chair adds and extra chair for a friend or guest. On top of the shelf unit, I placed another little vintage shelf for my African violets. It has two little storage drawers that are just the size for CD's.
On the wall that faces the sunroom, I have a little gateleg table that works well for a little work space or project table. Sometimes I use it for my laptop. It was handy while setting up my website; I was working back and forth on two computers .
The sunroom window is just above the gateleg table. I have a nice view of the sunroom and on out to the pool. Often my dogs will lay by the sunroom windows just to keep and eye on me.
The back window to the driveway and garage, also views the old smokehouse. It was my husband's vet pharmacy for years. We added the room with the french doors for an extra vet office, which has now become the man-cave since he retired. Although this is a tiny room, I hope you enjoyed the tour of one of my most visited workspaces.


  1. Your office is too cute...I especially love the feedsack valance! Everything looks so fresh and clean, love blue and white together. Thanks for sharing.
    Take care,

  2. What an inspirational place to sit and work. Does it even feel like working in such a lovely spot? Love the view.
    You did a great job on the chair. Wish I could do things like that, but I'd end up stapling my thumb to the seat!

  3. Oh my god! Your office is full of so much stuff and I must say that you should care it because there are some things are misplaced. Though your office is good but if you will not take care of it then it will not looks good.
    Office desk

  4. This sounds familiar. Our dog likes the sunroom too because she can keep an eye on us and people going by.

    Thank you for the sweet note.


  5. hoping you are going to post in the BARN CHICK blog Party- it is not to late



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