Today’s the day! I’ve decided even though I’m not finished I wanted to show off all of my hard work on this computer cabinet. I snatched up this all wood and heavy office-in-a-box about a year ago via Craigslist. I paid $75. More than I wanted to pay but after weeks of creepy stalking on Craigslist I realized this was the cheapest option while not forfeiting quality.
So off we went.
This thing is a beast and I really had to do some convincing to get Big Daddy to go along with this purchase. I had vision for it but all he saw was this.
As we tour the inside please note the top right door has a fold up/down desk. This feature was key in selecting the right computer cabinet. I needed a place to spread out and I didn’t want all of my papers at my keyboard. Another great feature is the sliding keyboard tray as well as the sliding printer shelf below it. To the left of the printer you’ll see a cubby in the shape of a PC tower. At the time I was using my laptop and a monitor so this was just a wasted space.
You might be wondering if I’m always this messy. Well the answer is complicated. Yes, when I don’t have a system. See exhibit A pictured above. When I have a system everything is orderly. Like my refrigerator and my craft desk storage.
Back to my computer cabinet…
This baby was big, it was heavy, and it was a dark orangey-brown stained cabinet begging for a little TLC. Unfortunately for big-orange I took my sweet time before diving into this project. I just was never in the mood, you know?
And here for the first time on the blog-o-sphere, please welcome a lighter brighter and certainly more organized computer cabinet.
I really wish I had a better camera to capture the true beauty of the colors. I definitely waited too late in the day to take photos but I hope you get the idea. Even though the shelf area appears to be dark, it isn’t. Boo hiss shadows.
Psst, are you digging my desktop background? You can get it free! Check out this post.
I’m so excited about all of my organized zones. On the left side I have a magnetic eye chart calendar (how cute is that?) and an empty space above that will become a crafty project in the future. On the same side but on the bottom door I have two pocket files with labels for easy filing of any current projects that still need to be finished. You can see that I went ahead and covered the opposite lower door with two more pocket files. Do I really need all of these inboxes? Yep. As soon as my label maker arrives in the mail I’ll give you more detail on what all of those folders are for.
I changed out all the hardware including the file drawer at the bottom. No longer a button sized knob but rather a sleek bin pull with a self stick label above it. The best part is my toes fit right under that bin pull and I can open the file drawer without bending down. I might be super lazy.
Oh, let me explain the random pillow you see next to that cute bin pull. It’s a down pillow and my Baby Sofia likes to sleep on it. She also loves to be all up in my biz so I thought I would offer her a place of her own. But she’s a cat and she NEVER does what I want. The keyboard still reigns supreme for her snoozing pleasure. When I find the right trash receptacle it will take the place of Sofia’s bed.
I added a sheet of cork to top right door and gave it a little washi tape bling. But my washi tape is lifting. It’s cute but it’s days might be numbered.
Check out my diamond bling stickers I added to my pocket files!
Anyone else a post-it note addict? Yeah, it gets real crazy up in here. My environmentally conscious solution was to get a piece of acrylic cut to the size of my pull out keyboard tray so that I can use dry erase markers to write out all of my “I have to write this down or I’ll forget” notes.
There is more to share but I’ll need to break this down into a couple of posts. In the meantime, how about a before and after?
UPDATE: I posted my Computer Cabinet Source List! My paint colors and the stores I bought most of the items used in this reveal are there so go check it out!!!