Here’s what it looked like before:
And here’s what I did, with lots of help from my hubby (and a friendly worker in the Home Depot lumber department):
I’m not really sure what I’ll put on the walls – a shelf? Picture rail w/ framed photos? I haven’t even begun to really unpack that stuff so I’ll figure it out. Here’s what it looks like without the chair:
Don’t those beautiful dark-stained doors just look pretty? It’s like a window into what this apartment once was, you know, before the 8 layers of sloppily-painted muck on the walls. And I’m excited to get to finally unpack my office stuff with all the built-in shelving:
I originally was hoping to get a nice piece of natural wood, but the sizes were so weird, and this melamine-laminated wood came in the EXACT depth I needed, we just had to have Home Depot cut the length down for us. Easy-Peasy. Not so easy to mount the brackets (or to find the studs with a sort-of-not-working stud finder, but we managed. Still have a little bit of work to do – figure out where to keep cords, paint the white trim at the bottom, etc.
But my closet-office dream has come true. And I am HAPPY. :-)