Living Room Updates: Custom Desk Reveal
Ladies and gents, remember how I moved into a new apartment a couple months ago? Well since then, I’ve kept a couple (DIY) tricks up my sleeve. After all, I can’t think of a better way to spend a 110 degree day than in front of an air conditioner with a paintbrush (yeah, yeah, I know there’s a place called the beach). But, what’s more fun than giving that paintbrush a workout? Right? Maybe?
Just to remind all of you, here’s the section of the original living room that I was working with. As I had mentioned, I wasn’t feeling the orange dresser anymore and am happy to report that it’s found a good home…and left a giant wall for me to fill up.
So I began with paint, choosing a soft blue (“Rain Water” by Behr) that I came across when creating this mood board. I also knew that I wanted something substantial on this wall to balance out the rectangular shape of the living room. After living here for some time, I’ve realized that I needed a lot more storage and a place to at least put my laptop (because I’m usually lounging on the couch when using it). I also have piles of books at my parents’ home that I was hoping to bring back to Chicago and create a new home for.
I finally had my ‘duh’ moment and grabbed a couple of these Ikea bookshelves. To create the more architectural look I was going for – and to add a natural element against the stark white – I bought a piece of plywood from my local hardware store and stained it a deep walnut, creating the perfect desk space nestled between the bookshelves.
To add a moodier element to the room to contrast the pastel blue on the walls, I chose this handmade paper to line the backs of the bookshelves and easily attached it with double sided tape. I love the shades of gray and the metallic tones ranging from gunmetal to champagne to gold.
And, since I don’t like things to be too matchy-matchy and instead, prefer a collected look I added in a black and white lamp shade that spoke to the scroll work in the paper but was different enough to add some depth to the overall desk area.
After the basics were done, it was all about creating small vignettes that would draw in anyone who is visiting my home to take a closer look. I still have to grab a ton of my old books and fill in some of the empty spaces so stay tuned for an update!