~A Desk Re-Design~Before & After~

A little change for the area that runs everything in this home....After last weeks P.O.O.P.I.E. post I decided it was time for this huge POOPIE monster, sitting here below, TO GO! This whole area needed a face lift...LOL:) So here we go.

This is the before....I can't believe I have become a person that lets Papers lay around...I used to fuss at my Mom for doing this and now I do it. If I hide them I forget I have them, at least I keep them on the desk and not everywhere else.What in the world was I thinking....when we built this house, I wanted this big shelf above the desk for holding the printer, and it did hold it for a long time. Now we have a wireless printer that sits in hubby's office, so I don't need this shelf anymore. We have thought about taking it out and putting in a cabinet to fill up the space, but we're not sure.
I came up with this for now and it works good. After seeing other Bloggers do it, I lined the back of the shelf with scrap book paper and I love it, I can change it out and it only cost pennies! The big basket came from Southern Market....I will be showing you all about Southern Market one day...it's fabulous! The note book on the right came from Office Max. There is a box sitting on the left of the basket that is covered in black and white damask fabric, I found it at Marshall for $4 on clearance. I am looking for a black wooden book holder to stand in on that left side, then I will move that fabric box to my desk.Here's a after look at how it turned out. The Ivy Monster is going to the yard sale boxes in the garage. I moved the teapot lamp to the other end of the desk.

This black wooden box came from Marshall's and it works perfect for my files, before I had a copper container that the files really didn't fit in.
Remember Mr Rooster from another Post....well, I just didn't care for that cream color that he was....so I painted him white, but did not completely cover him, he has enough cream to give him a shabby look.
This was a black wood frame I bought from the $ General Store for $3.50. I painted the white polka dots on and added the green bow. Oh that picture is our niece Emily on her 3rd birthday, now she is almost 4.The N came from Hobby Lobby, I just painted it black.




That's the end of this Re-do. Hope you all found some inspiration or just enjoyed looking! Thanks for taking the time to stop by!
If you haven't seen the post below, check it out if you have time. I was the winner of Rhonda's Giveaway and let me tell you.....She was very generous! Thank you Rhonda!
Hope everyone has a great day!!! ~Nancy~

115 comments

Darlene said...

Nancy,
That space looks FABULOUS now!! Great job and I LOVE the frame with the white dots and green bow. GREAT JOB!!!

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

I love your desk area it's so warm and cozy!
I'm looking forward to seeing how you decorate for fall-I started somethings last night that I will show on my blog (maybe today) Thanks for stopping by,(& leaving a comment!) I'm putting you on my Google reader!
God is answering my prayer for meeting more online Christians~ I feel very blessed!
Robin~♥

linda said...

What a fun re-design. I'm a lover of black and white, and especially toile. Great job!

nikkicrumpet said...

Everything looks WONDERFUL...it's organized but still filled with pretty treasures! I like that you kept the personality of the space. The black and white theme is really great. The scrape paper and that polka dot picture frame turned out perfect! Now you're never gonna want to leave this space! Have a great week!

Self Confessed Lamp Tramp said...

Wow, I think the desk area looks awesome! I love all the black and white accents, very nice. Wish I had a great space like yours!
xoxo!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Nancy,
I love your desk area and all your little accessories!

Love your style and taste...and your new blog design looks wonderful!
diane

Rue said...

Hi Nancy :)

You did a beautiful job! I think the shelf looks darling :)

Oh and congratulations on your giveaway win! I was runner up ;)

hugs,
rue

A Hint of Home said...

Congratulations on your giveaway win. You got some very cute things.
Your desk redo turned out really classy. Your home is lovely.

Tracey said...

The desk re-do looks wonderful, Nancy. Love the black and white and the polka dot frame you did with the ribbon is so cute :)

Sue said...

I love how you have your work space fixed. I love the black & white design background on the shelf....everything looks great.

mishebe said...

Love your style.. Hey how did you put the polka dots on your blog border? I would like to put polka dots black and white or stripes on mine. mishelle

An Accomplished Woman said...

What a great re-do. You are very clever.

CIELO said...

Good morning, Nancy... your blog is looking so pretty.... I love the new colors and design....

May the sun shine upon you today.

cielo

Anne Fannie said...

Hello Nancy,
I love all the black and white in your home. Very lovely!
~Ann

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Oh, what a pretty desk re=do! I LOVE the teapot lamp, and all of the black & white too!!

Mrs. B said...

Your desk space looks fabulous! I would love to have a desk like that! I think that teapot lamp might be the cutest thing I've ever seen!

Jessica said...

Nancy~

I'm sorry it took me so long to get back with you. I'm glad you came by. :) I live in Houston and we took a direct hit from Hurricane Ike, our power was just restored a few hours ago. I love your desk, your style is so me....I just need to get there...lol. I adore your teapot lamp also. Take care.

Hugs, Jessica

Jan and Tom's Place said...

WOW, how pretty your desk area looks. I love the Tea Pot lamp!! But, then...I'm partial to Tea Parties!!! LOL!!!

Thanks for the visit!! Enjoy your shopping experience!! LOL!!! I wish this was an "in person" thing...where I could actually meet and greet everyone shopping and hand them a cup or glass of tea and a cookie!!!

~Blessings,
Jan

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Nancy your desk area makeover is perfect! It looks so organized and warm and inviting all at once...
Penny

Classic Charm said...

Nancy girl I could use you here...can you come to Indiana? Haaaa....looks wonderful - YOU'RE GOOD! REAL GOOD!
Hugs,
Rose

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy! Absolutely Perfect!!! If you have a HomeGoods near you check out their office decor area I saw lots of black accessories that would work on your shelf! I adore black and white as you can tell from my blog design!lol Someday my house will have the same look!?? Have a great weekend - Jeannette

Suzann said...

You've done a lovely job. I'm so envious of your desk area. I am hoping to have one someday and I'd be thrilled if it was half as nice as yours.

Melissa Wertz said...

Nancy, It was fine before, but your redesign is just beautiful!

Janera said...

This looks beautiful! I'm inspired to do something with my own now. Thanks! Come over and sign up for a giveaway at my place. Bring friends!

Sue said...

Nancy,
Your desk area looks so cute. I used to have a desk in my old kitchen and so miss it. I would love to convert our hutch area in our kitchen but hubbie won't consider giving up his little area. Oh well, love what you have done with your space.
Hugs,
Sue

Anonymous said...

Hi again Nancy! I just left Homegoods and checked to make sure I didn't give you wrong info re desk stuff; they still have lots of black but mine didn't really have any book holders? I'm waiting for my hubby to finish work so I'm in his office!lol Just to let you know I was thinking of you plus I had to sneak another peak of this beautiful work area! Have a great Sunday - Jeannette

Anonymous said...

Wow! Gorgeous desk - I love how you have deorated it! I just found your blog and have really enjoyed reading through it. I hope you don't mind, I'd love to add you to my blogroll so that I can come back again to visit! Have a great weekend!

~Erin

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

What a beautiful tranformation! I thought it was fine before, but this is fabulous! I love the black and white combination and sneak it in wherever I can! I LOVE that tea pot lamp!!! And thank you for the kind comments in your previous post! I am blushing! :) I am so glad you liked your goodies and congrats again for winning my give-away! I got the return stamp from a girl off of Ebay. She was in Ca. I believe! I'll try to see if I can find her seller id! She had a pretty quick turn-around. I ordered one for myself, to do Christmas cards with, and loved it so good, I ordered a bunch more for Christmas gifts! She has many different fonts and styles to choose from! And her prices were $10 cheaper than in town here! So the recipients that got them for Christmas were really impressed! LOL! I LOVE mine! It really comes in handy! You can get them in just your initial to, and they are self-inking!

Hope you are having a great weekend! :) ~Rhonda

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh so pretty Nancy ! I love your cozy desk area.

Stesha said...

The after looks great! I especially liked the frame. I wish I had talent to do things like that.

Congrats on your saucy blog.

Hugs and Mocha,
Stesha

Jennifer said...

Beautiful job! And happy SITS Day!

Jamie said...

Great redo! Lots of creative idea's to glean from this post. Visiting from SITS.

Eve said...

OMGosh! You are a woman after my own heart! That looks fabulous!

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What A Card said...

What a lovely desk! Tell the truth...does it still look that neat? I bet it does, doesn't it? :)

Katie Stacey said...

Thanks for sharing. I got all kinds of inspiration!

Rachael said...

Happy Sits Day! I love the black, white and green!

LORI said...

I LOVE THE BLACK AND WHITE--IT LOOKS VERY SHARP AND CLEAN! NICE EXTRA TOUCHES! COMING AT YA FROM SITS, HAPPY DAY!

Louisa said...

Well done! I too feel inspired after seeing this!

{Katie Lane} said...

Your desk looks great! Love the black and white, and the chicken!

Danni said...

Awesome desk layout!

Monica said...

It looks fabulous! You did a great job!

Astrid said...

How dreamy! Love all the pretty things you have. Very lovely desk-scape!
Happy SITS day!

Diva Scrapper said...

What an elegant look...it just looks like it came out of a magazine. What a beauty.

Melissa Papaj Photography said...

Stopping by from SITS! I have always loved black and white...especially damask and am so happy it is back!

Creative Junkie said...

WOW ... that is GORGEOUS.

Love the color scheme but it's all the accents that are really catching my eye!

Erika said...

Looks great! I love your color scheme!!

Lula! said...

Brilliant! Fabulous! Fantastic! I love it...you have sooooooo inspired me to redo my desk area in my kitchen.

Anna said...

I love that redo...what a fabulous job. I have that exact same monogram tile and stand except mine is an "N".
Happy SITS day!

momma said...

what a beautiful desk!

cat said...

Great new look! Now I have several areas that you can help with..

Tiffany said...

That's a great re-do. I really like the coordinated files and notebooks. Congrats on your SITS day.

Jaime said...

Thanks for sharing your talents with us! You have inspired me!

mommytoalot said...

Wow! That looks awesome!
congrats on being FB today

Coffee with Cathy said...

Black-and-white is my favorite! Thanks for the inspiration.

lynn said...

Very nice! I wish I had a desk like that in my kitchen area. The things you think of after you build a house!
Congrats on your SITS feature.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I am visiting from SITS. The desk area is lovely!

sandy said...

Gorgeous! Congrats on your SITSday!

Sera said...

Awesome! I'm working on organizing my office right now, so I loved this post. What a great blog you have - I can't wait to see more of it! I'm stopping by from SITS. :)

Ali said...

That reminds me, I need an office re-do too!

Willo said...

Looks great! I love the rooster (I have a thing for roosters)!

Vickie said...

Happy SITS day! I need an office before I can have a redo. Nice job with your redo:)

Michelle said...

nice! you are talented.

Reeni♥ said...

It's gorgeous!! You did a lovely job!

Alicia @ Oh2122 said...

I love the black and white.

It's so crisp and clean.

Ali said...

Happy SITS day! Just found you, love your blog! Hope it's okay if I visit every now & again!

Love the re-do! Paper clutter is my WORST enemy also! I know I need to tackle it... for now, I am thankful that I have a couple of kitchen drawers to scoop it all into! LOL

Laurel said...

Nice job. So do you want to come over and do mine? :)

Kelly Deneen said...

That is awesome!!!! Happy SITS day! :)

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

Ok, where in the south are you? Cuz I'm officially commissioning you to redo my home. LOL

Ryan and Katie said...

Very cute!

Laura said...

What a beautiful space!

{leah} said...

It looks really good!! It gives me some ideas for my own desk... {which is really messy now}

Peeking in from SITS}

ConversationsWithACupcake said...

Aren't you GLAD that black and white is in? I LOVE those colors and the rich designs. I'll be so sad to see them go out of style one day. But for now...BE.A.U.TI.FULLLL!

Thanks for the gorgeous ideas. I'm so glad you were a SITS girl today so I could find you!

Cara Kipp said...

Happy SITS day! I'm a big sucker for before and afters and this one is great! :)

Lyssa Ireland Thomas said...

Happy SITS Day! I love your redo. You have a unique style all of your own that is just lovely!

Xazmin said...

It looks wonderful! I love the black and white - so elegant.

Cammie said...

that looks awesome!
happy SITS day!!

Tara said...

LOVE IT!!! that is so adorable!!

Quiskaeya said...

I love the southern charm appeal in your style. Happy SITS day!

Mimi said...

Fantastic job!

Brandy said...

Nice redo! Even if it does make my desk look even worse than before. LOL!

{april kennedy} said...

I love the initial "N" on your desk! And I read your entire post with a southern accent. Please don't correct me if I am wrong. It just sounded sooo good! Nice job!

AP said...

stopping in from SITS to say hi. and wow, awesome job. come do my desk area!! HA!!

Tori C. (The Sweet Jelly Bean) said...

So cheery and classic, I love it!

Susan said...

Over from SITS! Great looking desk! I think mine needs a makeover too.

Brittany said...

Stopping by from SITS... Love your style! Damask is a favorite of mine!

Sherrie said...

Stopping by from SITS! When did you say you were coming over to re-design my office/homeschool space? LOL!

countryfriedmama said...

I love seeing all the things people do with scrapbook paper. It is a versatile product!

Saundra@ItalianMamaGoneCrazy said...

I loved the before and adore the after!

What a space to create in!

Wonderful... wonderful!

Tanielle said...

what a great way to change it up.

Shannon said...

Your "before" photo looks a LOT better than how my desk looks right now!

Kate said...

Hey Nancy - just stopped by from sits. You wouldn't believe it, but we have almost the same thing going with our office space. I have almost the same color on the walls with a black desk, but I have blue accents. I'm a yankee I guess, but we just moved back north after five years in the South. We lived there while I went to school at Crichton College in Memphis. We miss our Southern friends. Although, I definitely don't miss the food, I just never grew accustomed to Southern food. Great to meet you.

Tiffany said...

You have totally inspired me!!!

LOVE the black!

Tabitha Blue said...

Very cute and creative!!! What a great talent... and eye for re-do's!!!

:)
~Tabitha~

freshmommyblog.com

Amanda said...

Wow that looks great! You did a great job coordinating and organizing everything!

Leslie said...

Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous!

- Leslie

Anonymous said...

Great job - your re-do looks bee-yoo-ti-ful! Although there are so many nice things on your desk that I don't think I could get any work done ;) Happy SITS Day! I can't wait to read more...

Whispering Writer said...

Oh, wow! I LOVE what you've done here, especially how effective a piece of scrap book paper, a basket and a book can be! What I wouldn't give for a space like this to work in...

Blue Castle said...

What a cute space! I love that lamp. And that rooster! Adorable.

Stacy's Random Thoughts said...

Love the space - the redo made it just right! :) Happy SITS Day! :)

Fairy Princess Garden said...

Happy SITS Day! Love what you did with your desk area, and the rest looks FAB! Could I pay you enough to come over and do mine? hahaha
Thanks for sharing your Southern Hospitality.

Lisa M said...

Happy SITS Day! Love your re-do! The desk is lovely and you brought together some great colors and things you love, without making it look cluttered.
Awesome job!

jen allyson said...

LOVE the changes you made to the space. such cute ideas TFS!

Elaine said...

Happy SITS day! I have a letter E at my desk also just like your N. Yours is even larger and makes such a statement. Love your whole redo.
Elaine :)

Jaden Paige said...

Great face lift! It came out so cute :) Happy SITS day!

Michelle said...

I have so many areas to fix up before I ever get to my desk... but you did a great job. I love how you tied the color all back to B&W and had the patterns all work together. It's so clean looking now. Nice job!

Lea Ann said...

oh I wish you could come redo my desk. it looks like an 11-yr-old boy uses it. i'm hopeless. thank you for making me think about how to change it.

Aubrey said...

Wow! Looks great! I really love the black & white look you created. I'm usually not a big fan BUT you knocked it out!

Coming over from SITS!!

Thrifty and Chic Mom said...

I love it want to come and re-do my desk area?

Thrifty and Chic Mom said...

I love it want to come and re-do my desk area?

Jacky said...

I like that a lot! Happy SITStas day! I didn't get a chance to look until today! =)

jubilee said...

Gorgeous. I want my desk to grow up to be just like yours! BG

Stephanie @ bizziemommy.com said...

Great update on the space. I love the idea about using the scrap book paper, I'm going to try that at home.

Jeanne said...

Looks terrific!

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

Awesome I wish my desk looked like that !

Heth said...

Beautiful desk! I've got an area almost just like this- not decorated near like yours though! Makes me want to go decorate it! lol