This space, off to the side of our kitchen, is supposed to be a breakfast nook. But as soon as we moved in, our boys began putting their toys here. We didn’t have furniture for a nook, so I followed suit and put my puny little desk in the same space so I could work while they played. I thought it was temporary, but it actually was working great as a playroom/home office.
Here’s a view of what it looked like before. Your eyes are not deceiving you. That is a giant salmon wall. I traded that out for Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Charcoal. I got the VOC-free paint for this one. It truly was odorless, but I have to say, it doesn’t stick to the wall quite as well as the more toxic stuff. I’ve already had to touch up a few nicks from the boys. I adore the color, though. It’s a beautiful charcoal with warm undertones. Perfect.
The wall is expansive and I wasn’t sure how to fill it proportionally. For example, my tiny desk looked ridiculous against it, but I didn’t want to do a big shelving unit because the kitchen cabinets are farther down on the same wall. It probably would have been too much. So I opted for some DIY art and two desks side by side.
Almost the whole space is from Ikea. I used 2 of the incredibly affordable Micke desks ($69.99), the Micke drawer unit ($59.99), Tobias chairs ($79), and the Kallax shelf unit ($64.99). The little table and chairs ($20) are also from Ikea. The diamond rug is from Urban Outfitters and is currently on sale ($40). I created the space for only $400 — I already had the shelving unit and kids’ table and chairs.
The desk goes together like this. The solid side panel is able to go on either side. I put both of mine to the outside to make it look more like one piece. I love the sleek simplicity and versatility of this desk. Well done, Ikea.
So there you have it, our breakfast nook turned home office/playroom.
Here’s the same space with different art.