Before & After: From Awkward to Functional Under $200

published Jan 5, 2014
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(Image credit: Joy Lewis)

This lovely townhouse had a problem: an underutilized space between the living room and the kitchen that was supposed to be a formal dining room. Because the home already had a big dine-in kitchen, the tiny room was awkward and left unused.

(Image credit: Joy Lewis)

A much better solution for this family was to convert the room to a work space and music room. Selling an old, hefty wood desk helped fund the construction of a new custom workstation made from existing file cabinets. Some IKEA-hacking later, and the new functional space has the look of built-ins without the price!

From Joy:

I do a lot of blogging and crafting, so the wide two-person workspace is super handy, especially with a pair of littles who want to join me with their coloring projects. We also love having a little nook for the piano with a gallery wall for family photos.

Cost Breakdown of the Desk:

See more of the project here.

Thank you Joy!

Re-edited from a post originally published 1.5.14-NT