Before & After: Adding Wow to a Home Workspace for $35

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Sara is running towards the thesis finish line (go Sara!) and decided to revamp her work space to make it more comfortable and inspiring. Her sister gave her a back-friendly desk as a gift and she was able to add color and style to the space for under $35!

(Image credit: Sara of Forever Rented )

From Sara: Since last month, I’ve been working from home two or three times a week because I am way more productive there and, as I have the deadlines for my Ph.D. thesis looming, I can’t afford any distractions.

It’s a very comfortable space, a balcony with nice views of the sea (and of the neighbors) and with plenty of light. The drafting table and the stool were from my sister, who has back problems and this table was very good for her while she was studying. The great thing about it is that it can be angled so you don’t have to bend your back. Great for the neck!

The table on the whole was good, despite some scratches and cuts in the vinyl that covered the wooden plank. It looked a little bit old and the vinyl, which was green at the beginning, looked yellowish and not so good.
As the balcony is painted all in white, I thought the gold would be a nice color choice. Well, in fact, any color paint would have been a good choice, but I wanted to try the combination of gold with pink marble and see how it looked. I wasn’t able to find a vinyl with that characteristics, but instead I found a white marble vinyl, that looked really nice. The total cost of the project was less than $35!

The hardest part for me was covering the entire surface of the table with the vinyl on my own. So if you are planning something similar and you have the chance, ask someone to help you. Both table and stool have two coats of paint; I let it dry between the first and the second.

Once again, it is incredible how a little bit of paint and some special touches can change a place. Now, I feel more inspired and definitely more productive! (I know this sounds silly, but it’s what I feel!). Even though this is not a totally renovated space, as the apartment is not mine, I did my best to change this little nook with very few things.

Next step: give the stool a new look with some funny fabric, as the current one is kinda old and is broken at some points. What do you think? Any idea of what should I do with it?

Thank you Sara! See more from Sara on Forever Rented.