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Before and After: Someone Found a Way to Make a White Wall Interesting

published Feb 5, 2019
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This unassuming bit of wall doesn’t necessarily scream office built for two, but two desk chairs, eight shelves, and countless colors later, it is now a bright cheerful office suitable for two professional adults—and Rainbow Brite.

Here’s a bit of background about what was needed, and what the limitations were:

My boyfriend and I moved to Brooklyn last year and needed a solution to the problem of having two computers but no designated room for an office. We wanted desks to accommodate both of our work areas, but not overpower the size of our living room (it’s an open floor plan that leads into the kitchen).

Finding space for two desks in an average living room is indeed a bit of a challenge, so perhaps this solution will help out everyone facing similar challenges.

(Image credit: The Crafted Life)

How fantastic! The Crafted Life took a plain white wall and unleashed the rainbow upon it. This new petite office is such an impressive balance of playful and professional. The leather chairs and richly hued wooden shelves are classic and classy, while the many-hued brackets and organizers are playful and poppy. And while the impressive collections of spray paints, fabric dyes, and markers could have been tucked away in a storage box, displaying them adds color, style, and easy access.

The double desk is sleekly simple, with plenty of room for computers and other essentials. Despite its small footprint, it is not cramped; it looks plenty roomy for two people to use at the same time without crowding each other. And while the colors are festive and fun, they’re neither distracting nor overwhelming to a workspace.

Rachel has a full DIY breakdown over on The Crafted Life, but here shares what it took to complete this project:

It took a full day (about eight hours) because of dry time and cost under $400. I love the pops of color because of the painted brackets. I wouldn’t change a thing!

Less than $400 for an office for two is a pretty impressive bargain (the West Elm chairs aren’t included in that amount). Shelf brackets and plywood shelves are generally a very affordable option, and are even better when they’re enlivened with vibrant colors.

Thank you, The Crafted Life!