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An Organized Office for $432

White-painted built-ins provide stylish storage from floor to ceiling—plus a bonus work surface

home office remodel with diy built-in shelves
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Home offices can be clutter magnets, with too much stuff and not enough storage space. That's what Ronda Batchelor found in her workspace, where documents, books, and craft supplies had taken over the small room. To restore order, Ronda plotted out wall-to-wall built-ins; but to keep costs down, she knew she'd have to get creative. Rather than build shelves from scratch, Ronda scoured local resale listings and secondhand shops for old TV cabinets, bookshelves, and a desk, which she bought piecemeal. Once she had found enough to fill two adjoining walls, she and husband Les removed the room's baseboards and built a toekick platform out of 2x4s on which to rest the pieces.
Home offices can be clutter magnets, with too much stuff and not enough storage space. That's what Ronda Batchelor found in her workspace, where documents, books, and craft supplies had taken over the small room. To restore order, Ronda plotted out wall-to-wall built-ins; but to keep costs down, she knew she'd have to get creative. Rather than build shelves from scratch, Ronda scoured local resale listings and secondhand shops for old TV cabinets, bookshelves, and a desk, which she bought piecemeal. Once she had found enough to fill two adjoining walls, she and husband Les removed the room's baseboards and built a toekick platform out of 2x4s on which to rest the pieces.
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The Work

 

The Work

cluttered home office before remodel
Before: Clutter overwhelmed the small office, leaving little room to work. Dark, mismatched furniture made the space feel dreary.
They fastened the storage units to the wall and bridged gaps with medium-density fiberboard (MDF). Above the built-in desk, Ronda created a paper-sorting station out of MDF and marked-down beadboard, embellishing it with molding and brackets. Finally, she reattached the old baseboards, topped the cabinetry with crown molding, and painted it all white. "It functions so well, and gives my kids room to work too," says Ronda. "Even if I'd spent thousands of dollars, I couldn't be any happier!"
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The Project Tally

 

The Project Tally

• Built in a used desk, entertainment center, and bookshelves, mounting them on a platform of 2x4s $154

• Used MDF to bridge gaps and add additional shelves $86

• Made a paper-sorting station above the built-in desk, adding brackets and trim $33

• Reinstalled the original baseboards, and topped the built-ins with crown molding scored at a garage sale $20

• Stained the built-in desktop, and painted the rest of the assembly white $71

• Finished the look with nickel knobs and bin pulls $33
• Added a DIY pinboard made with cork, fabric, and an old frame to display notes and pictures $35

Total $432
 
 

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