Friday, February 18, 2011

My New Office: Take 1

You may remember I got the opportunity to pick out new furniture for my office. I posted about my excitement here.
Well. it has arrived and I got to move in this week. I am still working to decorate. I am making custom office supplies and want to have pretty magazine files and coordinating bits on the book shelves. But for some reason I can not seem to finish projects right now so those are not ready yet.

Let's take a look. I apologize for the iphone pictures. I promise to bring in my camera and take good pictures when I am done decorating.
This is the before. It was full of someone else's junk (and a little bit of mine) The chair is covering most of it up but the wall were smudge from years of greasy boots  and hands bumping up against it. Ick.
I painted the walls using paint we had leftover from painting our current place and the color looks better there than it does here. Something about the florescent lights brings out a pink and orange tone that isn't great. Oh, well. It only cost me a Saturday and it looks SO much better and brighter.

Huh? Whats that? You wouldn't know because I am rambling instead of showing pictures? oh sorry. Here you go.
They delivered the wrong chairs and I had to be persistent to get the right ones ordered in the first place but I really like my desk chair and the guest chairs. I need to move my desk forward so the chairs aren't so awkwardly in a large gap and to cover some outlets and wires but I am too embarrassed to go ask some guys who aren't busy making steel to move furniture around for me. oh well.. I am going to have to bite the bullet soon. It is driving me crazy.
Also, you might have noticed a cardboard box on one of the shelves. It is holding the solid wood doors that came off the hutch when they put the glass ones on. I asked the installers if I could keep them and they let me (I just had to put up with a few strange looks)

I am going to make some sort of art to put above the guest chairs. I want to mount different pieces of found industrial bits.
Like this tag off of a bundle of rebar. I keep it at my desk to remind me that there is beauty already even in steel mill.You just have to look for it.
or this bit of dross that was the first bit removed by the first piece of equipment I designed.
I've got 4 doors so I need some more bits. The difficulty is that most bits of metal around here go back to the shredder and get re-melted so picking up metal off the ground is like picking up a dollar someone dropped. And I don't want to steal from the company to do my art.


  1. That looks great in there! Definitely a huuuge improvement. I'll be interested to see that wall hanging with recycled materials! <3

  2. Yay for great new office furniture! And the walls look great with it.
    LOVE what you said about looking for the everyday beauty at your job. It's so true, for every job I think. I think that's a great idea to collect those neat little bits from the mill. It's helped me a lot at work to put art and encouraging prints in my office. I think your office will be a happy place for you!

  3. So far, so good. The place is looking more and more presentable as the furniture keep coming in. I hope you share some pics as soon as it's done!

    -Faye Acklin