Workroom Update: Before And After Photos



That’s me breathing a sigh of relief every time I walk into my workroom now- a room I walk into every day, so you can imagine the impact this has made on me.

OK, that sounded way out of perspective – it’s just a clean and more organized room, after all – but what I mean to say is that a pleasant workspace can mentally have a positive impact on our everyday lives, wouldn’t you agree?

Just a little over a week ago it looked similar to this photo that I took of the room when I originally posted about it during our Remodeling Series (before our remodel, this was part of the garage!):

Except that it probably had even more stuff piled everywhere.

And since this room serves as my blogging office, sewing room, DIY workshop, workout room (thanks to the treadmill hidden in the closet), occasional guestroom, and houses our canning & food overflow pantries, it has spent a lot of time looking like these before shots:

These piles are from the “DIY workshop” function of the room- they were pictures, frames, and mirrors waiting to become part of the new gallery wall. So the teetering pile on the hat boxes weren’t there after I posted about our wall, but see all the stuff to the left? And piled on the surfaces in the background?

Yeah…there for a long time.

And the shelves became places I could stuff lot of odds and ends.

There was some attempt at organization, but then stuff piled up on the walls (my preschool take-home bags) and the floor (more preschool stuff).

You can see where I’ve put some of the vintage canning jars I was given- even though they’re empty.

I had big plans for this bulletin board when I bought it, but  while it waited, I started sticking stuff on it…and in front of it.

Ugh. Believe it or not, I sorta stopped seeing all this junk.

And then, when we finally were able to use the vintage molding we had bought years ago to frame that old bulletin board (here’s where I published how to make a bulletin board like it), it provided the springboard I needed to eliminate things around here.

After all, it is my word of the year, isn’t it?

A bit nicer now, wouldn’t you agree?

I decided to switch the dresser and desk so I could move the sewing machine to the smaller table and have the desk for blogging, but still be able to access both with my rolling chair (a vintage office chair found for $5 at a thrift store many years ago).

It’s SO much nicer having more room on the desk. I used to have to move the sewing machine to the back if I was using the computer, and visa versa if I needed to sew. Which really didn’t leave enough room for either.

The unexpected bonus is that the dresser looks nicer from the doorway than the desk, I think. Probably has to do with the fact that I have a lot of, um…paraphernalia…on the desk and there are just three containers on the dresser.

I especially like the new spot for this chair (which of course is waiting for a slipcover…)- it’s very inviting next to the French doors with it’s great view and natural light.

Plus, it hides a few piles behind it. {smile} But just a few- really. The biggest pile is waiting to go to the thrift store, thankfully.

Tomorrow I’m going to highlight some of my favorite things in my updated workroom – including what I finally decided to fill all those vintage jars with! (See 13 Ways To Organize A Workroom With Vintage {and Thifted} Finds).


This is linked to the May Before and After Party.

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  1. says

    Wow! Jami!
    What a great space! I keep trying to convince my hubby that we should turn the garage into a room for us, but he’s not having any of it! :~{
    I love so many things about it ~ those gorgeous wide plank floors? Your pretty white dresser, two shelves/cabinets (I’ve been looking for just the right one to house my fabrics). The french doors let in such nice light!
    You did a great job rearranging and organizing all your items ~ want to come do a couple of my rooms? ;~D

    • says

      Thank you! I have to share, though, since you’re wanting to remodel your garage- those “gorgeous wide plank floors” are sheets of maple plywood cut lengthwise, nailed in place, stained and coated with polyurethane! I love how they turned out- especially for .54 a square foot. :-)

      And I’ve given up housing my fabric out in public- they always end up looking messy. They are all hidden on shelves in the closet. :-)

  2. says

    That before photo could’ve been mine. Different room, different stuff, but similar piles and stacks and well, you get the picture. I’m feeling inspired…thanks! ~Lisa

    visiting from Jabez Farm :)

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