When I saw this post on Tatertots and Jello, I KNEW I had to do this to our tiny kitchen desk area. And while mine isn’t as cool as hers (I love the vintage touches she added!), it is totally going to work for us, and I love that cost me less than $20 because of the paint and a few other things I already had on hand.
Here’s the before (the already-cleaned-up-a-little-bit version):
It’s small. The drawer, because of its depth, is virtually useless. Stuff heaped on the counter space just wasn’t working for me. Plus, there’s a spot on my kitchen island that always has papers on it. And, every day when Matt comes in from work, he asks me where the mail is.
That’s not going to be an issue anymore. 🙂
I feel like I need to pause here for a moment and write a note to my children and those of their generation.
Years and years ago, telephones did not have to be plugged in to an outlet to work. You simply hooked them up to a phone jack and talked! But, the catch was that you could only move as far as the telephone cord would allow…that’s right, phones were NOT cordless. So that’s why this house was built with the phone jack and outlet not on the same wall, which would be really convenient about now.
Ok, back to our regularly-scheduled programming with some notes about the details.
Here are the file folders. They’ll contain important papers for the kids for school that I will probably forget to fill out and return on time since they won’t be lying on the counter any longer, and Matt’s file will get the mail that pertains to him.
Next up: that little round box in the corner? Purchased as a set of 3 on clearance for $3 at Joann’s a few days ago. I’d already put the other two to use in my craft storage area, and then I remembered this one, which was the largest of the 3, when I needed something in which to store power cords.
And now for the tray. I looked for a while before I found this one at HomeGoods for $6. It was UGLY, let me tell you. But a few coats of paint later and voila! A perfect little tray. The pencil holder was one I already had (from Target, maybe?) and spray painted to match, and the little tin can was in the $1 section (which in the last week has become the $1.50 section, thank you inflation) at Michael’s.
But something was missing in the first picture, I realized, when I stepped back to take a look.
There, that’s better.
The only thing I think I’d like to add is a vintage phone. Like if I could find a really old one that could sit on the tray or be attached to the wall I’d be so happy. Of course, I’d put the cordless somewhere else in the house, because I don’t want to live in the stone age, but I think it would look really cool.