Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Kitchen Office Nook

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Scripture to Live By:
And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
2 Corinthians 5:15

Easter is upon us and the verse above says what Christ Jesus did for us.  He died for our sin, he was buried and he rose again in three days.  Why is this so important?  It is of utmost importance because if He had not we could not have a relationship with God and have our sins forgiven.  As a child of God, by faith in what His Son did for me,  I am to no longer live for my self-center desires. I am to live for the one who gave His life, that I might live eternally for and with Him. 

Home Improvement Post:
In our kitchen there is a space which goes into the furnace room.  It is a hole in the wall to get into where the furnace is .  It cannot be closed off because if something goes wrong, you have to go through this hole get to the furnace.  So we decided to use this space for a desk and an kitchen office.  

Here is what we did:  We took the door off the cabinet and the drawer out, as you can see it the picture.  Then we made a shelf to go where the drawer once was.  We are using this space to store paper and odds and ends.  We took the drawer out because once we put the desk top on you would not be able to open the drawer. 


We took the screen off the hole to the furnace and painted it white.  We also painted the inside of the cabinet white. 

  



Taped it off to paint.





We made a bracket for the desk top to rest on and screwed it beneath the drawer opening.




After the screen had dried we put it back on the furnace room opening.




We purchased some metal brackets and painted them white to add extra strength to the desk table top.


After they were dry we screwed them to the wall.


Brackets are in place but before we put the desk top in we wanted to install a light under the wall cabinet above this area to give more light to the desk area.  



We purchase a 24 in Under Cabinet light to go here.


We installed it according to the direction.   




The lighting is great.  Now it is time to put the desk top on.  My son-in-law made my kitchen counter tops so he made this extra piece for this area.  In the picture below is the desk top a back splash to match the rest of the kitchen and a white board to cover the place where the drawer once was that would give me access to this storage area. 


We set it in place and it fits perfect.


Looking good.



Next step is to screw the desk top to the brackets to hold it in place.




So nice.


Next we installed a decorative shelf right above the desk to put books and various office supplies.



The shelf went directly below the light we had installed. 


I painted the screw heads.   


Now the light was in the book shelf was in and the desk was in. 

  
We had purchase a leg to go on the side that was not supported by a cabinet.


Now it was time to set up my office space.  We ran the wires for the speakers and hooked them to a surge protector strip. 


Next we hooked up my computer.


Added a printer on the cabinet.


I have always wanted a computer in my kitchen where I could store my recipes and pull them up and not have to look through paper recipes.  So now I can just pull up a recipe in my computer and make the desired recipe reading it from my computer screen. 


How nice is that?

I also cleaned our the cabinets that were above this office space and stored various office supplies. Now I don't have to leave the kitchen  when I need office things.  I can just open the doors above this space where I have my office supplies. 


I also purchased plastic shoe boxes to uses for various office items and labeled them to know what is in each box and used the cabinet under the desk to store them in.  It is working our great. 


I went to Better Homes and Garden website and downloaded Printable Labels and made the labels to go on the shoe boxes.

Using my Xyron Machine I laminated the  labels so they would last longer..



 We drilled holes in the boxes to attach the labels with ribbon so we could change them if we desired.



 We used a paper punch to make holes in the label so we could pet the ribbons through.



Then I stacked them alphabetically in the cabinet under the desk. 




The ones I would be using more frequently I put beside my printer on the cabinet top. 












 I am very please to have my office in the kitchen.  I can download music or sermons and listen as I work as well.  I am thankful for this office space.  It is very convenient and useful.  What do you think? 

Blessings,



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33 comments:

  1. This is a neat idea! I have big dreams for our kitchen remodel, but never thought about putting in a little office nook!

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    1. Thank you for your comment. I really like it. It is so convenient to use while you are working in the kitchen. I would encourage you to consider it when you remodel.

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  2. That's a great way to use that space! Thanks for sharing. Found your link on twindragonflydesign link party. :)

    Stephanie http://crazylittlelovebirds.blogspot.com

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    1. So glad you came to visit. Thank you for your encouraging comment come again some time. Blessings to you.

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  3. I think the office space is a great idea! looks wonderful and it's definitely convenient

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging comment. Blessings

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  4. I love that the fridge is right there! lol

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    1. It is very convenient and I can use the side of it as a posting board as well. Thank you for your comment and for viewing my post. Blessings

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  5. So nice! Great to get a little extra space with that area. I like the leg you added, nice detail.
    I'm visiting you today from Happy Hour. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Spring JOY Frame ~ Printable

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    1. So glad you like my Kitchen Nook and the decorative leg on it. Thank you so much for your encouraging comment. Blessings

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  6. I love the idea of putting the wholes in the plastic bins to put the label tie through! Genius!
    Thanks so much for linking up at Real Family Fun.
    KC

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    1. Thank you for having your party and for your comment. I am glad you liked my post. Blessings

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  7. That's a very clever use of a small space!

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    1. Thank you for your comment and for viewing my post. Blessings

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  8. How Clever! What a great way to utilize that wasted space. Love the labeled bins. You are going to be so productive with your little office corner there in the kitchen.

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging comment and for viewing my post. I so enjoy this space. It is so handy to look up recipes in the kitchen. Blessings

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  9. I'm exhausted just looking at all the photos of the work that went into creating your beautiful space. And, BEAUTIFUL it is! What an excellent area you now have. Good for you! Wow.

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    1. Thank you so much for your special encouraging comment. You have blessed me today by your comment.Come visit again soon. Blessings to you and your family.

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  10. whoa! that's great! technology in the kitchen nowadays is a must! (in my opinion anyway ;) ) I have an island in the way of my 'office' and sometimes it's a pain, but in a rental, it'll have to do!

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    1. Thank you for your comment and for viewing my post. I agree. technology in the kitchen is a must and it does save time. Blessings to you. Come visit again.

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  11. What a great idea! You've really set up a neat office area. Love it!

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    1. Thank you so much Susan for your comment. Glad you like it. Blessings to you.

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  12. I love your little office you have carved out! Really great ideas for this! I am envious of your under cabinet lighting! I need some of that!

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    1. Thank you for your comment and for viewing my post. The under the cabinet lighting is very reasonable. Hope you get some. Blessings

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  13. Looking good! I’d love it if you’d link up to The DIY’ers link party. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-diyers.html

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    1. I did go to your blog and became a follower and link up. Thank you for the invitation. Blessings to you.

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  14. What a great addition! I wouldn't have thought to extend the desk like that but it looks like it totally belongs there. Fabulous work!

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging comment. Glad you like it. Thank you also for viewing my post. Come again soon. Blessings to you.

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  15. Such a great idea! It looks just amazing. I want to start a page as your ans recently I asked a web design company ELCO PLANET (www.elcoplanet.com) to develope the page for me.. I was just interested for web hosting.. can you please advice me about web hosting provider.. have you ever heard for www.elcoplanet.com offering hosting, alpha reseller hosting... ? thanks a lot

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  17. Your officespace idea is wonderful, you have arranged the space very well.

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  18. Hi Jo-Ann!
    Did you know that Ann (also my middle name) means "grace"--?
    :)
    I just pinned this darling space to our Organize It! Board. It fascinated me that you used the space you had so wisely.
    You had a vision, and completed it--
    Thank you for sharing it with us!
    I know it will inspire others to make the most of the space their home has.
    I pray you have a beautiful day making your home!
    HUGS!
    ~Leslie

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    1. Thank you so much Leslie for viewing my post on Kitchen Office. We really enjoy this space and it is so handy in the kitchen to look up recipes on my blog to not have to find a paper copy of them. Saves me a lot of time. So glad you like it. Yes I did know Ann means grace. That is why I named my blog Growing in Grace. Thank you for pinning my space. Blessings to you today in your home. So thankful for the privilege of being a homemaker.XOXO

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