Before: Dining Room Office

Before: Dining Room Office

Nov 20, 2008

That's right, just a before. We're about to undertake the task of redoing our dining room to make it function better as an office (while still being able to serve as a dinner party space,) and instead of showing you a before and after and then being frustrated by great suggestions once we've already done the work, we thought we'd solicit some opinion for AT readers before we got started.

Our dining room currently serves as somewhat of a catchall, and in the end doesn't get used very much. There's a desk tucked into the corner, but it's used mainly as storage for piles of paper and we end up working at the dining room table. While we eat most meals on the sofa (horror!) we throw relatively regular dinner parties and need to keep the dining table available for that. The biggest adjustment that needs to be made is to make this into a functional workspace for two people working together - we're thinking we'll use the dining table as a large desk but keep all paperwork/office supplies off of it when not in use.

We obviously need to find a better storage solution to replace the three small pieces on this wall. The door in this shot goes into the kitchen but is blocked on the other side by kitchen storage so we wouldn't mind blocking it on this side too (our house isn't huge so it's not a big deal to bring food through the other way.)

We're planning on painting the walls a more vivid color, possibly a deep blue, and would like to also paint the table - we're thinking gloss white, but are open to other suggestions. And we know that right now there is too much art and too many knickknacks, so we'd like to streamline the accessories while possibly adding a large bulletin board.

So AT readers, what do you think? Any brilliant suggestions for us before we get underway?

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