Skateboard Business Home Office
See how this space goes from guest room to organized home office with custom storage solutions and more.
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Courtney Gibney and Michael Buckley run a skateboard and apparel business out of their home, however, their home office is more of an all-purpose store room without clear direction.
Host Lee Snijders visits this busy couple and finds that not only is storage a big problem, but the room needs to be clearly defined as well. Getting their skateboarding inventory off the floor and on shelves will be a priority. Gibney is a painter and they both play the guitar so they want to have space to be creative as well as work. Privacy is an issue so they both want better curtains to cover their windows.
- The walls are kept the existing electric blue color. Blocks of black paint create backgrounds behind items used for wall art.
- Design coordinator Charles Burbridge comes up with a storage solution for the boxes of skateboard inventory. He mixes latex semi-gloss black paint with latex paint conditioner and sprays it on precut medium-density fiberboard shelves to make the job easier. The boards are then stacked with galvanized pipe held in place with screw-on metal flanges.
- Snijders takes on the task of bringing in a more user-friendly workspace. He creates an L-shaped seating and work area using three black file cabinets and cabinetry he constructs himself. He attaches a spacer board to the top of each file cabinet and paints it black; additional wood boards (stained light brown) are then set on top. (The spacer boards create the illusion that the table and desk surfaces are "floating" on top.)
The desk and tabletop are trimmed out with iron-on veneer to hide the rough edges. Braces support the middle of the long desktop so it doesn't bow. Upholstered cushions and pillows give comfort to the seating area. Matching table lamps give much-needed task lighting.
- Design coordinator Summer Baltzer repurposes store-bought skateboards into "extreme" shelves that look like they're coming through the walls. She cuts the boards in half and attaches them to the wall with metal L-brackets, which she paints over with the wall color.
- Finishing touches include black curtains, three different-colored framed boards above the desk, the homeowner's guitars hung on the wall for accessible art and coat racks behind the door made of flanges and plumbing elbows.
Furniture — $470
- pipes for shelves: Contractor's Warehouse
- file cabinets: Office Depot — 673480
Accessories and lighting — $334
- skateboards: Target — 082070011
- aluminum corkboard: Staples — 718103021142
- aluminum chalkboard: Office Depot — 026426004651
- aluminum dry erase board: Office Depot — 026426004613
Fabric — $175
Paint and stains — $20
- paint: Benjamin Moore — 1-622 Regal Aquaglo Black
Project Total — $999
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