For years, my workstation has been a little desk squeezed in behind the family room dining table and the wall. Not the most optimum of work spaces, but I like to be able to help with homework, make dinner, and just generally be nearby when my kids are around.
Recently, my daughter has been pulling up a chair to my right with her ipad plugged into my charger, blocking my access. One of the cats settles in on the chair to the left -- blocking my access. It had become a bit claustrophobic.
Here's where I used to sit. It is now a Littlest Pet Shop film and recording studio.
This buffet was a $20 yard sale score, including the fabulous color. It's been sitting at the other end of the room, since I knew I wanted to use it somewhere somehow.
I thought it would make a perfect workstation, but it was way too high for me. We thought (only for a second!) of cutting off the legs, but that was one of my favorite features. Plus, sacreligious!
A bar stool was also not a solution, since I needed some back support and I am not the most coordinated of people. (Unless I am holding a Dirty Martini; then I am much more capable of getting on and off of a bar stool).
After months of searching, I finally scored a great swiveling high chair with slatted back at an estate sale. I paid $10. Mr. VJIMT painted the rusty metal base white.
And I know you want that tissue box holder.
Now I was at the right height but still too far away from the keyboard.
Our solution? We pulled out the top drawer, fitted it with a piece of board on top, painted it, and covered it with scrapbook paper, sheet music, and Mod Podge*!
It doesn't close any further than this, but it doesn't have to! I can pull it out further to access anything I want to store inside, and can pull the entire thing out to access the drawer underneath.
*Has anyone else been mispronouncing it "Modge Podge" all of their lives? Just me? Ok.