How to Remake Furniture into Work Space Storage

 Hello Friends,

And just like that, here we are at the One Room Challenge mid-point. For the ORC Week 4, we share how two pieces of furniture get a little remake to use as work space storage.

How to Remake Furniture into Work Space Storage

One Room Challenge Spring 2021 – Week 4

If you’ve followed this blog long enough, you know I have a tendency to remake furniture instead of buying new. Well, when the wood and construction quality are the tops, why toss it?

And the truth is, in the office work space, I didn’t want built-in cabinets for storage. This room is part of an en suite on the main floor and, over its lifetime, may be used for a variety of functions. Because of this, I wanted furniture pieces that could be moved around or even moved out of the room.

Outdated TV Armoires

And as furniture remakes go, no piece of furniture makes a better case for recycling than outdated TV armoires. When TVs went flat, I was left with four armoires that I wasn’t sure what to do with. So, before I gave them away, I wanted to at least try to give them new life.

And, ya know what? 

Two of the four are up and running. Not bad as remakes go.  And the other two may come along later.

But, the first example is a one piece armoire that I kept because of its design. Yea, maybe the wood quality isn’t exactly stellar, but I just loved the open doors and sides. 

Work space storage can be found in reimagined TV cabinets | #ORC #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #workroomspace |

So it was moved from the basement to the sunroom and flipped on its side to use for outdoor cushion storage. To see how we made the conversion, please click here.

TV Cabinet makeover goes from vertical TV cabinet to horizontal media center in 5 easy steps | The Chelsea Project Blog | #furniturerefinish #upcycle #chalkpaint

When the sunroom makeover got underway (another renovation reveal coming later), this piece found a third life as the office equipment storage unit in the work space makeover.

Furniture Can Add Large Pops of Color

It all started by finding a color (the deep blue) that would bring pop to the room and then flipping the unit back up on four legs.

Work space storage can add glorious pops of color to the overall design | #ORC #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #workroomspace |

Once it was painted and stuffed with the computer printer and all the paper, pens and clutter, I thought it was finished. Then I stepped back……and had a total oooops moment with the peek-thru doors.

Work space storage can go vertical by using outdated TV cabinets in a new way | #ORC #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #workroomspace |

That’s when it dawned on me to line the inside front doors with the same fabric used for the drapery panels. This made all of the super-handy office junk totally invisible.

Work space storage goes vertical with the vintage TV cabinet | #ORC #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #workroomspace |

To see how other outdated TV armoires have been recycled, please click the links on this blog below.

One armoire was split and the bottom drawers used as a kitchen cabinet.

And another unit was reconfigured as a larger stand-alone wall unit to house electronics and office supplies in the basement media room.

Outdated Desks

The second example uses a desk, whether outdated or not, and skirts it with a fabric that makes the piece look intentional.

Work space storage can be found under a skirted desk | #ORC #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #workroomspace |

This is the first one I’ve ever sewn and I was working without a pattern. Of course, a fabric was chosen that didn’t have repeats or require centering. So all I had to do was keep the nap running in the same direction.

And, based on similar-sized skirts found on Pinterest, a middle pleat isn’t absolutely necessary.

 (click here to join the Table Skirt Pinterest Board)

Skirted console tables add easy serving stations and hidden storage | #ORC #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #workroomspace |

From this project, four key things were learned…..and are being rectified.

1. Do add a liner.

If you do not plan to store items under the desk, then maybe a liner isn’t as important. But for me, I will absolutely have every square inch of the space packed with all the things, so a liner is a must. And just so you know, I’ll probably only line it across the front.

When you need to hide all the things, use a table skirt | #ORC #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #workroomspace |

 2. I’m not a fan of the waterfall front.

The waterfall front is pulling the tailored seams on the sides and provides no definition or tailoring across the front. So a seam of some sort will be added across the front to create a clear definition. I have enough of the same fabric to cover welting and will consider this option, too.

Skirted tables can be simple or fancy, mellow or bold. It's a great option for adding design interest | #ORC #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #workroomspace |

3. Add glass on the top for added tailoring and definition.

I have a piece of glass for the desk and opted to cover it since the dining room table and breakfront are also glass. That’s already a whole lot of shiny. But now I believe that the skirt will look more tailored if the glass is layered on top of the fabric instead of under.

Table skirts can be used with or without glass on the top | #ORC #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #workroomspace |

4. And last, but not least, are the widths of the insert panels.

These are a finished width of six inches and they work perfectly well as long as the stash underneath doesn’t bulge a front or side panel. When this happens, they just aren’t wide enough. So for the work space desk, the insert widths will be at least eight inches, if not ten.

Pleat inserts should be a minimum of 6 inches and up to 12 inches finished width | #ORC #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #workroomspace |

Work Space Desk

And now, here we are in the work space. This is the mess I hope to hide underneath by sewing a well tailored skirt for the desk. I must admit that having shelves on either side on the desk does help organize all the stuff, but it will still take some maneuvering to get all the things, including the sewing machine, safely stored underneath.

Work space disaster that can be hidden by adding a table skirt | #ORC #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #workroomspace |

Choose Fabric that is Easy to Sew

The main fabric is the mustard and white. You know how I am about no repeats and no centering. LOL…

Always choose fabric that is easy to sew. You’ll thank yourself for it.

Pattern play for a work space makeover | #ORC #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #workroomspace |

And I’m thinking about using the cut velvet stripe as an accent of some sort.

Bold patterns for a work space makeover | #ORC #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc #betterhomesandgardens #workroomspace |

So we will see how the skirt shakes out. Once I start sewing, the weight of the fabric can sometimes change the plan. I’m also going to make one more run to the fabric store for premade trim. Plus, I want the reveal to be a surprise. Yes, I do….

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you’d like a full tutorial for making a console/buffet/desk skirt. I can take step-by-step photos if they would be helpful.

Can’t wait to show you the full skirt in the reveal, but for now….back to the sewing machine for me.

I do hope you will tune-in to watch the projects progress and the rooms unfold. It’s always a joy to have you stop by.

Our Hosts

And as always, we extend a special thanks to our gracious hosts, Linda at Calling It Home , One Room Challenge and Better Homes and Gardens. And invite you to enjoy over 200 more room renovations,  click One Room Challenge. #oneroomchallenge #ORC #betterhomesandgardens #bhgorc

#homeimprovement #homedecor #consoleskirts #buffetskirts #furnituremakeovers #upcycledfurniture #workspace #officemakeover #workspacestorage


  • Reply Marie - Interior Frugalista May 30, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Girl, you know I’m all about breathing new life into furniture, so this post speaks to my furniture painting loving heart. LOL Oooh I love the teal color you painted the tv armoire! I’m currently painting nursery furniture in almost the same color. So pretty paired with the yellow drapery fabric.

    • Reply theChelseaProject May 30, 2021 at 10:27 am

      Hi Marie. You are the BEST at breathing new life into furniture. This wasn’t truly a remake and I know it, but hopefully will still trigger folks to think of their old pieces in new ways. Can’t wait to see that nursery….it will be fabulous. This I know. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • Reply Nancy May 30, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    love it!

  • Reply Tina Bousu June 1, 2021 at 10:58 am

    YES!! I love repurposing and this is such a great idea! And that armoire color combo, wowza!

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