Office Build Update, Part 1

So the last week has been quite productive for me. It was especially productive because my beloved van decided to conk out on me during a run to lowes. Luckily I didn’t have any big items in the van at the time. Of course the unfortunate event would fall during my 3 whole days off work, as well as the week ‘The Hubs Was Really Busy At Work’ and could not spare the car. So I’ve been basically under house arrest, forcing me to be extra productive. No gratuitous thrift, grocery or home improvement store trips for me.

I am now 90% done with my big office project. The space I converted is roughly 5’x7’ closet off my kitchen that was previously used as a pantry. While it was nice having a separate room for all the kitchen items, the space was grossly under-utilized, and it just made sense to turn it into a desperately needed office for me.

Some of its charms: crooked walls, uneven ceilings and slightly wonky floors. Fun times. The entry way (which later became the doorway) was an odd size, so I had to frame a small wall so that the entry would fit a a 30” door. The left wall edge (seen in the first picture below) was also seriously crooked with a full inch difference in width between the ceiling and the floor. Framing the small wall also gave me a chance to correct the crookedness of the wall edge that the door would be hung on to. Of course this also means that the resulting wall would be wider at the top than the bottom. I decided I could live with that.

Disclaimer: I am not, in any way, shape or form, a builder, contractor, carpenter or anything even close. I have learned on the job, driven purely by my desire and need to do this. I googled for information and learned as much as I could about doing this type of work, and I suggest you do the same.

Here is the opening for the door before the project started:


I sawed wood (and my thumb, ouch!) with a miter box. I framed a small wall.



I cut and hung drywall. I mudded said drywall.


With the help of La Princessa, I framed and hung the door. I can you can always count on my girl to want to do what I do! The boys (so far) seem to share their Daddy’s complete lack of interest in anything home improvement related, hehe! Okay, okay The Mister helped drive a couple of nails and took some pictures lol.


Framing the door is a complete blur…


Here is the wall, framed, with a door:


The breakdown:

3 2×4 Studs: approx $6
1 of sheet 1/2” Drywall: $8
Joint compound: already had on hand
Door: $5 from the Habitat for Humanity Restore
Door Frame w/hinges: $5 from the Habitat for Humanity Restore
Door molding: $2 from the Habitat for Humanity Restore
Paint and primer: already on hand
Doorknob: $8
Assortment of Nails and screws: already on hand

about $30. A steal, I say!

With the door on, the hard part was officially over. Next comes the fun part. Read on to Part Deux.

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