Did you forget about the little office makeover we had going on over here?
I wouldn’t blame you if you did.
It was almost a whole year ago that I started talking about giving my home office a makeover.
I made a plan.
Then changed it.
Made another plan.
And then changed that too.
But once I got rolling with it, it all just kind of came together on its own and I’m so excited to share the finished project with you today. It feels good to actually finish something. We should probably try doing more of that around here. 😉
So let’s go all the way back to the beginning. This was the blue room when we bought the house. We also had a yellow room and a pink room – I have a feeling there was a whole lot of blue, yellow and pink in this house back in the day.
It’s a tiny little space – 9 x7 – so it’s kind of perfect for a home office. When we moved in, we pretty much just threw all our leftover, hand me down, don’t know what to do with furniture at it and called it a day.
Well…if you treat a room like an afterthought, it will feel like an afterthought and that’s exactly what this room was feeling like. It was too dark and didn’t feel like it had a purpose and didn’t feel like it had a style and it didn’t make me smile.
But now, when I walk through that door and see this
I smile. 😀
Finding this old wood cabinet over the summer is really what spurred this whole makeover into action. I wasn’t looking for it – instead it found me – and I could picture the whole room as soon as my eyes landed on it and took in all its vintage amazing-ness. You can read more about the cabinet here.
You know I love soft whites paired with warm wood tones, so I started by giving the room a fresh new look with a couple of coats of Benjamin Moore Dune White (tinted at 50%) to compliment that cabinet and really allow it to pop.
Our old wood desk chair got a facelift with a little white chalk paint (Lace by Vintage Market & Design), and the simple weathered wood desk is from World Market. I love that it’s slim enough to allow me to place it into the center of this small room so I don’t have to stare into a wall while I’m working, but that it also allows for plenty of work surface.
To keep extra books, magazines, and supplies within reach we shortened and reused the simple pine shelves we made a few years ago. They’re just plain pine boards from Home Depot, sanded and stained with Watco Danish Oil in Dark Walnut. The brackets are unfinished wood shelf brackets from Ikea, stained to match.
And the little cabinet sitting below the shelves is a yard sale find from years and years ago. I removed the doors and painted the outside a dark charcoal color (Oxford by Vintage Market & Design) to add a little contrast to all the wood and white. I loved the rawness of the inside so I left that alone. You can read more about this cabinet here.
The lights in this room are some of my favorites in the whole house. Oh how I love these lights. The chandelier was a Pottery Barn light that I found on eBay shortly after we moved in – I still love it today just as much as I did then, and now with the white walls it really gets to stand out.
The desk lamp is also from Pottery Barn and was a Christmas gift a couple of years ago. How pretty is that ruffled mercury glass shade?
The wall opposite the desk turned in to a little memo station. A place where I can keep images, notes, quotes, samples, and to-do’s at a quick glance. For the memo board, I simply wrapped a cork board that Jordan put together with a pretty black and ivory ticking stripe that I found at Ballard Designs.
And for the chalkboard, we painted a board with some chalkboard paint (we used Rustoleum brand) and cut it to fit a wood frame that Jordan made for me a few years back. But I think my favorite part of this wall is the chalk holder. It’s an old wood level I found stashed in the basement.
It even came with the perfect little chalk holding divot. It was kind of meant to be, don’t you think?
I finished the whole room off with a little vintage flair in the accessories to make me feel at home. Note: Antique hoarding comes in especially handy when it’s time to accessorize a space – I love when habits get justified. This Office sign is still one of my most favorite flea market finds ever.
I left a little room to add fun pops of personality as I find them, but I really love how this all came together as it is. I just need myself a small TV to stick in the corner to keep up to date on The Bachelor as I work and I will be all set in here. 😉
I’ll try to have sources added to the Shop Our Home page this weekend in case you’re looking for links to anything.
So how do you think this little itty bitty office turned out?