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Home office for him and her ideas: planning the office space

Home office for him and her ideas: planning the office space

The affordable office space makeover: Part I

It's been a while since my last post about repurposing vegetable cans into a kitchen window sill herb garden. In fact, it's been a while since I've tackled a room. The last one was the guest room for the $100 Room Challenge. Have you ever just stared at a space and knew it needed something but you just didn't know what?

Our home office is that space. For months I have stared at the walls hoping I'd find some sort of idea. I waited for them to speak to me. To say something inspiring. 

For you to truly understand how I have struggled with imagining the perfect work space, I want to share its past.

This room has played many roles. It was once a den with french doors. Then a bedroom. Then a den/spare room. 

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See that lamp in the right-hand corner? That inspired the orange wall. Uff da!

There was once a gallery wall. It pulled in friends and family. But...

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it made the room feel even more cluttered.

I wanted to open the space or an illusion of an open space. However, just like our master bedroom before the makeover, I have two desks, a dresser, file cabinets and an exercise bike to contend with. 

So the office has sat with somewhat blank walls and stuff scattered all over the place.

Then I painted his desk, leaving the piles of "organized" stuff on top. And I began to imagine how this office space could work for him and her.

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I knew I wanted to update the walls. Board and batten? bead board? Maybe a planked wall? All appealed to me. I also wanted to add floor and crown moulding trim. 

With a tight budget (this room wasn't on the  2018 project goal list),  I began to collect what I already had. Slowly, an idea began to root. Here's what I wanted to achieve:

  • Divide the room into zones: his, her, and a gallery wall

  • Use the window as a statement piece

  • Keep the walls simple

  • Create a space that feels comfortable

  • Tie room with rest of our home's style

The challenge would be figuring out how to place the furniture without feeling like the space is overly crowded.

Here's how I think I can manage that.

The office furniture

His office space to do...

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  • paint desk (done)

  • add a shelf to wall from existing book case

  • re-do file cabinets to fit with new desk color

  • add a 1x4 furring strip boards top over file cabinets to create another work space (think L shape)

  • spray paint hanging file folders to tie in with cabinets and desk

  • give photos a more modern look before rehanging

To accomplish this look only thing needed will be book binder rings and a can of black spray paint for the picture frames. Everything else I have on hand.

Her office space to do...

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  • paint desk white

  • move desk to other wall

  • add glass shelf above desk

  • include blog dry erase calendar

  • add a project goal board (create with cedar ironing board)

  • design to fit the farm style look

  • add an inspiration board

  • make a wooden sign

Again, I can achieve this look with supplies on hand. 

Storage dresser makeover

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Little back story. This was given to my daughter with the idea that she would do something creative with it. She loves blue and the colors in peacock feathers. So I will give this beauty an upgrade. When Miss Kyla is settled down, she can add her artistic flair.

  • Move back to this space

  • fill holes and sand where doors used to be

  • sand the 4 pull-out drawers and restain to match top of dresser

  • paint an aqua color (will be the accent piece)

  • spray paint hardware black

  • add 1 x 3 (or 4) boards for top and stain (will need to purchase)

The office walls

  • fill holes with spackle

  • spray texture over east wall (need to purchase)

  • paint all walls but window wall an off white color

  • add floor trim (4-5" high and painted white)

  • use existing textured wall paper on window wall

  • make short curtain rods out of pvc piping or drift wood for each side of window

  • hang curtains that add color and pop to this wall

  • add trim boards to each side of wall with window

  • add wider trim around door frame and paint white

  • add crown moulding trim

Okay...there's the plan. Looking at the list I have most of the items on hand. That's the good thing about DiY projects is you end up with supplies for other projects. What I know I will need to purchase is...

  • spray texture to repair the drywall

  • trim work (this will be the major cost)

  • curtains

  • hardware for the curtain rods (unless I can figure out how to make myself)

  • gallon of paint for walls

  • 1x3 (or 4) boards for dresser

  • stain

Hope my vision works out. Not gonna lie, really nervous about the wall paper. The struggle is real when trying to hang wall paper. Ugh. Other than that, I feel pretty confident I can pull this off. Stay tuned for the next phase which will be about preparing the walls. Pretty sure this will be in two stages: walls then trim work.

After that it should be pretty simple. Fingers crossed, right?

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Thanks for sticking with me. This stage always seems to be the hardest. 

Would love to hear how you tackle makeover projects. Drop me a comment and share the lessons you learned and any pointers you have for me.

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