Today, we’re sharing our home office makeover plans now that the dust has settled a bit and we’ve finally finished the bedroom refresh for the One Room Challenge . Just to catch you up if you’re new, we transitioned my old office
into a bedroom
and we’re turning the old bedroom into my new office.
The main reason we decided to switch the rooms was so we could eventually put a tv or a movie screen back into the living room. The wall the headboard is on in the picture above and the wall the bookcases are on in the picture below is basically the same wall. Sure, it has layers of insulation and drywall and all that jazz, but I cannot imagine anyone trying to sleep in the bedroom while someone else is watching a movie in the living room.
I loved the way my office was decorated before so I’m planning to use as many of the old pieces of furniture as I can for the new space. To be perfectly honest, moving into this new space as already presented a few issues. For one, there is not a lot of natural light because the window is so small.
Another issue we had to troubleshoot early on, is how to set the office up. As always, the focal point is the wall or feature you see as soon as you walk through the door. The only problem is that the focal point wall is almost 2 feet smaller than the largest wall in the room.
Obviously, the office would be most efficient with the bookcases, the dresser which holds our office supplies, and the horse barn door on the longest wall. But that arrangement causes the workstation table to stick out too much and it leaves you staring at a 12-foot blank wall as soon as you walk through the office door (see picture #3 above).
So, while I’m trying to decide how I want to set the office up, I’m moving ahead and prepping the room by painting it in Valspar’s Bistro White. After that we plan to install board and batten in the office to help add architectural detail to an otherwise plain white box.
We also plan to trim out the window with the same molding as we’ve trimmed out the other windows in the house. I think we might have two small windows in the bathrooms that still need to be completed and then they’ll all be done.
As far as the decorative elements we have planned for the office makeover, they’ll all look pretty familiar. We plan to keep the workstation island, the stools, the rug, the bookcases my Dad made, the dresser that holds our office supplies and the horse barn door because they’re all in great shape.
For now, we also plan to use the antique dresser I inherited from my Granny to help with storage and I recently picked up a desk for $17 I plan to use as well. It’s a lot bigger than my old desk we’re using as a nightstand in the bedroom so I’m excited to have a bit more space to spread out.
I plan to order a new chandelier and I still need to decide which curtains to use. While I love the gray and white buffalo check print curtains from Ballard, we’ve used in the past, I’m a little worried they might look too busy next to the bookcases.
There’s a small chance I could paint the section above the board and batten in Valspar’s Cathedral Stone which is the same combination we’ve used in another bedroom, if I decide to go with the buffalo check print curtains to help tie it all in though. As you guys know, when you’re putting a space together, it’s all in the details.
All in all, I think this office makeover process will be pretty quick once we get the board and batten installed but for now, here’s our to-do list:
- Paint the office Valspar Bistro White
- Trim out the window
- Install board and batten
- Paint board and batten Valspar Ultra White
- Install new chandelier
- Install bookcases
- Decorate bookcases
- Move rug
- Install dresser for storage and barn door
- Install dresser for paper/fabric
- Makeover desk
- Install desk
- Order new desk chair
- Hang curtains
- Hang wall art
- Add greenery
I know I’m not going to be able to replicate my old office because it’s not the same room but hopefully even though we’re using so many of the same pieces, it will at least feel like a fresh space. Given there are always things that come up during projects like these my timeline is to have this space finished by the end of June.
Thankfully, the walls have been painted and I’m hoping to share pictures of the desk makeover with you next week! Are you guys starting any projects? We’d love to hear what you’re working on this summer? Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. .