This is the day I have been waiting all month to come – Home Office Makeover reveal day!
This makeover project came together relatively quickly, read all about the plans here. I’ve been completed the project for a few weeks, but had been waiting for a lightbulb to come in that I ordered (yes a lightbulb, a pretty decorative Edison bulb) before I took the photos, but I just got word it is on backorder, geesh, onward we go with a more energy efficient one!
Let’s take a look at this space before
The ‘before’ space wasn’t heinous, it just lacked character, color, storage, light and the only plugin was on the wall (cords everywhere drives me insane). A few minor changes made this small (only 4′ wide) home office much more functional, and pretty on the eyes. Not to mention more suited to my body and work habits. A new office chair, and the DIY monitor riser make a huge difference.
The Plank Wall
Plank walls have been really popular throughout this year, I really love the look but didn’t want to commit to a big wall first. This was the perfect trial space. Plus the horizontal lines are making my small office look a little bit bigger.
I’m loving the softness of Lime Flip PPG1223-3 on the walls.
Putting up the plank wall was very easy. I used Virola Plywood (or Miranti) I picked up at the Home Depot. Home Depot has a panel saw, so they can cut the strips quick and accurately for you. At home I gave the strips two coats of Desert Dune PPG1023-4 from PPG Voice of Color, and nailed them directly to the wall. You can read an easy tutorial how to do this here.
Then there was light
I picked up this pendant light at Target. It was designed to hang and plugin like a lamp with a rocker switch. Since Mr. Fynes is Captain Electrical by day, I sweet talked him into hard wiring it for me. He knows all about my aversion to messy cords, he was so happy I invited him to go up in the attic and trek through the insulation, totally worth it!
Doesn’t it look great suspended from the rustic pully?! It would look even more fab if it had the proper bulb, grrr.
Previously there was only a flush mount fixture above, which didn’t give quite enough light at nighttime. Daytime has the best natural light in the house, as my chair is right next to the patio door.
Where have all the cords gone you ask? I drilled a hole through the countertop and ran them to a plugin down below.
I blamed the reveal delay on the lightbulb, but also I had to fly to Toronto to get the IKEA EKBY BJÄRNUM Shelf brackets too. Since I couldn’t bring the shelf part home in my luggage, I used a pine board with a strip of the wall plank on top, which made a true 1″ shelf.
The Craft Closet
Two years ago, I turned a unused coat closet near my computer desk into a storage unit for the printer, toys etc. (If I turn my office chair around its directly behind me). It proved to be a successful idea, until the Silhouette Cameo came into my life. The closet was the best home for the Silhouette, but then there also needed storage for mats, vinyl, heat transfer etc., clearly laying everything on the printer or under the desktop was the answer…
The kids toys moved to the basement playroom and I claimed the basket storage for craft supplies, plus adding the pegboard allowed me to display the products I use most often.
This closet is what you’re looking at from my kitchen island. It’s really nice to see a soft color pallet, rather than the harsh teal.
I’m so happy how my small home office makeover came together, there is a place for everything.
I love this color combination. Lime Flip is so calming, and Desert Dune was the perfect brown/grey for the plank wall to give a slightly rustic industrial look when paired with the black and metallics. A little pop of color from Coral blush and Plymouth Blue brought everything together while keeping it calm enough for the main living area of our home.
Disclosure: PPG has provided the paint for this project. As always the opinions expressed in this blog post reflect my honest opinion.