It is time to talk home office makeovers. We have never really had a home office because we didn’t need one. We have had a desk in the living room for the lap top and for paying bills. With me blogging full-time now, I was finding it harder and harder to work from that small desk and moved to the dining room table. Not a great idea. I ran into the problem of not being able to shut work down. Something had to change. I needed a designated space to get this blog job done every day. We have a guest bedroom that also housed a lot of my creative “stuff”, but I was finding that I never felt inspired to work in it. It had become a dis-organized dumping ground for a lot of other things and it wasn’t welcoming for being productive. We found ourselves in need of another makeover! We needed to tackle a home office makeover on a budget and I needed it done fairly quickly. We are still working on the “quick” part, but I am here to show you the room before we got started. When I took these pictures, we had removed the guest bed out of the room and had a bunch of odds and ends in the room from making over the tween room and decorating for Christmas. I am keeping it real here. It isn’t always pretty and “finished” around here. I wanted to bring you a “before” post so that you can really get a feel for the space. When I cram the “befores” and “afters” in one post, it sometimes feels cumbersome.
Let’s get started with the before.
This is the view when you first walk into the space.
I started this makeover listing all the things I needed this home office to be:
- √ Large work space for computer, writing and daily “office” work.
- √ Storage for photo props, lighting equipment and craft supplies.
- √ Photo backdrop area.
- √ Organization
- √ Table to create on and make videos on.
When I was thinking about all of the things I needed, things got real.
I needed to dig dip and do what I love best.
I love a lot of things that had accumulated in this space, but I didn’t use a lot of them. They were taking up prime real estate that could be put to good use for the things I actually needed in the home office.
I never thought I would see the day when I would get rid of the lockers in this room. I got these years ago when a lady stopped me at a yard sale because she noticed what I was buying. She came up to me and said, “I noticed the things you were picking up here and I think I have a piece you would love.” That afternoon, Matt and I went to her house and she showed me the lockers she wanted to get rid of. She was right. I loved them and brought them home that day. I have used them in this room since I brought them home. They have a lot of storage, but not the storage I needed for the home office. My friend was happy to buy them and use them in her new home.
As with everything in our home, each piece has a story. The desk that will remain in the home office came about a few years ago when we were walking through a vacant house. We were looking to buy the house and flip it. That venture didn’t work out, but this long table was in the basement. We asked the owner what he was going to do with it and he said he was going to toss it. NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! He was very happy when we said we would take it off his hands. He couldn’t believe we would want it.
The wood shelves worked well for the craft supplies and the chalkboard wall was fun for the kids. I didn’t need to open shelving for the office so the purge continued. The office chair was a curbside pick up and it is staying in the space.
Matt made the white storage piece from old windows off my grandfather’s house. It is a fun piece and holds a lot of things. It is in the space now full of glass jars full of the things I am keeping.
This home office has been a lot of fun. It has really pushed me to purge and organize. Being able to create a space that you haven’t had before has had some road blocks, but as I use it, I will be able to really see how I need it to function.
So far, we have given the home office a fresh coat of white paint, added a ship lap feature, added a work table and new farmhouse lights!!! It is coming along. I don’t want to make rush decisions. I want to do this right and take my time doing it.
I will be bringing you updates as we get them done.
What room are you tackling in the new year?