First some background; the home office or the study as we like to call it is one of the first rooms you see as you enter our home. The room is right off the foyer opposite to the living room. According to B it is his room, his work space even though all of us use it. I’m supposed to be getting my art studio/craft room in the basement (hopefully soon). So I had to work with what B wanted aka. the traditional L shaped desk, which we found on Craigslist. As promised, this is what I was up to over the last few weekends.
A big improvement from this pic (taken the night before the desk was in the room), right?
Here is an ‘in progress’ shot;
All it took was some grey paint (it is definitely grey to the naked eye though it may look brownish in the pics) on the walls, curtain trimming, a gallery wall, a cork board map, and some accessories.
The gallery wall is made of post cards that our friend sent us from different parts of the world, the vintage movie reels (the reason behind hanging these in the room here) from the Lucketts Spring Market, some personal keepsakes like B’s World Trade Center I ID card, our wedding card etc, and some photos (there is a story behind every one of them). Here is a close up.
The paint color, Martha Stewart Brooke Trout looks much richer and darker at night as you can see in this pic.
The map cork board was adapted from a number of tutorials on various blogs. The kids had a lot of fun making flag pins and marking the places where we’ve been to. I’d say she’s the star of our home office makeover!
There was more recycling going on in the form of flag pins made out of old school folders.
An ‘after’ night shot from the same angle.
As usual here is the break down;
- Martha Stewart Brooke Trout paint matched to Behr Ultra – $20.00 – Home Depot (was on sale)
- Desk -$300 – Craigslist
- Map Cork Board – $24.63 – DIY
- Gallery Wall – $131.67 – Frames from Big Lots, K Mart (Tutorial)
- Chair – Already had
- Curtain Rod – Already had – Home Depot
- Curtains – Already had – Overstock
- Total cost for our home office makeover- $476.29
PS: I still feel that the room needs something more, maybe a rug, some ladder shelves by the window? What do you think? Maybe a faux zebra hide (don’t have the heart to walk on a real one or even a cow hide dressed up as a zebra) rug? We also have plans of filling up the gallery wall end to end eventually.
Stay tuned for details on each of the projects in the coming days.
Update: I made the zebra rug!!! You can read about it here.