As you know I’ve been working on the home office for a month or so. Really, most of it has been done for a long time but I just haven’t gotten around to taking pictures and writing up the post since my ‘real’ life has been a little hectic. I’m back with a picture-heavy post of the updated home office. I’m not 100% done with this space – I’m not loving the color and I need to make a pillow for starters but here’s where it stands today. Is anything ever really done, though? :)
I started by painting the office before my cousin hung the new crown molding. I wanted something that tied into the rest of the house (whites, beiges and blues) so it didn’t stick out like a sore thumb but I also wanted to move away from the blue. I envisioned this space a little more feminine than other rooms in the house and I wanted to bring some coral into the space. Why coral? Because I was using the vintage linens I bought back in November as my inspiration for the space. I bet you all forgot about them! Back to the wall color. I went with Glidden’s Cool Cucumber since the patches I painted on the walls were a white with a hint of green, which is exactly what I wanted – white with a little interest. However, once the entire space was painted it was more of a pale green – not what I wanted but for now it stays since I’m taking a painting break. Some days I hate it and some days I like it so who knows where I’ll end up.
Once the walls were painted and the crown molding hung, I went to town making things to add/scouring the house for things to repurpose/painting light fixtures/buying new items. The first thing I did was to add pompoms to the bottom of the white curtains. I bought a few yards of a dark green pompom fringe from JoAnn’s for around $10 to attach to the bottom of the curtain panels. I simply used fusible hem tape to attach them – no sewing needed.
I knew I wanted to add a long white shelf and a large bulletin board above the desk. I reused brackets I had for the shelf (bought seven years ago from the Container Store if I remember correctly) but I bought a new six foot long closet shelf from Rubbermaid (at Home Depot) for $11. The shelf was centered over the desk and hung high but low enough that the inspiration linen would fit on the shelf once it was placed in a frame (more on that later). The shelf would hold the family wedding pictures I previously had on display in the office: my parents (8x10), paternal grandparents (4x6), maternal grandparents (left side of 4x6 dual frame) and maternal great grandparents (right side of 4x6 dual frame).The bulletin board was up next – I made a canvas bulletin board by stapling some left-over canvas (one piece of canvas drop cloth from Home Depot created a desk skirt, memo board and now, bulletin board and I still have some left over) over a new bulletin board ($10 at K-Mart). It reminds me of this linen bulletin board from Pottery Barn, except I only paid $10 for my version. Right now I have some cards and other fun memorabilia hanging but I imagine this will get covered with items that I find inspiring.
I found these great yellow flower wall hooks from Pier 1 on sale for $6.50 each so I bought two of them to hang next to the bulletin board. I’m not sure if I’ll hang anything from them but I like that I have the option and they add another color to the space.
The next craft project was to frame the inspiration linens. I found two white 12x12 frames from Michael’s on clearance for $12.99 each. The napkins were popped into the frames for instant art and color. The larger placemat linen was a little more difficult since it measured 12x16. I had a hard time finding a frame that would work but finally I found a cheap frame at Michael’s ($7.99) that I spray painted white. It was a little larger than the linen but I think it works (scroll up for picture). I hung these on the same wall as the dry erase memo board that I created last year. I replaced the wrapping paper with a piece of the dark green fabric that I found in the clearance bin at JoAnn’s for $2.
I found some great wall organization from Real Simple at Target ($15 each) that I decided to hang next to the bookshelves so that I got the papers off my desk. Target sold these last year and I was upset that I never bought them so as soon as I saw they brought them back this year (and they had green leather accents!) I quickly snagged two of them. I still need to make labels but I haven’t decided what to name the pockets yet.
The biggest purchase for the room was an antique chair from Craigslist for $50….way more than I normally pay but I loved it and the color of the seat was perfect for the space. Originally I thought about painting the frame but I fell in love with it when I saw it in person so for now it remains as-is with a rust velvet seat and wooden frame. Currently I have a white pillow on here but I hope to make a fun pillow soon.
I decided to paint my $5 Salvation Army lamp base that I showed you last week with Heirloom White spray paint so it didn’t compete with the gorgeous linen lampshade I bought at HomeGoods ($35). It sits on the corner of my desk with a gift I received from my brother and his fiancée for my recent promotion at work. Let’s look at the before and after, shall we.
The last project was to paint and hang the new office light. I know this type of light may not appeal to everyone but it was exactly what I wanted for the space and you can’t beat the price ($5).
That’s the office that was inspired by vintage linens. I love the feminine feel to the room and the little touches of color that you won’t find in other rooms of the house.
Hope you enjoyed the tour! Now I need to get back to work!