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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

the home office makeover

We decided a few months ago to give our home office a makeover. Technically we would be combining the office and our guest room into one joint area.  And today, I'm finally sharing the space with you! It's light and comfy and has quickly become my favorite place to relax. So come on in!

Sidebar: One of my best kept little secrets are the baskets all over my house. That's my solution to living with a toddler and also keeping a picked up home. Just know that those baskets are always filled with Mickey Mouse, Thomas the Train, and truck toys. And often times, they are dumped everywhere before I swoop in and do a ten second clean up. Such an easy way to tidy a room!

Back to this room...
Since we also want this space to convert into a guest room, we needed a sleeping area. But I didn't want a bed hanging around in here. So I elected to include a sleeper sofa in the room to maximize the usable space. Originally I ordered a sofa from WayFair. But by chance, I found a smaller 6 foot piece locally for a tiny fraction of the price. It all worked out incredibly well since we realized later that  the original full size sofa would have been way too large for the room anyway. This smaller piece fits perfectly!

Above the couch is a little gallery wall of rustic frames and decor.

This ottoman was also a craigslist snag that I got for a steal! I love it!
{retails for jaw dropping $400!}

The other major part of the room is a space to work. I bought this roll top desk in pretty rough condition.

Using a chalk paint treatment, I brought it back to life in a pale blue that I really love!
The awesome thing about chalk paint is that you can paint any surface without sanding or priming. It basically just adheres to anything.
The popular brand out there right now are the Annie Sloan Paints, which I've heard nothing but great things about. But for me, those paints and waxes were just a little pricey. 
I followed one of the many Pinterest tutorials to create my own using regular wall paint, plaster of paris and smidge of water. It was simple and super inexpensive. To protect the desk against scratches and chips, I bought furniture wax from Lowe's to buff the piece after painting.

I thought the DIY method was super simple and definitely cost effective. In under
$40 for supplies and just $40 for the desk, I think this piece is an awesome addition to the room!

And that's our newest comfy space!
Thanks for stopping by!


entertainment buffet: TJ Maxx
potted boxwoods: HomeGoods
wire baskets: HomeGoods
two large wall distressed wall frames: Target
ottoman: craigslist find
side table: HomeGoods
side table frames: Target
lamp: Target
sofa: craigslist find
pillows: Ikea and Target
wall shelves: HomeGoods
rustic wood frames: Hobby Lobby
desk: craigslist find
stool: Target
desk lamp: Target
sailor's mirror: HomeGoods


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