Office Makeover

I finally finished the makeover to our office.  Although it’s not really an office – it has a million purposes.  The reason that it’s sometimes been referred to as the office is because that’s where the family computer has always been.  Oh – and envelopes and paper.  Hence, the office designation.

It used to hold a ton of toys, so it was also sometimes referred to as the playroom.  No one really liked to play in there though, because it was, well – gross.  Cramped, dark, dreary, disorganized, blah.

I spent hours sifting through the contents of this teeny, tiny room.  Paint, wallpaper, and some new (and old) furnishings transformed it into a bright, cheery space that serves many purposes!

office - from door

I posted a picture of this wallpaper months ago on Facebook.  It’s actually a mural, and it came in 8 pieces.  The first couple of sections were not too difficult to put up, but it got tricky after that.  (Probably has something to do with an old house and nothing being very straight.)  Thank goodness that my very generous friend Farrah offered to help me.  I would never have been able to do it myself!!  Never.

It’s busy, and it’s bold, and I LOVE it!  It’s a nice surprise when you walk into the room.  And since it’s so busy, I of course had to pair it with my checked chairs.  Makes perfect sense!  (I’ve always loved florals and checks together, and the large scale of this makes me so happy.)

My biggest motivation for the makeover was this amazing old cabinet that my family gave me for Mother’s Day 2 years ago.  This beauty has been sitting in our garage because it wouldn’t fit anywhere else, and it is soooooooo heavy.  Seriously.

office - computer


The cherry on top is that it holds a TON of stuff!  Nearly all of our craft supplies fit inside.

How about the computer nook?  It used to be a tiny, under-utilized closet.  Kevin made the opening taller and wider, and now the computer and its one million cords are tucked away.

office - work desk

I was so happy that this table fit in the space.  I rescued it from the curb over a year ago, and couldn’t wait to find a spot for it.  It has an enamel top, which is perfect for the girls to use for their artwork.  I love the cup pull on the little drawer – some day I’ll try to get the old paint off of it.  :)

Last but not least – there has to be a television for video games and for watching the 5 million old episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place and Hannah Montana.  ugh.

office - gallery wall 2

The television cabinet is made from 3 Ikea Besta units with a little cottage detail added.   I tried to add lots of interesting things to the wall around the to detract attention from the television!

Oh – did you notice the floors?  (There are so many changes, I almost forgot!)  I painted them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and sealed them with poly.  I’ll post the details, along with some of the other projects, as soon as I can.

I would love to show you a ‘before’ pic of this room, but I can’t find it anywhere.  I think it’s locked on an SD card that got messed up – if I can figure out how to fix it, I will certainly share it with you.  I want you to see how drastically different the room is now!!

One last shot…

office - cottage4c


Much love!




  1. What a great makeover! (I love the cat on the chair – she seems to have made herself quite at home in the new room!)

  2. I’ve always loved floral + 2-color plaid / checks or stripes … something about the very simple graphic gives the floral room to breathe and explode without overwhelming. The wallpaper mural is gorgeous. And yes, I noticed the stripes on the floor in the first picture even and I want them! Never used ASCP before, do you know if it would stick to a tile floor?

  3. I love it Brenda, and I don’t think it’s small at all! Nice colors and your cabinet is fantastic!

    I had to laugh…our “office is only an office because of the computer as well. I could make everything else disappear and never miss it!


  4. It looks great Brenda! I love the bold wallpaper…..your my kind of girl! It looks like a fun place to hang out. Fabulous my friend!

  5. Fantastic! Love, love those ASCP stripes… They turned out great!

  6. what a tremendous job! it looks really fabulous and yet normal/usable at the same time. what kind of “cottage detail” did you do to the ikea bestas? it looks to me like you’ve decorated for christmas already. i’ve been torn with that this year. always before, i’ve insisted on having the full thanksgiving before launching into christmas, but i’m really wanting to jump in to all the christmas pretties! i’m so glad you made this post and i look forward to your next one.

  7. Brenda, you home is the heart of the neighborhood. Hugs and love. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!

  8. What a lovely transformation! THat robin’s egg blue cabinet- I DIE! Perfect office :)

  9. I love it! It’s beautiful.

  10. Kate Westman says:

    Your “cottage” is wonderful. I live in the North Hills (Pittsburgh) and didn’t know such a charming home existed. This office is amazing. Love the use of the checks with the floral. Could you please give the source of the wallpaper murals? Would be perfect for my guest room. Thank you!

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    again in my home.
    I did a post on this not too long ago and I think we are a minority.
    If you’re curious here it is:

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