From the beginning this office was a catch-all for anything I didn't know what to do with but was reluctant to part with. Well, no more! The only things I kept that I don't have an immediate use for were my paints and some canvases that I've painted but don't have a place to hang. Everything else got turfed.
This is how the office looked 2 years ago
Nothing wrong with it but it isn't decorated in the cottage style that I've now adopted for my decor. And now it looks so much lighter with the new paint on the walls (an almost fiasco!) and the new writing desk and furniture painted in off-white.
I had to keep this huge chair since I'm not sure what to do with it yet. Izzy ate the edge of one of the arms and it now kinda looks like a Frankenstein style repair job. The louvered doors behind the chair are to keep Max from chewing the wires to my modem and fibreoptic cables. Everything in this space is designed with his love of chewing wires in mind...
And the wardrobe? So much better in its new shades of cream and sand with simple knobs instead of the antique look ones I had before.
The panels are wallpapered with Graham and Brown's textured bead board wallpaper. I love that stuff! Unfortunately a paper-shredding incident occurred with the brick textured wallpaper (Izzy and Max) and so it will not be installed after all... this was my mood board for this room:
The striped fabric and the blue paint never had a chance and the poor wallpaper was defenseless against my pets. If you are looking for beautiful wallpaper, do check out Graham and Brown. They have so many gorgeous choices and a calculator to help you figure out how much you need so that you can be sure to get it all in the same dye lot. And they sell decor items as well!
I had to take all the shelves down and I decided I no longer wanted to have quite so many shelves and things hanging off the walls. I rehung the ones over the laptop desk but spaced them differently.
This allows me a lot more options for placing items and spacing things a little better. I also can display my entire collection of Agatha Christie mysteries, something that has been sitting in a box for the last 6 years...
Then I chose to makeover the filing cabinet (shown in the before shot above) and use it for the desktop and printer instead of the shelf desk I had created last year. Thanks to D Lawless Hardware who kindly provided me with a set of swivel casters I was able to make over the filing cabinet which is actually a set of drawers from the old desk I had, into a printer stand. Details coming in another post.
I never use the desktop anymore anyway, so there was little point in having a whole section of a wall devoted to it.
The wall paint choice was almost a disaster. When I began repainting the wardrobe, I used the wall paint on the wallpaper sections and discovered the store had not mixed the colour I chose. Since I always have a ton of white paint on hand, I took out two cups of the wall paint and added two cups of the white, mixed the heck out of it and it turned out beautifully. It is a light greige shade instead of the yellowy based colour they mixed for me. Whew, am I glad I chose to try it out on the wardrobe first!
Thanks for popping in to check out my office makeover. This house is rapidly reaching its finished stage!
Have a great week!
With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!