I’m really really happy for this day. I’m finally revealing a makeover project that has taken me seven months to finish. Yes, it took me 6 months longer than I had hoped for. I’m finding that’s the case with a lot of DIY and home improvement projects that they end up taking a lot more time and money than you expected, haha.
I have this room in the basement of our house that serves many purposes. It’s my laundry/craft/storage room. When we first moved into our house four years ago my husband gave me free reign of this space and free from his opinions, this is a very rare occurrence. I knew that all of my working/blogging on the kitchen table wasn’t going to cut it anymore. It got to the point that all of my work crap would migrate to our table and every night there wasn’t enough room to eat on the table. That’s when I knew that I needed to turn this laundry/craft/storage space into an office for myself.
I wanted this room to be retro, eclectic, colorful, fun, feminine, and bold. Here’s a before picture of the office nook space.
As you can tell this space needed a lot of help. The 30 year old pink carpet was gross, the dark beige color on the wall was too dark, the wood trim was outdated, the lighting in this room was horrid, and pretty much every surface needed to be painted and replaced. Here is what it looks like now!
My inspiration for this room came from some vintage floral wallpaper I found in my grandparents basement. It’s funny, I got the same inspiration for my command center. My grandparents have both passed away and while my extended family and I was cleaning out their house to get it ready to sell, I found a couple rolls of this awesome floral wallpaper they had used in their home. I was so glad that no one in the family wanted it, so I took it. This wallpaper reminds me of my grandparents and all of the cherished memories I had in their home growing up. I wanted to have something in my home that reminded me of them, so that’s when I decided it would be great to use in my office. I didn’t have enough to cover an entire wall, so I decided to use it in this little nook.
Once I installed the wallpaper, I was able to figure out what color I wanted to paint the walls. I went for a very pale pink color on the wall to accent the wallpaper. I ended up using Sherwin-Williams Emerald paint in the color of Verbana color on the walls. I painted the ceiling, trim, and all of the shelving in white to give it a really clean look.
We tore out the nasty carpet and put in a greyish/taupe remnant peice we found for a lot cheaper to match the cooler tones in this room, and built a built in desk in the nook and painted that white too.
We replaced all of the lighting and bulbs to give this space a lot more light. One of my favorite little additions to the space is an under cabinet/shelf light we installed under the first shelf. I can’t believe what a difference this light makes in this space. Seriously, good lighting is so important in a space like this. I’ve found myself being able to work more efficiently because I can actually see everything I’m working on.
I want to mention how awesome Build.com was to work with. When I ordered my light they instantly sent me an email with the details of my order and when I would expect my item. Once I received the light they sent me another email asking me if I had any questions or concerns with my light. They have a very dedicated customer service, and also a huge collection of online PDF’s, videos, and tutorials to help inspire you to find the perfect lighting for your home. I’m so happy and thrilled on how the light turned out in this space.
Now I find myself excited to work everyday in this cheery spot. I hope you’ll feel inspired to want to work in a beautiful place. I’m going to do another post where I include where I got all of the items for this makeover in the next week. Now I’m done with this space, onto the next project! The life of a diyer is never done, haha.
Thank you to my sponsors Build.com for providing me with the under shelf light and Sherwin-Williams for providing me with the paint to complete this makeover. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
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