You guys, I am SO EXCITED!! The day has finally come for….the office reveal! I have been so anxious to share this with you all because, my goodness, the ‘before’ is a doozy and it makes me happy to see it looking SO MUCH BETTER! This is the horrible, awful before:But let me give you some background before we dive into the good stuff! Ohh the suspense!
We bought our home in March of 2014; it was a foreclosure and let me tell you, it was pretty rough. Think broken windows, holes punched through the drywall in pretty much every single room…yeah. And the office area (what we designated as our future office area) was definitely in need of some help. The office is actually on its second stage of renovation. It had this horrible blue carpet that was also in the rest of the house (excluding kitchen and bathroom) and as you can tell in the before photo, it was very stained from…who knows what…and let’s not conjecture on the “what”. In the first stage of renovation, we took out the horrible carpet and replaced it with laminate flooring. A new window went in, the paneling was painted, and the built-in bookshelf that you can just see on the left hand side was also removed. This served our purposes for the time being, but as time went on we became dissatisfied with the laminate flooring throughout the house. It began to buckle and would actually pop up and down as you walked across it. Annoying, right? Who wants their floor to be moving under their feet as they walk on it?? My dad found a good deal on decking boards used in semi-trailers (yes, you read that right) so we decided to use it in the main area of our home, including the office space. The difference is incredible and we love our new floor! Renovation on the floor began the day after Christmas of last year. I know, we are such go-getters. Let’s not waste a moment, shall we? It took maybe 2-2 ½ weeks to get the new flooring down. Since we were tearing up the floor anyway, we decided it would be a good time to also tear out the paneling that we had originally just painted over and replace it with drywall. *happy dance* (For reals, who does paneling anyway??) SO, in the second stage of renovation, the office got new flooring and new drywall.
And that brings us to this pretty little space:
The gray paint does wanders to lighten up the space. To pretty it up, I DIYed several different projects like the bulletin board. Totally in love with my fabric covered bulletin board! Sorry, no tutorial for it, but it was so easy! I just used spray adhesive to adhere my fabric to the board. I also spruced up my drab file folders using wrapping paper and spray adhesive! That tutorial can be found here.When I spotted the white metal waste can, I immediately thought stripes! The tutorial can be found here.
My hubby was so gracious in building me a floating shelf for extra storage above the desk. It turned out EXACTLY the way I envisioned it in my head. The white boxes hold important documents for each member of the family (birth certificates, passports, etc.) and the large box in the middle holds legal sized documents.
It is so wonderful to have a space that is organized and ready to use for paying bills and writing blog posts. During the time that we were working on this space all of my office supplies were in complete chaos and it was so hard to keep on track with the bills. Having an organized, intentional place to work makes it so much easier to remember important deadlines for bills and it almost takes away the pain of dishing out all that money. =) I absolutely love this space, and I love the process of slowly organizing and decorating my home. I just know it will be so much more enjoyable once everything has its own rightful home and it makes me happy to have this little office space set to rights.
My next organizing/decorating project is the entryway closet! Be checking back to see the final result of that!!