by Amanda on February 27, 2012

My office redo has been about 85 percent complete since August, but was still missing a few things. Yesterday, before popping the bubbly and watching the Oscars, I completed the last finishing touch (and latest free:DO).I found this board on the side of the road months ago and knew it would be perfect for this purpose. It was structurally sound, just ugly on the surface.I primed and painted the frame and added cork board (cut down from a larger roll). Because the edge was a little uneven where the cork met the wood, I attached some ribbon with double sided tape. Then to finish it off, and cover where the ribbon met on the corners, I added a little thumb tack. Cute, huh? Now I have an inspiration board for projects and ideas!

Without further ado, here’s the rest of the redo! The office was another area of the house I didn’t spend a lot of time decorating when we first moved in. I had a desk and chair from IKEA, but that was about it. After almost two years, I figured it would be nice to pretty up the room where the majority of my day is spent! Like the rest of the house, it was done on a budget, with the whole redo coming in under $500. Now for all the before’s and after’s…I revamped this $30 craigslist chest with some paint, new hardware and Morgan’s wood treatment on the drawers.My desk was another $30 craigslist find. It had been stored in a barn and smelled like hay, but it had TONS of potential. It was stamped on the bottom with “LEBUS 1954″, which I found out was made in England. Cool!I spent hours removing the old varnish, and peeling and scraping out the old painted linoleum top (which at first I thought was just painted wood, and learned the hard way when I tried to strip and scrape the paint). I ORB’d the handles and footrest, stained it dark walnut and painted the top with chalkboard paint. At times I wondered if it was all worth it, but in the end, it definitely was.If you’ve made it this far (this has to be my longest post ever), here are a few more details…The chair was another cheap craigslist find, I just cleaned up the wood and added the casters. The paper sorter is vintage, but I painted it gold and the lovely calendar is from Rifle Paper Co. (love all their stuff). The cat print on the shelf (in previous post) is from Heather Mattoon and it looks exactly like my cat, Zoe! I made the curtains from fabric I scored on clearance at Joanne’s for $3/yard, the lamp and rug are IKEA and the paint color is Spring Thaw from Benjamin Moore. I think that’s about it! Hope this reveal was worth the wait!


LOVE your office makeover! I especially love how the desk turned out…all of your hard work really was worth it.

by Christine on 03/26/2012 at 10:03 AM. Reply #

Thank you, Christine!!

by Amanda on 03/26/2012 at 10:38 AM. Reply #

I love to see thrift store finds turned into something so fabulous! The desk has to be my favorite of the office makeover. You make me want to take on my own project!

by Mary Beth on 04/08/2012 at 10:09 PM. Reply #

Thanks, Mary Beth! It’s so rewarding to give new life to an old worn out piece. You should do it!

by Amanda on 04/09/2012 at 9:01 AM. Reply #

Love how it’s so cozy and inviting, but also modern! Well done!! Especially on a tight budget! Looks like a million bucks, though!

by hannahkristine on 04/23/2012 at 8:25 PM. Reply #

Thanks, Hannah!

by Amanda on 04/23/2012 at 8:31 PM. Reply #

Great room! Where did you get those curtains? I am looking for that exact same color for my bed room.

by Kara on 04/26/2012 at 2:51 PM. Reply #

Thanks, Kara! I made the curtains from fabric I found at Jo-Ann’s fabric store. Not sure if it’s still available of not, though!

by Amanda on 04/26/2012 at 3:04 PM. Reply #

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