Welcome back to my Office Makeover Series, where I’m focusing on a much needed space!
I’ve decided to make one of our rooms into a for real, for real office. Currently, we have our computer in a room and some files and random crap, but I don’t think I can consider that an ‘office space’. I seriously still can’t believe we’ve managed for this long without one, being that we own a small business!
But before I do that, I wanted to share the pretty things I found at target while hunting for office organization stuffs in honor of WHAT I’M LOVIN’ WEDNESDAY!
All these pretty things in the dollar bin section!
yep. one. dollar. a. piece.
And I’m already using them to get organized!
On Monday I showed you my mood board for this space, but here it is again.
Here’s the source list for my home office mood board.
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1. Ikea Ekby Jarpen Wall Shelf
2. Modcloth Homesweet Houseboat Wall Hook
3. Modcloth The Sea to Success Print
4. Modcloth Start to Fin Bookends
5. Ikea Nymo Lampshade
6. Ikea Vittsjo Shelving Unit
7. Amazon Chalkboard
8. Zulily Navy & Ivory Burbank Wool Rug
9. Ikea Henriksdal Chair
10. Ikea Linnmon/Adels Desk
11. Dormify Hello Beautiful Pillow
12. Target Storage Basket
13. Modcloth Boho Remains to Be Sheen Pillow
So today I’ll be showing you how I tackled a little DIY Board and Batten!
Here’s the room we chose for our Home Office.
It’s the bigger of the two spare bedrooms, and since I want separate spaces for Brian’s business stuffs and my blog stuffs, I wanted to have that extra space.
In the two years we’ve been living here, this room has already functioned as a guest room, then our master bedroom while I was painting ours,
then the start of a nursery
But since we’ve gone through 3 pregnancy losses this in the last 12 months, it has kind of sat deserted and became a place to drop off whatever garbage you didn’t want anyone to see.
But now, I’m taking back this space!
Here’s the thing, I did a little window trim and some board and batten a few months ago, but never really posted about it. So I’m going to start there.
I started with the window trim
The trim is made of 3 inch wide mdf board for the sides and bottom, a 5 inch mdf board for the top, a piece of cove trim, and a piece of lattice.
After the window trim was in place, I started working on the board and batten.
When I painted the walls, I made sure to measure around the entire room to make sure the painter’s tape was level. The blue above will be where the trim ends, similar to how it’s painted now. The line left from the painter’s tape helped to guide the trim while I put it up, but I still double checked with a level as I went.
First to go up was the 3 inch mdf trim. I tacked this to the top where I would eventually want the board and batten pieces to meet.
Next came the board and batten trim pieces. I chose to use 2 inch lattice molding for these pieces. They were tacked up using a brad nailer. It cost a little more than cutting my own boards would have cost, but at the time I wanted to pay the little bit extra for the convenience.
To make the boards evenly spaced, I just cut a piece of trim to about 12 inches, and put that in between each new board that I tacked up.
A crazy amount of caulking and painting, this is how it turned out!
After caulking the seams and painting everything white, it all just goes so well together!
And I added a little extra horizontal trim near the door. I’m also going to eventually add some wall hooks here.
I can’t remember exactly, but I want to say the board and batten was right around $200. You definitely can complete this project while spending far less than that, but I caved for convenience since at this point I was trying to finish a nursery on a timeline.
Now the list of to do’s to finish this space:
Trim out window
Board and batten
fill holes, caulk and paint
Assemble His and Hers Desks (Ikea)
Spray paint old desk to match new ones
paint desk legs
Shelving Unit for filing & craft supplies (Ikea)
Possibly paint shelving unit, still deciding
Figure out organization method for all supplies
Spray paint and mount shelves above desk (Ikea)
Some sort of wall chart for clients (DIY)
Nautical art & decor
install wall hooks
change out light fixture
to curtain or not to curtain?
do something with bifold closet doors
turn closet into something ‘office-y’?
touch up holes and paint
find desk lamps?
Total Cost (to date): $200
I stumbled across this awesome little blog challenge while perusing Pinterest. It’s called the One Room Challenge. Basically, everyone who participates links up a room they have chosen to work on. They work on the room for 6 weeks, documenting the process, and sharing at the end of each week by linking up the the One Room Challenge Link Party. So, I’ve decided to join this challenge! I’m just about week 3 into it, and I’m jumping on a little late, but I think I can get this done in 3 weeks!
I would seriously consider heading over there to check out what other people have done. It’s so amazing! Click the picture below to be taken to the Challenge Page!