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Friday, March 30, 2012

Office Complete: Before and After

Well, the office is complete! Man, does it feel so much better! It all started with a much need to get our office  functional than what it's been. With Chris needing his space to work in the evenings, and myself needing my own, we had a design dilemma and we were ready for the challenge!

Here are some before pictures of the room. The yellow walls were pretty yellow. We had a dining room table as our desk, no storage space, and a large bookcase that was unappealing to the eye.

It was time to get this room whipped into shape! I was inspired by some images I found online. I love the idea of having the two desks as shown below.

{Image via The Weekend Homemaker}

{Image via Young House Love}

I shopped around quite a bit looking for desks and desk components. Everything we looked at was so darn expensive. We didn't want to pay a fortune and when I spotted this at IKEA, I knew it was perfect for our space!!!

{EXPEDIT Desk $50.00}

{EXPEDIT Shelving Unit $69.99}

{EXPEDIT Workstation $119.99}

{MICKE Filing Drawer $59.00}

At those prices, you can't beat it. It worked out perfectly and I love how everything really came together. I painted the walls Van Courtland Blue. Originally a Benjamin Moore color, but was able to find in the Glidden paint library at Home Depot. I bought the Duo Paint (paint with primer) and used not even a full gallon for this room. Pretty amazing!! It's a great blue for a study and I chose orange to accent with.

{She's a happy kitty:)}

As as far as the unappealing bookcase my husband couldn't part with, I moved that into the closet. We met in the middle with this one and it worked out! It's a better home for it in there and I stacked our plastic bins together. Now there's a place for everything.

We love our new study and so happy with how things turned out. I love having my own area where I can do my own thing. I love being able to get on the computer anytime of day to blog, PIN, FB, or just loose track of time. So easy to do. He loves having his area where he can keep random papers out laying around for days or weeks at a time, and can get on his computer when he comes home, not to find me hogging it up:)

Here is the source list just in case your curious where I purchased some things:
1. EXPEDIT Desks (2)
2. EXPEDIT Bookcase (1)
3. MICKE Filing Drawers (2)
4. World Market Drapery Panels (2)
5. World Market Orange Pillow (1)
6. Staples Cork and Marker Board
7. Ikea Desk Lamps (2)
8. Ikea Plastic Mats (2)
9. Office Depot Chairs (2)
10. Orange Pot and Fern Local Nursery
11. Home Depot Paint Glidden Duo Eggshell "Van Courtland Blue"
12. Other furniture and accessories I had
13. Rescued Kitty Priceless

I would love to hear about your office space? How it's working or not working out? The new office has done wonders for Chris and I. It's super functional now, and the best part, it didn't cost a fortune. AMEN!
Have a great weekend!! 


  1. This looks great Allison!! Super impressed!

  2. Stopping by to check out your blog! I love it!! You are very talented!

    Katie @ Little Becky Homecky

  3. Love it, Allison! Great wall color! I love how the desk area looks so well organized and put together.

    Visiting from Feathered Nest Friday : )

  4. Thanks for joining Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :) Btw, this is an awesome transformation!

  5. I'd be a happy kitty too if I got to spend time in this gorgeous place! I love how you took something from IKEA and made it your own. Enjoy and be creative in your new space!

  6. I love this transformation!! Very sophisticated! Especially love the double desk, my husband and I made one of those, too! -Jessica

  7. You little kitty looks like mine! and she sure looks happy. Love the double desk with the bookcase in between providing storage and a sense of privacy. I also really like the wall color. Great space! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best. PS - following you on Linky!

  8. Hi Cathy! Don't let her fool you. She'll turn on you like a heartbeat. She's our wild Kitty:) Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Oh my goodness, simply beautiful! You completely embodied the Drab to Fab theme with this post! Thanks for sharing this at Drab to Fab last week! This week's party is on! Come on back and share more of your great ideas (old or new) :)

    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  10. It looks very pretty, Allison! Great wall color and I LOVE the desk units, esp. the cubby divider. I wish we had an IKEA within 4 hours. Every time I find something online, it's "not available for shipping." They have cute stuff at great prices!

  11. Looks great! Love that kitty too! :) I just turned my dining room into an office-hope you can check it out!

  12. It turned out wonderful! Love the changes you made! Thanks so much for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


  13. Allison, your new office looks great. Very functional as well as pleasing to the eye.
    I'm a new follower and hope you'll stop by, Mary Alice

  14. This is so gorgeous... I just love this makeover...

    Thanks for sharing at the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY

  15. These are all lovely office interiors worth keeping. Truly inspiring!

  16. Your new space looks great! It looks very organised, classy, and illuminated. Congrats for doing a good remodelling job!



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