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diy home office on a budget

July 14, 2017

office drawer

Change can be sad.  As much as I enjoy a good redo, I was hesitant to change my daughter’s childhood bedroom.  When she was young, I had put together a Polynesian themed bedroom for her that was filled with mahogany furniture and burgundy and gold bedding colors – all reminiscent of her favorite family trip to Florida.

When the room became empty, I decided to make it my home office.  I started with an empty room, a soiled wall-to-wall carpet and some old dusty paper lantern light fixtures.

diy home office from a bedroom

For Friday field trip today, a peek at the beginning of this new home office!

I painted the two-toned gold walls with a greige color neutral.  I used a Behr custom mix from Home Depot – very close to their color Aged Beige. The ceiling was painted white as well as all the trim.  What a great fresh start…except for the soiled rug, of course.

memo board in office

From there, I chose a desk first.  I found a nice, simple writing desk at Target and purchased it during one of their huge sales when they offered free shipping.  The desk has nice lines and would fit my computer comfortably.  After assembling it, the only change I made was to the knobs – I replaced the ones provided with a pair in brushed gold.  The desk chair was a previous diy…click here to see the before and after.

new office desk chair

home office lightingDuring the same Target sale when I acquired the desk, I also ordered a simple, gold toned floor lamp.  The room already has a trio of paper lanterns (that required a heavy cleaning – I just couldn’t bear to get rid of them!).


home office desk detail HomeGoods accessories

I also added a second piece of renovated furniture I refinished years ago – a standing piece I use to store my photograph albums – the nondigital variety.

home office diy

I covered the one window in the room with a $17. Roman shade that I ordered from JC Penney.  How do they even sell them that cheap!?

Since the carpet in that room was SO trashed – my daughter did a number on it – and ignoring it didn’t seem to help, I opted to cover it.  My budget did not allow for a complete floor renovation and since the room is so small, it wasn’t hard to find an area rug to cover most of it.  I chose a circle shaped, natural fiber rug in a driftwood color from Ballard Designs.  They were having a 25% off sale with free shipping – perfect!

bedroom to office redo

Now the fun part of adding the accessories!  I purchased all the decorative items at HomeGoods, including a gorgeous canvas that is a world map in greiges and metallic gold!  I love this piece!

HomeGoods canvas detail

I still have work to do in the room – in scraps of free time I have a gallery wall to complete – I am in the midst of framing some favorite old photographs as well as hanging a white board calendar and an old doily made by my grandmother.

HomeGoods mail holder

It does give me satisfaction to know there is still some of the old bedroom when you look hard enough – like the telltale signs of an old pet hamster gnawing on the carpet or pieces of memorabilia that haven’t been removed from the walk-in closet!  In an odd way, this helps make the room that much more comforting…a perfect new office!

HomeGoods waste can

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope I may have inspired you to think about redoing or updating a room!

HomeGoods desk plate home office

Have a fabulous weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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before & after bedside table

March 7, 2017

Bedroom table after photos pleasure in simple things blog

Today, I am sharing the ‘after’ photos of the little mahogany side table I shared last post.  The piece belonged to the owner’s great grandmother and I was determined to redo the table to  fit nicely  into her new home.

before and after side table with Annie Sloan ochreDid you guess what neutral I chose to paint the piece?  I decided on Annie Sloan old ochre.  It is a nice neutral that has a warm tone and will combine well with both white and gold tones.  The piece will be used as a bedside table and, since I’ve seen the bedding in the room, I decided to find accessories to combine with the piece to look great in its new location!

Bedroom side table after photo pleasure in simple things blog

I started with a coat of shellac since the mahogany was sure to show through a light color paint.  Next,  I painted the piece with two coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint in old ochre.  Then, I added a coat of clear wax.  In keeping with the tastes of the owner of the piece, I didn’t do any distressing, but I did add a coat of dark wax in some spots.  This accented some of the details and added a little depth  of color.

Bedroom side table after photos wax pleasure in simple things blog

For the hardware, I used the original pull and just added a little metallic to brighten up the old finish.

Bedroom side table after hardware pleasure in simple things blog

Lastly, I added some fun accessories to coordinate with the bedroom where the little table will be residing.  The tea leaves scented candle, lamp, print, and plant all came from Target.  The cute succulent paper I used for the drawer liner came from Paper Source.

Bedroom side table after photo drawer pleasure in simple things blog

For such a straight forward paint job, it created quite an update, don’t you think?

Can’t wait to see the table with the new accessories in its new home!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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its always in the details

March 3, 2017

Bedside Table revamp acessories pleasure in simple things blog

A February day with temps in the high 50’s?  What does that mean?  Furniture painting projects, of course!

Because of space limitations, nearly all my furniture redo projects are limited to the outdoors.  With the record breaking temperature last week, thoughts of tackling one of the projects in queue was inevitable.  I decided to start with a little bedside table that would be a straight-forward project.  The owner wants a simple, single color neutral as a finish.  And, even though I really want to paint the piece charcoal gray and sand and stain the top, I think it is important to create something the owner would truly love in her home.  Especially since the piece belonged to her great grandmother.

bBefore Mahogany Side table pleasure in simple things blog

The table just needs a little love to make it current.

For Friday field trip today, I am giving you a ‘before’ photo and a little hint of the details I have started to put together to make the piece perfect for the owner.  I am putting together some accessories to go with the finished piece to make it really personal to the recipient.

Bedside Table revamp drawer pull pleasure in simple things blog

Can you guess what color I am painting the piece?

Remember, the owner wants a neutral.  I will give you a hint that it is an Annie Sloan color.

Bedside Table drawer liner pleasure in simple things blog

Well, let me get back to work…

I hope you will join me on Tuesday to check out the finished piece!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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