One Room Challenge-Week 6 | The Home Office Reveal!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Reveal day is finally here!  After eight-ish weeks of work, the Home Office is finished and I'm so happy!  Participating in this year's One Room Challenge hosted by Linda and Better Homes and Gardens has been amazing, challenging, and educational.  It's also been truly appreciated with the current state of life right now.  In a practical sense, it was needed with my husband working from home during the pandemic, but it's also been good for me to have this creative outlet.  

If you're new here, I have to show you where it all started.  We moved here a little over four years ago, and turned this space into a guest room for several years, but recently decided to make it over into a home office.  

This was my design plan. The room was already painted SW Alabaster and the doors were painted SW Iron Ore.  So I had a nice backdrop to begin work.  

But enough of the backstory, you're probably here for the tour so, come on....step into my office!

The idea of adding an office sign came to me midway thru the project. I thought it was sort of cheeky and fun to have for a home office!

I knew going in that I wanted shiplap on this back wall behind the bookcases.  This was my first time installing shiplap, and I love the character it adds to the space.  After installing shiplap, I worked on making these Target bookcases I had on hand into built-ins by building an additional unit to go on top and tons of trimwork.

And here they are ready to work.

I had some accessories I found on clearance over the past year, so I had a few options for clocks for the space and the gold knobs were added to the closet doors.

I think I mentioned last week that this chalkboard came down on whim.  I wasn't expecting to keep it here, but it feels charming, so it's managed to stay.

This old armoire is a piece I found at an antique store probably nearly 10 years ago.  I call it 'the beast' because it's massive and it requires movers to change it to a different room in the house.  I love it, but the hubs could live with out it.  It doesn't quite match some of the other wood in the room and I always had STILL have plans to refinish it, but it's charming to me and I like it in here.  And it's so big, we really haven't got a choice!

This is where one of my art prints ended up.  I purchased from two different Etsy shops...North Prints and Heirloom Print ShopHeirloom had really great instructions about paper choice and sizing for having them printed.

I think I went thru four orders of sconces before finally settling on these that had the perfect 'arm' length for the bookcases.  I converted them into plug-ins and ran the cord down the back side of the face of the bookcases.  I also added a cool remote to turn them on and off.  (See if you can spot the cords for two of the sconces in the picture below, and the remote on the shelf!)  It really is one of my favorite little features of the space.  With the remote, I don't have to go inside the cabinet to turn the lights on and off. 

The ceiling light also went thru a couple of iterations, but I'm glad I finally found this one!

When things go back to normal, this room will serve as a command center for business of the house, but right now it's also meant to serve as a comfortable space for hubby to work.  A place where he can close the door for quiet during Zoom calls and meetings, and I don't have to tiptoe around if I'm in the kitchen while he works, haha!  I sort of don't want to hand it over, but honestly the best seat in the room is the one opposite the desk, so I'll have a good spot for coffee breaks!  

Thanks for stopping by for the Home Office reveal!  It will probably be tweaked and changed over time as it's put into use.  But I have so many other projects up my sleeve for updates here at home, so pop over to the sidebar to subscribe to the blog if you'd like updates.  I also plan on sharing the trim details on how I created the built-ins in a future post, but if you have any other questions about this project please let me know!

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One Room Challenge (Pre-Week 6) | Painting Windows and Installing Bookcase Lights

Friday, November 13, 2020

Week Six of the One Room Challenge is here! Not sure how to title this post because it is week six, but not reveal week for me! I didn't expect it going in, but I will be taking advantage of this year's extension being offered.  Good work is still being done in the home office.  

I left off with this wrap-up list last week:

  • Add center braces to desk
  • Finish painting crown/bookcase/shiplap
  • Paint windows (forgot about this last week!)
  • Touch up wall paint around room
  • Install new light switch and new light fixture (currently working on)
  • Install bookcase lighting
  • Rehang existing drapes (still need to hem)
  • Style Bookcases and Office for Final Reveal
Let's walk thru some of those projects from this week. 

The Desk

This never ending desk project.  Thru trial and error, I got the cuts done for the center braces. 

The windows went black this week.  It is so good!  I used Masking Liquid to paint them and accidentally turned it into a science project. The purpose of the Masking Liquid is to avoid taping and scraping paint off windows.  I used a shellac-based primer on one window and water-based primer on the second one, just because I did the primer on different days, and had run out of the alcohol to clean the brush.  Well, guess which one didn't come off right?  The shellac-based one!  Totally my fault, because it was on the can to not use solvent based paints.  So lesson learned.  The one I did with water-based primer came off beautifully.

I had to take down the drapes and blinds to paint the windows.  Once they were painted, that highlighted how dirty they were.  And I did clean them in the spring, but spiderwebs takeover constantly.  So a good cleaning almost made me feel like my vision improved.  I sprayed the original hardware a brighter gold to pop against the new black paint.  And then to clean up my paint and old paint on the frames, I was able to use nail polish remover.  All of that combined has these old windows looking sharp!

They were so sharp that I briefly considered leaving them bare, but I am too paranoid at night, that someone is staring in that I can't see!  So I am putting back up the drapes, but not the blinds.  I did test out my linen panels from my family room, and LOVED them!  So I will probably add linen panels at some point in the future.  The final painting on all the crown molding also got done, allowing me to add the bookcase lights.  I went with gold sconces and turned them into plug-ins.

So what's left? 

Mainly to get the replacement for this ceiling fan up!  I think I've hit every snag possible outside of shocking myself, so I will be well-trained to write a what not to do tutorial, haha!

 I'm also planning to:
  • Hem the existing drapes; they've always hung to long.
  • Hang the new light fixture (Ran into a snag, but doing some research tonight!)
  • And since I'm taking advantage of the extention, I'm thinking of adding back the printable art project.  
  • Style the bookcases and office for final reveal
I really appreciate that they've made it no pressure to finish today or on the last day of the reveal time frame.  I'm going to make use of the time to get the space just right.  And I want to have fun styling the  space.  I hope you'll come back and see it finished.  I'll either have an update or the final reveal next week!   Now go check out some of the other designers and guest participants!

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One Room Challenge-Fall 2020 | Week 5- Finished Desk and Project Tweaks

Thursday, November 5, 2020

It's the end of Week 5 of the One Room Challenge.  It feels like it has gone by both fast and slow.  Six weeks to complete a space feels like a long time when you begin, but all of the little details take a lot of time when it's DIY!  But that's ok.  This was a space that I have been wanting to makeover for quite a while, so however long it takes, it will be worth it.  I hope you will go check out all of the hard work other designers and DIYers have been putting into their spaces for the One Room Challenge

Let's go back to the plans and where it all began.

I had to go back and see where I left off last week, because it feels like this week has been a hodge podge of tasks--finishing up work that was started earlier. But the good news is I finally got the desk finished!   (Although as I write this, I realize I still need to add the center braces!)

If you follow along on Instagram, you saw me assemble the desk base three times.  Incorrectly the first time, correctly the second time, but taken apart and reassembled a third time to make them a bit smaller.  I feel like Goldilocks, and now they're just right.  The same can be said for the desktop.  This desk was made by resizing table plans I found online at Ana-White, and I ended up creating the desktop twice to get to my final size of 27.5" x 63", and it feels perfect for this space!   I plan on making use of the original desktop boards for a future coffee table project.  They are too pretty, and costly, to let go to waste! 

Smaller projects have been to do a minor wall repair and update the outlets in the room.  The outlets were original to the house and almond colored.  I usually ask the hubs to do electrical, but I finally learned how to replace them myself.  So it's nice to have a modern, updated outlet and a new skill.  I previously also updated the vent covers from the original ones that had been painted over.  Updating an older home, those small details can really help take the years off.  

I went back and corrected or changed a few other details.  I was using 8' crown molding I had on hand to do the room and bookcases.  But 8' wasn't long enough to span the length of the bookcase, and I had just spliced two pieces together.  But it was really noticeable, so I decided to go ahead and purchase a longer piece to avoid that joint.  I've also continued work on the crown molding around the ceiling--filling nail holes and caulking in preparation for paint. 

One other change I made was on the shiplap wall.  Originally I was planning to cover each end with a piece of lattice molding.  The final board didn't have the best cut, but the right side looked great.  So I went ahead and got two more pieces of shiplap to re-attempt the cut on the final board.  That way I could just caulk the seam on each end.  I got a better cut on the first try, and I think I like that look a bit better. I needed to remove the baseboard and crown to get that piece of shiplap out, so it had put a hold on me finishing up the crown and baseboard. 

So that's where I am this week, wrapping up all of these projects:

  • Add center braces to desk
  • Finish painting crown/bookcase/shiplap
  • Paint windows (forgot about this last week!)
  • Touch up wall paint around room
  • Install new light switch and new light fixture
  • Install bookcase lighting
  • Rehang existing drapes
  • Style Bookcases and Office for Final Reveal
I had some bonus projects that I mentioned last week, but I'm pretty sure they will have to wait until later.  I like this picture because it crops out all the unfinished projects, haha!

But this is more real life.

But, I'm super excited to see this space come together over the next couple of weeks!

To catch up from previous weeks, visit the links below!

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