Before and After In this gorgeous budget-friendly home office makeover, we provide budget decor ideas showing how we transform a home office using 7 simple budget-friendly solutions and DIY projects.
Recently, I had a local reader reach out to me via Facebook asking for assistance with her home office. To my surprise, it was actually someone I knew. Vanessa and I worked together 10 years ago but had lost contact with one another. She and I immediately started to catch up. Since then she had gotten married and is now the mother of 3 beautiful children. Vanessa was struggling with decorating some areas of her home. Naturally, her focus had been on taking care of everyone else. When she bought her house she had always hoped she would have every room fully decorated by now. But reality set in and 4 years later, her office was still incomplete. In fact, her office was empty and quickly becoming a dumping ground for things and her kids’ toys.
Vanessa’s office was an empty unused room at the front of the house. She started storing papers and knickknacks in the room. She could see it turning into a junk room. For the longest time she couldn’t visualize what she could do with the space. When I visited we went around the room and measured the space. Using some painters tape we outlined the placement of things that she would like to see in the room. When designing a room, space planning is key.
What Vanessa, the homeowner, wanted to see in her home office
Vanesssa wanted a space she could love, a place for work as well as space that would be all hers. With a budget of $500 we set out to achieve her dream office.
- A place that could be a haven away from the kids
- Have a place to display family heirlooms
- Have a elements of Caribbean flair
What we used
- BEHR MARQUEE Ultra Pure White Matte Interior Paint and Primer in One
- BEHR MARQUEE Starless Night Matte Interior Paint
- Everbilt 1-1/2 in. Zinc-Plated Corner Brace (4-Pack)
- Tape measure
- Paint roller and brush
- HomeRight PaintStick EZ Twist Applicator Kit (Optional)
- HomeRightSuper Finish Max extra Fine Finish HVLP Sprayer (Optional)
The Transformation – What we did
To achieve an office that is both affordable and stylish takes a little time and the ability to get in there and get your hands dirty. This office consists of tons of simple DIY projects. However, when merged together it looks like a space that you’d see in magazines or on Pinterest that cost a fortune. Using these 7 simple steps we created Vanessa’s dream office.
Add a fresh coat of paint to brighten up the space
Paint can make the world of a difference. We painted 3 of the walls white (BEHR MARQUEE Ultra Pure White Matte Interior Paint and Primer in One)
- so that we could make the room feel bigger and airy. This allowed us to go big with an accent wall. For the accent wall, we opted for a rich deep blue (BEHR MARQUEE Starless Night Matte). Blue has a calming serene effect.
Shop thrifts stores and Craigslist to find low-cost furniture.
Finding low-cost furniture is always a challenge, especially good quality pieces. Don’t be afraid to check out your local thrift stores and Craigslist. You’d be surprised what people throw out. Sometimes it does require that you think outside of the box, but usually with a little paint and elbow grease its like brand new. We got these two bookcases on sale for $22.50 each. One was dropped and was damaged in the fall. As a result, the thrift store gave it to use for just $12.
Bookshelves are a great way to create ‘built-in” storage
Place bookcases along the wall. Anchor them in place with corner braces. You can even cover unsightly but necessary items line cable and phone outlets. Just be sure to remove the back of the bookcase so that you can get to the outlet and cords easily.
Decorate with curtains.
Choose a desk that is both stylish and functional.
- Select a desk that is both form and function. I like desks that have drawers that allow you to hide the clutter. Place the desk facing the door in the center of the room. The desk should be the center of attention in an office. Don’t place yourself in a corner where you’re stuck looking at a wall all day. Give yourself a view. It makes for a more productive work environment.
Vanessa’s office didn’t have any central ceiling lighting or an electrical box to install lighting. So using a $5 clearance drum shade we made this battery operated light fixture. The cost of hiring an electrician would have consumed the entire budget for the room. But this simple solution, hung from the ceiling using a swag hook provides adequate directional lighting and pure elegance that takes this space to that next level.
Create wall art that inspires you.
- Finally, create wall art that speaks to you. Abstract art is a great eye-catching way of tying in all the colors of the space. We created this framed wall art using scrap wood and sample and discount oops paint from our local home center. Honestly, it looks like something that would have cost hundreds in the store. It’s absolutely stunning.
After: What Vanessa thinks of her new space.
The overhaul of Vanessa’s office blew my mind. She absolutely loves her new space. She learned that she could shop local thrift stores and decorate her home for a fraction of what she thought it would cost. Her office now offers serenity and inspiration.
Filled with easy low-cost DIY solutions, this gorgeous home office makeover empowered Vanessa to take on other design dilemmas withing her home.
Using these design tips when you’re decorating your office you are sure to create your dream home office.