Hi guys! It’s been a loooong time. I feel like I say that every time I post, but I’ve taken a break from the blog to try something new and I wanted to tell you about it…
So, sometime last year I added a new tab to the blog titled, “Design Services” with the intent to branch out and try my hand at designing spaces for other people. I have had a few clients since then and I wanted to share the results of one of my projects.
My client wanted an office makeover, which all started with a bare light bulb that she was tired of looking at every day, haha! We met and discussed her needs for an office and it snowballed from there. She wanted to have a functioning light that was pretty, and be able utilize the current rug, curtains and office furniture.
Here’s the BEFORE
With a little investigation I noticed that the desk wasn’t able to be put anywhere besides against a wall because the back was unfinished. I also noticed that it was clearly not functional for my client’s needs. She couldn’t sit comfortably and there wasn’t much workspace on the desk surface.
It really didn’t take much convincing at all for her to agree that we needed to find a better option for office furniture. Since she wasn’t planning to replace the furniture in the first place, I had to find an inexppensive alternative that would fit into the budget she had given me. I started shopping auctions and found a farmhouse table for $70 that was small, but would be perfect for a desk and could serve as a family workspace that she could work at and her kids to play on and do homework at, etc. The only problem was the the table was orange. You know what I mean, that orangy oak from the early 80s. Yeah, not cute, but this table had good bones and we agreed that it would be perfect.
I thought a rustic look would go well in the office, so I distressed the legs and stripped the top and stained it dark walnut. For the legs, I painted 2 coats of a taupe/beige color and then used a black antique glaze. The left side is the finished side. Finally, I gave them a coat of matte polyurethane.
I won’t drag this out too long, so here’s the AFTER!
Eek! I am so happy with the result and so is my client. What a pretty, grownup space!
Another cost-saver, surprisingly, was this bookcase! It was an auction find, and at only $80, I think we stole it!
The the light was from another auction. It ended up being around $85, which was a great deal as well. That same light retails for $126 at Wayfair.
As for the rest of the furniture/accessories, you can find the office chair at Wayfair, the shelves and IKEA, the pin boards at Wayfair, the fiddle leaf fig tree at QVC.com, the stool at Target, and the mail sorter at Wayfair. Whew! I think that’s it!
Here’s one last view of this pretty space!
Thanks for stopping by and reading this post! If you like what you see and you’d like help with one of your spaces, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you’re not local to the Columbus, Ohio area, but would be interested in help with designing a space, check out my design services tab and think about the option of e-design.