Monday, February 1, 2010

34 Office Makeover: The Big Reveal!

I know it's the moment you all have been waiting for, you have been feeling that excited butterfly feeling in your tum tums since I started this makeover, and I am sure those butterflies have been fluttering harder and harder as I revealed more teasers here, here and here.  No?  OK, so maybe it's my butterflies I am referring to, but I have to say, I couldn't be more excited that the office is half done!  Half you ask?!  Yes, half.  In future months I will be focusing on craft and hobby spaces, at which time I will revisit my space to add some additional storage for my scrap-booking cart and wrapping paper supplies, since ultimately the space should function as more than just an office space.  So until then, I will call the space half complete, which I am definitely feeling pretty good about!

If you recall, I started my planning process here, laying out my vision and shopping list.  And the then sitting room, looked a little like this:


We had decided for a couple of reasons, that we wanted to relocate our office back to the little sitting nook off of our bedroom.  First, running a daycare, little munchkins tend to want to play with computers, printers, pens and other office supplies, so to ensure safety, they were all removed from the kid accessible area.  Also, as you may recall, I have a large dream of starting up a Professional Organizing Business, and this will be the perfect place for me to start creating contracts and spreadsheets, and of course, blog!

So, we moved our desk from here:

 

to here:


But that wasn't enough for me.  I wanted to add storage, color, and additional functionality that we didn't have when it was out in our game room.

So, I started by wallpapering the desktop and the door fronts in a fresh floral pattern:

 

  

And then I  created some memo boards to hold all sorts of goodies:

 

And finally, created some labels full of cuteness, for the fronts of some large magazine storage boxes:


Then came Sunday fun day.  Mission completion.  Time to get all of the goods installed and pull the room together.  But let's back up a step shall we?  On Friday evening, we were doing some final measurements and looking at everything we were planning to install.  My plan was to put a 5 slot bookshelf, horizontally above the desk, to hold the magazine storage boxes.  However, we were great about measuring the length to make sure it would fit, but not so great about measuring the depth.  That's right, a big, OH NO happened.  There is a heating vent in our ceiling, that would be covered up by the shelving unit, if we were to go through with the original plans.  So, we created a quick plan B.  A simple floating shelf would have to do the trick, to balance the weight of the desk.  So, back to our second home, Ikea, one last time, to grab a new shelf.  The little measuring mishap cost us thirty smackaroos.

 

We were glad we discovered that little problema before installation day, since we were able to pick up a shelf ahead of time.

While the hubby hung the new shelf, I started to ponder how I could mat a poster sized collage calendar I had ordered from snapfish.com when they had a big 30% off all calendars sale.  I already had the frame in the room, it was a matter of tying the poster into the other changes going on.  So, I grabbed some more leftover wallpaper from the desk and bulletin board project, and used it to mat out the poster calendar.

 

As you can see, I also used some "clips" frames, scrapbook paper and some black and white photos I printed out at home, to create a trio of photos, one of me with each of my sweet little angels. 

 

By now, the shelf was totally installed and next it was time to hang the bulletin board and the magnetic board.  The magnet board came with slots cutout on the backside, making it easy to hang, we just anchored it in with some drywall anchors and were good to go.  The bulletin board came with nothing for hanging, so we got resourceful and borrowed and hanging kit from an old frame that we no longer used.



I told the hubster, he probably would never make it as a hand or foot model, he was a little tearful, but I think he will be ok.

Placement of the magnet board was easy, because there was only one space on the wall big enough for the board, and so that is how we determined it's new home.  The bulletin board would be placed on the opposite side of the wall for some balance.

And in-between the two memo boards, was a bar holding some cups for pencils, markers, etc... using some hooks:

 
 

And that was it!  We were donzo.  As you can see from the pics, we added some more white flowers around the space to keep it girly!  And my accent color of pink, is placed all over the room: as matting to my kid's photos, the fronts of the tins, on the bulletin board, in a flower on the desk, on the labels for the magazine boxes and in a vase and frame on the upper shelf.

 

And something that only you really observant individuals may have noticed, that is a little different on the desk... some new pulls!  I love when I find things lingering around the home!  I have a bin in the garage for misc. hardware and assembly pieces, and stumbled across two handles!  And that's when I gave my hub the infamous eyes and he installed them on the doors, he's a good man!

 

Again, the Before:


And the After:
 
 
 
 
 
  
  
  
  

And, a final budget for the entire makeover as well:

Wallpaper for the desk/magnet board/calendar mat:  $44.98
Clips frames for kid's photos: $2.99 x 2 = $5.98
Frame for Poster:  Already Owned
Magnet Board: $12.99
Magnetic Tins: $4.99 x 3 = $14.97
Bulletin Board: $4.99 plus fabric: $2.49 = $7.48
Floating Shelf above the Desk: $29.99
Pink Vase: $3.99 
Magazine Boxes: $11.99 x 2 = $23.98
Scrapbook Paper:  Already Owned
Lamp, Desk & Chair: Already Owned
Grand Total: $223.27

Not too bad huh?  Sure, I splurged on some things and held back on others, but I think the end result is exactly what I was going for!

Now it's your turn to let me know what you think!  I have posted the pics on HGTV's Rate My Space website, stop on by and rate my new office space!

 

34 comments:

  1. Wow! It looks fantastic! Great job! I absolutely love the bar with the hanging hooks to store pencils. The space is cute and fun, I would love to work in that office. :)

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  2. That is awesome! You are way too crafty - maybe I should have you come to my house and help me get organized and make it looks as cute!

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  3. What is your wall color? It's beautiful, I love the entire space!

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  4. Hi! Thank you! The wall color is Behr Interior Ultra Paint/Primer in Frozen Pond. I really heart the color!

    Thanks also for reminding me I need to get a source list created for all of our homestead wall colors!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  5. I love your office, you've given me such inspiration! Where did you get the white cups for pencils and the flower petals you have on the wall? The entire room is darling! Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Thanks Tami! IHeart that you found some inspiration!

    The cups are from Ikea: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70105659

    The flower petals were from Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Umbra-Set-25-Wallflowers-White/dp/B0015TI1RE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1270494986&sr=8-1

    I hope you find that helpful! Let me know if you have any additional questions!

    Happy Organizing!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  7. Love the after! Where is your desk from? It all looks so great together!

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  8. This looks amazing! I am wondering where you got your file holders that are on your shelf? The lacy looking ones? I just found your blog because of YHL and you have some great ideas!

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  9. Hi Amanda!

    I found the square patterned file boxes from Target. They are pretty stylish, I use them around the house for all sorts of storage. Not sure if they still have them available, I think I had only seen them at Super Target and I haven't been to one of them in a while now.

    The Container Store has a similar line: http://www.containerstore.com/shop/office/desktopCollections/metal?productId=10025149

    I hope that helps!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  10. Hi, I just love your office makeover! Where did you get those pretty white flower petals? They add such a nice touch!

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  11. Hi Priscilla! I found the flowers on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Umbra-Set-25-Wallflowers-White/dp/B0015TI1RE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1271904942&sr=8-1-spell

    Thanks!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  12. Hi,
    Great office! Where is your light from?

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  13. I just want to thank you for responding to my question above. You are so kind and generous in sharing your amazing organization and decorating talent. How lucky I am to have stumbled upon your blog. You're definitely one of my favorites!

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  14. Hello BeeHive!

    I found the chandelier from HomeDepot.com originally, however, I haven't seen it on there recently, but I did find the same one here: http://www.lightinguniverse.com/mini-pendants_439.html?psku=819910&af=1525

    I hope that helps!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  15. Where is the desk from?

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  16. Hi Ruth!

    The desk truly is an amazing desk, I am not gonna lie. My husband and his dad took a vision I had of a large workspace with a tons of storage space and a smidge of style, and built the desk custom. They used mdf to build two base cabinets along with a separate piece as the top. I then painted it white, later adding the wallpaper for additional pizzazz. It was actually built a couple of years ago, however, the budget was small, we saved a ton building it custom for us vs buying something new. It has been in multiple places in our abode as our spaces evolved, however, it couldn't feel more at home and fit more perfectly in the new home office nook.

    Let me know if you have any additional questions!
    xoxo,
    Jen

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  17. Hi I wanted to put your blog button on my blog but I couldn't pick up the codes correctly. Where would I find it at photobucket? Not that I don't like looking at all your pictures. lol Katharine

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  18. Quick question Jen :) How do you make all your stuff on excel? The labels that you used are so darn cute!

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  19. Hi Anonymous!

    Thanks for the comment! As far as the labels go, I usually just google search background images to use within my shapes/word art in excel. I am hoping to get a full tutorial post for labels coming soon, we actually had an awful computer crash and I lost Excel for months which is the reason for the delay. :)

    Thanks again!

    xoxo,

    Jen

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  20. I just found your blog today and I'm so excited to look at all of your other great ideas. I was wondering where you got the book/planner on your desk with your family's picture? Thanks!

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  21. Hi Emily!

    I am so glad you found me!

    Here is a post about the planner, it's one of my most favorite organizing possessions!

    http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2010/01/iheart-my-life-planner.html

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  22. I love that planner and can't wait to order one! Thanks for the information! I'm also excited to see that you are a fellow Wisconsinite!

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  23. BeAuTiFuL!! I'm so glad I found your site...I'm in desperate need of an organized home. I have a small house with 3 kiddos so any bit of info on organization is terrific! I'm excited to become a new follower :0)

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  24. Nice! I love it! I wish I have the time to clean my desk at my office space in Dulles, VA. Recently, I've been to tied up with work. Well, my office is really clean. I just want to see it a lot more organized than it already is now, because in another person's eye, it could be messy. One of my personal visitors said so. I have another office in Reston. That office space in Reston, VA is one of the offices I've been into with the cleanest work areas. I really wish I can make my desk area a lot more presentable than its plain old self.

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  25. Hi Jen,
    I love everything about this room, you did a great job!! Im looking for a desk as we speak and I love yours. Where did you get it?

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  26. @kkaylynne54, the desk was actually custom built by my husband and his father based off of a design I had given them, then I added wallpaper to the top and insets of the doors. The whole desk was done out of MDF and trim/moulding. :)

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  27. My favorite part of the room is the cup/hook/bar organizer, and I was excited about your budget since I desperately need to reclaim my space, but I didn't see the bar/cup/hook organizer on the budget...

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  28. @Alycia - here is a post on the subject of the rail and hooks - with a source list for you: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2010/06/june-featured-space-laundry-room-rack.html

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  29. Love the space, how did you wallpaper the desk? Did you apply it as you would to a wall?

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    1. Yep! Just followed the instructions on the package.

      xoxo!
      Jen

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  30. Hi Jen! Lovely transformation...looking to do a new study in our home and found your storage boxes on Pinterest. Where did you get them, and seeing that it's now two years later, have they held up well with use? Thx!

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  31. Your office is such a pretty place! The artistic pieces you made and put in front of your table were wonderful to look at! Now, you can have inspiration whenever you feel exhausted from work. These little cuties can even help you come up with brilliant ideas!


    Blake Mitchell

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  32. Pink and pastel accents definitely make a room cosy and comfy. Everything looks dainty but at the same time professional-looking. Three thumbs up for this!

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