Mini Home Office Makeover

A couple of years ago, we turned our rarely used formal dining room into a home office. It’s where I write and do Mercy House. Lo, that office has seen a lot of sweet tea.

Originally, I chose the red and black colors based on the old dining room. I basically coordinated everything with the wall color and existing curtains. It’s been great, but I’ve been wanting to lighten the whole darkish room up for awhile.

With a bit of tax return, the room was repainted and a few changes were made. I love the warm, relaxing feel. This is probably one of the most used rooms in our house. My kids do a lot of homework at the desk and it’s a popular reading spot.

Before:

After:

What I changed:

  • Wall color-I love the relaxing two tone shades of beige and tan.
  • Window treatments-did you know Lowe’s carries extra long drapes?
  • Rug-I switched the rugs from my family room and office
  • Chair slipcover from Ikea
  • Desk skirt and chair covers are a pair of window panels from Walmart (attached to desk with velcro, chair with staple gun)
  • I added touches of my Dayspring Ever Grateful dishes from the cupboards to the white china
  • Replaced cardboard storage boxes (that were falling apart) with a Set of 6 Foldable Fabric Baskets, Beige
    (and wicker baskets from around the house)
  • Moved the  kid’s old “bookshelf” (old shoe drying rack) from another part of the house, so my kids can read in my chair.
  • I’ll tell you all about the Abide art above my comfy chair tomorrow!

Comments

  1. says

    My formal dining room is currently a toy room. My triplets turned five a month ago, so it is time to eliminate some of our toy clutter. I love the idea of making an office space for homework. A formal dining room is not something we need. The room was seldom used when it was set up that way. You did a wonderful job and I love your color choices. Wishing you inspiration for your writing in your beautiful surroundings.

  2. says

    wish my office looked that nice. it used to. now it’s filled with everyone else’s CRAP!! makes me sad. love yours though. very pretty :)

  3. Heather says

    No formal dining room OR office in my house. Just a command center off the kitchen – but what fun to decorate that space. And I’d love to curl up in that chair and read!

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