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. 4

    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. 5

    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. 6

    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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