The Office

Hey friends - it's been a while! Life has been pretty hectic with family weddings, new babies being born and all of the craziness that comes with two little ones.  But with all of the craziness we have been peppering in home projects here and there and have finally completed a few of them! This last weekend we wrapped up the office project and also finished the last of the front door updates by replacing the tinted yellow glass.

Here's a quick peak at the before and after of the front door.

Now for the most recent project - the office. This room has never been a top priority of ours when renovating the house. The plan was (and is) to make minor updates and focus on the other areas of the house, like the bathrooms and kitchen where buyers are most interested. 

The Zillow image of the office before we bought it does not look bad, but the room was dingy and dirty. 

BEFORE:

RENOVATIONS:

The first thing I did when we moved into the house was paint the walls one solid color.

When we were updating the floors in the main living space last year, we decided to tear out the carpet in the office and add the same laminate wood.  This room required one extra step of leveling the concrete floor before the laminate could be installed. Luckily Chris is handy and doesn't get scared off by projects like this. :)

And that was where the progress stopped.  Right after the floors were installed, little Evie Mae was born. This room became an afterthought AND our storage room for crap we didn't want to see (these rooms tend to evolve as they get renovated - the storage room has finally made it to the basement). 

Who wouldn't want to spend 8 hours a day working in this zen room?!

Well this last month we finally got around to finishing the room! The biggest part of this project was just organization.  The second part required lots of P-A-I-N-T!

The first weekend I worked on the room I focused on removing the clutter & painting all of the trim.

The second weekend I focused on painting the inside of the closet, door & light fixture. I went back and forth internally trying to decide if the effort to paint the closet would be worth it, it totally was! Once I cleared everything out and wiped down the surfaces, it was clear that it needed a fresh paint job.

I also didn't realize the walls and ceiling were painted yellow - you can see the difference where I have trimmed out the shelves.

I really do not like this light fixture, but it is not in the budget to update the lighting.  Painting the brown light box helps to blend the light fixture into the ceiling.

Last weekend we finally installed the doors and they look awesome!

AFTER:

The office is now clean and bright and in much better condition to focus on work.

I found the throw pillows down in our basement and thought they matched the red accent theme of the room...and they were free!

The closet is now clean and organized!

The once old brown door now has a fresh coat of bright white paint.

I am glad to finally have this project checked off the list!