Our Home Office Makeover

home office makeover before and after
At least the hardwood was gorgeous.

At least the hardwood was gorgeous.

I haven't done a post in awhile of the room makeovers we've done in our home so next up is the office. This room had some good bones- an electric fireplace, hardwood floors, and gorgeous wood trim. However, that fireplace and trim were all painted in a deep plum color and the walls were a deep forest green. Hey, if that's your thing I don't want to knock you, but it just didn't work for us. I need my colors more muted and would rather show off my personality with some accents. Also, using deep, dark colors like that often make a space look smaller and we wanted to keep it as light, airy and open as possible.

Home Office before

Home Office before

Check out that purple trim

Check out that purple trim

We actually opted to keep the green walls in the room, but decided to go with a lighter shade. We also opted to paint the trim and mantle white to keep with the rest of the house. Let me tell you, painting over that dark purple with white was not easy, or fun. But it was so worth it! Look how bright and airy the space looks now.

What's an office without leather club chairs, I ask.

What's an office without leather club chairs, I ask.

Now, for the furnishings. I'm hoping to do a piece focused on how I've decorated the mantles above the three fireplaces in our house, but will touch on it here too. The lanterns on the mantle I picked up at Christmas Tree Shop for a steal! The wrought iron round mirror I've had for years (but you can find a similar one here). These handsome club chairs (that also recline!) we purchased on Amazon (here) and they've been worth every penny. The small stand we picked up at a local consignment shop. We're hoping to replace this with a chess table in the future so we can play chess in front of the fire on those cold winter nights.

How fun is this buck silhouette print we picked up at the Christmas Tree Shop? It was an easy way to bring the animal bust theme from the living room into the office (original post here). The leather bench and pillows we picked up at Home Goods. One of my favorite places to pick up furnishings for the home if you're on a budget. 

The desk is painted with chalk paint.

The desk is painted with chalk paint.

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Now, no office is complete without a desk. This one is actually an old architect's drawing table that we refurbished into a desk. Since it was pretty beat up, we repainted it with Chalk Paint in the Coco color. The chair we picked up at Home Goods again and it was actually a bit short for the taller desk. We were able to order chair wheels online and screw them into the chair to not only give it some height, but allow it to swivel too. You can find a similar chair here

The finished look!

The finished look!

Finally, the rug we picked up at Home Goods. I can't find the exact one online but I also love this one and this one if you're looking for a neutral area rug for your home. 

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So here it is, the completed office. You may also recognize the book shelf from a previous post I wrote here. What do you think of the final look? I'm still debating whether we need a coffee table in here. We love the look of old industrial carts as coffee tables but need to track one down for the right price. What kind of coffee table do you think would work best in this space? Tell me what you think in the comments!