Our home office has probably undergone the most changes out of all the rooms in our house. It used to be my least favorite room, but that has definitely changed. After a little demo and a couple coats of new paint, the room became bright and inviting. It became a place I can actually enjoy and work in.
Home Office Before
The room we use as our home office was confusing for me when we first moved in. (Like the giant square holes in the walls, and the entire kitchen… are you sensing a trend here?) First, it has a large “doorway” but no doors. Second, the previous owners had tried to add a closet on the biggest wall, and it also had no doors. We first used it as a storage room while we unpacked and figured out where to put things. And since the room did not have doors, I had to stare at a bit of a mess every day. At least it was organized chaos.
Home Office Makeover
Our home office was one of the first rooms I updated, after I worked up the courage to tear out the closet. It was fun! But I think that’s mostly because there were no electrical wires or plumbing to mess with. Or flooring for that matter. Whoever put the closet in built it right on top of the laminate wood flooring! (Which is good because if I had to fix flooring I probably wouldn’t have demolished it.)
Just taking out the weird closet addition made the whole room feel bigger and more purposeful. And if we ever need storage space in this room, I’ll probably look for a small vintage wardrobe rather than put another closet in so we’re not losing anything by getting rid of it.
So you get a feel for the space, the home office is right off the hallway behind the living room. Here’s a view from the hallway looking down towards the master bedroom. You can see the home office right off the hallway on your right, and the weird square hole in the wall showing the living room on the left.
And here’s a view standing in the master bedroom looking down the hall to the laundry room. The kids’ bedrooms are the last two doors on the left and right, with the home office right in the middle.
Back to the office…
I love how bright the room is now that the closet is gone and the walls are white! The walls are blank right now, but I have plans for a few paintings I want to put on the walls when I get around to making them…
I love books and I’m happy that our house has a room for an office so that I can have bookshelves! Eventually I would love to build some built-in bookshelves with lower cabinets for storage across this wall… after we finish the other million projects on our list. Now that I think about it, I had NO IDEA how much work and maintenance home ownership was when we bought our first house. Not that I’m complaining, since I think it’s fun to update our house and decorate!
Okay, so you saw the pretty photos. (I was kind of cheating there a little bit.) Now for some real-ish photos… My exercise bike lives in this room too. I wanted to share these pictures with you too because as much as I love the “pinterest perfect” pictures above, when I’m reading other blogs I like to see how other bloggers actually use their home. Obviously it’s not always this clean… (who am I kidding? It’s never this clean!)… but if you remove half the furniture that is normally in a room it’s more of a magazine shot than an actual, lived-in house. There. Done ranting.
We didn’t do much to the room, but the difference is impressive. I tore out the closet addition, painted the room a fresh, crisp white, and added some thick, faux wood blinds. That’s it so far.
This room is low on our list of projects right now, but I would love to replace the light fixture with something a little prettier, add some built-in bookshelves, maybe get a rug, and finish painting the art for this room.
So does your home office or study have to do double duty as something else as well? How do you make it work?
You can tour the other rooms we’ve been working on here: