This winter was a productive one! I set out to update my office and that is exactly what I did. Now that we renovated our entire home, we are trying to fill in the spaces that we are physically able to do ourselves, like closets, cabinet installs for the mudroom, and my home office makeover on a budget. This project turned out WAY better than I could have ever expected and I’m here to show you that two weekends of elbow grease and a few pieces of hardware can help you transform your space too!
I inherited the office from my husband. It’s always been fine and just what I needed to get my work and studying done.
But once we renovated our home I craved a more organized and personalized place to get work done. One that wasn’t overtaken by shuffling papers and moving things out of the way just to keep it tidy. This office needed a major overhaul.
So in order to preserve my sanity, I took to tackling this Ikea furniture office makeover on a budget. I looked up multiple tutorials on how to refinish Ikea furniture (I’ve shared a visual here on IGTV, it’s really much easier than it reads), and you guys helped me select the final color for the cabinets, Green Balsam from Behr.
The key to painting these cabinets over was the shellac-based primer. Honestly, you don’t really have to sand the cabinets down if you are okay with skipping a step because the shellac-based primer with the Behr cabinet and trim paint worked really well on its own.
If you do sand and shellac primer the pieces, make sure you’re working in a well-ventilated room.
The final steps of the office makeover were to outfit the cabinets with new storage boxes – these I sourced from the Container Store and will link everything below- new cabinet hardware (leftovers from our home renovation supplied by Shaub & Co), new table legs for the freshly sanded door turned desk, a new area rug, and a new fan!
The crown jewel of the entire room is this 52″ Beck fan from Hunter Fan Companyin Matte Black. The SureSpeed’s fan’s technology is an obvious choice since it produces 20% more air than a regular fan for a room that turns into a greenhouse in the summer because of all the windows. The SureSpeed fan has an LED light built in that we were also able to integrate with our google home with a special attachment (linked below) so that I can remotely and voice turn it off.
Plus installing it was a breeze. The Beck fan definitely makes the entire room more modern and sleek, just the look I was going for in my office makeover.
And if you’re looking for art, be sure to check out the prints I’m selling on Etsy from our trip to the South of France last year. A lot of you expressed interest in hanging some of these prints so here is the opportunity to buy a digital download and print it in your house! Shop them here.
I’m just completely obsessed with how the office turned out. I’ve never been so proud of a project and how well it turned out quite like this one. If you’re embarking on a home office makeover, I hope this helps inspire you to tackle it!
RUG || HARDWARE || HUNTER FAN (c/o) || OFFICE CHAIR || DESK STAIN (WEATHERED OAK) || DESK LEGS || PAINT COLOR (BEHR BALSAM GREEN CABINET AND TRIM PAINT) || ZINSSER BIN SHELLAC BASED PRIMER || LINEN STORAGE CUBES || WIRE PAPER SHELF || SOUTH OF FRANCE ART IN PHOTOS