So excited to share my office/craftroom / second bedroom reveal with you!
The entire process took a few months because of how many different things needed to be done; I painted the walls, did 4 DIY projects, had to find a pull out couch that would fit through the door, put in new closets and then of course the most difficult step? Cleaning up!
Let’s take a look at the before photos- one shot is from the home listing on Zillow, and the other I took before we put in the new closet doors.
Let’s talk about space planning. This room is teeny-barely-fit-in-a-queen-bed-tiny. I think it’s about 8’x10′ with an entire wall of not-my-favorite window treatments. The goal of this room was to be an office and craftspace for me, as well as a guest bedroom for when we have visitors, and even a storage closet for my army of shoes. Seriously, if we got in a shoe war there is no way I wouldn’t be waving the victory flag.
Of course we would have liked to have a full-sized bed in this room, but there wouldn’t have been enough space to move around it to get any crafting done! Being that there is a long closet along one side, my walls were extremely limited, so I needed to utilize one end for my desk and shelving, and had to use the long window wall for a pull-out couch. That placement was not ideal, but I really didn’t want anything blocking the entrance, right as you walk into the room, so this felt like the best feng shui for the space.
The first thing I did (besides the closet doors) was eradicate the salmon pink and red (not pictured) fun house walls that were in this room. These colors were ALL OVER the house and I have one more room to go before I am rid of them completely! I decided to go all white since umm… 1. obv. best for resale 2. who knows what this room might have to be in the future. I was inspired by Kelly Wearstler’s famous ‘channel’s pattern, and took some inspiration from this washi tape post to create a temporary washi patterned wall. I love the graphic and abstract nature of it, and if I get sick of it, it will only take minutes to remove!
The IKEA bookshelves that the previous owner left behind were turned into 2 see-through chartreuse shelves, in order to showcase my shoes and all the many books and collected items I have accumulated in my travels; see the DIY here.
I put up a merchandising grid wall on the opposite wall from my desk, as it has always been a dream of mine to merchandise my clothing like I used to do for work. Silly, I know, but it has really streamlined putting outfits together, and helps to get me inspired by hanging some of my current favorite items!
To jazz up the IKEA pull out couch I sewed a new pair of chartreuse cheetah pillow covers to go with the black and white lattice ones I made a few years ago. I love that both of these fabrics have texture, which adds some depth to the simple couch. As for that lovely marble triangle table made from one of my designs – that will be a DIY coming up next week!
I just bought this linen pinboard from Homegoods a few days ago- it’s the perfect simple shape that was needed to stage my latest fabric swatch samples.
Who doesn’t love these adorable gold vases from the Oh Joy for Target line that I’m using to store my pens and pencils? And when I picked those up I also spotted this little turtle lidded dish to hold my paint swatches in.
I already told you we had new closet doors installed- ones that had a little more personality and that opened up fully, instead of sliding doors. I used the same washi tape from the wall and placed it around the molded details, and added new sparkly black knobs to play up the graphic nature of the room.
What do you think? I’m extremely happy with how it came out!
Get the Look: