Before & After: A Whole New Look for a Home Office


Mike and Kate’s home office had slowly morphed into a home office slash dumping ground for stuff. They both work from home and felt that they had enough space for a functional office, but they just weren’t making the most of it. They called in their good friend Christina, and she helped the space do a total 180.

From Christina: My friends Mike and Kate had a great space for a home office, but the dark paint and cluttered walls made the room feel tiny, especially for two people!

So, they reached out to me for help! They both need a place to work at home, Kate spends a lot of her time working remotely and Mike needs a place for photo and video editing, but over time their home office became filled with stuff with nowhere to store it!

The first thing we did was get rid of the navy paint and take down all of the open shelves, bulletin boards, and posters.

The white paint opened up the room almost immediately, and we decided to add wood blinds to add contrast, texture, and privacy.

Because we were custom building a desk to stretch across the back wall we needed nearly 10′ of butcher block. After some digging, we found a great deal on countertops from a local store.

Mike used hairpin legs they already had at home for the front of the desk, and attached cleats to the rear wall to support the back of the desk. A simple filing cabinet created additional support for the center of the desk along with storage for Kate’s paperwork.

There was so much new space that Kate was able to add an open bookshelf and a chair to make a reading nook.

This was definitely one of those projects where a little paint and some great inspiration went a long way!

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Thank you, Christina! Readers, you can see more on Christina’s blog And Christina.

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