A New Year A New Look – Our Office Makeover Project

by Shelley SmithJanuary 16, 2013

Today I’m excited to share with you some of the progress that we’ve made on my personal home office renovations. There’s just something about a new year that makes you want to get organized, am I right? So for us, that was the goal of this office makeover. Instead of papers, craft supplies and decor ideas floating around from one place to the next, we were determined to create and even build designated spots and storage for everything.

DIY office shelves - thehouseofsmiths_comsource

Like most of our home renovation or room makeover projects, we started by clearing out the space, entirely. Not only does this force you to organize all the items that used to once be there, but it also clears your mind to make room for ideas and possible new solutions for the space without having existing furniture and decor in the room clogging up your thoughts.
Office Before
Even though my office has a large window where natural light pours in, it’s in a basement, so it has low ceilings and originally started out with very dark paint. So first things first, we lightened up the room using a few of our favorite painting tools and techniques.
Repose Gray - Sherwin Williams - thehouseofsmiths office makeover
Next we designated out specific spots in the room to perform different functions. Even in a small space you can do this! A place to work, a spot to create and even an area to rest. The location that we chose to work on first was the creative space. For this we used some Ikea storage drawers, a little elbow grease and some innovative thinking to come up with a worktable and shelving storage unit that suited my creative needs perfectly!
2x4 grid platform
sanding table in office
Custom Shelf for office - thehouseofsmiths_com
I even dressed up a few plain storage boxes with tape and paint to fit my personal decor taste, for only a few dollars.

Stenciled Storage Box tutorial - thehouseofsmiths_comstenciled storage boxes

The work area of my office is the space that we most recently finished. Since 90% of the time I’m writing for my job, I knew it would be important to have a place where I could gather lots of ideas. So with a beautiful frame, some cork board and fabric, I created a custom pin board that could finally house all of those decorating ideas for me, in a nice orderly fashion. It’s great for organizing, but it also serves as inspiration when I’m trying to think of new ideas.
DIY pin board - thehouseofsmiths_com

Office Makeover - The House of Smiths Blog (1)fabric pin board

We still have a few finishing touches to work on before everything is totally done, but having a new look in my office for the new year feels SO great! It’s amazing what a coat of paint and implementing a couple of custom organizing projects into a space can really do for a room.

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  • January 16, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Shelley, this is amazing! I’m challenging myself to make this on my goodwill budget. Thanks for inspiring me to finally get moving on this hard to decorate room, (that EVERYONE has to pass through). This is the most awesomest room! ~Cyndi

  • January 26, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Great job, Shelley! I subscribe to your blog already, so I’ve seen you working on this, and it looks like it turned out great! I’ve been working on a craft room, too, and everything in it has come from the thrift store, including my 30 dollar vintage drafting table that I love (worth over 300 I later found out, HA!). It’s still “in progress” but it is coming along nicely. Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. If you want to see my craft room, it’s on my blog. I just did it, so it’s one of the first posts. Thanks!

  • January 27, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Love your office makeover! One of the things I love so much is you always have some easy simple touches that are high impact! Have seen some things I’ll be adding to my workspace. Thanks!

  • January 27, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Shelley, I love this room – just as I love every other room and project you do! Keep em’ coming. I get a ton of inspiration from you!

  • Melissa
    January 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Hi Shelly
    Love your office makeover, very inspiring!
    Wondered if you had any templates for the little labels hanging on the wire baskets? Super cute!

  • January 30, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I love it!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hey are you going to the Haven Conf this year??

    • Leslie Ortega
      January 30, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Hey Lynda,
      Glad you like Shelley’s office makeover! I’m not sure if she’ll be at Haven, but I know Homes.com will be! Be sure to stop by and say hi to us 😮

  • January 30, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you so much everyone, for the sweet comments about our office space! It means a lot!
    I’ve really enjoyed having an organized, well laid out works zone. It’s amazing how much more you can get done when you know where everything is!!! haha!

    Lynda, Unfortunately I’m not going to be able to make it to Haven this year. So sad! But make sure to say Hi to the Homes.com girls, they are lovely and a great connection to have as a blogger!

  • March 2, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Such a beautiful space! Especially love the white desk with weathered wood desktop, gorgeous! And the baskets. We have a couple old freezer baskets sitting around, this inspires me.

  • April 3, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Absolutely stunning! I love it. What you did with the storage boxes is my favorite, they look great.

  • April 20, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Wow, thats very detailed guys, nice job!

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