Not exactly formal dining room kind of people, we decided to convert our rarely used (and dated) dining room into a home office for two. Here’s what the room looked like before.
Sad, I know. Those chairs rarely had bottoms in them and instead of food, the table collected mail, packages, coats, and other random items. We have a table that seats up to 6 in our kitchen and an outdoor table where, weather permitting, we eat all of our meals. Living in a slightly less than 2,000 square foot house, one of my biggest pet peeves is wasted space. I knew that by turning this room into a home office, we would increase it’s usage by 364 days a year. I’d say mission accomplished.
So without further ado, here is the finished home office.
So here’s the run down on what took place. We sold the dining room chairs on Craigslist and put the table and oil painting in storage. Next, I chose the material from the curtains from Mary Jo’s Fabric Store and coordinated the paint color to the curtains. Actually, Frank, my paint guy, coordinated the colors. I just nodded my head and said “whatever you say, Frank”.
After painting the room, I chickened out of sewing curtains and went with stitch witchery for a no sew curtain solution.
After the curtains, there was a long period of indecision when we figured out the craigslist bookcases wouldn’t fit. After selling the bookcases and making a trip to ikea, we decided on these Ikea pieces as well as a rug.
The best part in my book is that after selling the dining room chairs, previous desk, previous desk chair, and craigslist bookcases, this new home office only cost $105 and a little change. That’s right, we went from this:
for only an extra $105 out of our pockets! It goes to show that between bargain shopping, using coupons, buying second-hand when possible, and re-selling your used items to support your budget, you can transform a room on a small budget. It just takes a vision, research to find the best deals, flexibility when things don’t go the way you intended (like the Craigslist bookcases and the Home Depot shelves), and patience, grasshopper, plenty of patience.
Wall Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue HC144
Trim Color: Valspar semi-gloss ultra white
2 Drawer File Cabinet (which I just noticed is not in any of the pictures) – bought from Craigslist (Crate & Barrel brand)