In this article: This rustic office before and after reveal shows how a basic empty room can be transformed into a space with style and function.
Our nest is officially empty.
Although we’ve been preparing ourselves for this moment since the day our first son was born, I admit ~ it’s a bit strange.
We’ve had a taste of the empty nest in small bits, but this time it feels official.
A few weeks ago, the last box was packed, the clothes piles removed from the floor, and posters taken off the wall. Our youngest son moved across town to rent a house with his older brother and a friend.
And, we were left with this…
A completely empty room.
We bought this townhouse with the empty nest in mind. It’s the perfect size for 2…But, a wee bit cramped for a family with grown boys…
So, right from the get go, we knew that someday this room would be turned into something else. Initially, we thought it would be a guest room. But, frankly, we didn’t think taking up the entire room’s floor space for a bed that may or may not be used once a year was a bit of a waste.
My husband has recently enrolled in a Master’s Degree program, so we know there will be lots of studying in his future.
We decided quick as a whistle that this room would be his office.
Sometimes room makeovers take lots of plotting and planning.
But, this one?
It came together so quickly!
Rustic Office Before & After Reveal
In two weekends, it was painted and furnished…and for a whopping budget of less than $100, here it is now!
Step 1: Paint
It freshened and brightened up the space immediately.
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Step 2: Find practical furnishings
My husband wanted an overall feel that was warm and library-inspired, so I admitted out loud that I wished we could find an antique desk and chair.
Hours later, he texted me a picture of this ~ a set from the 50s that was being given away by a dear couple from our church!
Oh, how I love it so…
It was this dear lady’s father’s desk. He worked for an insurance company here in Canada in the 50s, and when they went out of business, they gave him his office furniture. The desk has all kinds of amazing storage and fine details…
And, I love the time worn chair filled with tons of character. Oh, if this furniture could talk – the stories it would tell!
My Grandparent’s chairs make a perfect little sitting area off to the side.
Although I regret that I had them professional upholstered in red fabric (what was I thinking??), they fit in well in this office setting.
New pillows with a black print help tie in the black wall, and add a nice texture to the space.
Wall Art & Accessories
Once the furniture was in, we were left with a LOT of empty wall space! After pouring over pictures on Pinterest, we decided to try long floating shelves above the desk area.
I love how they make the room appear to be larger, as well as offer a practical storage space + decor! It turned out to be a great, budget friendly solution. (They only cost $15 each to make. A tutorial will be coming soon.)
Another budget friendly wall art project was the old nautical chart above the chair area. In just a few minutes, it became a large scale art piece – instead of rolled up in the closet!
Since my husband loves music, we hung his guitar on the wall, and are trying our hand at keeping a live money tree alive beside it!
This room gets great light, and I find my husband loves to spend time up in “his” space.
Yet to come are some roman shades for that window. I’m still on the hunt! #notquitefinished
Room Makeover Budget
Paint: $40 Behr Paint, mixed in Benjamin Moore Simply White
Paint: $0 Wrought Iron that was left over from previous project
2 Throw Pillows for red chairs: $10 each at Superstore
Floating Shelf Material: $35
TOTAL:$75! – Thanks to the beautiful furniture passed down to us. Thank you, dear friends! We are honored to have been gifted your furniture with a rich history…
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