I am so happy with my rustic home office, y’all! The design & plans changed many times, and some decisions were made at the last minute, but it’s DONE. And it’s so pretty! A quick recap: I decided to participate in the One Room Challenge hosted twice annually by Calling It Home. I chose my home office to makeover and have been giving you updates along the way. Today is the BIG REVEAL so let’s get to it!
Daisy Mae approves. (Seriously, she loves that rug. Even when I’m not in my office, she goes in there to sleep on it.)
Now, no reveal is complete without a reminder of what this space looked like before…you know, for dramatic effect.
I didn’t realize just how much I didn’t like the way it looked before until I walk into my rustic home office now and see how beautiful it is.
Before, I had half-painted walls, color everywhere, craft supplies I was never going to use, and random pieces of furniture that didn’t go together but served a purpose. It wasn’t cohesive, it was cluttered – physically & visually.
I took everything out of this space, and got rid of the huge shelving unit that used to house all of my craft supplies, scrapbooks, and whatever else I crammed on there. I got rid of a lot of the stuff that used to live there, and organized the rest.
I painted the walls a crisp white (the same white I used in my recent kitchen remodel). This room gets decent light, but it’s diffused by my front porch, so the white walls really brighten up the space quite a bit.
My desk was custom-built for me by my husband. We pulled a wooden console table that we were no longer using as the side piece. He then used 2×10’s to build the desk top, giving it a gorgeous dark stain to match the console table, and attached it with L-brackets.
I picked up some beautiful white curtains at TJ Maxx. The pattern mimics the pattern in the rug that I purchased from Wayfair but is subtle enough that it’s not overpowering. For a little touch of color, I added large bows made from wired ribbon found at Micheal’s.
My pretty little fiddle leaf fig tree now lives in here. I love the look of plants, and I’m slowly adding them to pretty much every room in the house!
My husband built some simple industrial pipe shelves over my desk for added storage, staining them the same stain as the desk top but foregoing the shiny polyurethane to keep them looking more industrial without being too matchy-matchy.
My mom gave me the large Sweet Tea sign at Christmas and it was only fitting that I move it into my office, right?
The crown jewel of this space is this incredibly gorgeous handmade wooden sign with my blog logo on it. My husband built that sign out of pallet wood, carved my logo into it by hand with his router, then used a Japanese wood-burning technique to give it the dark effect.
Needless to say there were tears when he gave it to me. It’s so beautiful! I can’t get over it!
On either side of my Sweet Tea & Saving Grace sign, I framed and hung two pieces of art. On the left is a hand-drawn mason jar and bible verse made for me by my dear friend Denyse from Faith in Heart.
On the right is a watercolor piece by my friend Carmella from Creative Carmella. I couldn’t resist the blue mason jar. (It’s a sickness at this point, really.)
I kept my bar-height table. This is the only piece of furniture that came back into this space. I moved my antique typewriter into my home office and added a few old photos of my family. On the keyboard are photos of my mom & dad, and in the back are photos of my grandparents.
I feel much more comfortable in this rustic home office now. There’s a natural flow in design and color palette throughout our home, which makes me happy, and since I work in this office full-time, I’m glad it actually feels like a real office.
To see this entire makeover, be sure to visit all the posts in this series by clicking the images below, and head over to Calling It Home to see all of the One Room Challenge participants!