The Office Makeover

The office used to be the previous owner’s nursery. It was gross with the two-toned paint and giant wall stickers.

Plus, it was dark and the corner closet fit a max of 5 jackets.

Cy carefully knocked a few things down: the corner closet and a wall. Add a glass wall, new baseboard trims, paint, custom light fixture, accessories and furniture and we had a modern/vintage office.Before and After Office Makeover DIY OurTorontoLifeHere are the pieces that make up the office:HomeSense Shelves Vintage OurTorontoLife
Filigree shelving and fake plants that I don’t have to water from my favourite and affordable decor retailer, HomeSense. Go there for unique pieces, and they change up the selection often. The little tile with the yellow tram is from Cy and I’s trip to Lisbon.Lighting Rustic Wood Easy DIY OurTorontoLife
One wood plank and two IKEA pendant lanterns made up this floating light fixture. All Cy did was split the electrical and built a frame on the ceiling to mount and support the weight of it.Painting Light Rug Reno Office OurTorontoLifeFrom top-bottom, left-right: My fall cottage painting (just kidding, it’s from HomeSense). Cy’s floor light and black Yahama SBG 1500 and a “rug.” It’s not actually a rug, but a faux fur from Fabricland to add texture and shape to the office.

Other pieces included:

  • IKEA desks x 2
  • Vintage tulip chair with chrome base from Kijiji
  • Crate & Barrel molded wood chair
  • EQ3 lounge chair from Kijiji

The idea was to source creatively and keep all pieces affordable – except the glass wall. The glass wall/door and install was 2/3rds of the budget. But, it’s worth it for all the light it brings into the house on the 2nd floor and down the stairs!

Total cost: 1/3rd of what a contractor would have charged.It helps to have Cy act as drywaller, framer, electrician, floor installer, and painter (and I helped a bit too).

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2 Comments on “The Office Makeover”

  1. […] you have any cravings? No, how boring! Have you finished the nursery? We are now! We turned the office into a nursery. Out went the desks, and in went the crib, change table, baby stuff and a forest […]

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