Home Office Makeover

Today I’m excited to share my home office makeover with you! Life has dished out a lot of lemons lately, and those lemons led to my home office makeover becoming more important. 🍋

My Home Office

Over the summer, I decided our home office desperately needed a makeover–stat. We’ve been in our new home just over 2 years, and this room hadn’t really received much attention.

Prior to the last few months, it was a room that rarely got used, so it just wasn’t a priority. But, 2020 has managed to rearrange priorities for a lot of us, like it or not. 😒

This home office makeover was one of those things that unexpectedly became a priority.

  • Schools got shut down in the spring, and I suddenly found myself teaching from home.
  • Over the summer, I enrolled in another graduate class and didn’t really have a comfortable place to sit and type my papers.
  • And, my blog was growing, and I needed a dedicated place to work.

All of these things, combined with not knowing if we will find ourselves doing virtual learning at some point again this school year, made me decide to move the home office makeover up on the priority list.

The “Before”

This is sort of the before. When I took this pic, I had already turned the desk perpendicular to the window. Prior to that, it was facing directly out the window to take advantage of the view. But, nobody ever sat there before, because this room was really just a “catch all”.

I had also already moved that rolling cart to the end of the desk to maximize the storage space of the desk since it is on the small size. These pieces did not come together, but they sure look like a matching set. Just a happy coincidence!

Here’s the before of the bookcase and the chalkboard I had above it. The white paint on this old bookcase that I’ve had for years and years just wasn’t working, and the scale of the chalkboard was too small. Plus, it always ended up being a junk collector, as you can see. 😳

In Progress

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This pic is the work in progress.

The After

  • Added some pretty touches that make it comfortable and happy, like the real flowers (these are left over from our romantic anniversary dinner), and the marble candle
  • Repurposed some of my vintage hobnail milk glass collection to use as practical storage options

Because part of the joy in using this room comes from the beautiful view, adding an appropriate window covering became important. I wanted the desk positioned so I could take advantage of the view, but the afternoon sun can be overpowering.

We had a shade installed that can be adjusted from the bottom up, or top down, so as the sun moves during the afternoon, I can adjust the shade as necessary, and usually do not have to completely close it to block out the view.

Another Angle

This is the office, looking in from the back hallway. Because our new travel map is hung near the office doorway, we still get to enjoy it whenever we are coming and going through this heavily trafficked back hallway.

The office has a barn door, that is both practical and pretty. It can be used to close off the office for more privacy if needed but also serves as visual interest.

The Bookcase

This is a night & day transformation, don’t you think? Nothing but a coat of paint on the bookcase, and a better-sized piece of art above it makes all the difference.

You can see how we created this DIY Floating Frame for our canvas map HERE.

And if you’d like to order your own personalized travel map, you can find it HERE.

A few stylish, yet functional accessories make this bookcase a workhorse in the office too.

  • My mom’s recipe box is stored here, where her handwritten recipes serve as inspiration for many of the recipes I feature on the blog
  • I have several pieces of my vintage hobnail milk glass collection displayed in the office, serving double duty as organizational pieces

These magazine organizers from Target work perfectly to stylishly store all my cooking/home decor magazines. I looked everywhere for the perfect magazine organizer before finding these well-priced ones that I ordered online from Target.

When they arrived, I was so impressed! They cost less than $10 each, are sturdy, covered in the perfect neutral gray fabric, and have these adorable cup pulls on both sides, so you can face them in whichever direction you prefer! I saw many others for much more money than these, without double-sided handles, or with no handles at all, so these are a deal.

  • These vintage glass jars from my mom’s household crafting supplies

The Antique Chest

You can see the story of my antique hope chest, and how I gave it a makeover HERE. This spot in my office is the perfect place for it. It holds more of my crafting supplies and showcases the vintage-inspired art I made from our home blueprints.

Also, more hobnail! 💕

The vintage yard sticks were my mom’s and grandmother’s. I like how they look leaning in this corner, plus they are easy to grab and use for a craft project, like when I was measuring ribbon lengths for my DIY Ribbon & Burlap Wreath.

The Armoire

This old armoire used to be a piece of bedroom furniture made to hold an old tube TV, but now it works well here to hold the printer and an abundance of office supplies and paperwork.

It’s a heavy, well-made piece, and I like how the light oak goes so well with the top of my antique hope chest, and my desk.

On top of the armoire hangs this beautiful horse picture that was a gift from our son, along with some antique ironstone that was my mom’s and grandmother’s, some more of my vintage silverware, and another of my mom’s antique jars holding my crafting ribbon.

Upcycled Clock

In this picture, you can see the old wall clock that hung in my parents’ living room for as long as I can remember. When I was redoing the office, I knew I wanted a clock in here, but couldn’t find anything that I liked, no matter where I looked.

Then, one day I was at my parents’ house after we had cleaned almost everything else out, and this clock was one of the last things left still hanging on the wall. Right then, I knew it was perfect for my office. I love that it has sentimental value, and with a quick coat of paint, it fits right in this new space. You can see how I upcycled it HERE.

Bonus: It chimes! My parents must have had the chimes turned off because all the years it hung in their house, I never heard it make a sound. Now, it makes the most beautiful chime on the half hour and hour. 💕

Some of My Favorite Things

This office is now one of my favorite places in the house. The colors are serene, it’s cozy and comfortable, and I love being surrounded by so many things that have meaning to me.

Most of the time, being in here doesn’t even feel like “work”, and that’s a sign of a good home office makeover, wouldn’t you say?


I recently updated the office closet with a custom built-in with DIY installation. It makes such a difference in the form and function of this room. Game-changer.

You can check it out HERE.

Office Closet Makeover

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Linon Talia Office Chair, Gray

Textured Glass Table Lamp, Mercury/White

Rugshop Transitional Floral Damask Area Rug 7′ 10″ x 10′ Gray

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White Marble-Style Absorbent Coasters 

Mail Organizer

General Finishes Water Based Milk Paint, 1 Quart, Empire Gray


I got my desk from Wayfair, and it is sold out now. But you can find similar desks HERE .

33 thoughts on “Home Office Makeover

  1. OMG. This was so perfect this week. My office is a complete mess as I’m having ceilings replastered and a few rooms painted. These are some great ideas. So looking forward to reorganizing my space when it’s done.

  2. WOW! it looks fantastic and that view oh my goodness what a wonderful backdrop. I love the way you positioned the desk and I am over the moon with your chair!! All the extras and decorative organization… well… it all looks so amazing! Well done. Hugs!

  3. The room looks great, what a nice view! I am shopping for office chairs, I have seen the one you have listed. Certainly more stylish than most swivel chair options! Thank you for sharing at Embracing Home and Family!

  4. Your office makeover looks fantastic, Niky, and I love how you have incorporated sentimental and vintage pieces in it. It’s inspiring reading the stories of the pieces you have chosen to include. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party Community. I’m featuring this post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there! Take care, stay well, and I wish you a wonderful week!

    1. You are so very sweet, April. You are always so kind in your comments, and so gracious in hosting each week. I am thrilled to be featured. 🙂
      Hope all is well in your world. A second nation-wide lockdown for you sounds challenging. Wishing you the best.

  5. Thank you SO much for sharing your home office makeover at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy, NIky – I’m in the midst of one and I need the inspiration! I’m so happy to announce that you are one of our Featured Guests this week (#460)! 🙂

  6. Your office is so cute. I love the colors and the way you’ve set it up. You have loads of storage too. I have office envy. Are you a crafter? If so, do you craft in this beautiful space as well? Thanks for sharing with #omhgww.

  7. This gives me so much inspiration for transforming my new office. It was a bedroom and I’m in the process of converting it. I love the paint colours you chose, they make the space look so calm. I also love that you managed to include so many sentimental items and made them look right at home!

  8. What a beautiful office space. I’m envious as I got kicked out of ours and my husband dominates it with his job. I’m floating in our basement… Thank you so much for sharing and wonderful hopping with you!

  9. I love how this turned out! The grays are so beautiful and I can see how welcoming it would be to sit and work there for hours. And yes, how special to have so many pieces with meaning around you while you work! Love it!

  10. Your office looks great! 2020 has definitely rearranged a lot of priorities at home, hasn’t it? I love the home blueprints that you hung up, and the bookcase looks amazing! Paint might just be my very favorite DIY tool. 😉 Also, that view is gorgeous!

  11. Niky,
    I love your makeover! The rug looks so great and I really like the bookshelf grey. It’s amazing what a big difference changing just the color of a piece of furniture can make. You really took it to the next level. I couldn’t even show my office still because it looks so terrible. Your office motivates me to get moving. Thanks!

  12. Niky, I love the transformation! First of all, I would be staring out that window to the gorgeous view ALL THE TIME! I love the rolling cart idea….I am stealing that! And what a difference a coat of paint makes! Such great ideas. Thanks for sharing and so happy to hop with you!

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