Monday, July 11, 2016

Office is Finished!

So we finished the office! Actually we finished it back in May, but I have been so busy I haven't had a chance to upload the pictures and write about it. So without further ado, here is our completed office!

To start off, I painted all the walls except one white. The other wall was painted jade green. The stencil I created and cut myself, and my mom came over to help me stencil the room properly. I'd never done something like this before and wanted to make sure it was "even."

After getting the entire wall stenciled withe the skull damask print in gold, my husband and I sanded, conditioned, stained, and sealed three pieces of pine. We brought up the base cabinets and set them far enough apart to give us roughly 29-30 inches of space. Two of the base cabinets were originally kitchen cabinets my dad pulled from a couple of jobs while the third was a desk cabinet. They were all different colors so I sanded, primed, and painted them with a semi-gloss white paint to have them match. The middle bookshelf cabinet was an upper cabinet with a divider and I actually cut it out. It doesn't fit full sized books, but it works well all the same!

We carried the boards up and dragged them in through the window to fit them in the room. We fit them together using some metal brackets and connected them to the cabinets with small L brackets. Once the desk was put together I began decorating.

I hung our L and J above our respective seats, my husband decorated his side with all his...things...and we hung some shelves up.

My dad also brought us over a bookcase for added storage. Originally I was going to paint it too, but after placing it in the room I couldn't bring myself to do it. The dark wood tones match perfectly and fortunately don't make the room feel too small. I decorated it mostly with my collectibles (see, mine actually have value. I tease; I tease) from my Loot Crates. As I acquire more books the set up will evolve, but for now it works as is. And FYI, my plant is not dying, she is just shedding old growth and putting out new growth.

There are still a couple things missing, but the room is mostly complete. I need a rug and some curtains as well as a closet door for the small closet in this room. Yeah, we still don't have closet doors anywhere in the house from when we put the floors in this past January. I'm still slowly making my way to painting all the trim around the house. Haha! So, what do you think?!


  1. It looks amazing! Good job.

  2. That stenciling required some serious dedication! Looks great!! =D

    1. Thank you! And yes, it took a couple of days to do, but sooooo worth it.

  3. I love the way it turned out! That accent wall is just perfect and I think you have a great way of displaying all your loved things. Great job!

    1. Why thank you! The accent wall is a mix of both me and my husband. We both love green, but I wanted formal damask and he wanted skulls. The skull damask was a perfect, elegant compromise. I'm glad you like it! Thanks for reading.

  4. WOW! Amazing job! We did a similar set up in our previous apartment. We ended up using "bottom" kitchen cabinets for our bases but had them set up the same, with "his and hers" desk areas. When we moved, we ended up using it out in the garage for a workspace for my hubs.
    Stenciling is a lot of work but the final image is super amazing. Great job! I love that it is skulls tee hee.
    I bet you love having a place to work from.

    Wayfair is a great place for rugs and such online. I'm sure you'll find some great pieces to add to such a great room!

    (Now you just need an altar space!)

    1. I'll have to look at Wayfair. I haven't looked at what they have in a looooong time. I'm just so damn picky. It takes me forever to decorate sometimes. We only have 1 rug in the house and with all hardwoods, we really need more. I just haven't found any I love.

      And yes, I need an altar space. I'm pretty sure I want to set one up in my bedroom and another in the yard (next summer probably). I have to redo my closet first and move my dresser into it before I do though. Where my dresser is is where I think I want to set up my altar. That way it is private yet accessible. My husband sleeps else where most night so the most private space in the house is definitely the master bedroom.

      I'm glad you like the skulls. Took a long time, but very much worth it.


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