June 18, 2014

home office makeover - from the ground up

As promised, I've got updates for you today on the old home office makeover. Which actually is a bit misleading as 'makeover' implies that I'm redoing a space when in reality there was no 'space' here. So I guess creation would be better. But let's be real, 'makeover' sounds more fun.


Here is the inspiration board I'm working off of. For those of you that have followed me on a number of projects, you know that I like to closely follow my design boards (type A much?). No straying for me. Except this time. This is truly an inspiration because as I said at the beginning of this project, I'm trying to work with what I have as much as possible. And sadly, I don't have a spare Madeline Weinrib rug in my stash.

I do have a big black and gold foiled shade that would make a great DIY light. And a desk that I can turn into something pink and fabulous. And an amazing arm chair from an estate sale. You get the picture. So know I'm aiming to replicate this as closely as possible, but changes to the plan are highly possible.


In other news my glorious hubs replaced my window with a brand spanking new one. It is clear, it opens up all the way and it is efficient. What more can one want from a window I ask you. I was prepared to write up how he removed an old junky 60-year-old basement window and replaced it with a new one. But then I sat down to write it and thought, what the hell are you doing? You know nothing about how to replace a window. You were watching Orange is the New Black while he did this. So I will keep it real - I have no idea how he did it. If you really want to know, let me know and maybe I'll have him do a post about it at some point.


So no tutorial, but a great before and after picture instead. Just as good, right?


So I may not have replaced the window, but I did paint the floors. I may have done a bit of spray painting down here in my pre-children days so the floor was even more trashed than a typical basement floor. But thanks to my previous experience painting basement floors (here and here) I wasn't worried. Thankfully I didn't have to remove any carpet strips or tacks this time, all I had to do was do a bit of light sanding and a heavy cleaning.


I did mix it up a bit this time and went with Benjamin Moore Porch and Floor paint because I wanted to use this beautiful color. Bermuda Turquoise. I have been dying to use this color for some time and it did not disappoint. It is the most beautiful, deep, rich, color. Evah!


Bam. I pretty much want to kiss my basement floor. How's that for things I'd never thought I'd say? I had to crop this picture as there are some secrets going on over to the right. To be honest there are secrets in plain view over to the left too but consider those a tease. Sweet progress.

Goals for the space:
- brighten it up
- fix and paint the floors
- do something with the exposed ceiling
- replace the window to let in even more light
- girly this place up to create a happy, adult work space
- add more light
- use what you HAVE
- get organized girl!

Now I just need to paint the rest of the desk, figure out storage, lighting and about a million other things. I think I'll go work upstairs on my closet to take my mind off of all this work. Ha!

Do you have a color you've been dying to try? A window you've been dying to replace? A show you've been dying to watch? (Seriously, I need some new Netflix recommendations). 

31 comments:

  1. it looks AMAZING!!!!! love that floor color!

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  2. Bermuda Turquoise, my heart be still!!!!!! lovelovelove. It is such a delicious backdrop with white walls and the peek of pink coming in. You are an absolute genius my dear and I'm so excited to see this come together!

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  3. love your plan! love the color of the floor....it will be so fab!

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  4. I am amazed by every project you take on. I wanted a basement studio but just didn't feel like tackling all the work to make it useable.

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  5. Oh my lord, how have I never seen/used that color before?? It looks so delicious, I could eat it! Can't wait to see what you create down here!

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  6. Oh yes, that is such a fabulous color and the tease is killing me!!

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  7. You are too funny :) I also LOVE that floor color...where have they been hiding that? Seriously can't wait to see this reveal!

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  8. Oooo, oooo, oooo!!! That color is so great!

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  9. Love the floor...and that mirror! Happy to see sweet progress over at your abode...hoping for some in mine!

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  10. The floor looks awesome, and the mirror is killing me! Also, do I spy some Otomi draped over the arm of the chair?? Can't go wrong there…excited to see more!

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  11. OMG that floor is amazing!! I can't wait to see this room finished! And thank you for not doing this entire makeover in like, a day. Makes me feel better about myself! ;)

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  12. I love the simplicity and practicality of your mood board Elizabeth, and knowing you, you don't need any Madeline Weinrib to come up with a great room! Love the floors so far

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  13. I am too scared to even go in our basement let alone paint the floors. That color is so pretty!

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  14. Oh the floor...it is so, so gorgeous. And the mirror? Wowza!! Will you be using it?

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  15. Honestly I would have never thought to pick that color for a floor but it looks amazing already

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  16. Sometimes you get the best results when you deviate from the original plan. I can't wait to see what happens! I'm curious if the floor paint is super stinky or low odor?

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  17. Lovely floor! And your cement floor looks so smooth. How do you sand a basement floor?

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  18. Yes to those floors....that color is pretty sweet! In usual "Elizabeth style" I know we will all be wowed when you show us the finished space!

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  19. Love that floor cool! Can't wait to see it all finished!

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  20. Oh my goodness, I've been dreaming of that desk for a while now! I actually found something similar at Homegoods the other day, and even though we're moving and it will have to go in storage, I snagged it because it was too good not to snag! It's turquoise, so I'm not getting the fun watermelon color, but at 99 a much better deal. Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve!

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  21. Loving that floor color ladybaum! And those other selections are equally fab!

    xo

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  22. Looking forward to this and I love the design! I'm working on my office too so I'm loving the inspiration!

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  23. The floor is in an great colour. Can't wait to see what you will do with the other part of the room :)

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  24. Love the floor color! You know that mirror is amazing. I want my own office. Keep at it, it won't be long.

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  25. That Color!! Looking fantastic!! I am sooooo close to finishing my little space as well ... it's killing me ... but we must persevere!! xo

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  26. I keep looking at your blog on my phone and then forgetting to comment dammit. Annnnnway YES to that colour floor!!! Oh my god I saw a chest of drawers painted in that glorious shade ages ago and couldn't get it out of my mind. I want to SWIM IN IT it's glorious. xxx

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  27. that color is great! look forward to seeing it evolve!

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  28. You have great imagination to color the floor is very beautiful and rare success.θωράκιση με πόρτες ασφάλειας

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