Quick and Easy Office Makeover

So last month for my Better Homes and Gardens post we gave my brother and his wife’s living room a makeover

$1,000 living room makeover before and after

This month I am still between houses and have zero rooms that are ready for decor or organization…running water and locks on the doors trumps decor, every time. So I batted my eyelashes at Eric and Kelsey and asked them if they would let me use their house again. And they said yes, since they are under the impression that I’m doing them a favor, when really it’s the other way around. Suckers.

So this months theme is “small spaces”, and they chose to do the office.

small home office before

6x8 office before

Their office is truly a small space, it’s about a 6X8 room right off the living and dining room area. It’s very hard to photograph…thank goodness there is a window. Here is a panoramic so you can kinda get a feel for it.

small office before - panoramic

I think an office area this size is a great idea. Anything bigger is wasted square footage, but anything smaller and more out in the open (like a desk built into the kitchen area) basically becomes a catch-all. (Unless you are a super organized type A person, which I know I’m not and neither is my brother.)

Anyway, here is their quick and easy office makeover. It truly is quick and easy…the whole thing is completed in one afternoon. I feel like most of my rooms I’m like “Hey, look at this room I finally completed! It only took two years and approximately eight hundred man hours! Aren’t you inspired?” And it’s like “Ummm, no. Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

So here is what it looks like now…

Small home office - rustic and neutral

simple home office organization

Be Brave

Farmhouse decor in a small office

They mostly used what they had and added some organization and decor. The shelves are stained pine 1X6 and brackets with some added books and pretties (including a Better Homes and Gardens lantern and rustic frames). To the left are some simple wire baskets for incoming and outgoing mail, and to the right is a magnet board for displaying notes and bills (because everyone knows that bills make the BEST decor).

Quick and easy office makeover

Underneath are three galvanized bins for all the non-pretty paperwork and checkbooks and whatnot.

BHG at Walmart Leaner Mirror, wall clock and lantern

Right inside the doorway we added a full length mirror for bouncing around light, a wall clock (so they don’t get caught up in all the bill-paying fun and forget about dinner), a plant in a lantern.

small home office

And that’s the tour! Isn’t it amazing what a few hours (and a deadline) can accomplish?

Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart products used in this makeover…

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*This post was sponsored by the BHG Live Better Network. All opinions are 100% my own.

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  1. Nice work for an afternoon! Maybe when you get some more time add some colour to the wall behind the desk or some more of that fabulous wood you put up in the living room. Brava!

  2. Jan Horwood says:

    Good use of a very small space! It may have been a small makeover but it made a big difference.

  3. Samantha Pereira says:

    Love it! I especially love the wire baskets on the wall… I may steal that …

  4. Very fun transformation! Love how everything flows! Do you happen to know the source for their desk, Ashley? I have been looking for a wood desk with a glass too that has some character…Thanks!

  5. It looks awesome! Love the rustic styling with the modern desk, you’re speaking my decor language! Now I want to decorate with my bills!

  6. …Meant to say a desk with a glass TOP!

  7. Maria M. Ramos says:

    Where did you put the printer?

  8. Alison G says:

    Lucky suckers, as you put it. To have all that done for them.

    • I actually had nothing to do with this makeover, I just gave them the Walmart gift card and told them to have it done by my deadline. (They really are suckers, haha.)

  9. I love the shelves! I have been needing to redo my husbands office! I can’t wait to get to it some day.
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  10. Doesn’t it feel good to get a room checked off! AND it’s organized. AND pretty!!

  11. Beautiful space!
    Kate | The Organized Dream
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  12. It’s amazing what having a deadline can do! lol. But the space looks great!! I love the arrows. Thank you for sharing at Merry Monday!
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  13. Wow! Well done. Thats a ton of style packed into one room, and your pulled it off beautifully. I’m visiting from Share Your Style link party.

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