GALLERY WALL & PLANNING AHEAD

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been recapping what progress I’ve been making on our Home Office Makeover (check those out here, here, here and here) and today I have yet another update on how things are going.

Two things that I really wanted for this project were additional storage and a gallery wall to make the space feel more like an extension of our living space and less like an office and I’m proud to share that we are making progress on our gallery wall & planning ahead for some storage shelving. gallery wall & planning aheadHow do you like them apples pictures?

(We finally finished painting the walls a couple weeks ago and decided to go with Behr Sparrow…a color that we have a few other places in our house… but I hadn’t had a chance to update you on that one until now!)

I have mentioned a few Etsy shops that I’ve been crushing on lately and am happy to say that a few of my favorite prints have made their way into frames and onto my walls along with some of my husband’s old family photos that we love. But since a gallery wall (and planning ahead when it comes to hanging pretty much anything on the walls) can be a little tricky, especially once you have freshly painted walls that you don’t want to scuff up too much, I decided be patient and plan things out carefully before making any final decisions. taped shelves and gallery wallWith some Kraft paper and painters tape (to be sure not to chip off any of our fresh paint) I was able to eyeball how I wanted the gallery wall to start while also taking into consideration the IKEA Lack shelves that I plan on adding above the desks for additional storage. By taping out the dimensions of where I thought I’d like the shelves to go and how I’d like them spaced, I was able to get a feel for how the final product would look while also setting up the gallery wall.

gallery wall & planning aheadI played around with some gallery wall formations on the floor to get a feel for how things would look and traced each frame onto Kraft paper so I could get a feel for spacing on the actual wall. Trust me, it’s a lot easier to move a piece of paper around than to have to worry about patching holes in the wall if you don’t like the placement of your frames. gallery wall & planning aheadOnce I found the formation and spacing that I was happy with, I measured the hole on the back of the frame and hammered the nail right into the Kraft paper. This assured that each frame would go exactly where I had planned and the paper could be simply ripped off of the wall once the nail was placed. gallery wall & planning ahead

And… TaDa! We have a well planned gallery wall and no extra holes in the wall!!

I’m excited to add to the gallery wall as time goes on. I think it’s fun to get a solid core of frames up on the wall and then add pieces here and there as I acquire them. Once you get it started, it’s easy to add little things and fill in empty spaces as you find them.

So…with all of this progress, I’m finally able to cross a few things off of my original planning list. Although I’m sure more things will be added on as the project continues…who doesn’t love crossing items off of a list? It’s interior design therapy at its best. I’m hoping to get on installing those wall shelves this weekend.

I’ll leave you with an in-progess picture, because what’s better than a good old before-and-after?
gallery wall & planning aheadProgress, baby!

  • Start fresh with a new coat of paint. As beautiful as I think a bright, white office can be, I don’t know that I love these white walls with our current flooring and trim color (which we are not planning on changing at this moment.) A fresh coat of neutral paint will instantly update the office and create the perfect backdrop for all of the other changes we have in store. I’m thinking Worldly Gray
  • Add an area rug. Adding an area rug to the office will really make it feel more comfortable and inviting, which is just how a home office should feel. The perfect area rug will help to ground the space and bring the whole design together.
  • Add artwork. I would love to create a gallery wall in the office, either above my desk or on the exposed brick wall.
  • Organize desks and storage. Our desks still need to be functional and work ready so the makeover can’t focus solely on appearances. I want to come up with some creative ways to hide desk clutter and paperwork while staying both beautiful and functional for everyday work tasks. Some ideas include additional shelving, basket storage, cork board desk “backsplash” and we’ll see what else.
  • Paint and update existing furniture. Since the filing cabinet and old dresser turned TV stand are functional within the space when it comes to organization, I’d like to keep them but find a way to incorporate them into the design. Some new fresh paint and new hardware, like we talked about here, just might do the trick.

A LITTLE DAB’LL DO YA: LITTLE CHANGES, BIG DIFFERENCE

I’m all about a finding a great deal. I love roaming thrift shops and second hand stores looking for those finds that are just begging for a little TLC! Nothing is more rewarding than finding something for cheap and making little changes that make a BIG difference! Something I find myself saying over and over is “it’s amazing what a little paint can do” and it’s true! I love finding a piece of furniture with good bones and a price tag that can’t be beat. Don’t base your purchases on the color of paint or the hue of stain…if you like its shape and have the perfect spot at home, who says you can’t make it perfect all on your own?

Little Changes, BIG Difference: Paint Edition

Take a look at the table below. Are you ready for this…$5 at the thrift store! This outdated, cherry stained Bombay half table was perfect for the landing at the top of my stairs, aside from the fact that it was, let’s face it, UGLY! I could overlook the color and finish because the size and shape was just what I was looking for…so 5 minutes and $5 later…I was headed home with my next little change big difference project.

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A little sanding and two coats of Behr Night Shade later, we had an entirely new table! The navy blue shade of paint instantly updated the entire table, taking it from dusty and dated to fresh, clean and ready for action. It’s amazing what a little paint can do…don’t you think? I’m playing around with the idea of adding a little detail on the front panel to spice things up a bit but I’m liking the simple look right now. I figure I’ll live with it like this for a few days and then decide if I want to add anything…which is typical of me. I’m really happy with how it turned out and with a total project price tag of $15 ($5 for the table and $10 for the paint that will be used over and over again…I’m crazy about this color) I don’t think I could ask for more.

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This old knotty pine dresser turn TV stand is instantly updated with a coat of paint to fit in with our latest project, the home office makeover. little change big difference

Little Change, BIG Difference: Hardware Swap

Painting isn’t the only way to make a big difference quickly and easily. Another favorite of mine is simply switching out hardware. From kitchen cabinets to dated furniture, it’s amazing how quickly some new hardware can make a difference. Whether you’re trying to update the look of something or simply make it feel a bit more customized, the good old hardware swap is a cheap and easy way to get it done. I’ve never had a real issue with our simple IKEA television stand. While it’s not something I will keep forever, it looks nice and gets the job done. For the moment it fits nicely in our living room and I’m happy with it but there’s nothing really special about it. With a quick switch of the hardware (I had a few crystal knobs leftover from this year’s homemade Christmas gift) I could make it look a bit more customized and a little less IKEA.

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Little change, big difference. The transformation isn’t drastic but it definitely makes the TV stand less generic and a little more interesting. I’m never one to pass up a good crystal knob (my mom, with her love of all things that sparkle, will be happy to hear about that one.)

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If you don’t have any new hardware that you like or don’t want to buy new ones, try painting the old hardware. It’s amazing what some new paint can do. Take those old brassy knobs and give them a shiny new coat of black spray paint and it’s an instant update.

Take a look at some other examples of how little changes can make BIG differences!

 

Practically new furniture is right at your fingertips with a few little changes that make a BIG difference! What are some quick and easy ways you have made big changes to your outdated or boring old furniture?