Our Tiny Home Office – Part 1

Who’s ready to dive into another room remodel? I know I am!
This one should be super quick and satisfying too, since it’s a
teeny tiny room.  Also, just to throw things off track right at
the beginning of a post… I have no idea what to call what we do
these days. We are not remodeling, since the house is new. And
it’s not a room makeover, since we are starting from scratch.
Help me…words are hard.

ANYWAY, the room we are conquering next is our home office.
I’m really excited about this space, since this room is right in
the middle of our home and has just been an empty room full of
random crap and loose paperwork for (*hangs head in shame*) almost
four years now. And you want to hear the worst part? Once we
actually started in on this room we finished the bones of it in one
weekend. ONE WEEKEND. Why did we wait to freaking long? Our life
choices are questionable at best.

So here is the office in the grand scheme of our house –

tiny home office

The office is right off of the living room, tucked under the
catwalk between the dining room and entryway. It’s 4.5 by 9 ft,
so less than 40 sq ft. In that small space we planned to put two
small desks and filing cabinets…one for our home office, and one
for me and my blog stuff. Usually this is where I would post our
grid paper sketch of our plan for the room, but we skipped that
part this time and just dove right in. Here are a few pics of the
room along the way instead.

white sliding door on shiplap wall

small home office

We finished the outside of the room years ago, you can read more
about the living room shiplap
HERE
and green barn doors
HERE
. (Also, if you’re super into shiplap I have more posts
about it
here
and here,
plus a
budget friendly version here
.)

The inside though, not so much. Somehow it was both completely
empty and useless but also full of crap all at the same time. It
wan’t a great look. You’re going to have to take my word for it
though, since I don’t have a picture.

Anyway, a few weeks ago Adam got a wild hair and just randomly
started building wooden countertops for the office (gotta love
him). So I got home from wherever I was and was like “Oh…I
guess we’re doing this!”

I wanted a really quick turnaround on this room, so instead of
Adam building custom filing cabinets like he normally would, I just
bought two of the ALEX file cabinets from IKEA. They just built an
IKEA in San Antonio and I was looking for an excuse to go…this
was my excuse.

Turns out IKEA doesn’t sell furniture though….they sell
materials for building your own furniture. Big difference.

Ikea furniture assembly is the worst

After we assembled the two file cabinets and surpassed our
allotted amount of curse word for the month, we tossed those babies
in there under the wood counters…. and suddenly we have two
desks. With storage. Somewhere to keep files, stamps, pens, the
printer…like a real house!

IKEA ALEX file cabinet

Next I ripped out the drywall returns around the window so Adam
could trim
it out
(obviously these pictures are not in order, haha.
You’ll survive.)

Next came the floating shelves. I’m not going to go into
detail about these because my next post will be a tutorial on how
to build them.

I wanted three above the desks, which worked perfectly on one
side of the office.

floating office shelves

The other side had a bit of a roadblock though. The breaker box
lives on that wall, along with this white metal square thats
purpose is a mystery. I wanted to cover both of these up
completely, but I also need to access the breaker box easily. The
solution I came up with was to get a giant whiteboard calendar,
then build shelves boxing it in.

covering a breaker box

It worked perfectly….hides the ugly stuff, is easily removed,
and serves a legit practical purpose. Boom.

office calendar

I love how this room is coming along, I walk by it and smile 847
times a day. I think it’s going to be extremely functional and
just the right size. And now comes the best part… organizing and
decorating it! I’m thinking a round rug, wooden roman shade,
leather office chairs, some cool lamps, and lots of art and plants
in terra cotta pots, of course.

small home office

DIY floating desk

Finish out. The words I was looking for when I started writing
this post is finish out. Sometimes you just have marinate on
something for awhile and then it will come to you, lol.

Home Office Source List

  • Wall Color – Silvermist (SW)
  • Trim color – Alabaster (SW)
  • Barn door color – Oakmoss (SW)
  • Barn doors – vintage find (post
    here
    )
  • Barn door track – Amazon
  • ceiling light – vintage find
  • File cabinets –
    IKEA Alex
  • Whiteboard calendar – Amazon
  • Wooden countertop – DIY (tutorial
    here
    )
  • Wooden ceiling –
    post/tutorial here

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