You want your home office to look like a nicely decorated room that goes with your house right? My friend did just that…with my help. I’ll show you a creative way to furnish a home office.
It all started a few years ago. I found a vanity with a bench and chair. The fabric I chose was the color inspiration for the paint selections. I mixed up my favorite DIY chalk paint recipe using one part Plaster of Paris mixed with water for the consistency of crepe batter with three parts of paint. I started with a gray and layered a lavender and then the final coat of a creamy white paint. Then I sanded it back to show the lavender.
Now when I did this set I only took after pictures, using my tablet. But it gives you an idea. I really wish I had before pictures. It had some kind of vinyl stuff glued to the top which was a piece of thick wood and it wasn’t even nailed down.
Boy, was it a lot of work. Oh, the layers of paint! I took the pieces down to the wood and started all over. Sandra saw the finished pieces and loved the colors. She had been looking for a desk for her home office. The vanity was the perfect size and I happen to paint it in her favorite colors. You know what they say a win-win for everyone.
Now she didn’t need the vanity bench since she was decorating her home office. No problem, as another friend, Debbie, the photographer-DK Photography who took the pictures for my about page ended up with the vanity bench.
I was so happy to know the pieces I worked so hard on went to good homes.
But Sandra wasn’t done and decided she needed a printer stand. She was on a mission and once again wanted a piece of furniture not meant for an office. Sandra certainly didn’t want to have her home office look like a business office.
She sent me three pictures and asked me which one I liked the best. The one that looked similar to the vanity now a computer desk is actually a small table that slides under the sofa.
She decided that table was just the right size for the printer. One problem, it was not the right color by any means. The top had been spray painted with the granite like paint. The rest of it is a brown color. The table was also missing wood buttons at the top so I glued new ones in the holes meant for them.
I got the paint stripper out and used it on the top. I knew the DIY chalk paint would do a good job covering up the rest of the table.
Lucky for me I remembered the colors I used so once again I used the gray for the first coat of paint, then the lavender and finished up with the creamy white. The piece was sanded to distress it enough to show the gray and lavender. It was sealed with a clear wax, just like the desk and chair.
And when Sandra saw the new printer stand she felt like it was to light. No problem. I dry brushed the lavender over the finished piece. When the paint cured I went back over it with the sand paper and then rewaxed it. Now it is just right.
And Sandra’s home office does not look like an office. Don’t you think this is a creative way to furnish a home office so it doesn’t look like the office down the street?
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