Office Nook Makeover with Vintage Flower Art DIY
Finally! A design I love for this little nook in the Master bedroom at my first renovation! It has served a bunch of different purposes (most recently there was pull out couch for extra guests), but we have been getting more bookings for business travel, so decided to turn it into a work area. We also get a lot of bridal parties staying at this house, so wanted a pretty space where brides could get their makeup done, and a big mirror for getting ready! All the details are after the break!
When renovating a house, sometimes it can take some time to understand how the space will be used before figuring out the final design. I am just so happy with how this came together and I think it is the best use of the space so far.
After finding this Better Homes & Gardens Tufted Office Chair online, I had an idea for the design direction, and the rest fell into place pretty quickly. I knew I had a thrifted desk stored in the garage and some leftover Milk Paint in this pretty grey/blue color. Next was adding some interest to the wall with removable wallpaper (this print is coming in Spring!). Then the idea of filling the space above the desk with pages from a vintage flower book was an inexpensive way to create a big impact on the wall. I mocked it up in photoshop to make sure it all worked together. The mock-up gave me a reference so I could pull the space together in a few hours. Check out how I make mockups HERE.
The space is great for working or getting ready! The big leaner mirror was a steal at $60.
I created a similar gallery wall with pages from a bird book in another bedroom, see it here! It’s one of my favorite affordable ways to fill a wall. I got these certificate frames for cheap (12 frames for $60), and the book was a vintage find.
Just use a blade to cut a few pages out and framed!
Milk Painted Desk
I found this desk a while back while thrifting and it’s been in my garage waiting to be painted. The wood laminate was in bad shape; but two coats of Milk Paint later (and no sanding) it looked as good as new! I ended up leaving off the top piece so there would be a bigger workspace. More about the painting process here.
Chalk/Milk paint is such an easy way to give a thrifted piece of furniture a new life!
The Rug & Lamp
I wanted a more neutral rug that would not compete with the wallpaper. The large scale pattern on this Outdoor Diamond Rug pairs nicely with the smaller print on the wall. I like to use outdoor rugs or rugs with a tight weave under a rolling office chair to allow the wheels to move.
I’ll admit, I went to multiple stores to find this lamp. Once I had it in the mock-up, no other lamp would work. I really like how it fills out the space and is a nice juxtaposition to the more traditional looking Task Lamp on the desk. The brass accents add warmth and tie together the gold frames.
I love how this Floral Play wallpaper from my collaboration with Chasing Paper pulls everything together.