My 3 Tips for a Cheap Office Makeover
I was in a rut. I didn’t know how to get out. I looked around me and it was no wonder why I couldn’t get focused or get anything done. I was being smothered in my office by papers and piles of crap. It was sucking all the energy out of this room. That alone made me exhausted upon entering. I had to do something, but what? My husband was laid off and money was an issue, so how could I possibly make this office feel more comfortable? I came up with three very basic ways to make my office the office of my dreams and I am going to share them with you. Here are my 3 tips for a cheap office makeover.
1. A Fresh Coat of Paint!!! I took $25 and bought a gallon of paint. I only needed one gallon, but you might need more, so plan accordingly. I wanted something soft and soothing yet different. I didn’t want anything in the browns or blues, I wanted something relaxing. Something that reminded me of being with nature. One night myself, my mom and oldest daughter narrowed down the color choices and I settled on “Serene Shade Tree” by Glidden. It’s a great color. I didn’t need new ceiling paint since the ceiling was painted a couple years ago and still looked like it was in great shape. So, for the cost of one gallon, I would soon have a fresh, updated look.
2. Use What You Have!!! When I started this process, I took everything, and I mean everything, out of my office. All that was left was a shell. I swore to myself that I would not bring anything back into this office unless I 110% loved it. Everything that I have in my office right now is something that has some sort of meaning to me or is something that I use frequently. I also took a couple things from other rooms because it’s nice to just mix and match decor so you aren’t looking at the same thing over and over again. It makes your rooms feel different even though its only been one or two small changes.
3. Reorganize Your Stuff!!! When I started putting things back into my office, I realized some things felt better in other places. For instance, my denim chair. It used to be on the wall that had “Dream” on it, but when I put it back, having it on the other wall just felt better. Now it feels as it I have a separate little reading nook. Then I reorganized the shelves I have. I had a lot of books and things up there that served no purpose other than to take up space. I didn’t need the things under my desk so I got rid of it.
I’ve taken plenty of photos so you can check out all the before and after pics and let me know what you think!