Home Office Reveal

Oh my goodness, I can’t believe it is done.  You guys, this was a loooong time coming.  After all the issues we had outside with the pool remodel, I didn’t think I was ever going to be done. This was a DIY office overhaul.  I had many firsts in here over the past few month, first concrete wall, first tile installation, first desk build…it was quite the learning experience. So, without further ado here is my home office reveal.

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Just a reminder of where we started.  Yes, my husband worked like this.  He’s crazy.  He liked the L shape of this desk but had mentioned to me a number of times that he wanted a U-shaped desk so that he could be surrounded with papers.

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So, here we are today.

AFTER:DIY Home Office Remodel - Uncookie CutterSo, even though I didn’t build the desk first – it was one of the last things I did, I did sort of plan the room around it.  I used galvanized wire and a faux live edge treatment to make the shelves.  You can read more details about those over on Sawdust 2 Stitches. I also used an inexpensive outdoor screen to cover the air unit.  It was quite an ugly air unit, but is very nice to have.  It heats and cools this space very nicely, so I wanted to be able to access it but still hide it.

On the left, this nook would be perfect for a bathroom one day.  Since this is a pool house, a bathroom and little shower makes perfect sense.  But running plumbing out here was ridiculously expensive so, for now, we turned it into a little sitting area.  Before:

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DIY Home Office Remodel - Uncookie Cutter

We really wanted to have a place to showcase our sports memorabilia that we have collected over the years.  We’ve never really had a good place for it.  So, in addition to planning around the desk, I also planned a way to showcase all our fun prints and knick knacks.  The plant stand is a piece we’ve had for awhile.  I also hung curtains to help keep the air and heat in the room a little better.  Plus the curtains help aesthetically both outside and in.

This area is used to hold all the pool equipment.  It really does take up a ton of space, with vacuums and chemicals and what not.  Before:
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DIY Home Office Remodel - Uncookie Cutter

You can see in this photo that I also took down the popcorn ceilings.  The navy walls are painted in Naval by Sherwin Williams and I used Bohemian Lace on the trim, ceiling and plank wall.  I used semi-gloss on the trim, eggshell on the plank wall and flat on the ceiling to hide some little tiny divets that were left after the popcorn came down. I also replaced the ugly old ceiling fan and yellow canned recessed lights with new, nicer looking ones.There is a perfect little nook in the bottom right corner that we have a basket holding all the clean swim towels.

One of the selling points of this house was this space.  It’s a separate little house, but since my husband works from home a lot we knew it would one day be a great office.  His view, now that the pool is remodeled…

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Never mind all the mess in the yard, we are desperately trying to clean it all out.

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DIY Home Office Remodel - Uncookie Cutter

He’s looking pretty cozy.  Also, he’s ready for me to be outta here.

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Source List

Here is a list of some of the things purchased for this space.  Please see the individual projects for more specific items.

I have included affiliate links for your convenience. You can read my full disclosure policy HERE.

  • Desk Lamp
    • This is a lamp similar to the one we have.  The one we have was purchased at Restoration Hardware years ago, but I can’t find it on their website anymore.
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Privacy Screen
  • Sherwin Williams Naval
  • Sherwin Williams Bohemian Lace
  • Curtains
    • I have the 95″L curtains in Platinum in this room
  • Rug
    • Brown/Tan

Links to Individual Projects

Home office week one

Backerboard installation for ceramic tile

Hardwood looking ceramic tile installation

Cabinet Area Makeover with concrete counter and backsplash

Hanging shelves

Modern Desk build 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Let me know if you have any questions!


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  1. Love it all! Thank you so much for including all the project links. In addition to all the information you’ve already provided, I was wondering if would include where you found the rug.

    1. Hi Kim! So sorry about that. I actually bought that rug in the outdoor section at Wal-Mart for $70! It is an outdoor rug, which is perfect for this space but not the best feel. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. Amazing! You’ve done miraculous things with this space – I just love that desk!! I hope Matt will enjoy his office oasis for many, many years to come! Great job, my friend!

  3. I love the clean lines. Good Job! Thank you so much for linking at #WonderfulWednesday! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #ThursdayFavoriteThings or the #RecipeShareParty and get YUMMED. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared.

    1. Hi Jen! I don’t remember the brand, but it was in the clearance section at Lowes. I dont’ think it was supposed to be in clearance, but since it was they gave me $100 off. I think it was $199 normally. You could probably find it on their website! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. You did a wonderful job! Lovely build on the desk, too.

    Can I just say that I love your crappy piles of crap? Because a lot of bloggers show ‘before’ and ‘during’ photos which I find completely unrealistic. I can totally relate to your crappy crap piles. 🙂

    1. Haha, thanks!! I like real before and after pictures too, but I’m so glad to hear other people like them. Don’t worry, I have way more crappy piles of crap to come, haha!! Thanks so much for stopping by and giving me a laugh this morning.

  5. Really nice job!! I just found your site through Betterafter, and was surprised to find an Oklahoma blogger!! I totally missed the OSU trash can in the office pics and was reading your about me info and saw that you’re in Stillwater. I’m an OU girl, though. Welcome to Oklahoma!! Great blog, and your concrete table looks amazing!!

  6. Hi April ,

    Again, another DIY project that I love … well done!

    I would kill to have a desk like your husband’s … at the moment writing this comment from my bed 🙂 … no space for a decent desk, not to mention a huge U shape like the one the you’ve built.

    He feels like a boss with his legs up on the desk, I would feel like that as well … what a beautiful space you’ve created with that unloved area … just wow !!!

    Congrats, very well done !

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