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Budget Friendly Office Makeover Reveal

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After five long weeks, it’s time to share my office makeover! There have been times during this challenge that I didn’t think it would get done. But I pulled through and got it mostly all done. It’s looking pretty lovely now!

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Twice a year, Erin from Lemons, Lavender and Laundry hosts a $100 challenge. We have one month to complete a room makeover on a $100 budget using mostly what we already have on hand. It’s a good challenge to use things that you’ve been hoarding. πŸ˜‰ This month, we got lucky that January has 5 Wednesdays, so it felt like a longer time to complete the challenge.

I started with a messy office space and big plans.


Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

Today, my room is complete and feels very “me.”

Office Makeover Reveal

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Clean desks for dayyyyyyssssss!

It’s so funny how inspired I feel to create now! Besides massive decluttering, I did some painting.

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This cabinet was a boring white piece from IKEA. Now, it’s a masterpiece. (Tutorial)

Modern Masters Bronze Paint | IKEA Helmer Cabinet

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My dresser got brightened with a coat of blush pink paint left over from my daughter’s room. The armoire that was here was moved to the garage where it’s awaiting a makeover to serve as a display cabinet in my shop.

The IKEA shelves were bought long ago with intentions to hang them in my kitchen. Plans changed and they were left without a purpose. So now, they can serve to display pretty stuff.

The right length of curtains were also hung.

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My chairs were slipcovered with dropcloths. If you come over, don’t look at them too closely. I am NOT an expert slipcover maker, but it made these once ugly chairs bearable until I find something to replace them with.

Drop Cloths

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I used a galvanized bucket to contain all of my paper that I use for lining drawers.

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My vintage filing cabinet got a paint job. (To be honest, the insides still need work before they are usable, but it looks pretty good on the outside.)

Metallic Teal Paint

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I added a chandelier over my art desk. This room lacks an overhead light and I often feel inspired to work at night. I need all the light I can get so I wanted a pretty one. This was a find from the Restore that I redid. (Tutorial coming soon.)

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I added crystals (hot glued on because who can be bothered with the mess a dremel would make?)

Chandelier crystals | Chandelier Bead Chain

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I’m really happy to bring in a bit of pink to this room. My hallway has a pink runner, so it ties the rooms together with the lamp and dresser.

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I’m loving my clean desk. It might be the best part of my office makeover. πŸ™‚

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I even tamed the wire problem. A simple hook and look cable tie corrals the wires out of sight.

Hook and Loop Cable Ties

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I had my husband build me a little rolling cart for the filing cabinet. This thing weighs a ton and I hated the idea of it being stuck wherever I placed it. Today, I had to move it over an inch and I was able to do it by myself. πŸ™‚

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My shelf was also reorganized, which mainly consisted of me throwing stuff away. It’s nice to know where everything is now. I’m so happy with my office makeover.

I did not end up finding my filing cabinet hardware, so that’s still on my to-do list. And it could probably use even more organizing. I didn’t even touch the bookcase…

$100 Budget:

Modern Masters Primer $7

Modern Masters Bronze Paint $10

Modern Masters Blue Patina $6

Vintage chandelier $15

Chandelier crystals $17

Chandelier cord $6

Modern Masters Teal $12

Drop cloth $20

Bleach $3

Light bulbs $3

Total Spent: $99

Remaining: $1


Let’s check out those finished rooms!!


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  1. Your space is gorgeous. I bet you want to spend all your time there. So much light and the colors are bright and energizing. I especially love your unique spin combining vintage and new pieces together. Great makeover!!

  2. Oh, Emy! It’s so beautiful! I love love love your pink fringe lamp and am so happy to see it brighten that corner. What a beautifully organized space. You did a great job! I could use a million exclamation points – MILLIONS!!

  3. I love this Emy! I love the pops of pink with the aqua! And I’m super impressed with how you organized everything in this space. I think my favorite part is all of the different furniture transformations you did here-love it!

  4. Emy, this is amazing! I just want to come over and craft!! All your makeovers are so pretty and I love that chandelier you made! The blue paint is so bright and fun – you really did a fantastic job on this room and I bet you are loving it!

  5. Emy, what an amazing space! I love all of your furniture make-overs – it just pulled everything together. I can completely see why you’re feeling so inspired working in there. Fabulous job!

  6. I hope to have an office/creative space that looks as amazing as this one day!! I just love your vintage cabinet, the chandelier, and your drop cloth slipcovers sure look amazing to me!

  7. It looks great, Emy! I would LOVE to work in here! Everything is so happy and pretty! I love your bright colors and your organized work spaces! (And that chandelier! It’s incredible!!!)

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