Home Office Makeover: From Spare Room to Mixed Modern Workspace
Mandi from Vintage Revivals saw potential in the underused spare bedroom at her in-laws' house. With an eye for unique design, she transforms a drab square of a room into a cozy, stylish, and modern workspace.
Mandi pulled out all the DIY stops to create this one-of-a-kind home office. From unique shelving to an eye-popping accent wall, this makeover has it all.
Mandi's in-laws begged her to make over their spare bedroom so that they could have a unique space to get work done. She was up to the task and had a host of ideas for great office storage.
Mandi found that her mother-in-law is not a fan of bold colors; instead she preferred more muted, monochromatic, neutral spaces. With this feedback, she knew that the colors she chose would need to be subtle and natural.
After an inspired trip to The Home Depot
, she had everything she needed to get the room clean and then build it out.
Once the room was cleaned and cleared, Mandi began the transformation. First, she started with the closet.
She threw out the builder basic closet doors and replaced them with a sliding screen that she made from upcycled fabric, leather from an old couch, and a conduit pipe rail. The final product is not only a completely original design it is also light and easy to move. The inside of the closet was not functional for what her in-laws needed. It was structured as a clothing closet when what they really needed was a linen closet Mandy added a couple of shelves so it could hold all of their sheets, blankets and household products.
Next on the list was the focal wall. Mandi always approaches a wall like a blank canvas, ready for a big piece of art.
She created a wall treatment that looks like custom wallpaper. Her secret is careful planning -making sure that all the lines are centered with the room and strategically placed against pictures, lighting, and decor.. After figuring out all of the dimensions, all she needed was two Sharpie® paint pens and a straight edge.
The end result is a wall with a lot of personality. Read and watch more about how to create this accent wall.
The desk she found at a local thrift store for 15 dollars. When she found it, it was a brown pile of rust. Mandi gave itnew life with some sanding and a coat of spray paint. She also decided to replace the hardware. She actually found these handles in silver at The Home Depot
. But seeing that gold would be the accent in the room, she simply spray painted them gold creating the perfect pop of metallic color the room needed.
When Mandi spotted this vintage army cot at a local thrift store, she knew it was just the thing to create a cozy lounging spot. She brought in a pop of color from the outdoors with simple, handmade pillows.
Mandi finds that pillows
are always a great way to tie-in color and make bold statements in a room. Read and watch more about how Mandi made these pillows.
Built-ins are a game changer when people are looking to buy a home. The problem is: They are so expensive! Mandi built these for about $50; all with supplies from The Home Depot
To build the shelf, she took regular shelf brackets, ingeniously flipped them upside down, and then mounted them on the top of the shelf instead of underneath the shelf. Not only do they have a great look; they also function as convenient bookends.
This spare room now functions as a clean and clever home office. Mandi brought as much greenery as she could into this space to break-up the natural color tones. Using other "nature" based items like plants helped add a pop of color in the room, giving it an organic feel.
With some simple changes, the room is transformed into a fun and usable space. Yay!
These are just a few examples of all the clever ideas that Mandi put into this room makeover.