It’s the best type of day – One Room Challenge Week 6, aka, REVEAL DAY!!

This is our third time participating in the ORC.  It’s also the most work we’ve done by far in just 6 weeks.  I didn’t even do a week 5 update post because it’s been that insane.  We’re sleep deprived and over it but boy was it worth it.

If you’re hopping over from the One Room Challenge website, WELCOME!  I’m so glad you’re here.  A little about me in a sentence – I’m sarcastic most of the time, I LOVE design and my kids and my husband (not in that order ;)), and I have a slight obsession with art and pillows.  AND, I recently started my own interior design firm and it’s been such a ‘pinch me, is this real?’ moment.

Enough about me … let’s get to the good part!

We moved into this house just over 5 months ago.  It’s really our dream home and we’re so very happy here.  But, and this is a big but, it has zero style.  Maybe even negative style.  I’ve been anxious to get started really personalizing the space.  We’ve started in the dining room and now onto the office!

Here’s what it looked like before:

An iPhone tour of our new (beige) home!

Back in week 1, I shared the controversial topic of removing the wood feature wall.  Looking at it now I don’t know why I even questioned myself.  It is SO.MUCH.BETTER now.

I also shared the design plan to completely transform the space.

one room challenge week 1 modern office design plan

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And … here’s what it looks like now!!!

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

LOOOVVVEEE.

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

The first thing we did was take down the wood planks.  It was a controversial choice but I’m SO glad we did it.

With the wood down, we patched and sanded the wall for wallpaper!!!  Genius TJ decided to write on the wall with SHARPIE so we had to prime the wall 5 times (yes, 5 times) to cover the sharpie enough for it not to show through the wallpaper.

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

I’ll write a post on how we installed the wallpaper.  It wasn’t easy, honestly.  But, I’m really happy with how it turned out.

For most of the semi-custom builtins, we used IKEA products and then trimmed them out with wood from Home Depot.

The left hand side was built from an IKEA filing cabinet – probably the most sturdy IKEA product we’ve ever used.

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

We removed the top and used a butcher block kitchen countertop (also from IKEA) as the desk surface.  It rests on top of the filing cabinet.  We anchored it into the filing cabinet and the other larger cabinets on the right hand side.

It was too long and too deep so TJ cut it down to fit to the space.  You never know what will happen with IKEA products when you cut them but this actually worked perfectly.

Speaking of the right hand side, we used IKEA SEKTION pantry cabinets to give us a ton of storage.  Not gonna lie, they’re currently filled with scraps from the project that haven’t been cleaned up.  But, someday they’ll be for actual storage.

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

We ordered different doors for the pantry from Semihandmade.  They have some great pre-finished options that are so, so much better than the standard IKEA brownish black or whatever they offer.  I chose the DIY slab since I knew we were painting it and IKEA products aren’t the easiest to paint.

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

Last, we used IKEA LACK shelves for the floating shelves.  TJ had to cut the wood down AND the brackets that hold them up, too.  There was a lot of swearing involved.  😉

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

We aren’t 100% finished yet.  We still need to add trim to the top of the builtins just so it doesn’t look like a box.  And, that piece of baseboard is some random white thing we had in the garage.  If you look closely you can see electrical wires covered in tape that need an outlet.  And some other random wire that is being hidden by a vase.  Don’t cheat!  If you haven’t spotted them yet we did a good job hiding them 😉

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

I left the same rug in there that was there before.  I posted on Instagram about a few potential rugs and I actually did order one.  Nothing felt right in the room though.  I’m not 100% sold on this one but it’s staying there for now.

Then it was on to the decorating!

Seriously in LOVE with the brass handles and knobs on the cabinets.  I’ll be buying them for everything.

My favorite cactus also made an appearance.  I’ve had it for a few years and it’s still my favorite plant.

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

I picked some very budget-friendly chairs and end table that are PERFECT for the room.  It’s not a huge space, even with the tall ceilings.  I wanted it to feel like an actual room not just an extension of the open floor plan.

I chatted in a past post about building a divider wall to better define the room.  Honestly, I kind of wish we had done it but time did not allow for that.

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

Gotta have the cozy pillows, of course!

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

We painted the whole room Benjamin Moore Hazy Skies.  It is SO refreshing.  It doesn’t seem like that big of a change until you look at the rest of the house that’s still beige on beige.  Like this photo, you can see the old beige color on the stairs.

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

It felt SO good to get rid of the heavy curtains that just weren’t doing anything for the room.  Eventually I’m going to get some roman blinds.  Eventually…

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

I had so much fun styling the open shelves.

I used some art from the old house, a few new decor pieces that I couldn’t resist, and a plant I borrowed from the dining room.  Is it bad that I can actually shop my house for plants?  #plantaddiction

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

It’s truly an amazing space.  Exactly what I had envisioned.

It’s not perfect.  We still have some work to do perfecting the details.  Maybe actually putting some files in the filing cabinet.

A HUGE thank you to my husband for going absolutely nuts getting this done for me/us.  And to my dad for helping paint, even though I’m pretty sure it took him 20x longer than the average person.  And to Uncle Peety (as my kids call him haha – his real name is Bob, don’t ask) for helping paint, too.

A few more shots because I took 208 pictures and only narrowed it down to 81 for the post….

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

Sharing the big reveal of our formal living room turned modern office space. We used various IKEA pieces, including a butcher block countertop, and Home Depot lumber to make a custom built in desk. We made DIY floating shelves, modern floral wallpaper, and tons of plants to decorate. Modern office ideas | office decor | modern wallpaper | peel and stick wallpaper | one room challenge | DIY office | office renovation | office makeover | office ideas | modern office design | modern office home | home office | modern office space | home decor #oneroomchallenge #modernoffice #officereveal #officemakeover #homedecor #diy

Remember to check out all the other guest participants!!  There are some AMAZING rooms and tons of inspiration.

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Now, we’re going to go enjoy some beers and not working on anything for a bit 🙂

 

16 Comments

  1. Rebecca

    Yesss!! You totally pulled it off and I love it! That color is so impactful but it all still reads pretty neutral. Drinks all around!!

    Reply
  2. Chelsea @ Making Manzanita

    Eeeeeek turned out soooooo good! Love the wallpaper choice, color of the built in and that leather chair! Amazing.

    Reply
  3. Nicole

    Love it! I especially like the color of the builtins. That wallpaper really makes an impact.

    Reply
  4. cassie bustamante

    one of my favorites so far- i love the color and love the built in desk situation!

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  5. Emy

    It’s so pretty! I love the wallpaper with the desk color! And all that storage!! Great job!

    Reply
  6. Elsy Kay

    Love, love, love! (Including the comment about lotsa swearing going on-ha!). Well done….thx for sharing the outcome. Taking the wood down was so correct for what your end idea wanted to be—it would not have fit even painted white, IMHO.

    Reply
  7. Angie

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    Reply
  8. Nicki Parrish

    So pretty! I loved the wood, but it really looks awesome with the built ins. Great job!

    Reply
  9. Kristin

    Love it!! Gawgeous! I see that you reused your beautiful rug. Where did you get that? I’m shopping for rugs right now. 😉

    Reply
  10. Jenn

    This looks amazing! Fabulous workspace – I love the green cabinetry and the wallpaper!

    Reply
  11. Meredith

    It looks gorgeous! Love the wallpaper + color of the cabinets, awesome job!

    Reply
  12. Ola

    I love all the built-ins, and what a great use of this little space! So well done. The wallpaper and the color of the cabinetry… luscious. Well done!

    Reply
  13. Create/Enjoy

    Those built-ins are a dream! What a lovely space to walk into!!

    Reply
  14. Nicole @ The Inspired Hive

    Sarah, it looks so good! I love all of the little details. I especially love the color of the built ins and that gorgeous wallpaper! Great job! 🙂

    Reply
  15. Lindi

    It looks so good Sarah! I love all of the colours and textures you have in here! And of course, the built-ins! Beautiful office my friend!

    Reply

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