Home office with an updated wall unit
Photo: Averbeck, Homeowner

Budget Redo: Home Office Renovation

Who: Kelly and Wayne Averbeck
Where: Jerome, Idaho
What: Used leftovers and bargain buys to age an office to perfection.

Unlike the rest of our 1916 home, this room's good bones were buried under 1950s "updates": pale pine slab-front cabinets that were chipped, and fir floors with a crazy tricolor painted border beneath ugly brown carpeting. We gutted the room, leaving the built-in intact, and had a contractor hang new Sheetrock on the walls.

Shown: White paint and dark pulls refreshed the built-in, while a faux-grain floor and repro sconces added to the space's vintage charm.
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