An Office Update with Vintage Appeal
TOH readers Kelly and Wayne Averbeck show how they made a dated room into a cozy nook with period style to spare
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.
We wanted the space to reflect the house's original era, so we sanded the cabinetry and "paneled" the drawer and door fronts by adding lattice strips, which also disguised dings and broken corners. White paint and dark hardware revived the unit and, along with period-style sconces, added vintage character.
The upstairs room had ample storage, but its cabinetry and painted fir floor were out of sync with the home's early-20th-century style.
We gave the walls a damask look with stencils and paint. On the floor, we sanded and painted a faux area rug, then used a wood-graining tool to make "planks" of distressed white paint over a base of butterscotch. Three coats of polyurethane sealed the surface. The room was part of an upstairs redo that spanned a few summer weeks. Now we've got a space for stashing craft supplies and computer gear that's a pleasure to be in rather than an eyesore.
Gutted the room ourselves; hired a contractor to hang wallboard: $75
Sanded and trimmed out cabinetry with lattice strips: $37
Scored a "2 for 1" deal on
oil-rubbed bronze hardware: $50
Installed new sconces in place of fluorescent lighting.
Primed, painted, and faux-finished with sale-table "oops" paint. Sealed floor with polyurethane: $92
Turned an old shelf into a side table using leftover trim and paint: $0
Repurposed a glass chandelier globe and glass insulators as cups to corral writing tools and scissors: $4