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A Stylish Home Office Makeover for $432

A striped accent wall and a one-of-a-kind desk turn a makeshift space into a welcoming work zone

light blue l-shaped desk built into a white bookshelf to the left of a bright window in a wall with horizontal beige stripes
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Home offices have to work hard: They've got to be efficient and comfortable (but not too comfortable!) and have enough personality to feel like more than just a cubicle. It was a tall order for Sabrina Macchione's empty guest room, which she wanted to convert to a chic office for her burgeoning graphic-design business, in Toronto, Ontario. Looking to create an area with plenty of workspace as well as charm, Sabrina started with a secondhand desk and a hutch with crown molding that gave it the look of a built-in. Although it provided shelf storage, the work surface wasn't very generous, so Sabrina's husband, Mike, and her father-in-law added an extension featuring a geometric leg design. Bright aqua stain turned the desktop into a focal point. Overhead, Mike swapped the plain flush-mount ceiling light for a thrift-shop chandelier that Sabrina painted and embellished with beads and crystals. Striping the window wall gave the workspace a dressy backdrop. Now, Sabrina says, the room is equipped with the tidy storage and expansive surface she needed, adding "It's easy to feel inspired and get creative in a room that's so beautiful."

light blue l-shaped desk built into a white bookshelf to the left of a bright window in a wall with horizontal beige stripes
After: An L-shaped desk provides plenty of room to spread out, and open shelves lend ample storage and display space. The beaded chandelier, aqua desktop, and subtle wall stripes keep the space from feeling ordinary.

Home offices have to work hard: They've got to be efficient and comfortable (but not too comfortable!) and have enough personality to feel like more than just a cubicle. It was a tall order for Sabrina Macchione's empty guest room, which she wanted to convert to a chic office for her burgeoning graphic-design business, in Toronto, Ontario. Looking to create an area with plenty of workspace as well as charm, Sabrina started with a secondhand desk and a hutch with crown molding that gave it the look of a built-in. Although it provided shelf storage, the work surface wasn't very generous, so Sabrina's husband, Mike, and her father-in-law added an extension featuring a geometric leg design. Bright aqua stain turned the desktop into a focal point. Overhead, Mike swapped the plain flush-mount ceiling light for a thrift-shop chandelier that Sabrina painted and embellished with beads and crystals. Striping the window wall gave the workspace a dressy backdrop. Now, Sabrina says, the room is equipped with the tidy storage and expansive surface she needed, adding "It's easy to feel inspired and get creative in a room that's so beautiful."

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The Project Tally

 

The Project Tally

light blue l-shaped desk built into a white bookshelf to the left of a bright window in a wall with horizontal beige stripes
Before: The designated office room lacked character—and furniture.

• Scored a secondhand desk and hutch, then spruced them up with a new pine desktop extension, blue stain topped with polyurethane, and white paint $135

• Installed a thrift-store chandelier spray-painted white and embellished with craft-store beads and crystals left over from another fixture $32

• Added white stripes to the beige window wall with leftover white paint $0

• Added a new rug, a chair, and sheer curtains $265

Total: $432

 

 

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