Office Nook Reveal!

Now that I’ve freed myself from blogging about “Thrifty Fall Decor” daily,

I figured I’d blog about some of the projects you’d seen me start but never finish.

Do you remember when I blogged about the small office space in our basement that I made for my husband (who never uses it)?

These were the before pics…

The way it was when we moved in (arrow is pointing to the area I’m focusing on).

It’s almost difficult to see in the picture above, but the little indented space was turned into an office nook for my husband. My dad and I worked on it one summer while he was gone.

I added the black shelf and my dad helped me take a counter that was scratched from Lowes (best way to get a counter discount… find the scratched one and ask for a price reduction) and we cut it to fit the space, then secured it.

While most of the junk here is mine (yes, I’ll admit it), the weird hatchet and cross-rifles belong on the desk of an infantryman.

Yes, those infantrymen are weird people. They actually are given those for doing a good job, however, those weird infantrymen are some of the only people who would sign up to jump out of plane while getting shot at to defend the country, so I say, we’ll let them put weird things on their desks!

For a couple years, this has been one of those “out of control” spaces. A mixture of John’s school work (he’s just about to finish his Masters in Divinity), books, and random DIY crap.

This pic below is highlighting the missing ceiling, the unfinished trim work and the places where I had to replace tongue and groove paneling.

These are the projects I’ve showed you thus far, in my attempt to create a “sale-worthy” office space.


My Silhouette Wall Art                                                                    My Desk Skirt

….and here’s the after.

Put in flooring, paint and 1/2 the trim/baseboards a couple yrs ago, along with putting in the desk and shelf.

More recently, I hid the crazy bookshelves with the Desk Skirt.

Kept the lamp and added some other simple decor I had on hand.

Books and rocks were easy, available and inexpensive.

My Silhouette Wall Art

Notice I patched over that cut in the paneling with a DIY coat rack….just some putty, boards, and hooks.

I also framed one of my husband’s maps from his Iraq tour. I was happy with how well it matched everything.

I’ve actually been using this space quite a bit lately.

Strangely my husband still doesn’t.

Maybe we should just switch office spaces!



  1. Wow, such a great transformation! I like the streamlines look with the silhouettes! And the color scheme, of course 🙂

  2. Sarah (20 State) says:

    Wow, what a change! This is such an awesome space now, so useful but full of special things, love it

  3. Good morning, Katie! Your office nook looks so good! I’ve missed checking in to see all your great projects. You make everything look so professional!

    • Thanks Holly! So good to see you back in the Blogosphere! Love your new place and can’t wait to see all your nesting projects!

  4. great job! you created a lovely space

  5. what a great space! wow! love the simplicity of the rocks-that’s like a huge “duh” moment.

    • Thanks! I think I’m going to do the rock thing again 🙂 Glad you like the space. So much better than before!
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  6. This looks great! Such a wonderful little space with a lot of character! I love the colors you chose.

  7. Looks fabulous! Love the colors … and I’m sure that the desk is always clear and clutter free!



  8. Looks awesome!!

  9. What a transformation! I love it. Nice job. Is there a picture somewhere around here that’s zoomed out a little more? I’d love to see the rest of the basement.

    • I should do a basement makeover post. I posted a couple of the pictures in my Home For Sale post and when I made over the “Stair Wall” and the “Window Wall”, but I always think I’m going to finish a few more projects before I do some sort of “reveal” and then I never seem to get them finished! lol

      Thanks for stopping by!

  10. This really is a wonderful transformation. You turned a not so great area in to a beautiful area!

  11. Looks super cute! I love the makeover- what a great space.

  12. Looks great! Love the simple decor and color scheme. 😉

  13. What a great little nook, you really made that space look fantastic

  14. Shocking, this is a amazing transformation. Your updated space looks awesome, nice work. ;o)

  15. I found you through Curb Alert’s party, and I like what you’ve done. This is so stylish and feminine! I just posted about my office makeover – mine’s in my coat closet! Come on over and take a look at (“the office” is on my sidebar).

    Also, you look amazing – ESPECIALLY for having 5 kids. I simply have to pay you that compliment.

    A new follower from OK,
    Meredith at A Penny For A Thought

  16. that is really neat 🙂 that desk skirt is pretty smart idea….

    dropping by from show and tell fridays, come and visit me back at:


  17. What a transformation! Your new space is gorgeous!

  18. Looks amazing. I love the skirt and the silhouettes!

  19. Looking good, Katie! I really like how well the map ties in with everything else as well! And I love your DIY coat rack!

  20. Great makeover! I love the silhouette wall art! I’d love for you to share this at my link party Submarine Sunday. It’s open until Friday @ 11:59pm. I hope you’ll stop by!


  21. You really know how to tame a space, Katie. WOW!
    I always learn so much from you.
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina

  22. The transformation is amazing! Thanks for sharing at Fabulous Friday.

  23. Can you tell me what paint color that is?? I like it!

    • I had it mixed at Walmart, and I didn’t like the huge, so I had them add this and that, and therefore I don’t have a specific name. I’ll try to dig it out and give you the #’s on it. I really do like it on the wall.


  24. Thank you so much for the feature! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!


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