Shabby Home Office Mini Makeover

We have been in our home for about 3 1/2 years now, and I love it.  The location is great, and it has been a wonderful home for our growing family.  We are currently leasing it, and I would like to buy it someday if the opportunity presents itself.  In the meantime, I am working around the oak trim, and cabinets secretly imagining them with white paint and iron hardware.  But for now I do what we all do, and that is work around what we have.  Making the best out of the oak situation seems to be the theme lately as the hubs and I are going room by room, decorating, painting, and turning this house into a space that reflects our lifestyle and tastes. 

Here is what our little mini home office looks like after I made a few changes, organized what was out of control (paper, mail, bills, magazines) and brought a bit of new life back to the area.


This is what the space looked like before.  We homeschool so I have a lot of stuff, much of which I am realizing I do not need.  This calender was cute and fun to make, but my almost six year old rarely uses it and is using a regular calendar more.

So, I painted the two wooden file boxes “Pebble” in Krylon satin spray paint, and used a pretty stencil, flip-flopping the pattern above and below the label area on each box. 

I used my fave charcoal acrylic paint, and also painted the top edge of the box the same color as the stencil so it gave it a nice finished look.

Then I let them dry, and begin to sand….

And sand…

And I like the way they turned out! It is not a dramatic change, and cost less than $10 since I already had the other pieces that I had picked up while thrifting or going to yard sales for one or two dollars. 

Here is a peek at my little home office area now.  I think of it kind of like a little botox.  Not a full face lift, but just enough to smooth out a few wrinkles.  

I’m so glad you came by today, it’s sunny today here in the Pacific Northwest, which means my kids have been playing outside since about 7:30 this morning, and I have my painting clothes on.  You have to take advantage of the sun when it is out, and make the most with what you have right now!
Have a blessed day- Hugs, Tanya

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  1. You did a great job Tanya! It looks so much prettier! Angie xo

  2. Angie, thank you for following me and your comment today 🙂 I am enjoying going thru both of your blogs, and feeling like I need to organize! :)Tanya

  3. What a difference – love those stenciled boxes! I hear you on the piles of paper clutter – where does it all come from?!

    Any gal who loves a little leopard print is a pal of mine!

  4. Love your little touches! I homeschooled for MANY years, so I know how much STUFF is generated!

  5. Love it!!! Sometimes, all we need is just a little sprucing to make our day. Love the stencil design, very creative of you.

  6. Eclectically Vintage, thank you for your visit today! The comment love is so appreciated 🙂

    Korrie, yes, the paperwork, games, and stuff can get out of control fast! We are paring down and only keeping what we need. Blessings!

    Kristel, love your projects and inspiration, thank you so much for coming by today!

    Tanya 🙂

  7. You have definitely turned your office space from shabby to chic. Good job!

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  9. r9cOpa Thanks a lot for the post.Really thank you! Really Great.

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