Home Office Details

Thanks for all your amazingly sweet comments yesterday about my home office makeover reveal.  You guys are the bomb diggity.

Today I’m sharing some more details about the makeover and where I purchased everything.  And you know how I like transparency, so I’m also sharing the approximate cost of the makeover.  I’m going to give the prices of things I specifically purchased for the makeover.

ikea expedit

Wall color: Voyage by Valspar… $30

Workstation: 6×6 Ikea Expedit (now called Kallax) shelving unit and Expedit (Kallax) desk… $200 + $50 = $250 (BUT it was technically free to me because I cashed out some credit card points I acquired through paying for our wedding expenses.)

White boxes and magazine files: Ikea Kassett… $55

Pink boxes: Hobby Lobby… $35

Bridal bouquet canvas: Canvas On Demand (Groupon)… $45

ball canning jars used for craft storage


Clear Ball mason jelly jars: Goodwill… $12

Turquoise Ball mason jars: Yard sale and Goodwill

Bakers twine: eBay (18 spools)

Washi tape: Target

Vintage thread spools: Grandma

Buttons: JoAnn Fabric

printer cart

Printer cart: Gift

Greeting card organizer: Gift via Amazon.com (read about it here)

Here’s the before and after of the printer cart.  I used spray paint to spruce it up a bit.

printer cart before and after

home office makeover 2

Chair: Craigslist

Table: Goodwill… $9

Whale:  Kohls

Pillow: Home Goods

Blanket: Handmade gift

Curtains: Target… $20

craft room makeover 1

Gallery wall frames: Ikea (full details here)… ~$100

Katie Daisy print: Katie Daisy… $15

Sewing cabinet: Gift… but, the makeover cost around $40 (read about the makeover here)

Pink storage box: Kohls (read about the makeover here)

Apothecary jars: Micheal’s and Home Goods

Pink threads: thrift shop and grandma

craft room makeover

Fabric covered faux nailhead trimmed memo board:  Upcycled old cork board… $12 (read about the makeover here)

home office hydrangeas

Pink vase: Gift

Personalized lucite tray: DIY project… $15 (read about it here)

Gold polka dot candle holder: Target

Small white bowl: Goodwill

stenciled file cabinet

File cabinet: Gift (read about the makeover here)

Calendar: Anne Taintor via Amazon.com… $13

TOTAL AMOUNT SPENT: $651 – $250 (gift card from credit card points) = $401

A room makeover for less than $500?  Not too bad.

Who’s itching to go to Ikea now?
Any other questions?

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  1. Melissa G says

    We are looking for a house. We sold ours 3 years ago and have been renting, waiting for the “right” house to come along. Once we are moved, I am hitting Ikea. It’s 2 hours away, but I have a very long list!

    Love your makeover. Is that paint color more gray or blue? Hard to tell in pictures.

  2. says

    I am TOTALLy itching to get to IKEA!!! I have been wanting to go there for a few weeks to pick up some other things, and now I just added a few more to my list. Your office really is beautiful…great job!

  3. says

    Oh em gee! I’m in love with this makeover! I’m sooooo borrowing some ideas for my office. I’ve been looking at thrift stores for the perfect desk, but dang, that Ikea one would solve my storage problems AND look nice an modern, which I LOVE.

  4. says

    Love, love. Your office space looks so great. We finally moved and have space for an office I’m itching to re do mine. Great inspiration here! Are you white shelves in your office from IKEA too?

  5. Toni Lampman says

    Wish we had an Ikea near me. Not one within travel distance, only have the online option and I like to see things in person most of the time before buying.

    Love the makeover though. I would love to have my own Craft room but do not have enough room in the house!

  6. says

    Just so you know, not only is your style beautiful, but so are your photography skills. Everything is so bright and crisp it sears my corneas with style everytime. I think I squint when I read your blog. In a good way:) Love it

    Britt@ Creating Space for Five

  7. Peggy Sullivan says

    Love reading your blog! And I LOVE your dry sense of humor!! What a gift to be able to write the way you (possibly) speak and with humor and encouragement at the same time. Oh, and thanks for sending the storm to all of us in the Northeast. Really. I was so ready for a snow day! Loved seeing your posts from the park~~I grew up near Chicago and miss the midwest; also remember family weekend trips to Turkey Run State Park as a kid. Keep writing! And painting, etc. You are an inspiration.

  8. says

    I’m wondering, did you actually assemble the Expedit? I mean, you didn’t share the step-by-step, so how do we even know you did it? 😉

    It really looks lively. And much more expensive than it was. The fact that you even remember what things cost make you amazing. I can’t even remember what I spent for lunch today. Dd I even eat lunch?

  9. says

    This looks great, Chelsea!
    I love how bright and clean it all looks – would definitely love to spend time here!

    I think the printer cart is my favorite part – I would have never thought of painting the top a bold color like that, but it looks awesome.

    And yes, I definitely want to go to IKEA now… maybe once I can walk again I’ll go on a shopping spree! haha 😉

  10. Jenn W-M says

    LOVE!!!! I love this room, the closest IKEA is 7 hours away. Someday I will get there with a rental truck and get everything on my list. I have to say though, the blanket over the chair is amazing!! I so secretly wish I could knit like that. It looks so warm and cozy. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Sarah says

    I must ask you, where in your Hobby Lobby did you find the gorgeous pink boxes? I found some ok…. Canvas bins from TJ Maxx but I’m not entirely happy with the look.

    I must admit I was so inspired by your room I went out and got the Expedit 4shelf bookcase and desk this weekend and I am having the most difficult time with the finding storage containers I like in here. Ikea did have some extremely bright…not quite magenta more like an odd shade of pink.

  12. Pam says

    Could you please tell me how you attached the desk to the bookshelf unit? I want to make this for my sewing room. Thanks so much.

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