Over the past 6 weeks we have made over a dull and dingy basement office into a rustic-industrial retreat that anyone would be happy to work in. If you are in need of an office for business purposes, it might be worth viewing these storage containers for sale that can be converted for office use.
It’s REVEAL DAY!
The Fall 2018 One Room Challenge is done and we are so thrilled with the results of our basement office transformation. Looking back at how the office used to be like, getting assistance from commercial interior designers in Sydney (or wherever you live) can make such a difference. It was less stressful and everything turned out exactly like I had hoped. We can all do with some help once in a while.
That was Sherri’s home office before.
Dated, dingy, dark (there are no windows in the room) – basically the last place you would want to go, especially with the added burden of having to “work” there.
To remind you what our goals were for this basement home office, this is the mood board we worked towards:
THIS is the same wall from the photo above – not that you’d have any idea except for the bulkhead.
That faux brick wall – aged and antiqued to perfection – is the perfect focal point to this rustic industrial office. The juxtaposition of warm wood and the cold iron pipe of the desk and shelves make this space masculine but still warm and welcoming.
We brought in a few soft furnishings to soften the hard lines and make the space cozy. While time and budget didn’t allow for us to make the iron pipe chair – this chocolate corduroy Kijiji find, paired with a faux fur throw pillow is a comfortable compromise.
Instead of bringing extra furniture into the space, we used a floor poof to act as a foot rest, extra seating, and as a side table when needed. It also fits perfectly under the iron pipe shelves for easy storage.
Sherri made the oversized desk legs from iron pipe and created shelving by attaching pipe pieces to the wall with authentic flanges.
We kept the corkboard (now with a colour-coordinating frame to the rest of the trim in the room) so Sherri could keep personal mementos and her kids’ artwork on display. She also made a monitor stand with iron pipe to keep the rustic industrial feel throughout.
Brick, iron, wood, concrete – softened with plants and textiles.
We re-hung Sherri’s wall-of-fame above her reading chair.
We hadn’t planned on hanging any shelves by the desk, but we called an audible at the last minute and added it for extra printer space.
and to house Sherri’s “dead baby alien in a jar”;
which no true rustic industrial office should be without. lol (Hey, the weirdness is why we’re such good friends. wink)
The closet and door got new casings and a coat (or two) of paint;
Here’s our last checklist – the finished and the ones that didn’t quite make budget/timeline:
Rustic industrial basement office
pack up room demo cabinets patch drywall paint walls strip flooring install faux brick wall sand, prime and paint doors and trim install new baseboard
- install recessed lighting
lay new flooring zinc finish on filing cabinet strip door for desk and stain build pipe shelving
tain shelf boards build pipe desk replace electrical outlets replace door handles and hardware
- order plexi-glass for desk top
office seating staging/styling install new casing office artwork
The photographs really aren’t doing the space justice – no matter how hard I tried – this rustic industrial office space is absolutely gorgeous! I’m not ashamed to admit I’m more than a little jealous of Sherri’s new space.
How about a few before and afters to give you a better idea of the transformation:
I’d like to send out a giant hug and innumerable thanks to Sherri (Details Renovations) for allowing me to bully her into a renovation and for teaching me so many tips and tricks in the process. Now onto the task of keeping it clean and tidy. My friend told me that Green Facilities know a lot about office cleaning. If you’re interested in learning more read more…
Thank you to you, my readers, for following along in this transformation – even when the photos weren’t so inspiring. I truly hope you feel inspired to take on your own one room challenge to makeover a space in your home – it’s a lot of work, but SO worth it!
For more inspiration, and to see the full room reveals from the other participants in the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge, click over here.
To see the lead-up to this room reveal, click any of the links below.