Megan’s office makeover | part 4 | wall colors & design elements

by | Aug 22, 2015 | All Things Home, Decorating, Room Makeovers | 19 comments

I spent a good part of the day at Megan’s house, helping her paint her office.  If you’re just hopping in on this series, we’re in the middle of giving her small office a farmhouse-style makeover on a budget of $1000.  Here are the previous three posts, so you can get caught up!

part 1 | the before

part 2 | the “franken-chair”

part 3| the plan

In a nutshell, here’s the plan for the space…

Megan's office plan

…but you can get the full details HERE.

Today, Megan and I were able to put two coats of paint on the walls in a few hours as our four boys (two mine, two hers) played together and her husband acted as referee.

We were both giddy as the paint was drying and the look of the room was taking shape.

And we took a few minutes to talk about the wall colors as well as some of the design elements we’re bringing into the space to lend it some farmhouse style with an eclectic feel that can still tie into the traditional elements throughout the rest of her home…

The chalkboard wall was still drying when I took this picture, but it will look like a matte black when it’s dry.  We’ll season it with chalk and wipe it with a dry cloth to give it that smeary chalkboard look that will soften the feel a bit.


I must say, I love it when I have an idea in my head and then I start to pull the elements together and it’s all working just as I pictured it!  Now, sometimes I bomb, but so far things are going as planned in Megan’s space.

And the curtain fabric with the wall color?



Love it!

It looks fresh and warm, farmhouse and traditional all at the same time.  Just the look we’re going for.

I was really hoping to have the slipcovers finished this week, but I totally missed that there’s a week and a half gap between summer camp and school starting, so I’ve been hanging out at home with the boys and that’s not very conducive to plowing through a to-do list.  So, we’ll just enjoy a few more lazy days of summer and then I’ll get back to full speed.

One thing I’m looking forward to working on for Megan’s space is the amazing wardrobe I found on Craig’s List that’s almost exactly like the inspiration piece I drew in my plan…


…bead board and everything.

It was listed for $200 and we got it for $175.  Jeff and my dad picked it up from a 1880’s PA farmhouse last week.  It had conveyed with the house and the new owners didn’t have a space for it.  It took them a couple of weeks to respond to our inquiry about it, because they were so sad they had to sell it!  I had pretty much given up on it when we heard back from them.  My dad and Jeff assured them it would be in good hands and would end up in a great home.

I’ll share more on the wardrobe, the slipcovers, the curtains, the antique accessories I’ve picked up, and an amazing light fixture I just scored on Etsy…

See the desk chair makeover, part 5, HERE.



  1. Sweet

    Best video you’ve made, Marion! Informative, casual, I loved it. More like this, please!

    ps…Megan is beautiful!

    • Megan

      Aw! How sweet, Sweet! 😉 Thank you!!

  2. Toni

    I agree – this is a super video and excellent quality video. The room is coming together so wonderfully – and the video shows it so well. I can’t wait to see the armoire and more of the details! It is so inspiring. Good luck!

  3. Judy Pimperl

    I just sat down and caught up with this entire project from the beginning to now. I’m enjoying seeing how you’ve worked through the process step by step, and I’m wishing about now that I lived closer to you! How sweet of you to do this at no charge. You will be blessed in other ways…
    I’ve always loved your kitchen wall, but now this project is inspiring me to do a black chalk board wall…
    Thank you for sharing.

  4. Sarah Phillipps

    Wonderful, wonderful! Ahh, I can totally see it coming together, it just feels right, doesn’t it? I love how the curtains take on a subtle striped look when they are open. And I’m sure the previous owners of the wardrobe will be happy to know their beloved piece is now going to be famous and well loved. Haha!

  5. Missy S

    Lovely room for loveliest human, like ever. =) I think it is awesome that Megan bought a gallon of paint to have just because she loved the color. Can’t wait to see it all come together!

    • Megan

      Love you, Missy! ?

  6. MaryLisa Noyes

    It is really coming together! Awesome choices.

  7. Kim

    Megan, you did a great job on the video. Room is looking great. I love that you are incorporating your grandmother’s dishes. Can’t wait to see it all finished.

    • Megan

      Thanks, Kim! Me too! I’m very excited. ☺️

  8. Kathy

    Looks really good, can’t wait to see it all done.
    I to like this video is really super.

  9. Courtney

    Such a fun process to watch! The story about the dishes is my favorite personal touch, can’t wait to see it all pulled together! You gals look so beautiful…and you’re in sweats!

  10. Rhonda

    I absolutely love it. I did a gray in my kitchen/dining area with white woodwork and have green cabinets. I made curtains from a cream and green toile and it looks great also. Love what you have done and can’t wait to see the finished room.

  11. Marlene Stephenson

    I have only been here a week but this is very exciting to see you at work and see what can be accomplished.

  12. Anya

    Oh, it is coming along fantastically! I think Gray Owl is one of the best paint colors ever, and the curtains and pillow play off of it beautifully. I am enjoying this series so much, can’t wait to see the wardrobe you picked up and the finishing pieces!

  13. Lauren Baxter

    Its looking fantastic! I love the paint it brightens the space up a lot ( I did like the blue as well but this is goes with style so much better) I also secretly want a chalkboard wall myself it looks so cool and who wouldn’t want to draw on a wall? I love the green curtains and the floral fabric, I can not wait to see more!!

    Great work so far Marianne

    Lauren Baxter | Lovely Decor

  14. kristin

    You can’t go wrong with buffalo check!!! One of my all time faves. I will actually be recovering my desk chair in my bedroom (rarely used, just part of my “vision” for the room) with a gorgeous cinnamon colored buffalo check from Calico. You are such a lucky girl!


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