It’s finally time to reveal Megan’s office makeover!
Kriste and I met Megan, of the blog Mercy in the Middle, through one of our milk paint workshops. She then volunteered her time to help as we were getting ready for the Lucketts Spring Market earlier this year. She mentioned wanting some help with her home, so when I decided to start working with design clients, she immediately came to mind as an ideal guinea pig.
Of course, she’s a little cuter than a guinea pig.
It would take me way too long to recap the entire makeover, but you can catch up by clicking through the links below…
And here we are at part 10. The room is done.
I’m calling the style of her office “eclectic farmhouse”, because it’s a mash of farmhouse, traditional and a touch of industrial all mixed together.
Here’s how it looked when poor Megan first showed us her house and I snooped in the one room she hadn’t cleaned and then I showed pictures of it on my blog.
You’re welcome for that, Megan.
And here is how it looks now!
The piano is staying in the room, since Megan sings and plays, but we removed it for some of the pictures, since it’s not exactly photogenic! (I was planning to make a slip for the sides, but with the full-length drapes, it would’ve been too much, so we decided to just leave it alone.)
Here’s the sketch I rendered for the wall on the right, opposite the windows…
The armchair was one Megan already had. She bought it off craigslist for $15. I slipcovered it in the same cotton curtain fabric we used for the desk chair.
We chose to keep the pillow in the original vintage fabric to add some warmth and some scraps of the buffalo check curtain fabric were used as ties.
Megan already had the stool, but it was a little tired. She sanded the legs and washed the wood with MMS White Wax. She also replaced the dingy trim with new cream gimp.
I love the little touch of blue and how everything doesn’t match, but it all works together.
On the other side of the cabinet, we have a little space, a nook. I liked the idea of having a place where Megan could store her microphone and drop a couple of bags in a hurry, if needed. The cabinet would hide the clutter from the entrance of the room, so she can be a little messy without the room looking like a mess.
Here’s a “pretty” version of the corner without the mic.
The vintage trashcan that Carrie from Copper & Tin gifted to Megan looks absolutely perfect in the space.
Megan purchased the desk from the Pottery Barn Outlet a while ago and it was a pretty and functional piece, so we reused it in the space. I love the way the structure of the drawers plays against the flirty desk chair skirt.
The rug, that adds amazing texture, was purchased on clearance from Pier One.
The chalkboard wall is one of the features of the room. Megan, who has an artistic background, drew beautiful “thankful trees” on them and, while it was different than what I pictured, it looked absolutely perfect.
The fact that she was inspired and created her own chalk art made me feel like this room was a success. She was interacting with it, using our ideas as a springboard.
I laughed at the “wool socks” and “Chubby Hubby ice cream” leaves.
I’m a Cherry Garcia girl myself.
Her family adds a leaf each day during the season leading up to Thanksgiving.
Over the desk, we made an inspiration board out of an antique $3.00 window frame. Kriste cleaned it up with Hemp Oil and my dad cut pieces of galvanized metal to fit inside the window panes. I tacked them into place with nails.
Megan originally requested built-ins, but I was concerned about the budget and I also didn’t feel like it would provide the best storage for her. I wanted to give her one large piece that would provide closed storage, so she could have it pretty and neat or packed and messy. Whatever time and life allows.
I can’t take credit for the styling of the cabinet. I picked out a few of the items for her and Megan took them and made it her own. I love the choices she made.
We reused frames and mats Megan already had for some inspirational prints made by one of her friends. I mixed in a gold letter from Hobby Lobby and some antique plates Megan inherited and wanted to put on display. The colors in the prints and hand painted plates tie in perfectly with the pillow on the arm chair below.
Kriste painted a trio of watercolors for the sliver of wall between the windows, over the piano…
…and, again, we reused frames and mats Megan already had.
I was initially planning on hanging a light over the desk from the ceiling, but I wasn’t finding anything I liked that fit in our budget. I tripped across this unique fixture on Etsy and it looks perfect.
I share in part 9 how we wired it and attached it to the wall. It’s plugged into an outlet that is operated by a switch, so it’s easy to turn on and off when task lighting is needed.
The budget for this room was $1000 and I’m happy to report that we came in under that target! Here’s the breakdown…
Total – $929.05
- Light Fixture (Etsy) – $82.85
- Wardrobe (craigslist) – $225.00
- curtain fabric (eBay) – $234.90
- Misc hardware for light fixture, inspiration board and wood for shelves (Lowe’s) – $65.64
- Plate Hangers, d-rings – $18.51
- Rug & green pillow (Pier One) – $148.95
- Knobs & gold “M” (Hobby Lobby) – $23.00
- Feed sack for piano bench (Etsy) – $18.10
- enamel refrigerator box – $10
- fan – $22.50
- wall clock – $18
- woven basket for piano music – $6
- galvanized tote – $31.50
- wood silverware box – $3
- box camera – $8
- cake tin – $11
- window frame – $3
- antique metal trashcan was a gift from Copper & Tin – free
Megan already had the Grey Owl paint by Benjamin Moore that is on the walls and used a gift card for purchasing the chalk board paint.
Here’s a video of Megan and I chatting about her new space…
This room was so fun to work on and to photograph.
Thank you, Megan, for letting us into your home. And thanks to Kriste, my sidekick, for being with me every step of the way. No one wears chalk dust or fluffs a slipcover skirt like you.
Megan, I hope you love and enjoy your office for many years.
I’m taking a bit of a break for The Market on Chapel Hill, but then we’ll be tackling another room makeover – my mom’s master bedroom.