The DIY office renovation before and after photos for house 3 are below.
As mentioned on a few previous posts, I have renovated a few homes in the past. This is the home I call home 3. It is our current home.
Various online sources say that an office renovation will cost about $150-$300 a square foot depending on what you are doing.
I would consider ours a middle of the road renovation as far as expense went. It required new flooring, paint, lighting and it needed decor but it did not require built-ins to be made or the windows replaced. So I am using $175 a square foot to calculate my savings.
The office is 120 sq. feet so that means I should have budgeted for about $21,000 to renovate my home office. Since this came renovation came in at $1,600 I feel like $21,000 is a bit ridiculous, but that is actually a conservative number for what some websites say renovations for a home office cost.
Read on to see how we saved over $19,400 on this DIY Office Renovation!
I realize that a lot of people are decorating with everything white these days. It is a very nice look! However, I like contrast and color so I decided to stay true to what I love when decorating my own home.
As long as you have no desire to sell soon, whether things go in and out of style isn’t really all that important; what matters is that you and those who live there love it.
When I designed and decorated my husband’s home (home 2), I stuck with more modern designs. I used mainly whites, grays, golds and current trends. It paid off. The home sold on its first day on the market and we had 4 back up offers.
So, if you are planning to sell your home anytime in the next few years, I recommend renovating on-trend.
If you feel like you have a life-long home (home 3 for us), decorate and design in a way that feels most comfortable for you. For us some of what we loved was on trend and some was not. Our home is located near a mountainous area and I like the feel of natural colors, wood, and stone. I love contrasting colors and warm tones my husband loves it too. So, that is what we went with.
Office Renovation Before Photos
The before renovation office had carpet that was pretty hammered in a lot of areas, pink walls, and a pure white coffered ceiling that I wanted to add a little more dimension to.
Further, this office had older can lights and needed a few more updates.
Supply List for this Office Renovation
Acacia hardwood flooring (real wood but pre-finished)- Lumber Liquidators
SW7511 Bungalow Beige paint- Sherwin Williams
Paint supplies (roller, brush, spackling, sanding pad, scrapper, stir stick, plastic drop cloths, etc.)
Cricut Explore Air 2 and cutting mat
mid century modern chairs (similar here)
Sharpie for marking baseboards
white painters caulk
tools to reinstall molding: finish nail gun, compressor, air compressor hose, nails (or borrow or rent).
Office Renovation After Photos
Steps for this DIY Office Renovation
1- First, it was clear that this office needed new flooring.
So, I took off the molding. I got really good at removing molding because I did so in almost every room upstairs.
There was a debate about updating the molding to a more modern molding or not. Our home is large (7,000 square feet) and it would have cost thousands to replace all the molding including the door and window casings (as they all match). So reusing it won out and saved us thousands; plus it saved me a ton of work in removing and reinstalling all the window and door casings.
Tip: Reusing the molding was only a possibility because I could find the exact match for it at Lowes and Home Depot—in case I broke a piece when removing it (which I did a few times).
How to carefully remove molding you want to reuse
To remove molding you’ll want to run a razor blade across the top (between the molding and the wall). This cuts the stick of the caulk away from the wall. Then use the following tools to pry it from the wall.
Use a mini bar or molding pry bar and a hammer. Hammer the pry bar in between the molding and the wall, then slowly and gently pry the molding ever so slightly away from the wall. You may need to use the razor blade/utility knife to cut more of the caulk if some is still sticking to the molding and wall.
Work your way down the full piece of molding prying it out about a quarter of an inch or less so it doesn’t snap in half.
Once the full piece has been pried about a quarter of an inch from the wall, pry the whole piece off working your way across the entire piece (prying each end and the middle out in an even manner)—so it doesn’t break.
If you are careful doing this, you will have great success in saving almost all of your molding like we did.
Make sure to mark each piece on the back with a sharpie as to where they go. This will help with reinstalling them.
When you pull it off or when you put it back on you’ll want to clean as much of the old the caulk off as you can before you run new caulk on top. In my experience it came off quite easily.
After the molding was taken out, we pulled up the carpet and carpet pad. I ended up selling the carpet remnant for about $75.00 on the local classified. Then we pulled up the staples using pliers.
When the floors are bare it is the perfect time to paint. This way there is minimal prep work and protection needed.
I still had to use plastic drop cloths to protect the built-ins and tape around the window, doors, and coffered ceilings, but after that, it went pretty quickly.
See this tutorial on how to prep and paint a room if you are unfamiliar with how.
I had some awesome friends ask if they could come help me with some of the renovation (since I was doing a lot of it myself); so a few friends and I painted the walls and ceiling of the office Bungalow Beige SW 7511.
It’s a warmer-toned beige that can also go grey in certain lighting. It blends in really well with the wood and other aspects in the home.
I painted the beams in our coffered ceilings bungalow beige as well. I love the dimension it adds to the coffered ceiling and overall look of the office!
3- Install Hardwood
The carpet was replaced with hardwood floor.
This hardwood flooring is real acacia wood that is pre-finished. Acacia has a variety of warm browns and tans in it. I love it! The acacia ties in to so many items throughout our home.
The hardwood matched the built-in shelving so well I decided to leave the built ins as-is instead of painting them white.
The decision to not paint the built ins (as we did the kitchen cabinets) was not only about convenience but about durability.
Painting open shelving is fine if it is all wood; the shelves themselves on these built ins have a veneer on them. Painting over veneer is tricky and likely would not hold up long-term.
I bought the hardwood from Lumber Liquidators using a coupon and buying it on sale. It cost about $800 to put hardwood in our office.
I helped install the hardwood throughout the home. After installing about 1500 sq foot the install was just going too slowly doing it DIY style. So, I hired a team to come and finish the last 1,000 sq foot.
They ended up installing the wood in this office. It would have only been $350 if we had done it ourselves.
4- Reinstall, prep and paint molding.
We replaced the molding with the same pieces that I removed. We installed it using a finish nail gun, I caulked it, sanded, and painted it with white gloss trim paint.
5- Decorate (my favorite step!)
I needed a storage solution that would work for me. I use my office for my business and I have a lot of supplies that I need organized.
I also don’t like clutter. I like things to look clean and simple… So, I created these labeled bins (tutorial coming soon).
These bins have been very functional! I am constantly taking items out and putting items back in multiple times a week and they have held up really well!
I liked that I used white iron on glitter vinyl for the labeling because from far away the white almost blends in with the bin fabric. This gives the bins a nice clean and crisp look.
Up close you can easily read the labels.
For the artwork for the room, I ordered 8×10 photographs from Sams Club’s professional printing service.
I recommend using Sams Club professional printing or Nations Photo Lab for inexpensive yet good-quality prints.
These photographs mean a lot to me. They are of some of my favorite places on earth. I have either lived there (Germany, New Zealand, Taiwan, Utah) or visited the places (Alaska, Mexico, Hawaii, Switzerland, Austria, etc.).
I framed them as well.
Each cost $2.50… Total $25.00. A tutorial is coming soon on this project as well.
I love decorating with rugs! They add dimension, color, warmth and comfort.
I bought a beautiful Safavieh Paris shag rug in the color sable. I love it. Safavieh brand makes great rugs (I have multiple throughout my home).
This one was new but I bought it from someone who sells rugs locally out of their home for $50.00. It is a 9×9.
Tip- Always use a rug pad under rugs on a hardwood floor. When we bought home 3 the previous owners appeared to have not used rug pads. The hardwood finish was worn off in all the areas their rugs were.
I already had a rug pad that was an 8×10 and I just reused it by cutting it down to size.
Next, I got the desk off of Amazon ($80.00) and have really liked it. I already had the leather office chair and computers previous to owning this home.
The clock was purchased at At-Home for $7.00, the plant came from Lowes $9.00, other odds and ends were purchased at a garage sale for about $1.00-$2.00 each.
We had the filing cabinet.
I also had this framed image of a large wave breaking on the north shore that I love.
Originally, I put it in our master bedroom when we renovated that. However, I felt that it fit better in the office so I put it here.
I purchased these awesome mid century vintage chairs (authentic from the 60’s) off of a local classified for $140 for the set. They are actually super comfy! I love the velvet fabric and chrome accents!
The brown pillows I already had and just liked the feel of them on my back while sitting in these chairs. They added comfort to the mid-century modern chairs so I left them there.
My husband is very good with electrical and audio visual equipment. He has been upgrading our home to be “Smart”.
… and that pretty much sums up our diy office renovation!
It is quite the transformation! I love the space for doing my work/blogging.
Total Cost breakdown…
$290 for the bins (check out DIY Open-Shelving Bin Organization System)
$25 for the artwork (check out High Quality Dollar Tree Framed Landscape Photographs)
$800 hardwood floor
$65 paint and supplies (bought on sale with a coupon)
-$75 for sold carpet
$200 Lutron switches and lighting
$25 misc decor
I had many of the tools/supplies needed for this renovation. If you do not, you’ll want to calculate those into your estimate of an office renovation
Total: $1,600.00 for DIY office renovation.
You can renovate your office for much less than the estimated $150-$300 a square foot! We did ours for $13.33 a square foot!!
Check out my other renovation posts above (menu bar: My Home Is My Castle).