You all know that I love a good “before and after” and I know that you do too! (Before I start sharing the pictures with you, I want to apologize in advance for the before pictures. The angles are horrible. I took them with my smartphone’s camera, before I even decided to share them on the blog. Also, you will notice some strategically placed squares that hide private info.)
A couple of weeks ago, my friend asked me to help her fix up her office space at work. Her husband owns an automobile business and she was helping her husband with the office work…except, the office didn’t work. The men thought that the office was perfect. They thought that it didn’t need a thing changed. Why mess with perfection? The thing is that perfection looked like this…
These men were so dedicated to the sales, maintenance and growth of the business, that the back office space was just not top priority. The store front was beautiful and we needed to make the back office match. With the help of IKEA, a screwdriver, and lots of good conversation, my friend and I embarked on a mission.
To prove the men wrong To make the office beautiful. To create a space that was welcoming and practical. We started by painting the walls with a color called “Cloudy Day” by Sherwin Williams. We painted the moldings white. We also purchased white IKEA furniture that would be easy to clean and to customize. Here is the “after” picture of the wall pictured above.
We chose open cubicles in the bookshelf for binders and we installed drawers in other cubicles for office supplies. The idea was to leave out the practical and pretty and put away the practical and unsightly. We purchased new filing cabinets, a desk, and the lamp from IKEA. I found the clock at Target.
Of course, we had to add a little “pretty”, while keeping in mind that the office had to remain somewhat masculine. There went all my washi tape dreams… We decorated with modern, inexpensive IKEA plants, like this one.
And this one that I found at Target. It was kind of short for the cubicle, so I lifted it with a car part. I am not even sure what it is, but I loved the end result.
I love decorating with practical items, such as these little IKEA buckets that hold all the pens and pencils.
So one more time…We went from this,
The men at the office LOVED it and even asked for their own coffee station on top of the new cabinet. No one misses the dark furniture and my friend is a happy camper. With a little bit of paint, some new furniture pieces and a lot of focus, any space can be transformed. It’s important to feel comfortable where you work. Maybe you can’t transform your whole office, but you can transform an area. Anything to help you laugh while you work. Actually, don’t laugh, just smile, abrupt laughter could scare co-workers. I hope you enjoyed the pictures and please share with me what is your favorite thing about your workspace. Is it wall color, your desk, accessories, or your comfy chair?
Until next time,
Organizational Specialist says
Love it when you open people’s eyes to a whole new level of “perfection”. Great job!
Thank you! 🙂
Found This Painted That says
oh my gosh – night and day!! Beautiful.
Thank you! So glad you enjoyed it!
Awesome!! Great job!
Katy McEntire says
I’m stopping by from I Heart Organizing. I love the transformation and the color you chose for the walls. I’ve been meaning to update my office and you’re inspiring me to move that up on my to-do list. Great job!
Katy @ mcentirehousemakeover.blogspot.com
Thank you Katy!
OMG!!! The before pics are overwhelming to look at. My friends office looks like that. What type of questions do you ask so you can get started? It just looks like piles of paperwork and junk to me.
Kathy, I agree that it can be overwhelming and I know that it’s not a consolation to say that sometimes it looks worse before it looks better. Since this was not my office, my friend had to stay with me the entire time so that we could sort through the items. If there is a ton of paper on the desk, my favorite method is to put it all into a basket and start taking out each sheet one by one. You should have a file cabinet and a trash can nearby. Sometimes seeing all the paper everywhere is the most overwhelming. Only papers that need attention asap should remain on the desk. If the items are larger (not just paper) then suggest that she separate them using laundry baskets: Keep, trash, donate. Hope this helps! I will be posting more about office organization soon.
Thanks! So looking forward to that post.
Simply Planned says
Maria, what an amazing transformation! I personally love the use of white. To me, it symbolizes “clean” and “crisp.” Glad your clients are happy too!
Thank you Kerri!