Ben’s office is usually such a wreck that it’s hard for me to share it with you guys. However, we recently painted the room and it somehow got clean/organized enough that I could snap a few pictures. Come on in and check it out so far…
The day we closed on the house a little over 4 months ago, the room looked like this:
Neon green walls, sheer neon green curtains, cream baseboards, worn carpet…
The first thing I did was rip out the carpet and spray all the baseboards with a paint sprayer. You can read about that here.
When the carpet guys were putting in all new carpet we had them put vinyl flooring in Ben’s office. Ben insisted on not having carpet in there, and 4 months later, we are still very happy with the vinyl.
Here’s the office about two weeks after moving in. We didn’t have time to paint any walls before moving in, hence the neon green walls!
It seems like it takes us months of shifting things around after moving before we finally find the perfect home for all of our stuff. We purchased 4 of these big metal garage shelves for our previous home, but our new home has built-in shelving in the garage so now we are left with these 4 shelves. While we save cash to buy new furniture for the office, we figured we might as well use these garage shelves in here for storage.
Ben works from home about 30% of the time (he use to work from home 100% of the time, but now he goes into an office most days) and really needs his own private office at home. When he’s home working he is on conference calls a good portion of the day so I can’t share a room with him (plus he’s too messy for me to want to share).
First, we ripped all the built-ins out of the closet. After patching up the 50,000 holes, we painted the closet (and the room) Accessible Beige from Sherwin Williams.
After measuring first, we realized we can fit two of the garage shelving units in the closet almost perfectly. Ben scooted the first one into place, and then got stuck.
I had a lot of fun laughing at and taking pictures of him at his expense.
We had to scoot the shelf back out a little, then he climbed out and we put the shelf back in place. After that we wedged the 2nd shelf into place. A perfect fit! Now he has ample storage for all of his work equipment.
During our painting and shifting crap around mode, we painted all the walls and gave the ceiling a fresh coat of Alabaster (in flat) from Sherwin Williams. I love bright white flat-finish on the ceilings.
In case you are wondering what the heck Ben has all this random equipment for, he’s a secret spy and uses it to tap peoples houses. Just kidding… he works for a big cable company and is on their team implementing a brand new security and home automation product line. He has to test the security equipment all the time, so in addition to our house being wired to the hilt (including fun things like glass-break detectors, motion sensors, and live-feed cameras), he also has several additional security testing systems in his office. He’s on the software side but uses the hardware to test changes they make.
The big change/addition we made to Ben’s office is his very own small weight
room corner. He loves working out and is into Body for Life. He blogs sporadically about his fitness on his blog and has a pretty impressive before-and-after picture you should check out.
He purchased the bench on Craigslist and the floor mats, weights, and weight racks from Academy.
The little workout area isn’t totally finished yet though. We need to get a big mirror to attach to the wall. For now he has a box and a chair holding up two dressing mirrors. Pretty lame, but it works temporarily.
One final cutesy thing I did to help the room feel a little more comfy (until we can really put the time and money into the room to make it look amazing) is create a little gallery wall. He has this big boring whiteboard that he uses all the time, so I added some meaningful art around it.
I hung up his diploma, two name plates from previous jobs he’s had, a photo of him and the chicklets, and two pieces of kid art they made for him. I really love the kid art and daddy/kids photo. I’d much rather have memories on my walls than the perfect expensive art piece. It also makes the kids feel good when we actually display the little art projects they’ve made for us.
That’s the 4 month progress report. It’s come a long way! We still have a lot to do (replace the ceiling fan, hang new blinds, reattach the window sill that fell off…) but at least the place is more soothing thanks to a neutral greige paint job.
Before and after:
One last before and after: