Welcome to my Home Office Refresh!
I’ve been working on my home office refresh for some time! To tell the truth I have wanted to redo the office for years! Now that I’m mainly working from home it’s the perfect time!
A little bit about this desk unit
The original color of the desk and book shelves were oak. A popular color when we bought it 20 years ago. It also matched the staircase in our home as well as some other items in our home. Now that I’m changing the colors and the style of my home this unit doesn’t match anymore.
So this past summer I decided to paint and downsize the unit! Actually I think it might fit the room better.
This is a picture of how the desk and room looked before I painted the desk and book shelves.
The set is not full wood. It’s a partical board mixed with wood fibers. Which means, it was going to be a task to paint. Actually I was told not to paint it, but If you know me, I’ll paint anything!
So we began our home office refresh!
We set the pieces I kept outside on the driveway. The paint color I decided on was pure white by Sherwin Williams. The hope was using a pure white paint with a primer wouldn’t allow the wood grains to show. I was also worried if I went with a different shade of white it may show more yellow.
So we decided to use a paint sprayer to spread the paint more evenly. Actually the paint we used also had a primer in it. Using a good quality paint is so important!
Prepping our project
My husband helped me with this project, thank goodness! We made sure to prep our project. Making sure there was no dust on the furniture because it will show through the paint. I removed all the hardware. With this project even though I had primer in my paint I did prime each piece with one coat of primer. I was worried if we didn’t the paint wouldn’t stick. Because this furniture was not wood I was more concerned, but in doing this it took longer to dry.
I placed card board underneath each of the door’s and we used a paint tarp for the book-shelves and desk. The project was all done outside. I did check the weather to make sure rain was not in the forecast. We were pretty lucky, but the humidity was awful. To be honest had I known the humidity would be that high I would have waited. We ended up having to bring the project indoors to dry in air conditioning.
As a matter of fact here’s a picture showing some of the prep work. We actually used a regular paint brush and paint roller to apply the primer.
The prepping really helped because when we used the paint sprayer the paint went on so much smoother and more even.
Finished Desk and Book shelves for My Home Office Refresh!
Well we had to move the whole set into the house to finish drying because of the humidity. If we didn’t It would have gotten sticky and swelling would have started. I didn’t use the set for a full week to make sure the drying process took! I also special ordered a glass to place on top of the desk.
I’m still working on the office, waiting on the drapes and a few other items. The area rug finally arrived! Yaaa! My plan was to use as much of the furniture that was already in the office. Next week I’ll share the finished room!
Thank you for stopping back by!!! I hope you have a great week and I hope to see on Saturday at The Saturday Scoop!
Items Used to complete this project
2)Paint with Primer
5)Paint Tarp & Cardboard
6) Dust Cloth
8) Screw Driver
We dusted and prep our furniture pieces, remove knobs, handles and hinges. I place cardboard, and painting tarps under the furniture. This save from getting paint on the surrounding area. We primed the furniture pieces and let the each piece of furniture dry for 24 hours. After the furniture was dry we began to paint each piece of furniture. We did one coat primer and two coats of paint. The first coat of primer and paint was rolled on and the second coat was sprayed on with a paint sprayer. While the furniture was drying we painted the hardware. I wanted these to be painted the same color as the furniture. We let all pieces of furniture and hardware dry for one week before use.
Pottery Barn has a good read on how to refresh your office https://www.potterybarn.com/tips-and-ideas/7-ways-to-refresh-your-home-office/
Click this link here to view the finished office refresh https://houseofmar.com/updating-an-office/