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I am ready this October to join the One Room Challenge and complete my husband’s office makeover. The ORC is hosted by Calling It Home and is a HUGE collaboration of design bloggers choosing one room to redo in only 6 weeks. I’ll be sharing my progress over the next few weeks as I work on the office redo in our home. The office makeover paint color is the first completed step!

Since my littlest, Theo, is not really a baby anymore, we moved him into the old office downstairs and put him in a toddler bed. After liquidating all the nursery furniture (crib, changing table, etc) it’s safe to say we are done having babies. This left the nursery ready to become my husband’s new office. The room is perfect because it is right next to our master bedroom and will ensure that all the rooms upstairs are now “grown-up” spaces. I love that. This is what the nursery looked like up until this point:

Nursery design white changing table and espresso crib, you don't need to match paint/stain colors!

Adorable wall decal of tree and little birds for nursery decor.

The only thing we kept is the IKEA blonde shelving which I put downstairs in the playroom. The first thing I did (admittedly a while ago) is paint all the trim white. I pushed all the furniture to the middle of the room to get that job done.


What I’ve gotten done more recently is the wall color. I mixed a medium gray from leftover paint I got for free at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Learn how to mix your own custom paint color here.

First I prepped the room by removing outlet covers and vents. I also removed curtains and took everything I could out of the space.

Preparing to paint a room for ORC office makeover

The little birds I drew with Sharpie on the wall above the changing table had to go, so I put a coat of stain-blocking primer on them before painting.

Prep work before painting a room
Office Makeover Paint Color

After painting, the room looks a LOT different.

ORC office makeover paint color medium gray custom mix

I think wall color makes such a big difference.

White trim gray wall color for office makeover

I’m already excited for the direction this room is going. For design, I wanted to show you a mood board. If you’ve never heard of a mood board, it’s a compilation of ideas, items, colors, and textures a designer wants to put together in a room. It helps give you a sense of the design and make sure things are cohesive before starting.

Mood board for a calming, copper accented office makeover ORC

My mood board shows some elements I already own (like the marble/copper lamps you can see here) and some things I want to make myself (the industrial shelving and artwork).

Here’s my to-do list for this room makeover:

  • Paint walls gray & trim white
  • Build industrial shelving with IKEA hyllis hack
  • Paint abstract piece of artwork
  • Paint frame of hexagon mirror white
  • Make DIY lamp shade chandelier
  • Hang cream curtains
  • Decorate space using copper accents and multiple textures

That’s all for today. The office makeover paint color is done and I am on to the next step. On Monday I will be back to make a DIY chandelier from a lamp shade for the office makeover. You will love how easy it is and I will post step-by-step photos!

Signature welcome to the woods

Office Makeover Paint Color & Plan One Room Challenge
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