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In the past, I mainly used our shared home office for embroidery and crafts.  I work from home now and spend the majority of that time working in the office.    Some time back, I updated the office inexpensively.  Here’s that before and after.

I am super excited about the latest update: built-in shelves along with crown molding for the entire room!  It’s always remarkable to me how much of a difference crown molding makes! We had a friend who is a master carpenter build shelves out on both sides of the window.

The bottom of the built-ins are actually kitchen upper wall cabinets.   I chose upper cabinets because of their 12 inch depth. For shelf spacing, the first shelf is at 24 inches above the base cabinet, the second shelf is 12.5 inches above the first, the third shelf is 11.5 inches above the second and, the top shelf is at 6 inches.

Another small detail I really love is the shelf that tops the cabinet is dark.  It’s actually an ebony stain, not paint.   The rest of the unit is painted white, while the walls remain gray (Stonington Gray mixed in Behr Paint + Primer). Since this is still an office for two, we’ve designated the left shelves for me and the right shelves for the husband. The printer is also on the right side and we drilled holes in both the top and sides of the lower cabinet to access the wall outlet.

The materials (mostly wood and paint) totaled $700.  The project took about 5 days to complete and they make such a great difference!   With these and the updated closet in this office, we now have plenty of storage space, which I love!  There are a few small finishing touches to be made. I am still deciding which cabinet knobs to install.

See related office projects at the links below:



In keeping with our theme of Before & Afters this week ,  I have a brand new space to share!   Earlier this year, I felt my friend’s excitement as she started planning to remodel her kitchen.  Just like I had been eagerly awaiting my kitchen remodel last year,  she had been eagerly anticipating the time she could revamp her builder grade kitchen.

They have lived in this home for about 14 years and the thermafoil cabinets were so past their prime.  The cabinets were originally white but they had yellowed over time. The thermafoil finish was also starting to peel. The island did not work for their family and made it inconvenient for more than one person to operate in the space.

Kitchen Remodel Before

They worked with a custom cabinet builder and outfitted their kitchen with new cabinets and in a darker finish!  The refrigerator was also relocated from the back wall to the right side of the space with an additional set of cabinets along the previously empty wall.

The space isn’t quite finished because they plan to install a backsplash next, but let’s take a look at the AFTER:

Kitchen Remodel After

Isn’t that a dramatic difference?  My favorite parts are the finished look of the detailed side moldings on the end cabinets and the new beverage center underneath the microwave.   The homeowners are planning for a dramatic backsplash surrounding the venthood that will go all the way to the ceiling.   I hope to share once it’s completed!

Let’s take one more look:
Kitchen Remodel Before and After

Did you notice the wall color didn’t even change?


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