Home Office Makeover {Designer’s Home Office}

I feel like I’ve been talking about this office redesign of mine forever. Ready for the big reveal? But first, you have to appreciate where I was coming from. This was my lovely office when we purchased our 100-year old house. Can you say “man cave”?


I hemmed and hawed about whether I should paint the knotty pine paneling. Looking at these pictures, I wonder why I ever hesitated. You can read how to paint over paneling in this post.

Ready for the big reveal? This is the redesigned space.

home office makeover with painted paneling

You can check out how I turned some pretty shower curtains into a roman shade and curtains here.

I took care of hiding that light fixture designers home office cord here.

home office makeover with painted panelingThis was a nine-month project with lots of projects that you can use at home to improve your own space. Remember, it mostly took me nine months because I’m usually out working in your spaces. You know how it goes…the shoemaker’s children have no curtains…I mean shoes.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks as I share some of the projects that helped this space come together. I think you’ll really like the tricks and special touches in the window seat.

So what do you think of my office makeover? Would you be happy here?

Seriously, please leave comments below. The folks in my 20/20 Virtual Organizing Class  get to see the office via weekly video conference, but most of you don’t. I’d love to hear what your favorite parts are.

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  1. Chrissie D

    Darla, OMG, this is both amazing and hysterical! My first thought on your old space was – wow, that’s so late 70s/early 80s. Something out of Knight Rider of Murder, She Wrote. I love exposed pine – in moderation. Like the floors…or one chest of drawers. Paneling makes me gag. Proud of you for painting it. Looks great.

    1. Darla

      Thanks, Chrissie. Glad you like it. It was definitely a look that goes back to the 70’s or earlier. The redeeming quality was that this isn’t the cheap paneling from the 70’s, but the “really good stuff”, so it was worth building on. More in a future post about exactly how I painted the paneling, and help for readers who want to do the same.

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