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Before and After: Home Office Makeover

Designer Sara Trosen creates two workspaces in one home office.

Host Joan Steffend and designer Sara Trosen create two separate workspaces with one unified look in a home office.

$40 - Paint
Three of the walls are painted a warm neutral color; the fourth wall is painted in a diamond pattern with the neutral color and a soft mossy green hue.

  • paint: Martha Stewart colors mixed in Behr paint - Forest Canopy and Carton

$64 - Shelving
Storage is added with floor-to-ceiling shelves mounted to the wall. A small workspace is worked into the design on the end.

$64 - Filing Cabinets
Two brand-new filing cabinets are set under the window.

$71 - Drapes
Fabric panels are hung from inside the wall-to-wall valance to hide the workspace when not in use.

$21 - Paint
The homeowners' existing desk is painted black and placed facing out into the room.

$38 - Chair
A thrift-store chair is tidied up with new cushions, paired with a chest of the homeowners' and placed in the corner for a small reading spot.

$15 - Magazine Rack
Chrome towel bars are repurposed into a magazine rack over the reading nook.

  • towel bars: Wal-Mart

$9 - Artwork
Craft letters and leftover paint add interest to a bare wall.

$18 - Sconces
Two wooden boxes are turned into wall sconces. A hole is drilled into the bottom of each larger enough for the electrical socket and finished with a light bulb. Once attached to the wall, cord covers are mounted and painted to make them blend in.

$164 - Accessories
Accessories include storage boxes, pear-shaped candles in a dark wood bowl and contemporary table lamps.

  • clip lights: Target - Room Essentials, 074030378
  • wire paper baskets: Target - Storage Collection, 002070049
  • frame: Kmart - Connoisseur, Re48J2811N
  • silver desk lamp: Kmart - Martha Stewart Everyday, 051383SJE
  • retro table lamp: Kmart - Martha Stewart Everyday
  • striped vase: The Bombay Company - 002216148
  • pear candles, papier-mache boxes: Jo-Ann Fabrics
  • topiary: Target

$486 - Total Cost

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