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2012 April 30
by Katie

Just so you know – you are gonna be disappointed.

I just wanna forewarn you.  There aren’t a whole lotta furniture makeover ‘afters’ that you will see in this post.  Take a pill, eat some chocolate, pour you a pitcher of wine, do whatever you do.  You will have to wait.

BUT I PROMISED THAT I WAS GONNA GET THESE POSTS OUT TODAY AND I AM WORKING ON IT!  So hold onto your house slippers because the ride ain’t over.  This post is to mainly explain what we are putting back in this office.  And to show you some pretty paper-less floors.  First up – the sitting chairs.

I love me an office with sitting chairs.  I can’t help it.  Whenever I go into an office, I wanna sit.  Even if it’s not my office.  So I figured that my guests needed a little relaxing area too.  So I brought back in these old caned chairs that I have had forever.  I got em at Goodwill ages ago and reupholstered the cushions to white.  They were actually in the original old office – way back before it was Will’s nursery.


Anyhoo.  I also brought the desk (duh) and a bookcase.

I really needed some extra storage and this black bookcase fit the wall perfectly.

Me and this bookcase go way back.  Like all the way back to college back.  That was over ten years ago.  whoa…that was back in the day when I bought Jock Rock cds and slipped them right there next to Big Willy Style.  You know you did that too.

So after college days, I was able to bring this piece into our last home, top it with a mirror and use it in the kitchen as dish storage.  Yet another thrift store find scores a goal for team Bower.

This was the only piece in the whole lot that I hand painted…and that is why you get to see the makeover.  A little spray primer -

And a very crazy iphone photo of a lime green bookcase.  I promise it’s not that crazy.  If it were, I’d name it Charlie Sheen…err…Charlie Green :)

Moving right along, we have the much contemplated office chair.  I debated the pros and cons of the office chair conundrum on a guest post here – and at first I thought I landed my tush into a plush blue wingback I have in storage.  But the color was more muted and I wanted my chair to be a punch right in the face…err…rear end.  So out with the wingback and in with a less comfy but more personality girl I like to call – Goodwill Chair number seven.  She lived at our old house for a while in the upstairs hall…until she got the boot and went into our basement storage area.  I think she needs a resurrection with bright red and fun fabric.


Speaking of fabric, we used her in the upstairs bathroom for a while and it looks like wet feet were not a friend of this fabric.  And yes, I am very aware that it looks like someone had an incontinence problem while seated here.

Still with me?!

Okay – so in the corner we had this little bookshelf stashed.  Yes, it’s just a cheap laminate version.  But it’s free because we already own it and all it needs is a little love and a whole lotta paint.

It used to live in our old living room.  Aww.  There she blows…behind my green chairs :)

Last bits of reused furniture – this little desk and chair from my old dressing room.  I need a little sewing area and this desk is perfect for a tight space.

Now comes the fun part – the new stuff.  I only bought one new large item for this room.  I thankfully was able to use all the furniture we had on hand and make it work…but when I saw this giant white board in the thrift store for $22 I told Jeremy that I really wanted it.  I have no idea how much white boards normally cost…if I had to guess new, one this size would probably run around $100…but putting a pricetag on being able to look at all my blog/photography/giveaway/reminder info really has no pricetag…so I coerced my boyfriend into loading it into the car and bringing it home.

So there you have it folks.  You ready now to see the final product?  Me too.

Let me go so I can edit/upload/download/write….see you later tonight!  (hey that rhymed!  Awesome rhyming award for me!)

48 Responses leave one →
  1. April 30, 2012

    I’ve been checking and checking for this post (need a life much?). But don’t kill yourself getting it done; it’s not brain surgery or life and death.

  2. Allison permalink
    April 30, 2012

    I can’t wait for the reveal! The suspense is killing me :)

  3. April 30, 2012

    LOVE THE GREEN!!! And looking back at your previous living room, I now really want the green and navy combo! Too bad I have hideously ugly avocado-ish green couches that aren’t going anywhere and may be too hard to slip cover… can’t wait for the finished product!

  4. April 30, 2012

    Ohhhh – this all looks so promising! Cant wait to see the finished product.

    Also kudos on all the rhyming, looks like you´re a poet and you dont even know it ;)

  5. April 30, 2012

    Hey Katie!

    I love your office so far! Where did you get the magazine holder in the last picture? I would love one for my office!!


    • April 30, 2012

      Home Goods – it was in the clearance section for $12.
      xo – kb

  6. April 30, 2012

    I am loving how nice this room is starting to look! Though right now it looks like invisible people having an interview. haha.

    I just painted my condo this weekend the whole time I was wishing I had a paint sprayer thing like you got. I am going to be posting about it this week, so feel free to come check my place out!!

    now i am going to go sleep this muscle pain away…

  7. April 30, 2012

    Love your white board! We Love large writing surfaces and have one huge chalkboard (We’re Math people and so pretentiously only use chalkboards) in our garage waiting for a home in our new house and another smaller one off our kitchen for lists.

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile and I just love how you write!


  8. Heather permalink
    April 30, 2012

    Whew!!…..I honestly thought that I was out of breath after reading that post!! LOL! :) LOVE that green!!! I’m going to go drink some gatorade now and replenish my electrolytes while I wait for the rest…can’t wait!!! :)

  9. April 30, 2012

    Yippee!! It’s like Bower Power Christmas up in here today :) Too fun that you’ve assembled so many posts for today. Once again, thanks for sharing. The office is looking amazing.

  10. April 30, 2012

    Love it! Panties still on, patiently waiting for the big finale!!

  11. Holly Austin permalink
    April 30, 2012

    oooohh LOVE the green… it makes me happy :) Can’t wait for the final reveal!!

  12. Lidnsey Rockers permalink
    April 30, 2012

    This is shaping up to be my fav room in your new house BY FAR!!! love all the pops of color you are adding, love the sitting chairs, love how you are positioning your furniture in the room, love the wainscoting and ceiling and how this rooms looks less like new construction and more like an older home, love the chandelier, love the wall color. I’ve liked the other rooms you’ve done so far but i haven’t LOVED them… this one I’m LOVING.

  13. Lidnsey Rockers permalink
    April 30, 2012

    Oh and have you considered doing a two-toned treatment on your desk (white on bottom, stained on top)? Might help the white desk pop against all of your white wainscoting :)

  14. Lidnsey Rockers permalink
    April 30, 2012

    and that desk isn’t like green. it’s kelly green… totally kate spade ;)

  15. Cassie permalink
    April 30, 2012


    This is my first time posting but I’m an avid reader of your blog and an idea popped into my head as I was looking at today’s posts. On the topic of furniture I noticed you had the daybed in your old dressing room and thought if you ever wanted to switch it up it in the office the daybed could look cool in place of the two chairs. Then you would have another place to add a pop of color with pillows and a place for a nap! I’m not sure if it would work because of it’s size or if you even still have the daybed but just thought I would share.

    Can’t wait to see how the room turned out!

    • April 30, 2012

      I actually didn’t think of that – only because when we found out we were pregnant we decided that it would be a good idea this time around to put a twin bed in the babies room….I didn’t last time and wish I had one to lounge on while nursing or to sleep on when they are sick.
      xo – kb

      • Karla permalink
        April 30, 2012

        I love the idea of a twin bed in the baby’s room! Good thinkin!

      • Cassie permalink
        April 30, 2012

        That’s a great idea too!

  16. April 30, 2012

    Woohoo! This is so exciting!!

  17. April 30, 2012

    Oh Katie, you are such a tease! Can’t wait to see how it all turned out!!

  18. April 30, 2012

    So far I’m loving it! Can’t wait to see it all come together!

  19. April 30, 2012

    Hey! Just a story/thought from a fellow photographer: I had my office similar to this a while back and noticed that clients were kinda freaked out by the desk/sitting chair set-up–I think they felt nervous and didn’t open up much because of it. I realize that you’re just moving in to this space, but thought you wouldn’t mind the feedback. :0) looks gorgeous anyway, so maybe you should just ignore me.

    • May 1, 2012

      I will definitely keep that in mind – right now I don’t do any pre-shoot client sessions but if I ever go that route, I will definitely switch things up. Thanks for the advice!
      xo – kb

  20. Leah permalink
    April 30, 2012

    Ha! We tried selling our whiteboard (just like yours only faux wood around the edges) at our garage sale for $5. It didn’t sell so we gave it away for free. Kids love drawing on it though, so I’m sure Will (and future children) will love it some day.

    Can’t wait to see more of the office, I know it’s going to be gorg!

  21. Jackie B permalink
    April 30, 2012

    I LOVE that daring green bookcase. And I love that you’re posting many times today, giving me an excuse to not write my essay and not study for finals. Which is perfect, because if you didn’t I would probably end up watching some lame reality TV.

    Also, I tell my Grandma she should let me renovate her house because I read DIY blogs. Meaning I read yours and Sherry’s and have have big dreams.

  22. Emma permalink
    April 30, 2012

    You’re up late, Katie B! I’m very grateful for this, as I recently lost my job and I’ve adapted to my 3rd shift hubby’s schedule while at home – something to look forward to at this time of night! :) Loving what you’ve done so far!

  23. April 30, 2012

    Can. Not. Wait!!! I am so excited about the reveal!!! :) GREAT JOB thus far, and if I’ve learned anything from reading your blog – the end result will not disappoint!

  24. Cindy W. permalink
    May 1, 2012

    This is fun to watch! Looks like you’re doing great. xo

  25. Cindy W. permalink
    May 1, 2012

    P.S. Is the term “sitting chair” a southern thing? What other kind of chair is there? lol. that tickled me for some reason. <—- I just sounded like an old lady… xo

  26. May 1, 2012

    I love those cane chairs Katie…so jealous!

  27. May 1, 2012

    So cool! I wish I had your motivation. Instead it’s almost 1:00 AM and I’m about to go to bed. Can I blame the pregnancy? I’m going to.

  28. Megan permalink
    May 1, 2012

    I love the green! What is the name of that color?!

    • May 1, 2012

      I think it’s called Lime Green by Valspar. It’s awesome :)
      xo – kb

  29. May 1, 2012

    I’m totally coveting your office… and everything in it! :) I’ve never been more hyper-aware of how small my rooms are or how low my ceilings are… gee, thanks for that! ;) No, for reals yo… the room seriously is going to be magazine-reveal worthy. You have an amazing eye for this stuff!

  30. May 1, 2012

    It looks great so far Katie B.! Can’t wait to see how it all comes together!!

  31. May 1, 2012

    WOW! The difference between the before (dark and dreary) to the almost after (bright and airy) is huge! Can’t wait to see the final photos!!

  32. keri permalink
    May 1, 2012

    oh, that was SUCH a tease!!

  33. Tracy permalink
    May 1, 2012

    It’s looking awesome so far…can’t wait to see it. Plus I’m super excited about the mixing of colors, blue walls, green bookcase, red chair fabric…I tend to go super safe and matchy, so I’m really trying to branch out a little and coordinate rather than match. BTW, you got a STEAL on that whiteboard. Great find!

  34. May 1, 2012

    I love the green you chose for the bookcase! I’m so excited to see the final room!!

  35. Ashley permalink
    May 1, 2012

    I’m pretty sure those large dry-erase boards sell for 300-500 dollars, so you actually got an *excellent* find! Can’t wait for the big reveal!

  36. Heidi permalink
    May 1, 2012

    SO worth the wait!
    SO much better than before!
    SUCH an awesome mom-cave!

  37. May 1, 2012

    I don’t know what it is, but aren’t offices some of the most fun to decorate? Maybe because there aren’t really any guidelines around them…color, texture, pattern, fabric, furniture. Or maybe I’m just weird (ENTIRELY possible)….

    • May 1, 2012

      Totally fun…especially when the office is just for you and you get to cater to your own wishlist :)
      xo – kb

  38. May 1, 2012

    WOW! The room is already looking so fresh and really popping! Love the color choices! I was hesitant at first cause I’m like the one person that liked the dark chocolate molding. But now I can’t wait!!

  39. May 1, 2012

    I know you’ve already done your big office reveal, but you mentioned here that you wanted to use a wingback in the office but didn’t like the color. I recently painted, yep painted, a wingback chair and it actually came out really well! Here’s the link to my post about it if you ever want to try:

    • May 1, 2012

      Do you think that would work on velvet? Because I am dreading reupholstering that beast.
      xo – kb

  40. May 2, 2012

    Im way jealous of that white board. Like Way.

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