Are you following along with our coastal office makeover on Instagram? My husband and I are currently tearing down and putting up walls, installing pocket doors, planning for vertical shiplap, and designing built-in shelving with desks. Over the next few weeks, I am dedicating blog posts for each project we complete in the office. However, I’m here today to share inspiration and an outline for the project!
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Our Coastal Office Makeover Plans
Here is a quick overview of our plans for the office. We are currently working on this project as I write this post. We have plans to replace our floors with white oak flooring this summer and I will share those details when we receive samples!
Step 1: Removing Botched Board and Batten
We have board and batten in the office and foyer that was installed incorrectly. Many of the boards are not level, they are not flush with the trim, and there is visible damage to the drywall throughout the room. We have started removing the boards and unfortunately, they were glued to the drywall, causing even more damage as they are removed.
Step 2: Removing the Columns
Oh, these old crown columns. I have wanted to remove them from the day we moved into our home. Three years later, they still sat in the foyer. My husband finally consulted with a contractor and determined that they were purely decorative. It took less than one hour for him to remove them and it has completely transformed the space!
Step 3: Constructing a Header and Support Wall for Pocket Doors
The hardest part of this project has been planning out and installing the header to support the doors. Without a header, the doors will sag over time, so we had to construct a header to carry the weight evenly. Scott spent hours planning and designing this part of the project. I am so proud of him with the finished result. I will post a detailed blog post with all of the details behind this wall construction!
Step 4: Refinish Pocket Doors
We found a pair of french doors on our local Facebook Marketplace for $100 total. They are constructed of real wood and covered in white paint. Using citristrip and the method I used for refinishing our bedroom furniture, I stripped the doors. These doors were a PAIN to strip and they required additional methods, like using a steel brush, paint thinner, spraying with a water hose, and scraping the paint with a razor blade. We have not finished the doors because we are waiting on our floor samples to color match the finish.
Step 5: Install Vertical Shiplap
Our next plan is to install vertical shiplap. We will install this directly over the damaged walls so we do not have to repair the drywall. We are currently debating two different methods of shiplap installation. First, this primed shiplap from Home Depot. Second, wider planks ripped from sheets of plywood. Be on the lookout for an update on which method we choose!
Step 6: Built-in Desks and Shelving
Next, I am including a few designs for the room that we are considering. We would like to have a place for two children to sit and work. Now, we have to decide if we want to build two desks flanking the pocket doors or place them on one wall. If the desks flank the pocket doors, we may have room for a traditional desk for the adults. Which look is your favorite?
Mood Boards: Office Builts Ins, Desks, and Shelving
Home Office Decor and Accessories
As always, this room will have a coastal vibe, with hints of blue and pink. I hope to purchase a large vintage rug like the one pictured above. Once we have a solid design for the room, I will share more decor inspiration!
I am so excited for this project and I cannot wait to reveal it over the next several weeks! Have a wonderful week!