About six years ago VIP and I converted our garage into a home office. Until that time I'd been working in the dining room – not ideal when you have to keep shifting computers when guests come over to be entertained.
So when I finally had a place that I could dedicate solely to work, I was over the moon.
I wanted it to be completely different to the other decor in the house. I'm a creative person so I knew I'd like bright, stimulating colours to inspire my creativity. So I opted for fuchsia pink and grey.
As much as I could, I married up the fuchsia pink back wall (in Hibiscus colour from Habitat) with a range of accessories.
First of all, I bought some fushia Tam Tam storage seating stools from Habitat.
I also opted for some lovely pink cushions from Debenhams which you can read about in this post, along with bright pink box files, pink candle holders, storage file boxes and this cool looking pink office chair.
For the grey, I popped along to Homebase to pick up some ‘Warm Pewter' Dulux paint (in silk so that I could wipe down the walls easily).
A work in progress
You'd think that after all of that planning and purchasing that the room would be finished by now, but it's not.
Things left to do include coving the room, completing the skirting (some bits are missing) and a new lick of paint on the white wall – this time in silk.
And although they're relatively straight-forward jobs to do, it would take a dedicated half day or day to sort out.
Instead I spotted a job that would be easy enough to turn around within an hour and would look really effective – so I got to work!
Home office update – Harris-style
As you can see in the picture below, the bottom two magazine file holders (which I picked up from IKEA – two for £7), haven't been painted.
So with some Hibiscus paint from Habitat left over from painting the walls, I decided to give them a bit of an update to match my fuchsia pink walls and the two box files I'd managed to find in a matching colour.
First I emptied the magazine files and gave them a quick wipe down with a slightly damp cloth.
After they had dried I gave them a coat all over of the pink paint using *Harris' 1-inch paintbrush from its Upcycle Kit (which is a fab piece of kit for upcycling anything from a small photo frame right up to large pieces of furniture)
It includes 25mm round, 1″ and 2″ flat brushes for all areas. There is a long handled brush for greater reach and short handled brushes for restricted areas.
The coarse and fine grit sanding blocks are flexible and reusable, making them perfect for prepping and distressing any item. In addition to this, there is also a dustsheet and a free ‘How To…’ guide in every kit.
It costs around £10.57 from places like Amazon, Homebase and Wickes.
The thing I really love about using Harris brushes is that I haven't seen any bristle loss, meaning that I can focus entirely on the job in hand instead of continuously picking out bristles of paint pots, which is most annoying.
So ta-da! Here's the finished result and in just over an hour (allowing for drying time), I had my two files ready to pop back on the shelves.
The great news is that if I change the decor and accessories, I can just repaint them again to match.
The only thing I forgot to mention – which would finish off my home office space nicely – is some decent artwork for the grey wall above the sofa.
As you know if you read this blog, I'm always on the look out for unusual but affordable pieces – and I thought this giant world word map would look pretty cool.
It would also fit nicely into my bright, creative colour scheme – and hopefully inspire me to come up with some unique subject matters! Oh and I might boost my geographical knowledge in the process – a win-win!
What small projects have you undertaken recently – and how have they made an impact?
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