Small Space Home Office Makeover

Small Space Home Office Makeover

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Small Space Home Office Makeover

Hi, friends! Kylee here to update you on my brand new home office! My husband and I both work from home a couple days per week, so we are VERY excited to finally have a dedicated workspace we really love.

For years, this small room in our Seattle townhouse was our guest room. As soon as my sister moved out of our house and into her own place, we moved the guest bed to her old room and this turned into kind of a furniture graveyard/TV watching room. It wasn’t very pretty and definitely wasn’t functional or practical for us, though, so I never really wanted to go in there!

Small Space Home Office Makeover

When my mom offered to help me give this room a makeover with I was so excited to turn it into a home office. I am in love with how it turned out! Now it is a room I enjoy being in, rather than one I try to avoid. Even our attitudes about “going to work” have definitely improved now that we have an official and pretty place to go!

Let me show you around!

Small Space Home Office Makeover

Small Space Home Office Makeover

Before we started, we completely emptied the room and gave it a fresh new coat of paint. This allowed us to start from scratch to determine exactly what the space needed.

I really wanted the room to be functional, but still light and airy.

The new office is on the third floor of our townhouse and the stairways have tight turns. The room itself is also very small, so we had to find furniture that could be easily maneuvered up the stairs and simple to assemble on site.

Fortunately, has a lot of small space furniture and accessories (and if you are shopping for your home, they are having an amazing furniture sale with a discount coupon now through September 3!). You’ll also find a helpful  on World Market’s website (and a blog post about this makeover by my mom!).

Small Space Home Office Makeover

I love my new ! We are lucky to have a whole closet in the room that we can use for storing office and craft supplies, so we were able to keep the space itself clutter free and streamlined. Without the closet, I may have opted for a desk with more drawers or utilized a rolling cart to store things. I love the open style of this desk. It is perfect for our needs and works really well in our space.

Small Space Home Office Makeover

We were able to fit two chairs, the desk and a small table to make it possible for both my husband Lance and I to work together, without over-crowding the room.

Small Space Home Office Makeover

The streamlined furniture and lack of clutter offers room for plants, which bring an organic touch to the space. A made the room feel a lot bigger, too.

Small Space Home Office Makeover

Small Space Home Office Makeover

A handy , , and help keep frequently used items organized in an attractive way.

Small Space Home Office Makeover

Even if you have limited space, everything you bring in doesn’t have to be small. At first I wondered if this  would feel too large, but as it turned out it’s perfect! It makes a nice statement piece. It is tall, which adds visual interest and plays up the vault of the ceiling but the open design keeps it from overwhelming the room. It’s also shallow enough to not take up much floor space. And an oversized is perfect for putting up my feet. I love it!

I think Bella adds a nice bit of texture to the space, don’t you think? She is a lover of cozy spots so we have to take turns on the chair. ;)

Small Space Home Office Makeover

Literally, this is me every morning blissfully enjoying my coffee. This chair has become my new go-to coffee spot before conquering the day. I love how handy the  is!

Small Space Home Office Makeover

A beautiful set diagonally in the space adds color and pulls all of the elements together! If you are wondering if it is “okay” to layer a rug on top of carpet, I say go for it. I’m not fond of the carpet in here so it was a great way to distract from it while adding some color and pattern to the room.

Small Space Home Office Makeover

Small Space Home Office Makeover

Leo is a fan of the office, too, of course. He insisted on modeling on the rug.

Small Space Home Office Makeover

It’s safe to say we all love our new office (dogs and all!). It’s amazing how much a little paint and just a few new pieces have totally transformed the room. I only wish we had done this sooner!

You’ll find the World Market sale and room sources in the scrolling bar below.

Thanks for joining me for the tour today!

More townhouse updates to come here on the blog in the future. In the meantime, you can follow me (and the pups!) on for sneak peeks!

Small Space Home Office Makeover

Small Space Home Office Makeover

Shop this room and sale pieces by scrolling the arrows above and shop the World Market Sale !

How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

I’ve received a lot of questions about the color on our concrete patio, so I thought it was about time I finally do a post to answer questions and give you some details on how to do it yourself!

A few years back when we started this whole side yard project, we decided we wanted a dark color on our concrete. We were painting our brick house white, so we thought the deep gray would offer a nice contrast.

Now, if you are pouring brand new concrete, you are able to order it stained from the start in a variety of colors so that’s definitely the way to go if you have that option. That is actually what we did originally, but through a series of unfortunate events we ended up with half of the patio white and half gray. :) Fancy, yes? It’s a long story, but the bright side of this situation was that even though it was a bit of a disaster, we were able to solve it in the end.

How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

If you simply want to refresh your old concrete, it’s pretty easy. I remember painting concrete porch and steps years ago in one of our old houses and being so shocked by how simple it was! We were about to put our home up for sale and wanted our front doorway area to feel fresh and clean. What a difference the dark gray paint made! It made me wish we had done it sooner so we could have enjoyed it longer.

It’s so simple that it’s a project you can totally do at the beginning of the season every year or two to refresh it, especially if you don’t have a huge porch or patio.

You may prefer a concrete stain over paint. While I called this post ‘How to Paint Your Concrete” ours is actually a stain! Stain will look a little different and will wear a little different than paint. The stain fades over time but doesn’t chip, so that’s a plus in my mind. It goes on like a thinner paint. I have noticed that if we drag furniture across the patio, it can leave some lighter colored streaks…so we try to lift instead of dragging!

How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

I’m assuming that if you already have painted concrete you will probably need to refresh it with more paint. I’m not an expert on which product would be best for you, though, so definitely consult the professionals. :).

We tracked down the product our contractor used so we could use the same one to refresh some of our concrete. We did not restain our porch this year (just the patio), so while it’s faded to be lighter than it was originally it’s still fine for another year.

We also stained a small part of the old patio that still existed between our new concrete and new deck so all the concrete would flow on through a bit more cohesively (see the two photos below for what I mean). It’s not a perfect match because we did different parts different times, but it’s a lot better than it was.

How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

However, it was not easy to find this specific product in the Seattle area. Because there are so many products that would work just as well or maybe even better, I would recommend starting at your local Lowe’s or a paint store to see what product they recommend for your area and situation. But I’ll post the specific product we used at the bottom of this post, in case you want to know.

How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

The steps we used were as follows:

  • Clean the patio. Make sure it’s free of any chips, grime or tree sap as it won’t allow the paint or stain to cover well.
  • Let the surface dry overnight.
  • Ask your paint store if you’ll need a primer with the product you chose.
  • Roll the paint/stain on (we used a roller for textured surfaces). Our product actually recommended that it be sprayed on, but that seemed like way too much work. We don’t even own a sprayer, so we just rolled it on and it worked fine.
  • If you are rolling on a stain, don’t worry about doing it perfectly. You might see some lines where you overlap, or some parts might be a little darker or lighter, but once it dries and gets some dirt on it you’ll not likely care about the imperfections.

Better done than perfect has become our motto in cases like this :).

How to Paint Your Concrete Steps or Patio

And lest we forget…this is what we started with.

Speaking of the makeover of our side patio, I have really really really good news…

Any guesses what it is?

Happy day!

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Find our Trex Deck and Railing before and after makeover post here.

Our concrete stain: 

Concrete Stain, Smith’s Color Floor
CF-Gray stain concentrate (mixed with distilled water, 4 quarts distilled water with 1 quart product).

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