The Office

I painted the 500 lb credenza over the weekend, which spurred the official decorating of my office. By Monday night the last coat of poly had cured and we brought the furniture inside. Tuesday morning I headed down to my basement to go 'shopping' for my sorely neglected office, a long and narrow room off our living room. Seriously, the office was a mess - boxes still everywhere.


The dreaded Before shot. The contents of my desk were all over the floor while my desk was getting a face lift.

Here's how I put the room together with almost no money:

1. Revamped Parsons Desk

I bought a vintage Parsons desk on Craigslist a year or two ago for almost nothing. This is after I sanded it.


I had painted it a fun green color, but now I wanted a sort of dingy pale aqua color, similar to Martha Stewart for Valspar "Vintage Map." Since the desk is pretty small, I decided to save money on paint and mixed my own color using some glossy white latex and a little bit of turquoise and brown acrylic craft paint.


I rolled on the paint with a mini-roller and did about three coats. After letting the last coat dry overnight, I used my favorite product - Wipe On Poly. Yes, it's as easy and awesome as it sounds. Polyurethane sealer that you wipe on.

Action shots!!


Two good coats of Wipe-on in "Gloss" and 24 hours of curing time and the Parsons desk looked as good as new.



2. DIY Fabric Shade

I used about a yard and a half of linen from my stash and a roll of 1.5" red grosgrain to make a fabric shade for the window. It still needs to be lined, but it's not bad for a $0 project. Here are the instructions for making your own.



3. New (old) RED Credenza.


After reading this post from Nick Olsen a while back, I picked up a couple cans of Rustoleum's 'Saftey Red' Spray Enamel at Home Depot for a client's project. We ended up going with a different color scheme, but I kept the spray paint. And I'm so glad I was able to use it on this project! Isn't it a fun color? The perfect orange-red.


Since I know you will ask -- I did prime the credenza first. Well. Part of the credenza - just the top since that's the part that gets the most wear.


I rolled on my trusty Zinsser and let it dry while I worked some magic on the dingy brass hardware with white vinegar and salt.


The credenza ended up needing two or three coats of the spray enamel. Because I invested $2.95 in this reusable spray painting nozzle/trigger/thing, my pointer finger and I are still on speaking terms. AND the paint job looks professionally sprayed.

The freshly painted credenza got two coats of Wipe-On Poly as well and it was done. I love the way the cleaned up brass hardware looks against the orangey red!



4. Pretty Inspiration Boards

I picked up a pair of very cheap cork boards and painted the frames with that same yellow paint that I used in my girls room (Martha Stewart "Olive Oil"). No need to tape or to be careful with the paint job here since the cork will be covered up.


I measured and cut up some old fabric that I bought for a project and never used (--Are you picking up on a theme here??) and simply ran a line of fabric glue around the border of the cork board. I glued one edge at a time and smoothed like crazy so that the fabric would lay perfectly flat. (PS the fabric is an outdoor print made by Waverly, called "Lovely Lattice" in Lagoon)


Then I fabric glued on some red gimp/trim to cover any imperfections or gaps in the border.


I hung up the refinished cork boards about five minutes before taking pictures, so I haven't had a chance to really style them yet with inspiration stuff, but that can be a fun ongoing project.





The rest of the room was put together with stuff I already had. An IKEA rug, an eBay lamp, some prints from a vintage shop, etc.





And that's it for my (basically) $0 office redo! I've got some sort of cold/flu situation happening, so I think I'm going to call it weekend. See you back here Monday?

xoxo, Jenny

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Southern Mom said...

WOW!!! Your office looks great!! I'm going to steal your memo board idea! I did not realize spray paint could look so good.

southerninspiration said...

Wowsa, that looks fantastic! I am so impressed and will take away several tidbits of helpful info! Thanks!
Suzanne

bluehydrangea said...

Your office looks better than my living room!! I could move right in..love it!! Your basement must be awesome!!

celestefrittata said...

Amazing and really inspiring!

A Pretty Trip said...

That looks amazing. Totally inspiring!!!

my favorite and my best said...

you did it again! made me feel grossly inadequate and ridiculously unworthy. thanks jenny! ;)

Virginia @ Where You Hang Your Hat said...

Oh my goodness! It's so gorgeous. Love your colors. This should be in a magazine.

Suzan said...

Fabulous "re-do"!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Amazing job and you didn't have to go bankrupt! One of the first posts I did on my blog was decorating our office/guest room with only things be already owned. When you have no budget, it really sparks the creativity. I especially love the fabric covered cork boards.

liz said...

Seriously, that credenza looks awesome! You make it look so easy!

Shelley said...

love love love it! Jenny, you ROCK!

Smitten Design said...

Your talent amazes me. It looks great. I want to shop in your basement.

Anonymous said...

Wow! It looks amazing. You are so creative! I found your blog about a week ago and I love it!--I've had fun reading all your old posts. I hope you feel better soon.
--Jessie in VA

bethy said...

What a beautiful office. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and talent. I am repainting a bookcase and will use that wipe on poly stuff. I can't wait. Thanks for the action shots. You are amazing.

becki said...

That is absolutely AMAZING! And thank you for all of the helpful hints along with the pictures. I'll be picking up one of those nozzle-thingies today!

beauty meets budget said...

Your office looks amazing! Fantastic job on everything. I think you've officially inspired me to haul out the junk that's been languishing in mine and give the room the attention it deserves.

P.S. Definitely going to have to look into that spray nozzle attachment!

eco-stylista said...

I am speechless+envy!!! a zero money redo?!! love every piece of it!

Leslie said...

The office looks SO GREAT. You are inspiring me to spend some time this weekend pondering a zero budget redo of my home office!

Trisha said...

this is SUCH a beautiful place. great job!

Jenny said...

Jenny you are incredible. What an awesome accomplishment for no money.

My morning ritual is browsing for treasures on craigslist, and I do have to say that I wish my craigslist had a better selection of items to choose from.

I hope you feel better!

mb said...

You are truly amazing. I cannot believe how fabulously wonderful the red/orange side board looks. The parson's desk? Perfection. The cork boards? Should anyone have a set of just regular cork boards after seeing what you can do to them?? I am jazzed up to go buy me some spray paint and figure out where to aim it.

Maria said...

Im dying here, genius, beautiful, stunning...the colors go so well together and I love how you left the room white and let the bright colors of the furniture steal the show...great job!

Sarah @ In A Dream said...

Wow that looks so good! I never would have come up with that color scheme, but it looks great! I love how everything came together even though it was all stuff you had already.

BB said...

Dear Jenny, I have fallen instantely in love with your office... I whish you could help me with mine! Love BB

Dixie said...

That credenza is just delicious! I love how you use color!!

Emily said...

Looks fabulous! You did an amazing job here.

Sophie @ Century Finds said...

Yet again, I can use every tip in this post! Although I am not sure my finished product would ever look so beautiful. The new office is stunning, and I can imagine it is a stimulating work environment!

Katie McFarlan said...

OMG sooo gorgeous! I love everything!

heather710 said...

Jenny it looks fantastic! What a bright, fun room to work in. You have quite a vision for design and have an amazing ability to transform! Feel better! Thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

Love it!

My Notting Hill said...

Brilliant!! I definitely need to check out the wipe off poly you mentioned. Hope you feel better soon.

boops said...

simply jaw dropping....you've inspired me to tackle my own office this weekend. Thank you.

Debi said...

Love it! Want to come and do mine???

Haley Dawn said...

You have the most amazing style.. I wish I had your eye for color and detail. LOVE IT

The Green Pea said...

Wonderful transformations! You have a beautiful office now. sandi

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Beautiful Jenny! Gotta love the punch of red! What a perfect shade.

It looks amazing. I love doing rooms where I grab the majority of my items from other rooms or things in a storage closet. It takes massive amounts of creativity to see the big picture and make it work. Bravo.

Sorry to hear you are under the weather! I'm still planning on going to Delaware on Saturday. If you are feeling better I would love to meet up! I'll email you my cell info, because I won't have internet access.

Feel better!

xoxo,

Camila

Christine said...

k, first of all I wonder if that Dixie who left a comment was my mom because she LOVES red and how many Dixie's could there be in the world?
Second, you are so talented.
Third, It made my heart happy to see the print on the bulletin board, I'm glad you like it. I felt a little famous when I saw it :) You know what the picture reminds me of? You in a pretty green dress explaining it all to a couple of friends, and us listening in eager attention.
I love your blog, its brings beauty to my morning.

Paddywack Designs said...

LOVE IT! The Cork Boards look really great!

sara said...

Oh my goodness, YOU ARE SO TALENTED! This room is absolutely gorgeous.

Heather said...

That's amazing! I want your energy! Also, your bulletin board has totally inspired me. I painted the edges of mine, and stopped there after the paint got on the cork.

The Maiden Metallurgist said...

I am officially inspired. Home office here I come!

Mango Gal said...

Your office turned out so beautiful! I absolutely love it. I've been wanting to repaint our drab office furniture for a while and have been to afraid to do it. I think you just gave me the courage!

Kelly Galvin Robson said...

You KILLED IT! Awesome. I love it. Way to go, Jenny. and thank you for sharing it with all of us. :)

stephanie said...

As the reigning Spray Paint queen, I am in awe of your credenza. What a happy room to work in every day!

I'm redecorating a physician's office right now and can't find any quality bulletin boards--thanks for this elegant option!

Most importanly--feel better!

Michelle said...

There are no words for this fabulousness. Seriously, sitting here, mouth agape. Gorgeous doesn't even cover it. LOVE.

DAM said...

Crazy awesome job!

Averill said...

Amazing! But then again, what else would I expect? Seriously, you're blowing me away each and every time.

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! I am officially in love with BOTH pieces. I wish I had the get-up-and-go that you have! Amazing.

Rachel said...

I love your new space!! Everything about it.

LindsB said...

Seriously I dont know how you do it all the time for like zero $$?!? You basement must be FULL of amazing things...I would love to go shopping in there.

Love this office,the red credenza is just beautiful!

Amy said...

you are so talented! love the color combo and all the amazing DIY!!

angela said...

Beautiful! It makes me want to go and buy some spray paint!

Michelle (Three Men and a Lady) said...

Holy flippin cow...I am speachless! That red armoire takes my breathe away. You are beyond amazing! I've never heard of the wipe on stuff. I'm going to need to try that. And thanks for the tip on the sray can trigger pull. My pointer finger and I are NOT on speaking terms. My finger thanks you.

Rachael said...

I LOVE it. The colors look amazing and it's perfect.

Laura said...

You make it looks so easy Jenny! I can't pick a favorite part, the whole room is great. Thank you so much for your wonderful blog!

paula said...

Jenny you completely rock! I love, love what you did. Hope you feel better soon.

Jennifer said...

looks great, as always! might have to try out that wipe-on poly. and the hardware looks so good, I thought it was new.

Jen Caputo said...

Holy cow! This is amazing! I love what you were able to do with paint. I am so completely inspired right now!

Nikki said...

I love your style, I wish I could be that colorful. I have a few pieces of furniture waiting for paint. That red credenza just inspired me to get my butt in gear. Thanks!

Sa-Sea Boutique said...

ALL I CAN SAY IS "WOW"!!! I JUST FOUND YOUR BLOG AND NOW I AM GOING TO SPEND A GOOD CHUNK OF MY DAY READING EVERY POST! LOVE IT!

heidikins said...

Hearts!! I love this! Absolutely love it!

xox

Moni Rose said...

So much color :) Yay!

I cannot believe you used spraypaint on the credenza - it is smashing; and I love all those colors (w/the board above) paired together. Very bold, but chic too.

remodel_addict said...

This knocked my socks off. You're a genius!

Laura@JourneyChic said...

Oh. My. God. You're amazing! I sooo wish I had such cool stuff just hanging around doing nothing, and that I had the eye to create such a fantastic transformation. So inspiring!

Anonymous said...

Wow, it looks amazing! I LOVE the credenza (and I have to admit, I had my doubts when you posted the first photo of it in the store!), the color is amazing.
And the corkboards are so cool, I love that fabric (and I think it's available at Jo-Anns!).
~Dina from Atlanta

Jo said...

wow wow wow....i am so impressed and inspired! what took me so long to find your amazing blog?!? feel better!

Catherine said...

Amazing! You continually inspire me. I've got a credenza that I was just about to repaint - now I've got some tips on how to make it look professional. Thanks!!

Kelli said...

Your office is beautiful, so bright and cheery!! I love that you painted your credenza with spray paint! It looks fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Awesome job. Enjoy your new work space!

Emily Call said...

It's so pretty!!!! I love all your projects using stuff you already had.

Haydee said...

Have I mentioned Your blog is now the first thing I check in the morning. You are fantastic! The office looks amazing and I'm running to home depot ASAP to get that wipe on poly. I sooo needed that tip.
Thanks for sharing your ideas.

GGAdventures said...

Wow! Looks great.
I'm new to your blog and have spent every waking minute this past week reading every last post. I'm still not done! And my house and 4-year-olds are paying the consequences of my new obsession - Little Green Notebook.
So much great stuff here.
Thank you!!

Jen said...

i think it is fair to say that i am OBSESSED with this room. i love every bit of it. i'm dying for a credenza like that for the dining room in my home and i'm actually about to create my own pin board from an old mirror with a beautiful from the habitat restore. THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING! great inspiration!

jen

Anonymous said...

OMGosh that came out great...love that color red !!!

Feel better !!!

Kathy :)

ps we added on a sunroom I want to keep all of the windows unshaded except for one side, I'd like to put bamboo shades(8 of them), my ? to you is: the windows are 22 inches wide with a transom above where would you suggest I look for the shades???? Thanks a bunch I am having a devil of a time...

Jenny Lynn said...

seriously?!?!?! that's amazing. I'm so so so impressed. can you come to my house puhlease?!?

:)

Marcy Tate said...

I love the step by step process you show here. The red is amazing and the entire project just put me in a good mood. What you did is so beautiful.

Re:Fresh Design Studio said...

Seriously amazing! I LOVE it! What great finds you had just lying around! Jealous!

Struggler said...

Stunning! I feel almost speechless but that wouldn't make a very interesting comment, would it? :)

What a bright, creative, inspiring, fun room - and the fact you achieved it for next to nothing is just amazing. This room could easily have cost thousands and be seen in a swanky magazine. In fact, it totally deserves to be in a swanky magazine. I will be bookmarking this one.

Awesome job, hope you feel better.

Sarah said...

Jenny,
Now thats what I'm talking about! that is inspiration. You did it again. The credenza is amazing, fantastic, look forward to seeing it's development over time.

Toria said...

you are amazing! I love that room and love that wipe on poly. I feel like I need to start a little green notebook of my own for the things I want to do and look for when we return to the states and have a "real" home. Well done. LOVE that room and the credenza.

EvY said...

dang you're good.

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

INSANE!!! I'm speechless...

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

Absolutely fabulous!!! I love the red credenza especially. and the blue desk... and the corkboards.... oh, just everything really.

Rachel said...

Wow!! It looks amazing!! I love that gloss on the credenza.

I am now trying to figure out what I can paint bright glossy red in my house!

Great job - all that I can seem able to say is "WOW".

Kat @ measuring my life in l-o-v-e said...

This looks awesome - and LOOOOOVE the colors you used!

Terese said...

LOVE IT!!! I can't stop ooohhhing and awwing. I love the colors and all the details. Thanks for sharing. It was exciting to see that little corner of you in a photo, made me miss you! There have been so many days that things have happened to me or that have been going on that I think, "man, I wish Jenny was hear, I need to tell her this and that." You guys are sooo missed. I hope you are doing well and enjoying your new area.

Erika @ BluLabel Bungalow said...

Oh My Goodness!!! You have nailed it!!! I adore the red dresser, your color scheme, the whole room is amazing!

Tubo Family said...

Arrived from Like Merchant Ships tumblr...love it! I love how the leftover/unused bits that one collects often end up a theme unto themselves--a new direction one is going in without realizing it! Your use of wipe-on poly might be what it takes to get me to finally refinish my sewing table/laptop desk. It's a vintage piece with great Craftsman lines and my excuse for leaving the peeling old finish is that whatever I put on is going to get as beat up.

L.Duncan@home23duncanboys said...

I love the RED!!! Well...I love everything in the room!

salley said...

wow, you really are quite talented. great work!

fric and frac said...

I love it! I love that you love color too! I love the mix of colors and patterns in your office. Looks like a special little nook of your house that you have turned into a jewel box! I have to try that poly resin!

the fourth door said...

O-M-G. This is best (and cheapest!) re-do I've ever seen. Holy moly. I wish our house was going to be done in time to hire you before you move outta DE.

brynalexandra said...

AMAZING! You are my hero. Seriously! HERO I said!

London Calling said...

Awesome post. Love the credenza, corkboards. the tips on the shade and wipe on poly.

Abbie said...

I love every bit of it... especially the price! It looks amazing. And, I love seeing the befores!

KatieBabie said...

I LOVE YOUR BLOG! You are seriously amazing and inspiring!! Keep it coming!

sarah @ realestatestyle said...

I am amazed!! Love the parsons desk custom color, and the credenza is fabulous!! Also loving the cork boards, WTG!!!

Lindsey said...

I'm so impressed and inspired! What a transformation! I loved what you did with those cork boards...I think I'm going to get started on mine right away!

Devon said...

You are really, really talented. Wow.

pam@pixelimpress said...

this is fantastic! i really like the mix of colors. i've been toying with how to recover a store-bought cork board and now i know! thank you! pam

feel better.

Me said...

Great use of color -- amazing transformation!

Very inspiring... I need to work on my own home office.

court. said...

This is truly AMAZING!!! Thank you for documenting the transformation in such detail. I am definitely inspired to get my house into gear this weekend!!!

Rachel said...

AMAZING!! I love the red credenza!

Restless Mama said...

You are a genius!

sketch42 said...

You are FN kidding me? That office is phenominal!! Seriously sick job!

Heather said...

Love how you break the process down so it all seems to easy - beginning with a fantastic vision, which is not so easy.

if only i had known about Wipe On poly a few months ago, I wouldn't have a sideboard that's already chipping on me.

Look forward to more!

Kate said...

This is so beautiful! So inspired by your creativity and budget! The red table looks incredible.

Revival said...

you are amazing! somehow you make it look easy, yet i know i would not even get past the priming before i gave up.

Allison Hasel said...

You have done it again! My word, woman, you are amazing! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm swooning! Thanks for the wipe-on poly tip. Are turquoise boxes and drawers IKEA? Do tell your how-to! Also, do I see the interior drawers of credenza painted the lovely aqua? Perfect!

charm home said...

Your office looks great! I'm always so amazed at what you do on such a small budget. I just wish I had all those great fabrics and furniture pieces lying around in my house.

HomageBlog said...

It looks amazing and I LOVE the cork boards! Hope you feel better. ~K

Jessica said...

Are you kidding me!? You are seriously amazing. I have been following your blog (quietly, sorry, I never comment) since you started it, and everyday I am more in love.... LOVE EVERYTHING... Your office rules.

Andrea said...

I am so incredibly inspired by this post! Time to paint my desk, I think. I love how you repurpose furniture and other accessories that you already have on hand. It's fabulous.

Emily said...

amazing, just like your girls' room. can you tell me more about the lamp you bought on ebay? love it, cant find anything like it.

Anonymous said...

INCREDIBLE!!!! I must say, you really have an eye for this sort of thing! ;) It's amazing what paint can do... along with a great imagination! Thanks for sharing your lovely, lovely room... and I hope you're feeling better!

Hawleywood said...

OMG TO THE MAX how do you find such gorgeous things on Craigslist? You know what I find on Craigslist? Used mattresses (gross), ads for tranny 'tutes (grosser), and bobo decade-old Wal-Mart furniture (GROSSEST!).

Your office is amazing, and I am 99.999% sure that nothing in my house will ever look that good. Me = Mondo jealous.

denise plant said...

You never cease to amaze me! Thanks for the window treatment tips. I soooooo needed that!

Kristan said...

Amazing. I think I could actually get work done in that office :)

Of all the things, I spotted your green binders on the fabulous red credenza. Where are they from? They look like they have a texture to them. Random I know.

Laura said...

Are you effing kidding me? That's amazing! You could sneeze and cough your flu onto a room and it would come out better than anything I've dreamed! Love it!!!

Sarah said...

Wow, I love this office. Great job...

Polly R said...

I love this! So colourful and sweet!
Xx

Anonymous said...

Love how the credenza turned out. Absolutely fabulous. Like the cork boards as well. DO think however that the chinese lamp needs a larger lampshade...

Geek+Nerd said...

Gorgeous! I especially love the cork board project. Such an easy no brainer, I have on that I might have to spiff up as well! And well done on the budget!

Jolena said...

It looks outstanding! {Of course} I LOVE your color combo...especially the inspiration boards! Another beautiful job!

kim. said...

Holy sh*t your office looks incredible and I am in awe of that red-range. I'm making note of that spray paint!!

kim. said...

OOPS - i meant Orange.

Simone Howell said...

seriously.that.is.fabulous.
I was eyeing that red spray paint at lowes a few weeks ago. I'll be putting that to good use soon!
I am planning a studio redo and your corkboards will def be a project for me! Thanks for all the lovely inspiration.

Amy@OldSweetSong said...

WTF this is too freakin' gorgeous for words! I'm in awe of your amazing work and eye. Can you please do this in my office?!

6p00e553feb2ab8834 said...

Beautiful, beautiful work! I love your designs, so cheerful and fun. Thanks for all the wonderful tips--you're too sweet to share all your secrets!

deena said...

completly inspired - I feel a project coming on.

alexandra said...

this room is so amazing. it looks better than any room in my house!

Esther said...

ummm yeah, wow! ur just freaking awesome!

inthetweeds said...

WOW is all I can say!...you've done it again!!!

a little sewing on the side said...

You are amazing! You have truly inspired me. I made Roman shades after I saw your blog and here are my results:
http://alittlesewing.blogspot.com/2009/07/whole-copying-josef-frank-shades-thing.html

Thank you for writing such a great blog. What a talent you are.

Feel better soon!

Amy said...

Great transformation. I love how the credenza and the cork boards came out.

Wendy said...

Love it! Love the color and patterns - good job. I am inspired to do the window treatment - thanks!

Joanna Goddard said...

i am TOTALLY amazed. wow, good for you!!!

Eclectic said...

FAB job as usual! I thought I was a pretty good DIY'er until I found your blog...amazing! Keep it up

Sidney

Heather {J} said...

it's perfect. love it.

chiara said...

looks amazing! I am so jealous of you and your magic basement!

Naomi @ NIMO. said...

Awesome!!!! Makes me want to grab a can of paint and go crazy :)

tricia said...

Looks great! I can't believe you did that on a $0 budget! Amazing!I'm so glad you explained how you did everything, I will definitely be taking notes for future paint projects of my own!

Jesse said...

WOW! JUST WOW!

The Fab Miss B said...

ooh la la! I'm a big fan of being resourceful and re-inventing things you've already got, and it's so amazing how sometimes things can dovetail so beautifully! Looks stupendous!

Adrianne said...

Wow - you are so amazing! So much inspiration here, esp. the poly & spray gun recommendation. Keep it coming!

erika @ urban grace said...

Jenny! I love it!!! Great job and I love how resourceful you were... now I'm tempted to clean out my similar stash of "I bought this for a client and didn't use it" stuff! happy weekend!
erika

Darby said...

Jenny, My sister, Erika, just sent me this link! I love your redo... it's UNBELIEVABLE! So fun!! I'm now subscribed and can't wait to read more!!! Have a great weekend!

Kate said...

great project! I just love idea boards- thanks for the easy diy!

sania said...

Jenny, I came across your site not too long ago and have started reading through so many of your archives for inspiration. So talented! Thank you for sharing these!

So when is YOUR book due? ;)

Anonymous said...

I love the painted credenza! Can you spray it with all the doors/drawers in place or do you take them out and spray separately?

Donna said...

This looks fabulous!!!

Black Zebra said...

You inspire me everyday. GENIUS!!!!!

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

Wow, this is unbelievable. I can't get over the transformation of these pieces and your styling is just perfection. You're inspiring this very not handy girl to try her hand at some DIY. :)

Tiffany said...

LOve, Love, Love it!! Too fun!

Whitney Johnson said...

Jenny --

What's the economic cost? Your cost of goods was practically zero, but if you include labor (yours) and design expertise (yours) -- aren't we looking at hundreds if not thousands of dollars?

Congratulations.

Sarah said...

um. are you kidding me? I absolutely love it. love.

you are too talented. I am so in need of a pinky finger's worth of your talent, its not even funny.

hope you are well. your little green notebook is popping up on all sorts of blogs of people I know. you are famous, girl.

tell Michael hello from us.
love, sarah

Barbie said...

Beautiful! So fun. I love you for the inspiration and know-how you are sharing! Thank you, thank you. Keep it coming. I love the befores and afters. You're one talented gal!

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Alicia said...

Gorgeous! You gave me a wonderful idea! I have an old, ugly dresser in the garage ready for yard sale day. It's about the same size & style of your credenza. I would love to do the same thing you did, only in a green color and get rid of my TV stand in the living room and use it to hold my tv and store items in the drawers, games and such. Thank you so much! You're a genius!

CER said...

I am a relatively new reader and this post has single-handedly inspired me to finally whip our tired den into shape. It has so much potential and needs a good dose of vibrant color -- your scheme here is outstanding. Did the rug inspire your color scheme..? Everything works so well together and I certainly wouldn't have thought of that combination myself if I hadn't had some sort of piece to pull from. Absolutely beautiful work -- and I will definitely be getting my hands on that spray nozzle!

Jen West Design said...

You slay me, girlfriend. I'm going to dig around my fabric archives and send you something...

Copy Cat Chic said...

Ummm....WOW, gorgeous and cheap, so my style! I love your use of color and it's just so perfect together without being too matchy-matchy. LOVE it! :)

mich said...

WOW you are AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing!!

c and m said...

love, love, love the credenza - like some other people, I had my doubts when you first posted about it but it turned out amazing! the bulletin boards are great too. I love the pale blue storage boxes - they aren't ikea, are they?

Blueprint Bliss said...

Jenny- It looks so great. I hope you are feeling better. xx- Brooke

Laura Casey Interiors said...

LOVE IT! great work!

Haven and Home said...

Amazing!!!!

lizzy said...

You are amazing. I've been reading your blog and then realized just yesterday . . . I know you and Mike (who has been friends with my brother, Stephen, for a long time). We met at my mom's house last Christmas when you came over. I made the connection when you said you were married to a lawyer and lived in Delaware. Small world! I love your blog and desperately want to hire you for design help when we buy a house. Thanks for all the awesome inspiration!

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

Wow, it's just beyond amazing. I absolutely LOVE what you've done, and you're really a genious with colors. I love the safety red you used for the credenza, I've been looking for something similar for an old antique frame. Needless to say - I'm a huge fan of what you've done!

*e said...

I'm sort of in love with your office.

Mrs. Limestone said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

I never used the wipe on poly. I would think it would leave a lot of rag marks. Does that all fade away?

my little apartment said...

AMAZING! this is SUCH a lovely little office...I look forward to coming back to visit your blog!

http://www.mylittleapartment.blogspot.com/

Averyl said...

I LOVE IT!!! i had painted a credenza red a while ago, but after seeing ur orangey red i'm going to have to redo mine. It just gorgeous! What is the color you have used on your walls?

Lindsey@14footceilings said...

LOVE the credenza.

I finally got my husband to agree to let me paint our coffee table teal, so do you have any pointers, since it is a high use piece (as in we eat at it and not the dining table). I already have paint that is unfortunately not spray paint, but I need to match another piece I painted that is not high use.

Rachel said...

words cannot even express how fabulous this is!

the tichenor family said...

Your transformations are BEAUTIFUL and so inspiring. I absolutely love your office and EVERY single thing you do. You're incredibly talented.

marielle said...

This is absolutely adorable. I LOVE all the color - fun and stylish. Wow!!!

Anne S. said...

I'm new to your blog and I must say I LOVE your office transformation! The sideboard now has a nice Asian feel to it. My only suggestion is that you get a larger black shade for the lamp on the sideboard. Everything else is stupendous!!

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val said...

wow, wow, wow. LOVE the credenza transfer and i will be trying the cork board idea today!! thanks for sharing.

pve design said...

LOVE it~~~(word verification is "liker")
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Dani said...

Very cool! I love that you did it on a budget. So inspiring.

simply seleta said...

Jenny, you are one seriously talented diva!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE everything you did.

Oh, that red. Be still my heart. And those inspiration boards? Wow.

Cote de Texas said...

gorgeous, i am so impressed with your decorating skills - i would have never thought to put all those colors together, but they are smashing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

love your blog and peek in here all the time - this is my second time looking at your office. love love love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ro.duh. said...

Goodness this office is amazing! Just wanted to share with you that I was inspired by your corkboard and blogged about it on my blog..

http://www.findyourhappyheart.com/2009/10/inspire-me-monday-on-tuesday.html

added a link to this post too so others can be inspired by you! thanks!

Particulars said...

You are so creative and resourceful, Jenny!!! I love reading about these transformations!!

marta said...

oh my goodness. i just love love love this look. how hip and modern and bright and fun. will be going in my inspiration binder.

molly said...

Watch out, old ugly cork boards in the garage, I'm on to you! Especially, thanks for the trim tip to bridge the gap b/n fabric and frame. Molly

micah @ the yellow front door said...

Holy moly... your office is awesome! That red credenza is stunning. Just found your blog, can't wait to check out your other projects!

A Perfect Peach said...

OMG,OMG,OMG. AMAZING. I'm truly inspired!

It's Always Sunny in Portland said...

in love with everything about this post and this office redo

http://portlandsunshine.blogspot.com/2009/11/more-bright-red.html

Renee (eatliveshop.com) said...

amazing job!! i'm in love with the crendeza!

Melissa said...

Love the office! Inspirational for sure. I just painted furniture over the weekend and wish I would have known about the sprayer. I am going to have to buy one ASAP.

Court said...

Lovvvvee this, so unique!

AlliSMiles said...

where did you get your wipe-on poly? the only stuff home depot had supposedly doesn't work on wood...

thanks!

alli

Nishant said...

AMAZING!! I love the red credenza!

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kanishk said...

Your office looks better than my living room!! I could move right in..love it!! Your basement must be awesome!!

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Boston Mamas said...

Absolutely gorgeous! So going to try the corkboards! -Christine

Kristen said...

Jenny, What are your thought re: spray painting vs. regular painting? I have an old credenza that I'd like to re use in my LR, but can't decide if spraying or just rolling it on is best.
Thanks!

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