Can you believe I had the privilege to tackle Jordan and Bubba Page’s office?! I couldn’t believe it either when Jordan first asked me to do the space, but the space wasn’t what I call an easy space to design… the room is small, has one wall with a huge window, one wall full of closets, and a third wall with a massive Murphy builtin bed. The impossible layout just needed some thinking out of the box to make it a much more functional space for their daily use.
The Murphy bed was literally taking up the entire room leaving very limited space for any functional desk. This left us with two options. 1. Center a desk in the room and move it out of the way only when guests are in town. 2. try and disassemble and move the Murphy bed leaving ample space for a built in desk.
Jordan was weary that we could/should move the Murphy bed, but with a utility knife to score the caulk and some prying we were able to take the two bookcases off the builtin (and repurpose them in another room), and relocate the Murphy bed.
wah-la! A new functional layout and it gave us nearly 60″ to build a desk!
The Accent Wall
Probably the feature of the entire room was this plaid “Burberry” esk accent wall. Set up to be the feature wall behind all of Fun Cheap or Free’s video recordings. The entire wall was constructed with 2″ pre-primed MDF. Slats cut into a million different size pieces and a few 1/2″ wooden dowels. The plan mapped out on a free program called Sketchup gave us a good idea on the scale for the wall we had available. Full tutorial on how I built this accent wall coming soon!
Accent Wall Lumber Cost: $92
Materials (caulk, nails, primer, paint): $100 some on hand, some left over for future projects
Wall color is SW6222 Riverway by Sherwin Williams, it’s a gorgeous muted blue.. but maybe green.. but maybe grey.
Floating Shelves Lumber Cost: $110
The Floating Shelves
I have TWO full tutorials on how to build floating shelves. This is the one I used for the floating shelves in this office. Basically its 1/2″ birch plywood as the top, and 1/4″ plywood as the bottom with some pine support pieces in the middle. Super easy and beginner friendly. I do have another floating shelf tutorial that uses 1/2″ plywood on the top and bottom that gives a chunkier look, but not too chunky (if you know what I mean).
Rug: We debated between two gorgeous low pile rugs from Boutique rugs for the space. The first was a very muted colorful traditional, Cuckfield Rug 8×10, which has gorgeous muted blues, creams, greens, rust, and gold throughout it… but in the room with all of the walls painted blue the rug was pulling too blue. We opted for the leopard print Bonhill rug, also a boutique rug, and it was the PERFECT neutral choice (and it comes in 3 color variations #score!).
Wall Sconces: Can we say score with these wall sconces? They are $40 each which is SO inexpensive for quality lighting, and the shade on them is a milky GLASS! We opted to hang them as a decorative piece so they are not hardwired in, but since the shade is glass and facing upwards we did the @nestingwithgrace puck light trick and dropped a few puck lights into the shade part.. and now they function on a remote with battery operated puck lights.
Arm Chairs: The arm chairs I found locally at Utah Furniture Deals, they purchase their furniture from wholesalers and you order through their website and pick up from their store location when your furniture arrives which means you get SUPER cute furniture, at a GREAT price. I call that a WIN WIN! The chairs I selected for the office space were the Damian Fabric Accent Chairs.
The full tutorial on how to build the desk is coming! I promise, but it was extremely easy to assemble. I purchased the wood from Macbeaths Lumber, in downtown SLC. They are my go-to wood store when I need some nice hardwood (tip: its also so much less expensive to purchase hardwood at a lumber yard than a big box store like Home Depot or Lowes. plus they have a HUGE variety of wood species.. which you won’t find at your local big box store). I went with 1×8″ boards of Ash wood (Ash is a very HARD hardwood.. that can easily look like white oak.. but not as expensive) I purchased 46 board feet for $168.. and thats it! I used all the wood for the entire desk. the only added costs were the screws, wood glue, stain, and top coat (all of which I had on hand).
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