Plain Armoire into Office Space

One thing my current home is lacking is office space. My crafting room is a overflow pantry space in my laundry room. So usually my “office” work is done wherever I am at the moment. Which has resulted in not the best organization practices. I decided that I needed to create an real office and since I couldn’t add a room on to the house, I turned a Plain Armoire into Office Space.
This is the armoire that I started out with. I bought it years ago from Walmart. The good news is, it’s made of real wood. The bad news is, it’s pretty plain and boring! That’s where I come in.
I wanted to paint the armoire a color, but still wanted it to be fairly neutral. So I ended up deciding on a dark grey.
I also wanted to add some extra detailing to the piece. I happened to have some textured paintable wallpaper left over from my Entertainment Center. I added 4 pieces to the from of each door on the armoire. Isn’t it beautiful?
Ready for the inside? Before the makeover the inside was completely plain. I removed the original backing and added a peg board in it’s place. It is a great way to hang tools and keep everything organized a close reach.
The inside of the top two doors were turned into magnetic chalkboard. The bottom right door was turned into a fabric covered cork board. The bottom left door has a wire basket handing on it for easy paper organization. I also used a couple storage boxes under my printer to store printer paper and other stationary.
I made two more cork boards out of some wood frames that I found at Michael’s. I covered the cork with some pretty grey and white fabric. They were hung on either side of the armoire. I love having lots of places to pin inspiration and reminders.
I think one of my favorite features of my office armoire is these old locker baskets. I have all of my office supplies hidden away and stored in these rusty treasures.
Obviously I needed a chair for my new office. I happened to have a set of these folding wood chairs in the garage. I grabbed one, painted it white, and covered the seat in the same fabric I have used throughout the armoire.
Want to know the best part of the chair? It folds right up and can be tucked in between the armoire and wall. Awesome right?
So what do you think of my Plain Armoire into Office Space??? I’m so glad it not only turned out functional but beautiful too!!!
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  1. New Follower and new guest at your Blog Party…drop by when you can…Deborah

  2. I am in the middle of doing the same thing with my old armoire!! (Great minds, right?) Love yours – the locker baskets are fantastic!

  3. This is so awesome. I have a corner that I hope to turn into a home office/crafting space and this would work perfectly. I’m jealous of your locker baskets too.

  4. This is absolutely amazing! Gorgeous! You never cease to amaze me. I can’t figure out what my favorite part is, it’s a perfect blend of feminine touch and functionality. The baskets are awesome touch too. I love it all!!

  5. You did a great job, I love it! Pinning!

  6. i totally want to do this! i love how yours turned out.

  7. This is a fantastic transformation and such a cute office space!! I love it! Thanks for sharing this! =D

  8. WOW! You knocked this out of the ball park. Looks fantastic!! xo

  9. Beautiful job Courtney – I did something similar to this – but yours is over and beyond!!!
    Fantastic job!

  10. You created yourself a lovely home office space. The wallpaper adds a nice subtle touch of texture to the cabinet. It looks so organized and beautiful. My favorite part is the vintage locker baskets.
    Enjoy your new space,
    Pieced Pastimes

  11. Beautiful & functional….the perfect match! I love those locker baskets! Something I can never seem to find in my area. You really managed to find a solution for everything & keep it all beautiful in the process. Amazing transformation!

  12. Oh Courtney, this turned out magnificent. I love it. I have a similar piece I need to pain! I love what you did and how you organized everything. Wow, great job. Love the metal baskets that you used. Very impressed!

  13. Wow, I love it! I’ve been wanting to do the same thing but I haven’t found the right armoire just yet. I’m pinning this for when I find mine 🙂

  14. love the pegboard wall, and you’d never know that in this armoire is such a great and useful space.

  15. Ummmm that’s almost too awesome to be true. Love it, and eyeing up my Armoire…

  16. Your new armoire office is fabulous! The finishing touches you chose are so perfect, the color the metal baskets…all of it! Very nice work. I want one! New follower 🙂

  17. I love grey so this is really blowing me away! Gorgeous! Love those metal baskets too! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity at Project Inspired!

  18. It’s so pretty, Courtney! And such an inspiration. I do have one of those heavy oak monsters sitting around here. Thank you so much for sharing! I’m including a link back in this week’s highlights. 😉

  19. omg, this is sooo awesome..I have a craft desk from Ikea simular but smaller…I love how you painted yours but I don;t think I can paint the Ikea one because it’s not ral wood right?? Here is a link to mine…you just gave me ideas..thanks a million New Blogger here

  20. love it, i would love to feature it, if that would be ok please let me know,

  21. It looks awesome. Can you tell me how you prepped and painted it?

  22. Thank you for another link on The CSI Project. It looks stunnign and I love the textured look on the doors 🙂

  23. This is lovely but I have one question. Did you dd the pullout desktop? If so how did you make that or where did you get the parts for it?

  24. Great transformation and ideas! How did you add the sliding shelf? Where did you purchase it or do you have a link to a “how to” on this?

  25. You tell me how the paint has held up on the pull out drawer with the keyboard and where the computer sits. I am planning on doing this and was going to spray the latexpaint on once priming.

  26. I love it! Great job!


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