See How This Boring Office Was Transformed On A Budget


Remember the all beige office? There was no ceiling light which was frustrating because as soon as it was dark I couldn’t work on any projects in the office, I didn’t have many extra pieces to set up the office, and had to start from scratch.  My plan was to bring in a combination of pattern and pops of color, I achieved this by purchasing the storage boxes, framed map and lamp from my local Salvation Army Thrift Store. I think it really came together!

With the move I didn’t have a huge budget to make this office makeover happen, but by selling a few items and purchasing a couple key pieces second hand from the Salvation Army Thrift Store, it all came together.  We recently found a sleeper sofa and this space will be changing again. Keep an eye out for the second office makeover. Lol

Let’s break down the cost!

Vintage Storage Cart – Already had this item and I absolutely love it.

Desk – $30 (Craigslist – bought before we moved but I will count it)

Ghost Chair – $70 (London Drugs  – on sale!)

Vintage Silver Lamp – $10 (Salvation Army Thrift Store)

Kate Spade Storage Boxes – $3  (Salvation Army Thrift Store)

Black Desk Storage – Already had this item.

Metal White Paper Storage – Already had this item.

Clock – $14 (Winners)

Pen Storage – $6 (Winners)

Metal Storage – $12 (Winners)

Knitted Pouf – Already had this item.

Patterned Rug – $100 (Walmart – this was the biggest splurge)

Framed Map – $5 (Salvation Army Thrift Store)

Floral Art – $30 (Craigslist)

Dreamcatcher – Already had this from a fundraiser.

Silver Garbage – $1 (Salvation Army Thrift Store)

Faux Sheepskin – $14 (Ikea)

Knick Knacks – Had all of these little guys

Light Shade – $40 (Ikea)

Cord for Light – Already had this and the bulb.


Ok you may be thinking that $335 is not a frugal makeover!  This is the total amount I spent.  Now keep in mind I sold some items to make this happen.  I made around $200 selling a couple chairs, throw pillows, a mirror, and a few other small items we no longer needed.  Now that brings the office makeover down to $135 which is definitely manageable.

I really think it is a great idea to sell items you no longer need in order to get something you really love.  I knew I wanted to makeover the office, but little items add up so I sold a few things I no longer needed in order to make it happen!

It’s also a great idea to think outside the box when looking for décor.  I was so happy to find the vintage map of North Vancouver at my local Salvation Army Thrift Store.  It was a great deal and added a nice pop of colour.  I also found the floral painting on Craigslist! It was made by the sweetest old lady and I feel it was a steal at $30.  Searching places like the Salvation Army Thrift Store is a great way to find unique items or even higher end pieces at a huge discount.

Here are a few close ups of the new office, I hope you enjoy the makeover! I love these little touches of the painting, light and dream catcher together!

Love the colours of this vintage map, it really added a nice touch to our new office space!  What a way to feature our new city.

All photos and words created by Tijana Popovic of A Plentiful Life.

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