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.
GRAND TOTAL: $335
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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