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Rustic industrial home office – It’s REVEAL DAY!!

Shelly here from 100Things2Do.ca.  I’m commandeering Sherri’s blog page for the next 5 weeks to show you how we are making over her basement office into a rustic-industrial workspace.

It’s REVEAL DAY!

The Fall 2018 One Room Challenge is done and we are so thrilled with the results of our basement office transformation.

Remember this?

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office

That was Sherri’s home office before.

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office

Dated, dingy, dark (there are no windows in the room) – basically the last place you would want to go, especially with the added burden of having to “work” there.

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office

To remind you what our goals were for this basement home office, this is the mood board we worked towards:

Basement office makeover, One Room Challenge Fall 2018, One Room Challenge, basement office

THIS is the same wall from the photo above – not that you’d have any idea except for the bulkhead.

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Rustic industrial office, rustic-industrial, basement office, basement home office, masculine office

That faux brick wall – aged and antiqued to perfection – is the perfect focal point to this rustic industrial office.  The juxtaposition of warm wood and the cold iron pipe of the desk and shelves make this space masculine but still warm and welcoming.

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We brought in a few soft furnishings to soften the hard lines and make the space cozy.  While time and budget didn’t allow for us to make the iron pipe chair – this chocolate corduroy Kijiji find, paired with a faux fur throw pillow is a comfortable compromise.

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Instead of bringing extra furniture into the space, we used a floor poof to act as a foot rest, extra seating, and as a side table when needed.  It also fits perfectly under the iron pipe shelves for easy storage.

Rustic industrial office, rustic-industrial, basement office, basement home office, masculine office

Sherrimade the oversized desk legs from iron pipe and created shelving by attaching pipe pieces to the wall with authentic flanges.

Rustic industrial office, rustic-industrial, basement office, basement home office, masculine office

Rustic industrial office, rustic-industrial, basement office, basement home office, masculine office

We kept the corkboard (now with a colour-coordinating frame to the rest of the trim in the room) so Sherri could keep personal mementos and her kids’ artwork on display.  She also made a monitor stand with iron pipe to keep the rustic industrial feel throughout.

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Brick, iron, wood, concrete – softened with plants and textiles.

Rustic industrial office, rustic-industrial, basement office, basement home office, masculine office

We re-hung Sherri’s wall-of-fame above her reading chair.

Rustic industrial office, rustic-industrial, basement office, basement home office, masculine office

Rustic industrial office, rustic-industrial, basement office, basement home office, masculine office

We hadn’t planned on hanging any shelves by the desk, but we called an audible at the last minute and added it for extra printer space.

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and to house Sherri’s “dead baby alien in a jar”;

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which no true rustic industrial office should be without. lol  (Hey, the weirdness is why we’re such good friends. wink)

The closet and door got new casings and a coat (or two) of paint;

Rustic industrial office, rustic-industrial, basement office, basement home office, masculine office

Rustic industrial office, rustic-industrial, basement office, basement home office, masculine office

Rustic industrial office, rustic-industrial, basement office, basement home office, masculine office

Rustic industrial office, rustic-industrial, basement office, basement home office, masculine office

Rustic industrial office, rustic-industrial, basement office, basement home office, masculine office

Here’s our last checklist – the finished and the ones that didn’t quite make budget/timeline:

Rustic industrial basement office

  • pack up room
  • demo cabinets
  • patch drywall
  • paint walls
  • strip flooring
  • install faux brick wall
  • sand, prime and paint doors and trim
  • install new baseboard
  • install recessed lighting
  • lay new flooring
  • zinc finish on filing cabinet
  • strip door for desk and stain
  • build pipe shelving
  • stain shelf boards
  • build pipe desk
  • replace electrical outlets
  • replace door handles and hardware
  • order plexi-glass for desk top
  • office seating
  • staging/styling
  • install new casing
  • office artwork

The photographs really aren’t doing the space justice – no matter how hard I tried – this rustic industrial office space is absolutely gorgeous!  I’m not ashamed to admit I’m more than a little jealous of Sherri’s new space.

How about a few before and afters to give you a better idea of the transformation:

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Rustic industrial office, rustic-industrial, basement office, basement home office, masculine office

Rustic industrial office, rustic-industrial, basement office, basement home office, masculine office

Rustic industrial office, rustic-industrial, basement office, basement home office, masculine office

I’d like to send out a giant hug and innumerable thanks to Sherri (Details Renovations) for allowing me to bully her into a renovation and for teaching me so many tips and tricks in the process.

Thank you to you, my readers, for following along in this transformation – even when the photos weren’t so inspiring.  I truly hope you feel inspired to take on your own one room challenge to makeover a space in your home – it’s a lot of work, but SO worth it!

For more inspiration, and to see the full room reveals from the other participants in the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge, click over here.

Finally, thank you to the One Room Challenge and Better Homes & Gardens for inspiring us, challenging us and giving us a forum to share our trials and tribulations.  (muah!)

To see the lead-up to this room reveal, click any of the links below.

Rustic industrial office makeover – One Room Challenge, Fall 2018

stripping paint from an old door

Door desk, paint and flooring – One Room Challenge, Fall 2018

Week 3 progress of the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge includes stripping down an antique door, painting and flooring

Shelly here from 100Things2Do.ca.  I’m commandeering Sherri’s blog page for the next 5 weeks to show you how we are making over her basement office into a rustic-industrial workspace.

The bi-annual One Room Challenge(with media partner Better Homes and Gardens) is in Week 3 (of 6) and the checklist is going down!

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office

 

The ORC is a challenge to completely makeover one room in 6 weeks.  We’re talking flooring, lighting, plumbing (if applicable) and of course paint – all to be documented on our blogs over a 6 week period, with the final reveal of the completed room scheduled for November 7th.

There are no prizes for this challenge (unless you make a whopping impression on Better Homes & Gardens). It’s about inspiring others to take on a challenge in their own homes by showing how easy (or difficult) it is.  You’ll see room transformations week-by-week by visiting the ORC Guest Participants link page.

To remind you what our goals are for this basement home office, this is the mood board we are working towards:

Basement office makeover, One Room Challenge Fall 2018, One Room Challenge, basement office

and this is the checklist of items on our to-do list:

Rustic industrial basement office

  • pack up room
  • demo cabinets
  • patch drywall
  • paint walls
  • strip flooring
  • install faux brick wall
  • sand, prime and paint doors and trim
  • install new baseboard
  • install recessed lighting
  • lay new flooring
  • zinc finish on filing cabinet
  • strip door for desk and stain
  • build pipe shelving
  • stain shelf boards
  • build pipe desk
  • order plexi-glass for desk top
  • office seating
  • staging/styling
  • install new casing
  • source furniture
  • office artwork?

While Sherri worked on installing the new (and spectacularly gorgeous) flooring,

 

installing laminate flooring

 

(Isn’t it stunning?  The wall colour (BM’s London Fog) is a perfect complement to the highlights in the laminate.)

installing laminate flooring

 

I got started on the antique door desk:

stripping paint from an old door

 

This is an oooooold door.  An ooooold wood door.  An old, heavy and covered-with-layer-upon-layer-of-paint door – so I had to bring in the chemical stripper (which I hate using) to clean it up.

stripping paint from an old door

 

I didn’t do a lead test, but I worked in a mask and gloves just in case any layer of paint on this beast was lead – better safe than sorry.

After two coats of paint stripper, I finally made it down to this:

wood door stripped of paint

 

I gave it a good sanding and was so incredibly disappointed to find that someone had actually applied a veneer to a wood door.  Who would do that?

Our best guess is that the builder wanted the look of a more expensive wood over a plain pine door – fair enough – but it left me with this mess to deal with:

old door stripped of paint, veneer showing

 

I could have used a planer to get right down to the bare wood (pine) but then all the trim work in the door panels would have been destroyed.  Since Sherri wanted a roughed-up, antique looking door, we decided to see if we could stain over the patchy areas to create some kind of even finish.

The first coat of stain (dark walnut) wasn’t enough to cover the yellow veneered areas,

old door coated with fresh stain

 

but a coat of ebony stain over top did make the finish more rich and even and Sherri was pleased with the outcome (you’ll have to see the finished desk in the final reveal).

I will however, give you a sneak peek at the iron pipe Sherri put together for the desk base (please forgive the photo quality, it was late and the photo was taken on a phone)

iron pipe legs for desk

 

Besides the flooring install and the desk build, we also managed to get the new baseboard painted and got two coats on the walls.

Benjamin Moore London Fog

 

I know, that’s a bare wall and a pretty boring photo – but remember where we came from:

Drywall repair

That’s a spectacular makeover if you ask me.

This week I plan to tackle the filing cabinet makeover and finish painting out the remaining trim and doors. Sherri will finish up the flooring and the desk base and we might even get to installing the faux brick wall. (fingers crossed)

I don’t want to jinx our progress, but everything is coming along beautifully – we might even make the Week 6 deadline!

Can’t wait to show you our Week 4 progress!  Come back next Wednesday and see how far we get.

Basement office makeover – One Room Challenge, Fall 2018

Be sure to check out the ORC Guest Participant pagefor more awesome makeovers!

Demo Day – ORC Fall 2018

Week 2 progress of the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge is all about DEMO DAY (and repair).

Shelly here from 100Things2Do.ca.  I’m commandeering Sherri’s blog page for the next 5 weeks to show you how we are making over her basement office into a rustic-industrial workspace.

The bi-annual One Room Challenge (with media partner Better Homes and Gardens) is in Week 2 (of 6) and we’ve made some awesome progress!

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office

 

The ORC is a challenge to completely makeover one room in 6 weeks.  We’re talking flooring, lighting, plumbing (if applicable) and of course paint – all to be documented on our blogs over a 6 week period, with the final reveal of the completed room scheduled for November 7th.

There are no prizes for this challenge (unless you make a whopping impression on Better Homes & Gardens). It’s about inspiring others to take on a challenge in their own homes by showing how easy (or difficult) it is.  You’ll see room transformations week-by-week by visiting the ORC Guest Participants link page.

This week Sherri (DetailsRenovations.com) and I started with the demolition of the basement office, and we found a few surprises along the way…

The desk and cabinets were built-in – which we kinda’ expected – but what we didn’t expect was that they were built-in before the room was even finished.  The drywall behind the cabinet section hadn’t been taped and mudded and the carpet had been adhered right to the wall!

Please notice that I am working in my bare feet at the beginning of the video and with shoes on at the end…

WEAR SAFETY GEAR!

A nail in the foot is a very bad way to learn to wear shoes (trust me).  I really should have had protective eyewear on as well.

Sherri let me loose with her version of “Lucille” (Walking Dead fans anywhere?), which she called “Fubar”.  A brand name?  An acronym?  I’ll let you decide.

purging basement office

drywall damage after removal of built-ins

 

 

But letting me loose with Fubar on my first ever demo day was clearly more than I could handle and I made a few extra holes in the drywall.  (Sorry Sherri!)

hole in drywall

 

Fortunately (unfortunately?) there were sections of the wall that needed repair anyways:

drywall that wasn't taped or mudded

hole in drywall

 

 

Sherri (a licensed contractor) gave me a crash course in drywall patching, taping and mudding – which believe it or not, I’ve actually wanted to learn.

We filled the larger holes with expanding foam. Once the foam had cured, Sherri cut off the excess and we were able to putty over.

expanding foam to fill drywall holes

expanding foam to fill drywall holes

patched and repaired drywall

 

 

 

I know, it looks worse than when we started, but it always looks worse before it looks better and these repairs were long overdue.

 

The opposite wall in this basement office didn’t need as much work, so I was able to fill the nail holes from art that was hanging, remove the baseboard, sand the walls and even get the first coat of paint on (London Fog by Benjamin Moore)

I’m not going to show you the whole wall just yet – I’ve got to leave something to Week 3!

I will however give you a sneak peek at the flooring that is going to be installed soon:

laminate flooring

 

Speaking of flooring, Sherri and I also got the old, glued-down carpet out of the room ready for our next steps!

ripping up flooring

 

Want to see where we’re going with this?

Rustic industrial basement office

  • pack up room
  • demo cabinets
  • patch drywall
  • paint walls
  • strip flooring
  • install faux brick wall
  • sand, prime and paint doors and trim
  • install new baseboard
  • install recessed lighting
  • lay new flooring
  • zinc finish on filing cabinet
  • strip door for desk and stain
  • build pipe shelving
  • stain shelf boards
  • build pipe desk
  • order plexi-glass for desk top
  • office seating
  • staging/styling

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office

 

Feeling pretty good about the progress this week – fingers crossed we can keep the momentum going into week 3.  Come back next Wednesday and see how far we get.

Basement office makeover – One Room Challenge, Fall 2018

  • Week 1 – Before photos and storyboard
  • Week 2 – Demo, purging and emptying progress
  • Week 3 – DIY project  (building with industrial pipe!)
  • Week 4 – Flooring
  • Week 5 – Accent wall, more industrial pipe
  • Week 6 – ROOM REVEAL!

Be sure to check out the ORC Guest Participant page for more awesome makeovers!

Have a great one!

 

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office

Basement Office – ORC Fall 2018

Shelly here from 100Things2Do.ca.  I’m commandeering Sherri’s blog page for the next 6 weeks to show you how we are making over her basement office into a rustic-industrial workspace.

 

It’s time!

The bi-annual One Room Challenge (with media partner Better Homes and Gardens) is underway!

 

The ORC is a challenge to completely makeover one room in 6 weeks.  We’re talking flooring, lighting, plumbing (if applicable) and of course paint – all to be documented on our blogs over a 6 week period, with the final reveal of the completed room scheduled for November 7th.

There are no prizes for this challenge (unless you make a whopping impression on Better Homes & Gardens). It’s about inspiring others to take on a challenge in their own homes by showing how easy (or difficult) it is.  You’ll see room transformations week-by-week by visiting the ORC Guest Participants link page.

For this challenge I bullied asked my friend Sherri if she would be willing to sacrifice her basement office to the DIY and design challenge and she said yes!

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office

 

I’m not sure why she thought this room needed a makeover?

The cabinets under the desk on your right are built-in and I believe have been there since Sherri moved in years ago – which made furniture placement a bit limited.

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office

 

The room itself is approximately 12′ x 12′, so a fair size for a home office – if you could bring yourself to work in here.

Basement office makeover, One Room Challenge Fall 2018, One Room Challenge, basement office

As you can see, right now the basement office is on a “must use” basis – versus a “want to use” space.  We are hoping that over the next 6 weeks the transformation will be almost unrecognizable and the space will become one of the favourites in the house.

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office

 

I will admit to having a secret weapon in this ORC – Sherri is a contractor and owner of Details Renovations!  I’m going to do as much work as I can, but I do have the added bonus of working with a professional that knows what they are doing, so I also benefit from the DIY learning as we tackle each step.

I’m so excited!

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office

 

 

Want to see where we’re going with this?

Rustic industrial basement office

One Room Challenge Fall 2018, Basement office

 

And they’re off ladies and gentlemen!

Come back next Wednesday (or subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss anything) and see how far we’ve come in the first week.

Basement office makeover – One Room Challenge, Fall 2018

  • Week 1 – Before photos and storyboard
  • Week 2 – Demo, purging and emptying progress, paint
  • Week 3 – DIY project  (building with industrial pipe!)
  • Week 4 – Flooring
  • Week 5 – Accent wall, more industrial pipe
  • Week 6 – ROOM REVEAL!

Be sure to check out the ORC Guest Participant page for more awesome makeovers!

Did I mention I’m SO EXCITED?!

Thank you Sherri for being such a good sport!

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