Bedroom Closet to Custom Home Office in 24 Hours

First of all, I want to preface this post by saying that I've never painted a closet before, don't know anything about mixing paint colors for rooms and hanging things without the help of someone more skilled usually involves me drilling heavy things like flat screens into sheetrock (no one should ever do this) or sticking something up with command strip velcro (nothing against command strips but they really aren't that strong). I say this because I know my limitations, but at the same time I'm pregnant and nesting and really wanted a home office, like yesterday, so I convinced myself I needed to get this done within 24 hours.  Yes, 24 hours.

Before

Before

After

After

We live in a very small 2 bedroom apartment with very little personal space. Fortunately, we do have plenty of closets, which made the closet to office decision an easy one for me. For my office, I chose a small (3 ft x 4 ft) closet in our bedroom right next to the door to our back patio. I think subconsciously I figured if I ever got claustrophobic in the tight space I could run outside really quickly.  

Now to the paint... I wanted the room to feel calm and definitely didn't want to stick with the beige/cream paint color currently in the closet. I grew up in a house filled with ceilings painted in Restoration Hardware Silver Sage; a color that brought more height to the rooms. I did a little research online and found that Benjamin Moore's Wythe Blue paint is a very similar match to Restoration Hardware's Silver Sage. Another confirmation came from design friends who told me that a calming blue would work wonders in a tiny space. 

Step 1

It was around 10 am when I selected my new office (or closet) and paint color. I then set off for my neighborhood Home Depot expecting to pick up a can of Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue paint and a few paintbrushes. First, I hijacked an associate in the paint section to find out what one really needs to paint a room. I told him I needed Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue paint and some paintbrushes to paint a closet. He told me they don't carry Benjamin Moore but he could match Behr paint to a very similar shade of Wythe Blue. Perfect. As the machine mixed the paint, the associate took me around the paint section and pulled all the necessary accessories I needed; a rolling brush, a sponge looking brush for edging, a paint tray, a plastic tarp for the ground and blue tape for the walls (see photo above). He also gave me some wooden sticks to mix the paint and a can opener for the paint can for free. So nice. Just 30 minutes later I was headed back home ready to get the project started. 

Step 4

As you can see in the photos, the first coat of paint didn't look perfect but thankfully with paint you can always make mistakes and then paint over it again- which I did, twice. 

I didn't have a step ladder, but I did buy a long wooden stick that screws into the roller brush (at the Home Depot associates suggestion) so I was able to paint the walls and ceiling without much difficulty. While the paint dried, I headed off for Ikea around 3 pm to purchase a desk and chair. 

I wanted to find a desk that would almost look like it was built into the back of the 48" length closet. Fortunately, I found the Micke desk for only $79.99, measuring at 47 1/4" I knew it would be a tight fit, but perfect if I could get it squeezed in there. 

Tobias Chair

Next, I looked for a chair that would disappear into the space. I found that in the Tobias chair

first night with lamp

As I mentioned earlier, I'm pregnant and after all of this work I was a little exhausted, so I took a little break and waited for my husband to get home before we started building the chair and desk together around 6 pm. Between the two of us we were able to finish building the Ikea furniture by 8 pm that night! 

final finally

There aren't any outlets in the closet so I brought in a lamp from another room until I could find something more suitable for the space. The following morning I went to Lowe's and purchased a track light and then Container Store for some office organization tools like a calendar and file holder. By noon that afternoon I was in business!

5 Questions for Brenda Bogart, Artist

I still remember the first time I saw Brenda Bogart's work. I was just 6 years old and staying at my friend Rachel's house. Rachel and her sister - who is just a year older than us, shared a wardrobe filled with an enviable selection of B's T's. If you aren't familiar, B's T's was "THE" clothing line to wear as a kid growing up in Dallas in the 90's.

Fast forward fifteen years and I was in the gorgeous home of  B's T's founder, Brenda Bogart, preparing for a joint holiday trunk show - showcasing her art and my jewelry. After a successful run with B's T's, Brenda experienced a long-running interior design career under Trisha Wilson & Associates and eventually started her own interior design firm, Bogart Design Group, Inc. Eventually, Brenda decided to try her hand at painting, and when she did, she never looked back.

Brenda Bogart

Over the years, Brenda has become a source of inspiration to me as someone who doesn't just conform to what is expected, but instead, pushes the boundaries to produce what she loves.

Brenda's passion for creativity is evident through the work she produces and the life she lives, for this reason it's such an honor to feature her as part of our 5 Questions Series. 

I hope Brenda's outlook will inspire you as much as it has inspired me!

1. The inspiration behind my art...

The human face and its story constantly inspire me. Reading biographies have been a passion since I was a young girl and I often listen to the stories of the people I am painting.

2. The best advice I ever received...

Eliminate unnecessary drama from my life.

Studio

3. Success looks like...

Making money doing the thing I love to do the most.

4. Happiest when...

I'm happiest when I am in my studio creating, and I am simultaneously up to date on my desk work. This almost never happens so I spend a great deal of time torturing myself, feeling like there is something else I should be doing instead of being in my studio. Each day starts in my studio, looking at my current work while waking up to my first cup of tea. The day ends, looking over what I created that day. Somewhere in between, I rationalize how I don't need to do my desk work that day. 

Faces

5. One thing I wish I could tell my younger self...

Pursue your artistic self. Be who God created you to be, not whom you think everyone else wants you to be. 

For more of Brenda's work, follow her on Pinterest, Instagram or check out her blog here. Also, If you're in the Dallas area, be sure to stop by Blue Print - along with Brenda's art, you might just fall in LOVE with the entire store!