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Often times, homeowners make bland but nice updates to their home before listing it with perfectly tailored fixes, even if they are a bit boring. This is what Mid-Century Millennial’s Megan Housekeeper found at her 1970s Texas ranch, which vendors described as “well-updated” – “which to us mainly meant upgrades like rugs and rugs. boring accessories that we would like to undo as soon as we had the budget, ”Megan says. “In general, my husband and I love the eclectic mid-century to the 1980s style mixed with bold design and modern details.” This room offered none of that, although there was plenty of natural light that Megan wanted to take advantage of.

It was COVID-19 that ultimately inspired Megan to take the plunge, as her work shifted from in person to fully remote. Rather than spending her 9 to 5 hours in a bland, blah space, she wanted something colorful and inspirational. “Previously, I used my home office at most once or twice a week and it just housed a desk and a daybed for guests,” Megan explains. “I knew that if I had to work full time from home, I really wanted a space that reflected my personal style and inspired me on a daily basis. “

Megan started by removing the “orange peel” texture from the walls, learning how to plaster drywall along the way. “It was my biggest setback because I was learning for the first time,” Megan says. “I watched all the smoothing videos out there on YouTube and realized that like most things, you just have to start.” After tireless hours of sanding, Megan primed and then, with her husband’s help in leveling the duct tape, painted two-tone pink (Texas Rose by PPG) and white (Pure White by PPG) walls.

With that done, Megan ripped off the shaggy beige carpet and fixed the concrete underneath for an even surface. Then she painted it a dark forest green with paint formulated for concrete. Megan also replaced the old brown ceiling fan with a modern glossy white from Lamps Plus.

To furnish the space, Megan started with a Mid-Century style sofa from Wayfair, which she already owned, then turned to local vintage vendors for much of the rest. These vintage choices included the Art Deco and burgundy rugs, the glass coffee table, the desk chair, and the “spaghetti” light fixture above the desk (which comes from IKEA). “One of my favorite parts of this project was interacting with local suppliers in Austin,” explains Megan. “Local artist Whitney Avra, who creates multimedia art, has this amazing series of wild women that I knew I wanted to incorporate to add a splash of color. When I ordered the prints, I reached out to see if I could do a local contactless pickup and found out that she lived a short walk away.

“I wanted the space to feel 100% like me because I share the rest of the house with my husband,” Megan says. “It was going to be a space where I would spend most of my day and wanted it to reflect who I am as a person.” She brought tons of personality with her art, which includes prints by Whitney Avra ​​and recycled vintage paintings.

The project took about four weeks to complete in its entirety, and Megan did most of it on her own. The total cost of the room, including hardware upgrades, new (vintage) furniture, decor and plants, was $ 1,500.

Of the finite space, Megan says, “It looks like me. Each element has a purpose and a meaning. I am delighted to wake up and go to my home office every morning. Next time, however, she will be careful not to rush the process. “The only thing I would do differently is be more patient with the floors,” she says. “I did two coats of concrete paint and I can already see some slight markings. I will probably add a mantle and seal in the near future. As I embark on my next bedroom remodel, I have to remember that as satisfying as the end product is, it’s worth a day or two more to get it right in the long run.

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Megan is a writer and copywriter specializing in home improvements, DIY projects, hacks, and design. Prior to Apartment Therapy, she was an editor for HGTV Magazine and This Old House Magazine. Megan graduated in Magazine Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She is an autodidact connoisseur of weighted blankets.


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