Friday, May 19, 2017

Harry Potter Home Office



My husband and I moved into a tiny cabin in the woods almost a year ago, and part of the charm of this property was a very old smokehouse located right across the creek from our cabin.


While it looked cute from the outside, the inside was a disaster. 


However, we've never been ones to shy away from a good DIY flip, so we remodeled this space to create our very own Hagrid's hut inspired home office.

Our budget was basically zero for this project, but I went over by about $200 😉 . That's still not bad for a complete room remodel though!


Here's the price breakdown:


Pallet Wood Focal Wall- $0 but hours of work. We got pallets from a friend and used some old barn wood we had lying around our property as well.
You can follow along at BsBookLove on Instagram 


DIY Standing Desk- $12 for the wood from Lowes (**Tip** If you get a piece that has some splits or blemishes in it, they will give it to you at half off)  and the brackets were around $5 each at Lowes. 


Lighting and Lamps - The main light was $50 from Lowes and it included the cool bulbs. The desk lamps are from a discount store (Ross) and were $30 each. We spent around $110 total for lighting and these pieces are SO worth it. They really make the space what it is. 



Office Pegboard - $0 because we found it in our barn and painted it white using leftover paint. We also used scrap wood from the barn to make a huge frame around the pegboard. If you have to buy a pegboard, they are about $15 for a huge sheet. I really want one in my classroom now. 

I stole the huge writing scroll from my classroom and you can see how I made it hang in my classroom here: Harry Potter Classroom. For this space, I didn't need the track ceiling hangers, so I just used regular curtain rod hangers to anchor it to the wall. The roll of paper is from our local newspaper office (they sell these remnants for $5 each!) 


No Harry Potter office would be complete without a little potion mixing and diffusing! I LOVE my little diffuser I ordered from Amazon years ago because it changes all kinds of magical colors and has a nice wood tone to it. 
I couldn't resist adding in my Harry Potter Literary Device Posters to my new work space!


Furniture- The furniture was mostly free except for the two matching chairs which I found at Target for $40 each. If I had been more patient, I could have found some at yard sales or thrift stores, but it's really hard to find a matching set of small chairs, so I gave up and bought the blue ones pictured. 
 I wanted to add some fur elements to bring in a little more Hagrid into the space, so I recycled a fur scarf that I quit wearing. I'm not too proud to say that I found this stool at our local trash dropoff. My husband threatened to drive off if I jumped out to get it, but I called his bluff. ;) I cleaned it and simply took the seat off (it was super easy because it was attached from the bottom with 3 screws), cut the fur scarf into three sections, stapled the fur over the seat, and put the seat back on. It took all of 10 minutes to do. #wifewin 
I made my husband pose so that I could bask in my dumpster diving win. :) 

Pillows- I found every pillow for $3 each in the "new" section of our local Goodwill store. I think they really add some color and softness to the space. 


Miscellaneous- My favorite part of creating this office was adding in little Harry Potter touches without going over-the-top.
I spray painted these toy dragons with copper spray paint then added moss and the finished dragon into this little $2 ornament I found at a local craft store. I can't find these exact ones online, but here are some super cool teardrop ones that would probably look even better! 
Here's what they look like finished! 

I used the leftover dragons to make some magnets by hot gluing magnets to the back of the painted dragons. I used to the left over copper spray paint to recoat these file folders that used to be bright green. I used the leftover moss to make the numbers on the entryway. 
Another cool touch came from these cheap little skeleton keys I found on Amazon. I knew that I wanted to give a nod to the "Keeper of the Keys" so I took chalkboard labels and added the names of some of Hagrid's magical creatures. I also made some really simple artwork with the keys. 
All I did was take an old picture, spray paint it white, and hot glue the keys on there. 
Though it's not pink, I had to add in an umbrella somewhere! 

I made a Harry Potter wreath out of sticks and a hoop from the craft store

I added "The Owlery" to an old mailbox we had and grouped together our collection of birdhouses from around our property. 
I'm so happy to finally have this space finished so that I can get to work creating resources again! 

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2 comments:

  1. You've created a beautiful space that will inspire our imagination- A place of our own!

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  2. Wow! That's truly inspiring. What a great feeling having completed such a creative workspace. I love that you used reclaimed materials. Thanks for sharing.

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