Here we are 10+ months into my home office renovation (catch all of my update posts here), and I feel like we’re really starting to gain some traction. This month has been the month that our custom items have come to fruition. From my daybed to our built-ins and my custom credenza, things are taking shape in a physical form. Click through for the latest office renovation update, as I catch you up to speed on where we’re at. Things are really going to begin moving fast from this point forward, and I couldn’t be more excited!
Ignore the dirty glass on my pocket door, and focus on that beautiful light fixture! My chandelier is finally up, complete with a gorgeous ceiling medallion. Emmett even installed a dimmer for me, since I usually work late office hours. It’s difficult to believe this room didn’t have any existing lighting before we began renovating… not a single overhead light, sconce, or recessed can. It always felt like a cave and I relied on lamps, but not anymore! Gone are the days of zero lighting.
My custom credenza is also taking shape. Emmett is building it at his work (they have the best resources), and he has been sending me progress updates each week. The doors are stained, the body is assembled and stained, and now he’s working on the custom wood hardware I sketched for him.
The wood I selected is rift cut white oak with a clear protective finish. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s durable and the grain still shows through nicely. It’s warm, but not too warm, and it will look perfect with our herringbone floors.
Our built-ins are also getting painted! We’re also taking advantage of the spray booth at Emmett’s workshop and they’re looking perfectly glossy. If you’re curious about the paint color, I linked the entire palette in this post.
Below is a peek at the face frame for the built-in. Tilt your head to the left and imagine the thick piece being at the bottom with base moulding attached. Is it making sense now? All of the pieces are like one giant puzzle that will fit together seamlessly once we get it home.
I am most excited about the built-in doors. Check them out below. Those X details were tricky, tricky, tricky! They are currently unfinished, but will be painted the same color of white as the rest of the built-in. They’re also pretty giant in person. I cannot wait to see them in the space. They’ll also have glass in between the panels, which we are still waiting on. We ordered it custom from a local company.
Last but not least, my daybed arrived! After the drama surrounding this piece, I’m thrilled we were able to take the local route, support a small business, and I’m super pleased with the end result! It’s customized to my liking, I selected a performance fabric to withstand our dogs, and added charming bolsters. I even color matched the plinth base to my credenza. It’s all coming together, friends! I’m going to work on a separate blog post on designing and ordering completely custom furniture, once the office is finished and I can photograph it properly. It’s easier than most people think!
I know these process posts might be boring to some of you, but they’re all an integral part of how we get from point A to point B. I’ve actually really enjoyed taking our time, and stopping to share every little detail with you. It’s a TON of work to renovate a space and focus on all the little details, like I enjoy doing. It’s not a quick flip, and I’m proud of the time and energy that goes into our projects. I hope these renovation updates are at least somewhat educational and little bit entertaining. Here’s to hoping I have a big reveal for you soon! Before Christmas is our goal- we’d love to finish before the year’s end. I think we can do it, but we’ll see! As always, thanks for sticking it out with us and cheering us on. I appreciate it more than you know!
SallyOctober 19, 2021 at 4:10 am
This is going to be just lovely!
(I don’t know if this is the right place to mention, but the click through link to these posts from your emails is not working properly for me on iPad – it takes me to the page but then won’t allow me to scroll down as the content keeps jumping back up. It isn’t too much of an issue as I then just go to your site through bookmarks, but it’s happening!).
LaurenOctober 19, 2021 at 8:00 am
Sally this happens to me too-I’m usually on the mobile version when I read. Once the page loads, you can click the box with the arrow at the top of your address bar, and a menu should pop up-on that menu select “request desktop site”, and the page will reload as if you’re on a computer. It is t a perfect solution, but it generally resolves the issue enough for me to be able to fully scroll and comment. I think it’s an issue with pop-ups on the mobile site, not necessarily Sarah’s site itself. I hope this helps!
SallyOctober 19, 2021 at 9:46 am
Ah – I’d forgotten about trying this! Thank you!
SarahOctober 19, 2021 at 2:19 pm
THANK YOU so much, Lauren for sharing this! I had no idea. I’m the worst at tech, and I would have never known. I always write posts, respond to comments, and proof on my computer, so I never ever check the mobile version. I should probably start doing that, huh? Ha! Thanks again!
LaurenOctober 19, 2021 at 2:29 pm
You’re very welcome!
SarahOctober 19, 2021 at 2:36 pm
Thank you, Sally! I’m really looking forward to watching this come together in the coming weeks. Thanks so much for letting me know! I’m not that tech savvy, but will definitely look into this. I’m sorry! I usually write posts and view the blog on my desktop computer or laptop, but I’ll have to investigate what’s going on with the mobile version. Thanks again for brining it to my attention! I’ll see what I can find out.
PeggiOctober 19, 2021 at 4:35 am
Good morning and hello amazing progress! I continue to adore that chandelier, but how weird is it that the room didn’t have an overhead fixture of any kind? Love the color and progress on the credenza; that little bead on the door is reminiscent of your last kitchen-so pretty. And I’m intrigued to see the wooden hardware you designed. But, hold the phone, those built-in doors are spectacular!! That “X” moulding? I’m practically speechless.😉 Emmett’s carpentry skills are becoming next level. I think you may lure me over to Team Built-ins yet. You must be so pleased with that daybed. It’s stunning! Despite the extremely poor handling of the situation by OKL, you’ve ended up with a more perfect piece and an amazing new local resource. Your patience and determination always pays off. As for these updates, I dig them! Of course the expertly styled reveal is a treat, but progress updates help illustrate the process and tell the story! I’m here for all of it. Here’s to a wonderful Tuesday, Sarah!💜
SarahOctober 19, 2021 at 2:32 pm
Hi Peggi! Isn’t it strange that the room had zero lighting before? We’ve since learned from local friends that this was probably the “bishops room” in our home? Don’t quote me on this because I haven’t researched or looked it up- but apparently it’s common to have a room in a LDS-practicing home where you can meet and host important members from the church, like the bishop? Friends said that it’s common to have plug-in lamps, soft lighting, just a simple seating room that is comfortable, always clean, and right off the entry, so they don’t have to walk through your entire (probably messy) house? Maybe like a den? Haha! I don’t know. That’s just what we’ve heard. It could be a myth, but maybe that explains the lights? Maybe someone who knows for certain could chime in? The credenza also reminds me of our previous kitchen cabinets! I had Emmett use the same bit for the profile- good eye! The cabinet doors are definitely my favorite, and am eager to see them with the attached glass. Although, I will say- here at market… we’ve seen lots of bookcases, and we were discussing how not every shelf needs to be permanent. It’s nice to have a bookcase that feels like furniture and less like an architectural element. We need more of those moments in our home! I like a healthy mix of both. The daybed was such a happy accident. I’m thrilled with the quality and the local business was so wonderful to work with. We’re actually hoping to hire them to make some beautiful things for our Tuesday Made shop- which would be fantastic! It was a win/win after an annoying situation with the folks at OKL. I hope you have a great Tuesday!! xo
ColleenOctober 19, 2021 at 6:27 am
Wow. Sarah everything is coming together beautifully. I’m totally envisioning it now, your office is going to be stunning. The light fixture is so lovely 😍 the built ins will be out of this world and the rift oak credenza will also be amazing! I’ve never had a space in any home that was that customized so I’m totally living vicariously through you 😜 So happy for you and can’t wait for the finish line, you are so close. Exciting! Have a super terrific day ❤️
SarahOctober 19, 2021 at 2:22 pm
Thank you, Colleen! I definitely went all out with my design dreams for this one, and luckily Emmett agreed to make it happen in the wood shop. Haha! I can’t wait to see it all come together soon. I feel like I’ve waited awhile to have a permanent office to enjoy for years to come, and I’m looking forward to the day I can move back into this room and fill the beautiful built-in. I know all of our renovations aren’t this tricky or customized, but we’ve had fun figuring it out :) I’m glad it has been fun to follow the process. I hope you’re having a great Tuesday! PS. thanks for your order today! Emmett and I will be shipping out orders as soon as we’re back from High Point and we’ll get those candles sent out to you ASAP. We appreciate it so much! xox
LaurenOctober 19, 2021 at 8:17 am
Eeeeeek!!! Everything is so gorgeous Sarah!! The chandelier itself is one to admire- I sat and just stared at it for five minutes before I continued reading. Bonus points to Emmett for installing the dimmer. That is the perfect solution for late nights. Your custom credenza is completely on-point. I love the door detail, and the color of the wood. What is the difference between rift cut and standard white oak? And the built-ins😱😱 My goodness the detail on those doors is out of this world-Emmett, you accomplish incredible things with wood! I’m blown away. I can’t wait to see glass behind those panels. The daybed is the sweetest icing on the cake. I love that you were able to match the base panel to your credenza-and it looks super comfortable! Everything is taking shape beautifully Sarah. I’m crossing my fingers for you that it’s complete before the holidays arrive. You know I love the progress posts. It’s nice to be able to see step by step processes and go through each element as a reader. It really allows for questions and digesting exactly what is entailed with this scale of renovation, and I so appreciate you and Emmett for taking the time to compile those posts and answer all the questions. It helps all of us more than you realize. This office is going to be stunning and I’m here for it all! Have an incredible Tuesday. Xo
SarahOctober 19, 2021 at 2:18 pm
Eeeek!! Thanks, Lauren! It’s all coming together. Rift cut versus quarter sawn oak is really just about the direction of the cut and how the grain is presented. It’s kind of a tricky explanation without a diagram, so check out this graphic: https://www.finehomebuilding.com/2018/07/10/quartersawn-wood-rift-sawn-wood-explained … the cut will influence the grain pattern and sometimes the color. I’m also looking forward to seeing the cabinet doors with glass! We’re still waiting on it to arrive from the local glass shop, but it’s going to be beautiful. We opted for the restoration glass, so it has a tiny bit of movement to it, that makes it look aged. The daybed couldn’t have worked out better. I went from thinking we were going to have to redesign the entire built-in and find an alternative daybed to finding such a fantastic local shop who can build anything. I’d much rather support them anyway, and the quality is phenomenal. It was a happy accident with the One Kings Lane fiasco. I’m glad it didn’t work out because this outcome is far better! Renovating over here definitely takes us lots of time and planning, and honestly- I feel like that’s the norm! We see so many fast renovations and millions of dollars spent quickly on social media design projects we follow, I think it’s easy to forget that isn’t the reality for most. If anything, hopefully my slow office renovation helps to remind people that home takes the majority of us a lot of time. I’ve actually really enjoyed this project and the easy pace! It has given me time to think through everything. I hope you have an amazing Tuesday as well :)
MiloOctober 19, 2021 at 8:45 am
I love these in process posts!! So excited to hear things are coming together. I can’t wait to see your vision complete!
SarahOctober 19, 2021 at 2:10 pm
I’m so thrilled to hear it, Milo! Things are coming together and I’m getting really excited… although I just learned that my desk chair delivery has been pushed again- it’s scheduled for a November 11th ship date. Fingers crossed we receive it soon! Have a great day!
StephanieOctober 19, 2021 at 8:53 am
Sarah, these progress posts are the opposite of boring! Everything is coming together really well, and we can really tell the level of care and thought that goes into each and every step. I love following along and I am so relieved for you that the custom daybed worked out, and so so well! Can’t wait to see it in its place with all the other pieces too
SarahOctober 19, 2021 at 2:09 pm
I’m so glad to hear that, Stephanie! This one is taking us awhile, but I suppose that’s the reality of how we save, plan, and renovate. I’m really thrilled with the daybed! It ended up being a better situation than I could have imagined. Whew! I’m looking forward to the day I get to unwrap it :) Hopefully soon! Have a great Tuesday!
KariOctober 19, 2021 at 8:53 am
I love your process and progress posts! No detail too small for me. Thanks Sarah!
SarahOctober 19, 2021 at 2:07 pm
I’m so happy you like them, Kari! Hope you’re having a great week :)
DawnOctober 20, 2021 at 6:29 pm
Gorgeous. Really looking forward to seeing the next post!
SarahOctober 21, 2021 at 8:11 am
Thanks, Dawn! It feels like things are really coming together over here. It has been fun!
MelissaOctober 21, 2021 at 7:22 am
Wow, it’s going to be so so good! That ceiling medallion is perfection and Emmett really outdid himself on those cabinet doors. Can’t wait to see it all come together.
SarahOctober 21, 2021 at 8:07 am
Thanks so much, Melissa! I’m excited about everything :)