Condo Guest Bedroom

My Office:: It All Starts With The Closet

Last Updated on December 26, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

I finally got the fabric that I ordered for my office.  I still have lots of other fabrics to order, but this particular fabric will play a big role in the makeover of the closet, which will soon be a sewing “room”.  So, let’s take a second and look at this fantastic fabric, shall we?

office closet transformation 8

Oh my goodness, I loved this fabric when I saw it online, but I love it even more in person!  It’s so happy and fun, and it makes me smile.

So here’s the gross little closet that will soon be transformed.

office closet transformation 1

I’ve used it for storage for seldom- and never-used items for so long that I didn’t even put the new flooring in it.  That will have to be top on the agenda.  Then I’ll need to do something about those skimpy apartment-grade baseboards.  Those were all throughout our condo, and I’ve been slowly replacing them with something more substantial.

office closet transformation 2

The closet was equipped with the standard hanging bar and shelf, which was also a catch-all for random things that I never used.  (Although I’m not sure how that elephant found its way in there.  Have I expressed to you my love for elephants?  I have quite a thing for them.)

It also has a lovely (not!) popcorn ceiling which will need to be scraped, and the $1.99 light fixture (yeah, the builders went all out on that) will be replaced with a cute little chandelier or pendant light.

I’ve already removed the shelf/hanging bar, as well as the metal rail that held the closet doors.

office closet transformation 4

I’ve also removed the moulding around the door facing on the inside of the closet so that the work surface (desk top), as well as the shelves that I plan to install on each side, can sit flush against the wall.

office closet transformation 5

Once I’ve prepped the walls (they’re currently very textured) and fixed the damaged areas, the fun will start.  I plan to use the bird fabric to “wallpaper” the inside of the closet.

office closet transformation 6

And then I’ll use the green chevron fabric to make drapery panels to frame the new sewing “room”.

office closet transformation 7

I’m so excited about this plan!  I love these fabrics, and I can’t wait to see that bird fabric on the wall.  I’ve never used fabric as wallpaper before, so I hope I don’t mess it up!!

I’m off to repair some walls.  Drywall mud, sanding…this is the not-so-fun part, but it must be done!


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    Lisa O'Connor Miller
    August 23, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    LOVE THE FABRIC! Where did you find it???

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    Rachel Miel
    August 23, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Love Love Love the fabric choices!   i cant wait to see the end result!:)

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    August 23, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    The colorful bird fabric was actually a bit difficult to find.  I found it at several online retailers, but they were all out of stock.  I was on a waiting list on one site for about three months.  I finally gave up on waiting, and searched again, finding it at online store called Beebolt.

    The chevron fabric is from

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    Amber Tobias
    August 23, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I've actually done the fabric wallpaper before and it was surprisingly simple and it worked wonderfully. Great choice of fabric. Good luck and I can't wait to see the results!

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    [email protected]
    August 23, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Hi Kristi-

    Can't wait to see how you transform the space.  The bird fabric is so cheery – Love it.

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    August 23, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    How do you plan on hanging the fabric as wallpaper? 

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    August 23, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I have wallpaper paste left over from a previous project, so I'm just going to use that.  I've also heard that liquid starch works, and it's removable, so it's a great solution for people who live in apartments or rent houses.

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    Upscale Downhome
    August 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    It's amazing the amount of work that needs to be done in just a tiny area. I am sure the results will be worth it; and your fabric is darling. Going to be awesome!

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    August 23, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I think my heart just skipped a beat when I saw that fabric. It is soooooo fun. I can't wait to see the finished result. 🙂

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    August 24, 2011 at 1:10 am

    What a very cheery nook you will have!  I love that fabric, it just makes me happy to look at it.  Great choice!

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    Francy M.
    August 24, 2011 at 2:45 am

    I did something similar in a closet (one of my bedrooms had 2 separate closets!) But made a home office, and I absolutely love it!! I still have the same $1.99 light fixture though and was actually sitting there today thinking its about time to do something about that! I have been kinda keeping an eye out for a petite chandelier, but I was wondering how that would work because my light bulb just has one of those pull string things to turn it on….no switch. I will be curious to see what you end up with!!

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    Ashley @ the handmade home
    August 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    just had to say. love your blog. 😉 that is all. 

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    August 25, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Can't wait to see your closet when it is finished. You have a great eye for what looks good!

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    August 25, 2011 at 5:04 am

    Love it!  Can't wait to see it.  Those fabrics are wonderful!!

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    A Creative Spirit
    August 25, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Woo hoo… you are moving right along!!!!! Can't wait to keep seeing the progress.

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    Richard hill
    August 27, 2011 at 9:24 am

    really i am also waiting to see new look of fabric office…:)

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    August 30, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Just found your blog from Pinterest, and I'll definitely be following to see your completed closet-turned-office.  I've loved that fabric from the moment I saw it and can't wait to see how it all turns out, plus I'm looking for decorating ideas with blue and green so will be checking out your older posts.