One Room Challenge Office Makeover {Week Five}

My One Room Challenge office makeover is nearing the final week and there’s still so much to do! However, I know if I hadn’t committed to this series, the projects I’ve been wanting to do for over a year would still be on my to-list. Instead, I’ve been able to cross a few off, and that’s progress. Accountability really is the best motivation, isn’t it?!

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If you’ve been following along since the beginning of this challenge, then you know that so far I’ve organized my desk drawers, selected new light fixtures, and created a fabric pinboard. This past week I focused on organizing the bottom portion of my office closet and started an art project.

I hoped to find some decorative file boxes to replace the blue plastic ones, but it looks like my search will have to continue. In the meantime, I decided to swap out one of the blue containers for a clear plastic one I was using to store craft supplies in my basement storage room. For the label, I used a ready-made peel and stick chalkboard.

Office Makeover - Storage File Box with Chalkboard Label

To freshen up the file cabinet, I cleaned it really well, spray primed it, and gave it a couple coats (lightly sanding in between) of Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White (CC-20), which is the same paint colour I used for  the closet last year. Originally my plan was to add a decorative detail, but I like how it simply blends into the closet.

Just in case you can’t remember what it once looked like (scary!)…

Organizing the Office Closet BEFORE

Organizing the Office Closet BEFORE

And after some purging, reorganizing and freshening up (sorry, had to snap the photos early this morning so they’re not the best), here it is now…

Organized Office Closet with White Painted File Cabinet

Office Makeover - Organized Closet Using IKEA Magazine File Boxes and Storage Boxes

While I was digging around in the basement for my painting supplies, I found this old art canvas that was hung in our kitchen years ago. The scale is perfect for the wall beside my desk (opposite the pinboard), but the style is dated and the colours are all wrong.

DIY Art Canvas - BEFORE

So far I only have a coat of primer on it, but I plan on using leftover paint in soft blues, greens, greys and whites to create an abstract piece. Wish me luck!

Office Makeover- Repurposed Art Canvas Project

That’s it for now. I’m crossing my fingers my chandelier shows up very soon. Be sure to check out the other One Room Challenge project updates for this week!



  1. I love how organized the closet looks – and all the pretty fabrics in it as well. I’m very interested in staying tuned for the abstract art you are working on….

  2. That closet looks wonderful Shauna, so organized and I’m sure that canvas is going to turn out great!

    1. I’m not going to get as much done as I would’ve liked, but I’m happy to have projects finally crossed off my list. I’m off to check out your progress for the week :)

  3. I have to say, your before looked not too bad! But, you definitely improved it even more. Looks organized and makes my brain happy just to look at it. The filing cabinet looks much fresher with a coat of paint!

  4. Hmmm. Good for you! I’m a bit envious of our closet and can’t wait to see what you do with that canvas..
    So much great work with this challenge but the only problem is I’m not doing my work because of all this reading:)

  5. This looks great! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party 

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