Evolution of My Home Office – Part 2

Here’s a quick update on the evolution of my home office. If you missed part 1, click here to get caught up. I spent the better part of my Sunday afternoon spray painting like a mad woman. Prayerfully, the fumes didn’t fry too many of my brain cells in the process. I’ll explain in a minute…

My first priority was to take inventory of items I currently own and figure out how I could work them into the design plan. First up, an outdated lamp that previously belonged to my grandmother. I’m sure in its “hay-day” it was a fashionable piece. Without some sort of makeover, she (the lamp) and I surely could not coexist.

I picked up a can of Rustoleum Professional Grade paint in Safety Red from Lowes along with a trigger attachment and gave the old gal an extreme makeover. I also used Wipe-On Poly when the paint dried to add a high gloss.

I’m currently shopping for a new shade. I really love the clover shade on this lamp.

Candidate #2 was an Eiffel Tower lamp I purchased years ago from a consignment shop. I’d just returned from my first trip to Paris and was enamored by all things Parisian! The lamp was silver, but like Granny’s lamp it had a date with destiny. I spray painted it with Valspar Metallic Gold paint and gave it a new home on top of my bookcase.

Armed with gold paint in hand, I gave this letter tray from the Ikea Dokument series the solid gold treatment.

…then glammed up these magazine files with more gold spray paint.

By now, with my affection for turning everything into gold, my husband began calling me “Queen Midas.” To his good fortune, I ran out of paint.

I then wrapped a couple of mini paint cans with pretty paper I purchased from JoAnn’s.
The only items I’ve purchased so far are these Merete curtain panels from Ikea and a curtain rod from Target. With the curtains hung high and wide on the picture window, it now brings attention to the ugly mini-blinds purchased by the previous owners.

I contemplated purchasing a new desk, but my current desk is both functional and very sturdy. Maybe a coat of paint in a high gloss black will do the trick!

Feeling like buying a can of spray paint now? Why not? It’s the perfect time for outdoor DIY projects. What’s on your “to-paint list?”

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About Erika Ward

Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, HGTV.com and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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8 Responses to “Evolution of My Home Office – Part 2”

  1. Tamstyles Says:

    your off to a great start…it all looks great.


  2. Ladyee Boutique Says:

    Oh my Erica! I love what you've done with the lamps and letter holders! Way to go dear. :)


  3. Mimi Scarlett Says:

    My spray paint list includes:

    A bookshelf
    A lamp
    File cabinet

    Usually not a fan of red lipstick but she (the lamp) is rocking it!! Good Job!


  4. Anonymous Says:

    I am loving the spray paint! LOL!

    I love both lamps!!

    Great idea for paint cans! I have a ton of them and now you have given me a use for them!

    Angela Oliver


  5. Sarah La Rose Says:

    I'm loving the gold spray paint!!! I totally want to go out and buy an item just to spray paint it another colour. hehe…

    I tried to find a colour that wasn't incredibly bold for my mothers living room lamp but haven't found one that's right yet. I'll keep looking.

    Thanks for the inspiration!


  6. Anonymous Says:

    Wow, Great Job! New TV Show idea….."Extreme Makeover Interiors" You really have an eye for decorating. Keep up the good work!



  7. Q. Says:

    love the red lipstick lamp! i say gloss out the desk in black…that would be hot!


  8. L.Duncan@home23duncanboys Says:

    Love the red lamp!


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