Sunday, May 1, 2011

A Well-Deserved Office Makeover

I've told you about my younger sis Sara. In case you don't know her, she's a completely amazing 25 year old girl who owns and runs a coffee shop in our town.

Everyone loves her and she has a sparkly, outgoing personality. She's one of the most compassionate and caring people I've ever met. And she also works like crazy.

Yes, she is one-of-a-kind.

Here we are at the Rachael Ray Show last year:

Her office at the coffee shop was disturbingly dark and cave-like. As well as cluttered and disorganized. And she hated working in it. So she asked if I would help her re-do it.

I decided to recruit some of her friends to help me give her office a much-needed makeover. I called it "Extreme Makeover: Office Edition".

I didn't let Sara help or watch us while we worked. And, she trusted me enough to let me take charge! We did the makeover in one evening, then at the end of the night, we brought her in to see the finished product.

So fun.

Here are some before pics:

See, I told you it was disturbing! Gross brown walls, brown carpet, brown desk, clutter everywhere...yuk!

I wanted the office to reflect Sara and be young, clean, modern, and bright. Here's the AFTER:

We got the main things at Ikea - the desk, both chairs, and the shelf.

Below is a canvas I made for Sara a few years ago of Audrey Hepburn. It's a knock-off of one that Ikea sells.

I found a large corkboard at Goodwill and painted the frame white, then covered it with floral fabric.

I covered clipboards with scrapbook paper. They are useful and fun!

I made her one of my canvases that you can find in my Etsy shop. It's setting on a shelf from Ikea.

Anthropologie aprons and fun coffee-shop hats are her trademark.

The wall art above the corkboard is a canvas that I just covered with a 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper.

The lamp was an old one that I found at Goodwill. I covered the shade with yellow fabric and added some fabric flowers to give it new life.

We spent very little money for the renovation, and now the space is cozy and welcoming, and more importantly, functional!


  1. That makeover is absolutely AMAZING! I love everything that you did, it looks a bajillion times better than before! Your sister is so lucky to now work in much an awesome office (and to have you to do it for her)!

  2. Looks great! How SWEET! :) Owner of a coffee shop- sounds fabulous!

  3. Aw! Love it!! So cheerful now! Perfect.

  4. Ask Sara if she needs a secretary! :) It looks great Aimee!

  5. Yay for Sara's new office! Looks great!

  6. Bravo!!

    Aaand now I need you to come do my home office! :)

  7. AIMEE WEAVER!!!!!!!!!!!! my mouth is wide open! i couldn't believe the TRANSFORMATION!! what a sweet, sweet thing to do for her! You have so much talent and you're using it so beautifully.

    Hope to see you this weekend at our GINORMOUS sale, (18 women now)!! crazyville. :)

  8. p.s. it's not right that your sister owns a coffee shop and you don't drink coffee. it's just not right. :)


    and not just because you did my office :)

    Love ya!

  10. That is an over- the-top overhaul for your sister's office. Cheers for doing your loved one a very nice favour that can truly inspire her to work hard.


I love hearing from you! Thanks for your comments! ~Aimee


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