Alicia’s Office Reveal

I am so excited to finally share today’s room reveal with you guys!   When my friends over at P&G and The Home Depot approached me about this project I knew that it would be an experience that I would never forget.  Keeping the fun projects in this room under wraps has been really hard,  but now we can be besties without any secrets between us again. 

If you remember from the behind the scenes post earlier this week, this was a whirlwind makeover.  Like 3 days start to finish.  That was a first.   Also I just realized that there are probably 5 people that are actually reading this part of the post, everyone else has already scrolled down for pictures.  So lets join them, shall we?

This space in my MIL’s house was an extra room that really served no purpose other than a second guest room that was never used.   We decided to turn it into an office and make it a really beautiful and functional space.

Here is where it began once we had cleared everything out.



And this is what it looks like now:

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Alicia really needed a large linen closet,  what she had was this guy.  Womp womp.



Office Makeover Ideas Sliding Screen Door

(I am pretty freakin sure that the sliding door is one of my favorite projects of all time.)  You can see the full picture tutorial here!

We turned the basic closet into a spot perfect for massive amounts of linen storage.   Simply by adding shelves that filled the entire depth.  There is just so much room now!

Linen Closet Project

Remember the basic shelves that I made for Macie’s Bedroom?

Well I loved them so much that I couldnt stop myself from doing it to an entire wall in Alicia’s Office.


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Basic Shelves and Globe Sconce


The wall treatment was another fun Sharpie Wall (you can see the first one here! and the tutorial for this one here) I learned a few new things this time around, so you will want to check that one out!

Removeable Sharpie Wallpaper Treatment


How in love are you with that desk?!  Would you believe that it started out as this rust bucket that may or may not have been living on the side of my house for the last 9 months?


Alicia's Office Makeover


The Yay art was designed by Jamie (but of course) and cut out at the last possible minute by my savior bff Brooke.   You can make your own with the tutorial heretutorial here.

These lights were a really simple upcycle from thrifted globe lights.  They will cost you less than $10 each!

Wooden Dowel and Plank Sconces

Alicia's Office Makeover


Lets discuss the cot.

It is just so good.  It is from WWII and the frame is in excellent shape.  The canvas also appeared to be in great shape until last week when it tore (oopsie).  Good thing I have an entire couch that I can skin in my garage….leather upcycle project in the works yo.

Vintage Army Cot

Army Cot


I have been saving this vintage topographic map for just the right space.  I love the little color moment that it provides.

Alicia's Office Makeover

Alicia's Office Makeover

Vintage Topographic Relief Map


Can we just talk about the closet door for a minute?  There are 3 huge problems that people encounter with sliding barn doors.

1.  The hardware is expensive. 

Alicia's Office Makeover


2.  The doors are heavy.  

Sliding Barn Door Tutorial


3.  Trying to find a door that is the right size is near impossible.

Sliding Door Hardware

I killed all of those problems with this one project.  I cant wait to show you my secret!  Watch the video below to see how easily it glides,  you will be super impressed.

And it wouldnt be a complete VR room makeover without a bit of upcycled leather in it now would it!? I used some scraps of leather and rope and a little bit of copper pipe to make these hanging magazine/file holders.

 Upcycled Leather Magazine Rack

Alicia's Office Makeover

Easy Industrial Shelf DIY

Alicia's Office Makeover

Alicia's Office Makeover

Alicia's Office Makeover

 Alicia's Office Makeover

 Mid Century Chair Sliding Door

If you remember my MIL’s Living Room Makeover and Kitchen Reno, her style is a little on the masculine side and pretty monochromatic.  It was a fun challenge to create a space that reflects her taste.

When I think of sprucing up a space for spring the thought of pastels and tulips come to mind….but obviously that is not going to work.  To bring a little bit of springy happiness to Alicia’s office I filled it to the brim with plants from Home Depot.  It is so inviting and perfect for her.

Bringing spring inside

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There is one word to describe just how I feel about the space….

Yay Sign


Here is one of the fun videos that we shot:


The others will be posted at the end of the tutorials that they correlate with, so watch for them over the next week or so!

I am not the only one that is updating spaces for spring.  Head over to to see so many more!


So what do you think?  Do you love it as much as I do?  What tutorial are you most excited about?

Love Your Guts



  1. Looks great my talented and beautiful friend! xoxo


  3. TracieMcOB says:

    Where do I start???!!! Super, SUPER, cool room. You have such a talent. I love seeing all of your ideas. Wow. Thank you!

  4. Ahh, Mandi, you’ve done it again! My eyeballs want to rest on every beautiful detail of this room. So much yay!

  5. You are genius and never cease to amaze!!

  6. Savannah says:

    This room is perfection and you belong on camera!

  7. YAY! What a freak’n fabulous makeover. That sliding door is amazing. I can’t wait to see the nitty gritty details of how you pulled it off.

  8. Nailed it! I’m in love. I can’t get over all the wood elements and texture. You have a fabulous eye for detail.

  9. Seriously Mandi you kill me! This is so beautiful!

  10. Love it! Every office needs a daybed and a trumpet!

  11. I love the light and airy feeling of the room. It looks fantastic!

  12. I absolutely LOVE this room! it’s insanely gorgeous. That sliding door?! I want it. I need it. But there is one things that kinda bugs me. I have a hard time seeing this room as very functional. That’s actually a theme I’ve noticed with rooms on VR. There are great storage areas like awesome shelving units, but they’re always covered in, well, clutter? I hope this is just for photos (because it works very well in photos). I wonder how many of those books were purchased just for staging. For this room to function as an office I feel like she needs more area for office things. Maybe I spread out too much, but that small desk wouldn’t cut it for me. Beautiful, yes. Practical? I’m not sure. -Katherine

    • Hmmm….I don’t think I agree, although I do know what you’re saying. I absolutely love the bedroom redo she did for her niece, but I also remember thinking that there wasn’t much room for Macie to “put” things. That being said, though, I completely redid my 15 year old son’s bedroom last summer and used a LOT of VR inspiration for the redo. Instead of leaving a bunch of blank spots for my son to fill in with his own stuff, I actually “staged” the room for living purposes, and not just so it’d look good in a photograph. When I saw Macie’s room I remember thinking that it didn’t leave her a lot of room for her own things, but then I started thinking about my own son’s room and it dawned on me that this was EXACTLY how to make it the most functional. Having the nightstand already decorated has pretty much forced my son to put his wallet and change and spare pencils and guitar picks in their designated areas — and the room is so awesome that he actually WANTS to take care of it and keep it organized (which was not the case before when it was a hodgepodge of non-unified, undecorated items). So, while I can see how you wonder if a space can truly be functional when it’s this gussied up, I would also say that, in some instances, it can sometimes be the most efficient way to make a room functional. As for the office redo in this posting….I would be so inspired to work in this room….MUCH better than the ugly cubical I have to go to everyday :(

      • I see your point, but think this particular case (an office) is very different than a 15 year old’s bedroom. Staging is great, and has made this space beautiful, but an entire shelving unit without anything particularly “useful” on it seems to be excessive. I don’t see how an adult can have a functional office space with two hanging folders and 3 drawers in a small desk for storage. I agree with you that the space is inspiring, but I don’t think I’d be able to get anything done with such a small workspace.
        Onto your point that staging helps keep an area organized, I agree. However, I really don’t see “designated areas” for items that make the space function as an office. Please don’t get me wrong, I’d give anything for a room like this! It’s gorgeous! I can’t even fathom creating a space even half as amazing anything Mandi designs! I’d probably just add a bigger desk, and a filing cabinet or two. That is all.

      • Brilliantly said. I used to avoid “styling” my surfaces (side tables, coffee table, shelves, etc.) because I wanted room to stash things. I finally broke down and now my place is way less cluttered and organized…because I “stash” those things in their proper place.

    • Hey Katherine!
      Such a great point! I called this room an office because I sort of hate the term woman cave. Its not an actual office for work, just more of a place for Alicia to hang out on her computer. They have an office office downstairs that they store all of the non cute things! The biggest dilemma we had was creating more storage for the bedding and cleaning supplies. If you are looking for a more functional office the cute stuff on the shelves could absolutely be switched out for storage! Thanks for the feedback!


  13. This room is so amazing it actually hurts my eyes!!!!!!! And in 3 days??? Not human.

  14. LOVE it! I really love those shelves and all the plants. Can’t wait to find out more about that barn door! So clever!!

  15. I love the door tutorial. I will do that someday when I buy a house.

  16. Michelle C says:

    You are so talented it’s kind of sick! Love everything you do. Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. DUDE. You are SERIOUSLY killing it with all these room makeovers. THE VINTAGE COT. My ovaries exploded. THE BARN DOOR knocked the wind outta me. I seriously am having anxiety over having to wait for the tutorials. Mandi= KILLING IT.

  18. Is it hard to sleep at night with all that talent pours out of your ears? Seriously, it’s insane how good you are. You need your own show on cable.

  19. I love EVERYTHING you do!! What color of paint is on the walls??? I want to repaint but have become overwhelmed with the number of white paints to choose from. Do you have a favorite? Thanks!

  20. So great, Mandi! Love the warmth and texture. Those globe lights are speaking to me :)

  21. Ty Tradelius says:

    Ok, I CANNOT wait to see what you learned and have to share about creating a wall like this with a mere Sharpie! I’m moving into my first house and I’ve been scouring wall papers for my office but nothing comes close to looking as cool as this! Done and done. Thank you!

  22. I love the whole office, how can I choose just one part? I’m excited to hear what you did with the barn door. My style is a lot like Alicia’s, I think, so I’d love to see more done along these lines!

  23. Camille Farias says:

    Okay. So my love for your work has gone from a deep, smoldering adoration to a complete psychotic obsession. Sharpie accent walls? Upcycled everything? Macrame? It’s like you take my life and turn it into awesome, well-lit and super stylish rooms. Brava!

  24. I don’t even know what to say you’re just so incredibly talented. Why you’re not on tv is wayyyy beyond me. I’d watch your show everyday. Jezzzz just so incredible….

  25. You did it again! Amazing!!! The sliding closet door is PERFECT! I was trying to figure out how I could do this for our bathroom and laundry room. Thank you so much!!


  26. This is just too dang amazing! I need that door. And how are you not already hosting your own show?!??!?! Seriously I’ve been watching American Dream Builders and you have once again confirmed that you NEED to be on there. Nate? Nate Berkus are you listening? Call Mandi now!!

  27. That desk makeover is incredible! I never would have guessed that it looked like that before.

    Can’t wait for a how-to for the sliding barn door! Very cool.

  28. I HEART that barn door!! I’ve been looking for a DIY way to create my own, and though I’ve seen a few online, this one is definitely my FAVOURITE! I want a tutorial! :)

  29. My name is Alicia, too, and I wish I had a room in my house that looked like that! I love the rug in front of the closet (not the all-white shag)… where is it from? Might need to get immediately.

  30. Fantastic!! Love the sharpie wall and the YAY! And I’d die for a linen closet that size. *Sigh*

  31. Oh I love it!! You just ooze creativity!

    I have the exact same cot but my metal is a dark green. I got it at the route 11 yard sale that goes for miles and miles for $10. I honestly dont think mine would be incredibly usable or sturdy but I have it out in my office too. I’ve been looking for the right accessories for it. Loved to see another on one of my favorite blogs :)

  32. WOW Mandi, I’m so in love with everything about this room! —-I have a desk that I’ve been wanting to paint and I think I’m going to paint it like you did this one – can you tell me how you did the top? The desk I’m going to paint will be used daily by my husband, so I need to make sure to top holds up —maybe I should think about a piece of glass for the top?

  33. There are so many great things about this room. But that desk is simply awesome!

  34. Amazing!! Love it all!!

  35. Jamie rowe says:

    My eyes are melting out of my face with all the awesomeness. Beautiful. I love your clean, vintage, glam, vibe. Those magazine holders!!!!!! I’m super jealous of your cot, i have been searching for one for my son’s room. Great job!!

  36. I LOVE this and will chime in with the please do a diy tute on how to do the barn door! I have a craft/office/guest room that I SOOO need that door for! To be able to slide it closed and actually USE my guest room as a guest room would be FANTASTIC!

  37. i went to bed dreaming about those magazine holders. wow.

  38. okay, that’s it. i am getting up right now and going to open a can of white paint. the constipation is over!!!

  39. I love your style, Mandi, really I do! Your ideas are off-the-wall fantastic! But can I just chime here and say that I hope your next room has something other than white walls, gold accents, and wood tones? Don’t get me wrong, I love all those things, but I would love to see you take on something different. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  40. I. LOVE. IT! I think the sliding door is my fave, but I really love it all. And you are amazing…enough said.

  41. Wow! This is an amazing space!

  42. Kaya defehr says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!! What did you use for the shelving? Regular brackets and measured wood? I am looking for some exactly like that? Thank you!!

  43. I. Love. It!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Janelle Bess says:

    Another amazing job by VR!!!! Such a refreshing space! I am most excited to learn about that sharpie-focal wall and screen closet door. Also, I love those shelves, maybe even more then Macie’s (thinking because the brackets are black..don’t remember Macie’s being that dark..?..) Still, I love it all…and ALWAYS think that plants make ANY space better! Awesome job Mandi!!!! :)

  45. Jessica Martinez says:

    I think, wait, I know that I am obsessed!! I am also angry that you can rock this room out in 3 days when I have been painting my kitchen for the last 2 weeks. Some of it is pure laziness, but WOW! You are in inspiration to get things done and be creative! Thanks for doing what you do!

  46. You’ve done it again! Superb.

  47. I have to laugh sometimes at all the criticisms. You had to make a spring like room, for a person who likes neutrals. So what is more obvious than white? You had to tailor it to what your mother in law would like. Just like you had a real client. So she had to like it. The shelves are fine. I’m sure they will morph into something different when Alicia finds more stuff to put on them. It’s hard to scrape up a lot of your keepsakes in less than three days. I would deem this room “Gutsy-licious.” Well done.

  48. I’m in love with that sharpie wall – that pattern is fabulous! So fun but not too busy – perfect! Great idea!

  49. That barn door idea is genius, can’t wait to learn how to make my own!

  50. Praveena says:

    Mandi! This is gorgeous!! The sharpie wall again is super cute! What color did you use on the walls.?

  51. yay!! lol i love this room and im probably most excited about the sliding door. i could really use that in my room.

  52. Sarah E. says:

    Way to go Mandi!!! You knocked it out of the park (again)!!!!!

  53. Mandi!!!!!!!!!!!!! This room redo is so awesomely gorgeous I can’t stand it! I love your style, as always, and this is just amazing. I cannot wait to see how you made that door!

  54. I’ve said it before, you are the queen of staging shelves. I love them!

  55. Love this room!!! I always use your blog as a inspiration!! Thank you so much girl!!


  56. Darn it! You did it again, you made me love you more! I love this room too, I love them all! And that desk! Holy guacamole I want it so freakin bad! Come to AZ and go shopping with us!

  57. I’m loving the cottage feel of your room, and the sliding door! The cot could sure use a bit thicker foam layer, and the pillows accent it very well.

  58. I think it’s safe to say everyone reading this is scrolling their mental rolodexes on where to pick up an old desk now! That particular transformation was amazing. I am currently working on a commercial space that is going to need an office & am going to attempt this. Thanks for the inspiration. Oh, and the barn door on casters is genius.

  59. You are AMAZING. Of course you’re living up to your promise with the FEARLESS barn door. I’m loving all the pops of green with the plants. Well done, lady :)

  60. Kristi D. says:

    Mandi your design skills are amazing, but you just won me over for realzies by using the words ‘Womp Womp’ in your blog post. Kudos sweet cheeks!

  61. LOVE LOVE LOVE this room! I’m pretty new to following your blog and I’ve already looked at every previous post and project on here! I especially love the desk in this room… What is the name of the gray paint on the desk? Also, where did you get that awesome desk hardware??? I have a desk I’m about to paint and change up for my own office reno.

  62. Christine says:

    Where is that NYC Subway Map from? I’m in love!

  63. Mandi- Just came across your blog not too long ago and love it! Very inspiring! Can you please please please tell me where you got your rug? (Not the one under the desk, but the patterned one you posted about sewing together from two separate ones in another post. I LOVE IT and have been trying to find a neutral, inexpensive one for a long time now. I’d really appreciate it!!!

  64. Where do you get your inspiration from? My friend introduced me to your blog and I am obsessed! I have yet to do any of the projects, but I love reading your posts! You are amazing!

  65. The comment box wasn’t working on your “real life” post so…I’m writing it here, sorry! Whats the difference between co-dependency and “supporting” an addict? Where do you drawl the line? Ever since I read your post a few months ago I’m paranoid I’m a co-dependent but I can’t find a good definition that distinguishes the two!!!!! know of any good resources???

  66. love this room, and love the patterned rug, where did you get that?

  67. I saw your feature on the Target blog and clicked over to your blog – I’m hooked. Your work is beautiful and creative. I love the shelves in the office reveal. They’re perfect… among many other things! You’ve gained a new fan :)

  68. I LOVE the barn door!! And your version looks so much easier and cheaper to make than some of the other versions that I have seen. Thanks for sharing!

  69. I have been following your blog for a year +. I just have to say you are amazing. Your ideas are original & fantastic. I can’t tell you how many of your projects I have printed out hoping to make someday. Keep up the great work and keep those ideas coming for the rest of us that have trouble thinking outside of the box :) love you & your blog!

  70. Where did you get that great brass/glass plant container? Love it all!

  71. Beverly Christensen says:

    Mandi, love your stuff bunches! Question: on the office makeover, you have the coolio globe pendants wrapped around some great light wood pegs mounted on the wall. Did you make those peg sconces? They’d be perfect for anchoring the pendant lamp I am making!

  72. Hi there! I absolutely LOVE your makeover! Everything about it is absolutely fantastic. I’ve featured this post in my Home Office Makeovers Round-Up – check it out here: Thank you! :)

  73. Hi Mandy! I love the closet doors you did in this room, and I’m DYING to hear how you did it. Did I miss the tutorial or will it be coming up sometime soon?

  74. When are you going to post a tutorial on the sliding door?! I’ve been waiting for months!

  75. I love what you’ve done to this room! Everything is so cute and fun. I also love that you kept the flooring the same, but you added some great area rugs. The rugs add some personality and warmth to the room. They also make the room look bigger. I like that the rugs vary in style and texture. If you would like to some neat blogs about using area rugs in a room then please check out this blog –

  76. Where’d you get the rug?! Love it all!!

  77. This is amazing. Love everything about this room. :)

  78. I would love to own an office like this one. It is almost like a dream. :) . Loved this post a lot.

  79. Hi Mandy!
    Tried the wall pattern this week in my bathroom… looks awesome!

  80. Hi Mandi, I just have to tell you that I am soooo impressed by the desk transformation. Absolutely beautiful!!

  81. This is fantastic. I’m loving all the details!!


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