Home Office Renovation: Before and After

Jeff and I have basically worked from home since we gave up our office in downtown East Lansing back in 2014, but it wasn’t always pretty. For years, Jeff worked from a basement “office” that doubled as a messy storage room. I had a desk in there too, but I refused to work among so much clutter, so I spent most days working on my laptop at the kitchen counter (not ideal).

East Lansing DIY basement home office renovation before and after photos with Semihandmade Doors and IKEA BESTA cabinets

A few years ago, we finally got it together and renovated the entire basement. This room became a real, organized office, and we removed a TON of wallpaper, painted, and put down new carpet in the other part to create a play area for the girls.

We had used Semihandmade cabinet fronts for our kitchen renovation, and when they reached out to see if we could collaborate on any other projects, I knew exactly what I wanted for the office. We used IKEA’s BESTA cabinets with Semihandmade’s Impression Oyster door fronts. The cabinet fronts were a great match for the IKEA dining tables that became our desks (Jeff wanted a LOT of space for his desk).

I still want to add an egress window to the space for safety and light, but it’s so nice to have a dedicated place to work, especially now that our entire family is home all. the. time.

East Lansing DIY basement home office renovation before and after photos with Semihandmade Doors and IKEA BESTA cabinets
East Lansing DIY basement shared home office renovation before and after photos of a desk area
East Lansing DIY basement shared home office renovation before and after photos of a cleaned up desk area
East Lansing DIY basement home office renovation before and after photos of two desks
East Lansing DIY shared basement home office renovation before and after photos with two desks and Semihandmade Doors and IKEA BESTA cabinets
East Lansing DIY shared basement home office renovation photos with Semihandmade Doors and IKEA BESTA cabinets
East Lansing DIY shared basement home office renovation photos with Semihandmade Doors and IKEA BESTA cabinets
East Lansing DIY shared basement home office renovation photos of sitting area with Semihandmade Doors and IKEA BESTA cabinets

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