Instagrammer turns her upstairs hallway into a lavish spacious office
DIY enthusiast reveals how she knocked down the wall of her dark room to create an open-plan office for just £1,000 by upcycling Ikea drawers and painting her own
- Charlotte Summers, from Brighton, knocked down the wall of her dark storage room to create an airy office
- She said the cramped room was a ‘waste of space’ and wanted to have an open office down the hall
- Charlotte, who shares her transformations on Instagram, reveals she did the whole project for £1,000
A DIY enthusiast has revealed how she transformed her upstairs hallway and dark spare room into a bright and airy home office space for just over £1,000.
Charlotte Summers, from Brighton, realized she didn’t need the small storage room at the end of her upstairs landing, so she decided to knock down the wall and create an open-plan hallway and space of study to let in more light.
The landing has received a smart refresh, with new painted railings and balustrades and painted walls. She also added built-in shelving and a new desk looking out the window.
A DIY enthusiast has revealed how she transformed her upstairs hallway and dark spare room into a bright and airy home office space for £1,000. Above, the wall at the end of the hallway has been demolished (left) and replaced with open space
Previously, the area at the end of the corridor was occupied by a dark bedroom (pictured), which the couple did not need. By knocking down the wall, Charlotte was able to create space for an open study area with a large window
The content creator said the storage room was “the biggest waste of a beautiful view” and that opening it up created more natural light in the house. Above, the space previously occupied by the storage room is now this elegant two-person home office
Owner Charlotte, pictured, shares details of the home renovation on her Instagram page @charlottes_homestyle, which has 7,580 followers
Charlotte shares details of the home renovation on her Instagram page @charlottes_homestyle, which has 7,580 followers.
Charlotte told North Yorkshire-based sheepskin retailer Jacobs & Dalton: ‘Our open-plan hallway and study area is up there with one of the best decisions we’ve made in renovating our home .
‘We didn’t need the extra single bed and felt the first floor felt cramped and dark. So we knocked down the wall and that created a lot better circulation in the house.
Before: The transformation continued across the hall, where there was a dark bathroom tucked away at the back
During: The couple ripped out and replaced doors, ripped up carpet and set about painting and repainting walls
After: The landing has been smartly refreshed, with new painted railings and balustrades, walls painted in Trade Pre Brilliant Dulux white for £33 and, most strikingly, a brand new office space at the end.
How much does it cost
Shelving: Hardware from Wickes, Jewles and B&Q, £289
Painting: Total £91
Office: DIY office supplies from Wikes, Jewsons and B&Q for £35.25
Chairs: Found and Recycled with Ebay’s Boucle Fabric €27.98
Rug : Gray carpet, Aldi, £24.99. Sheepskin rug, Jacobs & Dalton, £30
Wall map: Wooden wall map from Enjoy the Wood on Etsy, £190
Floor: Tuscan Oak Laminate Flooring from UK Flooring Direct £250
Lighting: Downlights, approx. £40; Picture lamp, £44.99
Overall cost: £1,024.03
She continued: “One of the main reasons I wanted to build our DIY shelves in the hallway was to have an open space to display our personal items in a stylish way. I wanted the space to be not only functional, but also forms an interesting demonstration of what makes us “us”!
Charlotte said that with the help of “YouTube, a lot of trial and error, and a bit of vision,” she was able to create the built-in library from scratch.
She explained on her Instagram that B&Q cabinets and Ikea doors then built a base under the cabinets with slats.
They then custom cut MDF for the desk and added beads to give the desk a nice finish.
DIY desk materials from Wikes, Jewsons and B&Q cost a total of £35.25 and she decided to recycle the drawers she already has for the drawer unit.
She then painted the cabinets with Leyland MDF Primer for £16 and gray paint from Lick which cost £42.
They also used MDF for the shelves and plinths to tuck in the edges.
She used Tuscan oak laminate flooring from UK Flooring Direct which cost £250.
Sharing the transformation on her Instagram, she wrote, “I’ve been spending a lot of time here this week and I’m not complaining!”
“We didn’t need the bedroom – and it felt like the biggest waste of a great view and lots of natural light.
“So we tore down the wall (luckily it wasn’t structural!) and created an open plan study area!”
Charlotte even created a built-in bookcase, which she says is a smart way to use space and create vital extra storage.