Before & After: Wood Shop Turned Home Office

Our good friends, Laura & Keith, recently bought a 2+ bedroom condo in South Boston and are three months into a major remodel. This narrow non-bedroom was acting as wood shop / organizational center for materials as the couple built new subfloors, installed new hardwood and trimwork, rebuilt a few walls and the stairs, remodeled the bathroom, and generally made their new home sound. Now that most of the serious power tool work is done, this narrow space can finally serve its intended function as the home office for a graphic designer and architecture grad student. Follow the jump to help decide the finish for the floors...

After hauling all the heavy machinery out, the room underwent a serious deep clean before having this unfinished red oak installed (see below). That 16' black counter top was a $22 score from Ikea's As-Is section — formerly two pieces, which they cut down for a perfect fit. The walls are painted a green gray to complement the hallway but the black chalkboard paint was a last minute addition that we think makes the whole space pop. Also, due to the narrow space, they opted to leave the closet door off and install new shelves for a clean, organized look.

Back when it was still a wood shop, the plan for the office floor was to stain it ebony. But with the new black wall, these guys are scratching their heads. Should they paint the floor white? Stain it something in the mid-tones? Or go ebony like they originally envisioned? The rest of the house has new bamboo flooring.

Let us know what you think and we'll keep you updated as they continue to refine this space and the rest of the house. Great work, guys!