I made some changes to my home office this week, I wanted to jazz it up with a new light fixture and change the background on my bookshelves to include a pattern. I spend almost as much time in here each day as I do sleeping so I wanted it to be fun. I’ve been crushing on spotted backgrounds for a few months so that’s what I went with, navy of course since gold + blue = my fave.
We built this IKEA Besta + Billy bookcase combo with lights for my office almost two years ago and I still love it so much, it’s one of my favorite IKEA hacks in our home. I added Lucient Light Shop as a favorite on Etsy and a few months ago ordered an eight arm raw brass sputnik from Sarah, I love the shape of it!
You can buy spotted wallpaper, Thibaut’s Tanzania is so very chic. I even considered designing my own and uploading to Spoonflower but instead the impatient-cheap-get-it-done-now side of me opted for paint. This is not a stencil, although you can buy this cheetah spot version and it is very similar although the spots are more spaced out. No I just winged it with… a kitchen sponge.
Yeah, that’s right a good ol’ kitchen sponge. I hacked one into several different size pieces, poured some blue paint leftover from this IKEA bookshelf project, and just started randomly sponging the background of my bookcases. (Insert obvious jokes about sponging walls here).
The spots can get specked looking in the middle using these cheap sponges so sometimes you have to go over them again (pain!) and it does take a while, I laugh how I thought I could finish in 2 hours, ha! More like 6… Anyway, it’s a fun spotted pattern, one I love but then when I don’t anymore it’s just paint so can always change it up again.
I also turned my desk inside the room instead of having it face out the window which I’m liking… I’ll share more pics of the other side of the room after I sew some new curtains.
if you want to see how we made this wall unit with IKEA pieces and added crown, base, and lights to finish it off read this post!