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This latest update on the office includes all the details on the stained plywood floors, painted shiplap and perfectly rustic sliding barn doors! [post contains affiliate links, which means we make a small commission, at NO additional cost to you, if a purchase is made. thanks for supporting north country nest!]

The office is ALMOST done!

And by almost, I mean all that’s left is installing the baseboard trim.

Awesome, right?!

Before we dive into all the fun updates, here’s where we left off:

floating wood shelves in home office

After installing the shelves and plywood floor, Brett put up the shiplap. He found it on sale via Craigslist – a much better deal than going through a traditional home improvement store. Once it was up, it was time to paint.

white shiplap and stained plywood floors

We put on three coats of primer – it kept soaking right up! – and then did a final coat of Sherwin Williams Alabaster.

floating shelves and floating desk in home office

While I was painting the shiplap, Brett installed the floating desk. Originally, we talked about going the more traditional route. You know, one that touches the floor with drawers and everything? It was going to be big and beautiful.

home office with rustic decor

And then I realized I wanted to go a little more minimal and add some additional storage throughout the room. Brett made the desk following a similar process as the floating shelves – creating a brace and then sliding the main part over the top.

rustic home office with floating shelves and floating desk

He left a space in the middle open for a slide-out that will house my computer keyboard. Pretty cool, huh? 🙂

rustic sign in home office

He stained the desk the same color as the floating shelves – we debated doing something different but really like the uniformity of having everything the same.

DIY wood barn doors for home office

My favorite update for you are the barn doors Brett made. Instead of having one normal-sized door, we went with two – 24 inches wide – for a larger opening. The office doesn’t have any windows and my hope is some of the natural light from the guest bedroom will find its way into the office! 🙂 If anything, the doors are pretty to look at!

wooden barn doors for home office

After that, it was time to sand, stain and seal the floors. For the color, I went with Minwax stain in Provincial and to protect it from our two fur babies, applied four coats of Varathane Floor Finish polyurethane. If you’re looking for a more in-depth plywood floor tutorial, check out this post.

home office with plywood floors, floating shelves and shiplap

All that’s left are the baseboards and we’re hoping to get them up this weekend. And then? Then it’s the REALLY fun part – decorating! 🙂

All our best,


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