If you follow me on Facebook you would have noticed that I made a spur of the moment decision on Friday to paint my office :) The BF is home on Fridays and the big girl was at Vacation Bible School still so I figured it would be a perfect time for a little project!
Remember this space:
My "Momma's Always Last" hodge podge of an office?
Well Now it looks like this:
|My new office!|
Swoon. Gasp. Flutter. Love.
Ugh. Seriously I'm in big time love with it. This is the one space in the whole house that gets to be M.I.N.E. Nobody else has a say on how it looks or the way its laid out. its all mine and I'm simply in awe of it. Now granted, we are only about 75% done...there are a few finishing touches to be done such as:
- Window Treatments
- New Lighting
- Cord coverage for the front of the desk (see those little white squares? I used to have a piece of material velcroed to the edge of the desk as a sort of "skirt" to keep from seeing the cord cluster...I'm sure I will do something similar to that again.)
-Get my Scrapbooking stuff organized (its all crammed in to that lime green rolling tote shoved under my craft desk right now)
-Make some kind of inspirational quote or wording for the wall above my desk
But for now...its very much so workable :) Wanna see how we did it?
|Valspar Urban Sunrise, Valspar Vintage Grey, Valspar Woodsmoke|
**** TIPS FOR PAINTING GREYS****
After taping off the room and putting some tarps down, I painted some swatches on the wall to figure out exactly which shade of grey was going to work in this room. Now here are some words of wisdom: Grey is the new "in" color...and I have painted many a room many a shades of grey and my biggest piece of advice is to ALWAYS paint a test swatch in your room to see what the color is going to look like on your wall. I don't care if it looks like perfect silver grey in the store...you might get home and see a lavender-y/smoke color...I don't care if your neighbor just painted her walls the perfect slate color, it might turn in to cinder block grey for you. TEST. TEST. TEST. and save yourself the trouble of having to repaint. Grey shades have a lot of different undertones, most of which are blue, green or purple...but some can come out with a brown undertone as well. Don't trust your swatch, trust your eye, in your home with the swatch on the wall at the time of day that the room will be utilized the most.
Next I employed
The Green Lantern my extremely cute nerdy bf to remove that hideous chandelier that I have hit my head on no fewer than 20 times. We temporarily replaced this with a small, builder grade light that we had on hand from switching out some of the hallway fixtures...once I find the perfect light piece i'll let you know :)
Then I put on my grungy clothes and got to painting! While I was working on rolling the walls, the bf was on my tail doing the edging and trim work (he has a much steadier hand than me)
Then he pulled down those TERRIBLE motel style hanging blinds. and patched the big holes.
And we were all done! we spent the rest of the weekend moving the furniture back in and sorting out all the junk that was inhabiting the space and giving new homes to all my crafty things.
|My Desk (its from IKEA)|
This desk packs a big time storage punch. with 8 large cubbies (4 of which are under the desk) even "hopelessly disorganized" people can follow the rule of putting similar items in to the same cubby!
|My craft dresser|
Directly behind my desk is a dresser that I stole from my older daughters room after the move...it now houses my craft and sewing supplies. I'll take you on a tour of the drawers later this week! On top of the dresser is my mini dresser that holds scrapbooking stickers, a magazine file folder that has all of my blank label pages and my paper cutter and 2 hole punch. These are on here because that height is perfect for me to slice and punch things without having to bend or stoop. above the dresser is my supply grid that has some scrapbooking tools and my cricut mats and then my big rod & bucket system that is full of my pens....I have a strange love for pens :)
|My New Command Center|
Momma might always come last, but sometimes you have to save the best for last :)