I cannot believe this is week 3! That’s the half way mark for this ONE ROOM CHALLENGE! If you need to catch up on what’s happened so far go to WEEK ONEand WEEK TWO. I’m happy to report there is progress and we are inching closer to the finish line. We are in a busy season-finishing up my husband’s Physical Therapy practice remodel, kiddos with oodles of activities, and we have and will have some weekends away, needless to say this has made it challenging to squeeze in time for this home office remodel. I decided there is never a good time, so now was as good as any and thanks to Linda and this challenge this office will be done in 3 more weeks.
Major changes, we removed the built-in desk in the corner of the room (see the before here). I finished painting this table turned desk, and moved it to it’s permanent home, the center of the room. I LOVE it here! My husband loves it here too! It is so nice to sit and work now, instead of staring at the corner of the room we now look out onto the courtyard through the french doors.
I also got the whole room primed-goodbye to the milk chocolate brown. And hopefully, as you are reading this, I’m already painting the final paint color, Ozark Shadows by Benjamin Moore. I was going back and forth on if I should paint this room lighter or darker then the rest of the house. The main living areas are all Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore done at 50%. Once the room was primed it became clear that with all the white furniture, white curtains, white desk, and white barn doors, the darker gray Ozark Shadows would balance everything out. It’s not nearly as dark as what we had in here, it’s a nice medium gray.
I got the majority of the painting done in one day, thanks to my friend the EZ TWIST PAINT STICK by HomeRight. I found this gem last spring when I was working on that round of the ORC. It’s so easy to use, elements the need for a paint tray. Because it stores the paint in it’s handle there’s not a lot of start and stop like there generally is when you paint a room.
We decided on a rug. Last weekI was contemplating going with a more vibrant rug. I decided because I’ll be working on design projects in this space I’d better keep it simple and ordered this neutral rug. My husband also preferred this rug, and since we are sharing this office I thought it was important to make him happy too.
This built-in was here when we bought the house. I believe the previous owner had his desk in between the opening. With us not having or wanting a desk in the opening it just feels awkward. I’ve gone round and round on how to incorporate this into the office design. Just this morning my husband suggested we remove the glass door and upper cupboard portion of the built-in. It was built in two pieces so we could structurally do that and just use the large corner cabinet. We do use the bottom two filing cabinet drawers. Honestly, the upper portion of the large piece could hold everything that we store in this room. So I am really considering this option.
If we do that I’d most likely move the cabinet pictured below to that wall. Then that would give me room to put a chair and lamp where I had planned on putting the storage piece…hmmmmm. I have to make a decision quickly because the clock is ticking!
I picked up two more leather storage baskets and I like the functionality and look of this storage piece. The piece is originally from Ikea and we’ve had to have had it close to 15 years.
LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE
Next week I need to finalize and order the rest of the accessories and furniture for this room.
I know I want to do black and white botanicals above the storage, just deciding between a few options. I’ll share below all the details of what I think I’ll be adding to the room.
I will also be working on how to get this equipment and the cords hidden. It’s a tricky thing to do when you have your desk in the middle of the room, but I’m determined to find a solution.
Step by step we are getting closer to the final transformation.
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