Our office makeover is officially underway!
Color me extremely happy. Like really weirdly giddy happy. Sortof like The Joker but on a sugar high…and less scare-the-poops-outta-small-children-freaky. I just nailed that description, didn’t I?
So anyway – you can imagine my uber-excitement knowing that this space would soon be not like this at all.
As you can see, it’s sortof depressing in there. Brown trim, fleshy walls….clutter and mess. It’s hard to be creative and organized and efficient working in a space that is anything but creative, organized or efficient…so when Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine offered up a $300 gift card for a room makeover we jumped. as in up and down. We immediately accepted the challenge and knew that this room would be the perfect jumping off point (we are doing a lot of jumping here aren’t we?! hello bathing suit calves?).
Why did we pick this room? Well for one, its mess is sortof flowing into other rooms. I need this space for photography editing (so it needs to be bright and happy since I spend a chunk of time editing photos and don’t wanna leave depressed), as well as sewing and craft storage (my fabric stash has taken over the Jack room which we will need for the Little Baby eventually), and general blog work (you would be surprised by how much I need to keep straight to keep Bower Power even remotely functional). So basically I need it to be inspiring…bright and happy….and organized with lots of storage.
If you are an old friend, you may remember that I recently painted the office bathroom…which also had dark brown trim….and it took at least four coats to look decent but really it probably deserved closer to six coats for perfection. Keep that in mind.
Now multiply the amount of trim in the bathroom by 8. Now multiply that number by 5 coats. That’s how much painting I would need to do to get decent coverage on the office brownness. That’s a lot of math. and a lot of painting. Neither of which is fun.
So I was happy to fork over a bit of our makeover budget and my own debit card to score a decent paint sprayer. I consider it an investment in my sanity. We ended up going with the Graco TrueCoat Plus – because of online reviews and the fact that it’s more manageable for a gal like me for future furniture projects.
Okay – so after a lot of emotional and financial investment in this space, I took the plunge and moved everything out. It took me all afternoon. And when Jeremy got home, he helped me carry out the brown desk (which is gonna get a paint job too)…and a bookcase (both need a coat of white STAT!).
The empty room is still so gross. I have to admit that I never mopped in there. I think I vaccumed once. I told Jer that I was surprised that he didn’t get sick when he worked in there because of the dust. It was just dark and disgusting.
Then came time for sprayer-prep. We definitely didn’t want to damage the hardwood floors so we decided that the best way to protect them would be with painters tape and paper. It took about an hour to lay everything.
Oh and yes, it was definitely needed to cover everything that wasn’t getting sprayed. These sprayers are no joke. They spray big or go home. And we knew that the over-spray and the white film would cover everything…especially since we planned on spraying all the wainscoting and the entire ceiling.
We also blocked off the windows with some plastic and tape.
Oh and just so everyone knows….yes, our quarterround matches the floor…but we want it to match the trim…so we planned on painting it white too.
Then came time for Jer to crank out the new sprayer. It’s pretty much crucial to your lungs to wear a mask and your eyes will definitely need googles…not protective glasses that little airborne paint particles can get behind…GOGGLES.
I took these photos and them ran for my life.
Two hours later, Jeremy was completely done with priming.
Yes…it was lots faster than us doing it by hand. And yes, the coat of primer was LOTS thicker than I could have evenly done with a paintbrush.
Immediately I noticed two things. First – this sprayer ate paint like it was Keilbasa at a Steelers tailgating party. It went through two cans of Kilz primer. TWO CANS!
And secondly – HOLY BRIGHTNESS BATMAN! This room was instantly changed from a dungeon to a shining ray of happiness. Even down the hall, the open door was gleaming with how marvelously bright the room was.
Two days later, Jeremy did the second coat. He used Valspar’s Bright White paint base in Eggshell….and Great Scotsbrite! It is so clean and bright.
It was amazing how fast we got it done. Part of me wishes that I could have done it (new toys are always fun) but I knew that going up on a ladder with a paint sprayer wasn’t exactly Pregnancy Safety Wise. And Jeremy said that besides cleanup he really didn’t mind (he HATES brushing and rolling is almost as bad).
It took two full buckets of paint for the second coat as well.
The ceiling wasn’t absolutely perfect when it came to the drywall parts…so we decided that it would be deserving of one more coat there…and some of the trim needed a little touch up but other than that – the white bits of the room were done.
Oh and just for reference sake – check out the three colors present in this photo. The dark brown that was in the door way is the old dark brown office trim color. The door is still the current house trim color (it’s like a soft tan color) and the white white is the newest trim color that we plan to carry throughout the house. crazy how different they all are, huh!?
So that’s that. Phase one complete in our office makeover. Next up – wall color…and some painted furniture