Our reading room has been a catchall for a long time. It has all the breakable décor items that I collected in years past but am afraid to put within boys reach. They would think the porcelain bird is a baseball and decide it’s a wise choice to practice pitching. And that’s a rule – no Sammy Sosa’s inside.
So anyhoo…this room needed clearing so that I could move my office in here.
It actually is not as bright as one would think with all those big windows. These windows face the west and are under the porch so they don’t get as much light as southern exposure windows. In fact, we have only two southern windows – both in Will’s room. Helps with not getting the house all hot but bright lighted windows that are small are usually desirable.
After the room was cleared (Jeremy moved all the bigger pieces because he has all the muscles in this relationship), we cleaned things up. When I say we, I mean I stole Weston’s paci and wouldn’t give it back until he had scrubbed every last inch.
Ya gotta crack that whip young mama.
LJ was making excuses about vacuuming. Slacker.
So then it was time to paint trim. We use Liquid Deglosser to prep the surface on our trim. It’s really fast and a whole room could take about fifteen extra minutes but we feel like it’s not a waste because you have to wipe the trim down anyway.
One coat of primer (we used Kilz in here) and three coats of paint (Valspar’s brightest white semi-gloss untinted) later we have very white trim. Hallelu-hallelu-hallelu-halleluiah praise be the Lord. And we aren’t talking about Lord Disick. (officially that leaves the foyer, stairway, and living room now on the to-be-painted list!!!)
This was our largest surface area to date that we painted by hand because with all that French door action and the moldings at the entrance…it was killer.
Doesn’t it look so good with the white though? Every time. It gets me every.single.time.
Oh and then I decided to paint the ceiling blue. I had a wild hair that I would have white walls and a blue ceiling. So I just did it. And I love it. It’s the same color as the old office (Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue).
And then I told Jer to pick me up a gallon of white paint for the walls. I needed Eggshell paint in Benjamin Moore’s Simply white. He came home with Benjamin Moore’s Brilliant white. Not the same thing. But not returnable. So I put it up on the walls. It’s not Simply White but it’s white and good enough and with three little ones – you put the paint on the walls.
Check out that receding hairline. I know I keep talking about my hair falling out but this is my most unfavorite part about post partum. I feel like a walking Rogaine commercial. I guess it’s God telling me to not be vain about anything…maybe prepping me for old age….maybe giving me a heart toward men with hair loss. Either way, by the time I’m done having kids, I will be ready to be an old bald man for sure 🙂
And now after all that painting…the room is officially ready to be turned into an office. The white sure is hard to decorate. I never knew! But I am up for the challenge. I need curtains, a rug and a lot of organization but hopefully soon it will be ready for reveal time.