Oh, the office. I’ll be honest with you. For awhile the changes I was making didn’t feel right to me. I’m not sure what was bothering me about it. Are the walls too dark? Did I make a mistake painting the trim dark? Is there enough color? The other thing that was grating on me was the fact that we weren’t using the room as an actual office. It was a gift wrapping station. It was a dumping ground. It was a giant laundry basket. It was really everything but an office! We didn’t spend time in there, which was so discouraging. So I walked away for a bit.
And while I wasn’t physically working on the office, the room was always on my mind. How can I make it better? What’s missing? And then *DING* I got hit with the obvious stick. It was missing its final layer! That’s why it wasn’t looking right! Sure, there was paint on the walls and furniture in each corner… but it hadn’t been “dressed” in any sort of way. And I’m not talking styling here. I’m talking functional stuff to make it a real office. So of course we didn’t use it as an office… it’s not even equipped to handle any sort of office activity.
I know this all sounds very obvious and derp but it’s a perfect example of being a little too close to a problem to effectively problem solve…
Here is the office as of a few hours ago.
Look! There’s task lighting, a printer, under-desk storage with a drawer full of PENS! It’s an actual functioning office! *bangs head against wall*
Here’s where we were pre-final layer. Yep, it looked OK, but unless “working in the office” equals “napping on the daybed” it really wasn’t functional. Ok, napping does equal work some of the time, but you know what I mean…
During our two week break around Christmas, things really started to fall into place with this room. Everything I tried seemed to work well. We were spending time in there. I remember a certain weekend we spent both days in there. I was working on invitations and Aaron was working on his website. It was glorious.
The biggest difference was the addition of storage. We had a place to hide our tools, paper and supplies, thanks to the ALEX from IKEA. I added these adhesive bookplates to make it look a little more unique. I will add writing to the labels when I have a better sense of what works best where.
The inside of the drawers are organized too, thanks to the cut-to-size SUMMERA. Suddenly everything on the desk had a place to live.
On top of the desk we added two task lamps (IKEA again… RANARP) and a printer (a Canon PIXMA). This is the first time I’ve had a printer at home in awhile and it makes crafting so much easier.
The focused light the two desk lamps provide have also turned out to be a huge help. Dark walls = dark room, despite the loads of light the overhead pendant gives out. The lamps provide a “comfy glow” (can that be a thing?) in the evening, making working (especially work work) somewhat bearable.
So yea, we’re thrilled with how this room turned out. I wouldn’t go as far as calling it a “final reveal”… there are a few things we’d still love to do (like getting those chairs upholstered) but that won’t happen for awhile I am sure. We’re lucky the existing upholstery tends to blend in…
Before I sign off, here is the official “before” picture from this post.
And here is where we are today… oh you know, only 1.5 years later.
And for the record… it doesn’t normally take me 1.5 years to complete a project. A year? Probably!
To recap this project, here are all of the related posts in chronological (start to finish) order.
The official before picture and why I’m switching the room from my bedroom to an office.
The design plan (which I didn’t follow).
My thought process for picking the dark paint color.
The walls, painted.
The carpet, replaced.
A BIG update! The new desk and ceiling light.
The closet trim, painted (small space eye trick!)
The raw pine desktop, stained to match the other wood tones in the house.
Caulking and re-painting the window sills and installing fancy closet door pulls.
Posters hung on the walls.
$50 rug found!
Phew! It feels good to have this space in a good place. It also feels good to have this post done… ’twas a doozy!
What’s next? Well… I’ve got a living room with a few changes underway and a kitchen that’s barely been touched. Should be fun!