My office has been a bit uninspiring.
With big houses and the DIY couple, plenty of projects get undertaken but seldom finished on time or all at once for that matter. So is the case at our house. I have not finished decorating my laundry room. I still need window treatments, accessories and the mentioned cabinetry/molding fixes.
I was sitting in my office working starting my taxes, I gazed around. Blank blank blank. Nothing. I need something in here. Something needs to happen.
I will spare you the view outside of the windows for now. We need to do some planting. I simply ran out the door, Gwen in tow, and off to Benjamin Moore I went.
These images were taken quickly before I rushed out the door to Benjamin Moore. Walls are old bead board. Ceiling is bead board. It’s small, but cool. The previous owner did a Ralph Loren Crackle Finish and while I did receive plenty of compliments on the distressing, the green just started to wear on me.
I literally tossed everything I had onto these surfaces and was checking to see how much primer I had. These furnishings are from my office in Summit, where they fit much nicer and were more in tune with the building’s architecture. I’m not convinced it works here, and think at some point it will be needing to be changed, but for now, it must work.
How I wish I could get my wide plank wood floors now!
I would do the whole first floor and eliminate that tile. Alas, they will have to wait indefinitely.
A friend of mine recently replied when I asked her how to do something home renovation related. She responded in jest “You’re going to ask me? I would hot glue it, I hot glue everything!”
That, my friends, is my relationship with caulk.
Caulk is one of my favorite things. Really. It is. Only with caulk am I able to make this room go from drafty (a heavy sweater) to hot t-shirt temperature! I’m fully aware that there are all sorts of reasons I should use other materials such as wood filler (you-carpenter types you) and whatever that foul smelling putty is. But listen, give me a few barrels of caulk and I am a happy camper, it’s easy to work with and relatively odor free.
Caulk is the key to un-distressing things that shouldn’t look distressed. This allows the focus and emphasis to be on the parts that should be.
Kindly disregard childproof door knob.
Before | After
Similar gaps to the above filled.
See what I’m talking about? Who gets enamored by caulking?
Wall detail (desired)
Detail (paint on fixture undesired)
Light fixture will be changed. That’s another post altogether.
Mini chandelier much needed!! This room needs some bling ;-).
I chose three whites in two finishes. I’ve been totally feeling the whites these days – along with distressed finishes and textures I’m bound to have some inspiration for windows soon, I hope! This room needs color and continues to be BLANK 😉 But at least it’s a clean slate. Now the challenge of figuring out what I want to see in this room, prints I’m going to hang, etc. Not an easy task!
After. I overexposed the windows – not the most fabulous view out of these. I plan to change that very soon. Can’t wait to get out in the garden. I would love to add some more or even a French door.
Super cool closet I plan on hand painting something on, maybe one of my swirlies from my blog design 🙂
Now I just need to figure out how I’m going to decorate it.