Monday, April 29, 2013

Progress in the Office

Things are finally starting to fall into place. Actually, change that to move into place. "Fall" makes it seem like all this progress happened passively when really a lot of planning, sorting, cleaning, organizing, staining painting had to take place beforehand.

I did end up painting the walls after all. That dingy taupe had to go. When I went to pick up some fresh paint, Home Depot Steve wasn't there and I got H.D. Mark, instead. Oh, Mark, he humored me as I agonized over the subtle difference between Martha Stewart's Pure White and Glidden's White on White. Eventually the latter won out because I felt it had a better balance of red and blue tints. I mean, obviously, right?

I should say that I made some interesting choices when it came to picking color(s) for the office. At the end of my staining debacle with the office cabinets, I conceded to paint and couldn't even process what I was about to do. In DIY survivor mode, I asked a friend who has an affinity for painting furniture what color she used last and simply copied what she did. No weighing the pros and cons, no pondering the undertones, nada. I just did it and hoped for the best. I ended up with Behr's Puddle as I mentioned earlier

Since I was feeling kinda crazy gutsy, I didn't stop there with the bold choices. I took that purple/brown/grey color and paired it with red accents. RED! That color already has a reputation for making a scene, but keep in mind that right now in the design world we are hooked on greys and subtle neutrals. This red is coming out of nowhere. And I like that.

So without further ado, this is what things were looking like when I realized those walls needed to be painted:

And this is what we have going on now!

I won't advocate for painting wood, but I think this turned out OK.

Temporary desk chair, or not. We'll see. 

What you see on top of these surfaces is not permanent either. Just stylin'.

That file cabinet is the real workhorse here. 

Gratuitous library shots

Had to zoom in on our cuddles. 

Mas mejor, ¿no? I might actually get some work done these days!


  1. What did you use for the lights on the inside of the cabinets?

  2. Sonia, part of the reason I purchased those old crazy broke-my-heart cabinets is because they had lights already built in. If they weren't there, I think I'd just go with the IKEA spotlights that can be mounted on top.

  3. Lovely! I have something for you that may go perfectly on that little cabinet by the window. You'll see...