Work continues apace in our new-to-us home, which was built in the 1960s. One of my first orders of business was to set up a home office.
We have four bedrooms in the house. I chose the one I wanted as an office and then promptly set up a temporary office in the bedroom across the hall. I had work to do before moving into my room of choice.
The day we moved in, Hubby yanked the carpeting out of the room I wanted for an office. He wanted to see what the floors looked like underneath. We suspected they were wood based on the fact that there was wood flooring in the closet and the floor creaked like wood. We were correct in our assumption.
I dragged the carpet and carpet pad down to the garage and cleaned up the dirt, staples, and other debris left behind from the carpet removal. I also thoroughly scrubbed the floor.
I removed the curtains along with the white shelves that had been mounted on the wall. Removing the shelves revealed the previous paint color – a dark lavender. Gray had been painted over this. In fact, most of the interior of the house had been painted in two slightly different colors of gray, which made me think of all the gray house interiors we had seen on Zillow while we were house hunting. There were so many that we took to calling the color “Zillow Gray.” While the advice of realtors is to paint homes a neutral color in order to help them sell more quickly, do we all need to use gray? How depressing! That was going to change. And I knew the color I wanted to use with the existing white wainscotting: a light, cheery turquoise.
I patched holes in the walls and took a couple of weekends to paint. We switched out the lighting and brought in a turquoise and white rug that we had used in our dining room in the old house.
I dragged in my desk and bookshelf from the other room, then set up my computer. I spent a considerable amount of time unpacking my books (not all of them, by any means) and arranging them on the bookshelf with my office supplies.
I set my desk up so that I could both look out the door and the windows, enjoying the view of birds and the street in front of our house for a week before we put up curtains. We hung the curtains this past weekend, as well as a pastel drawn by Wes Sod that was given to us by Erik’s sister. The curtains are lightweight and fairly sheer, so I can pull them back when I want to look out the window.
Here is the result of our work over the past several weeks. Presto, change-o, a delightful home office!
All that’s left is to bring in a couple more bookshelves and books and to figure out how to manage all those computer cords.
We’ll also be deciding which room to transform with fresh paint next.