Last week I announced that I would be participating in the One Room Challenge. My goal for the Week 2 was to create a blank canvas by clearing out the room and painting the walls. This is probably the most stressful part of the challenge for me because selecting paint colors is not on my top ten (or top 100) list of things to do. A great plan means nothing if you don’t get the foundation right. If your foundation isn’t right something will always looks a little “off”.
Before: Marking my territory on the existing grey walls.
I will admit to leading a double life (executive by day; blogger and creator by night). I have a full-time job so evenings and weekends are the only time to get things done. Over this past weekend I was able to prime and get the first coat of paint on the walls. The second coat of paint will have to wait because I will be out of town in San Diego this upcoming weekend. Being out of commission for one weekend puts a little added pressure to get things done but luckily I planned the trip before the start of the challenge and adjusted my schedule accordingly. However, I had planned to actually finish painting the walls during week 1 so my calendar will need some additional adjustments since that didn’t happen. No stress, right??!!
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” –Arthur Ashe
I did a lot of research to find a lovely, sophisticated shade of blushy, pale pink. Yes, lots of research on paint, of all things. If you follow me on Twitter then you already know that I consulted my House Beautiful paint guide (as I do before each paint job) to help select the perfect paint. This is a resource I have had for years. It was money well spent.
I decided on “Intimate White” by Sherwin Williams. It doesn’t look like much on the paint strip but even with one coat on the walls, it really came alive. I can’t wait for the second coat to go up. I can already tell that it is a beautiful hue that will make a huge impact on space and create a wonderful backdrop for things yet to come. I haven’t done any interior photography with my “real” camera in a while and with so much going on I was really too tired to bust it out for a few practice shots. These photos don’t do the color justice (granted they are iPhone pictures) so this is as good as it is going to get for today…
With week one down, I now have a new blank canvas to (almost) work from. The soft romantic feminine vibe I am trying to achieve is slowly coming alive. My Sweet Seaside Studio makeover is finally happening! Thanks, Linda for hosting the challenge as it was the perfect motivation to get me started!
Other news to report:
- With a stroke of luck, I found a desk chair. I need to make arrangements to pick it up.
- The room accessories I ordered have arrived. Each day has felt like Christmas!
key items to be accomplished:
- Finish painting.
- Order area rug.
- Hang light fixture.
- Install one new receptacle outlet.
- Buy fabric for office chair and have chair reupholstered.
- Buy supplies to make a bulletin board.
- Order window coverings (I’m sure the neighbor’s will appreciate this one!)
- Frame artwork.
- Spray paint accessories.
- Other….(because I am sure I am forgetting something!)
Meanwhile, I have admired a few other office spaces I thought I would share. After all, sharing is caring…
That’s it for this week. Thanks for following along! XOXO, V.
Also be sure to check out the other One Room Challenge Wednesday featured designers, other guest participants, and Linda’s blog.