This is going to be a very controversial room redo. This month I decided to tackle the office since (aside from the green faux finish in the foyer) it is the room I dislike the most in my home. You know, I might actually hate the office more than the green faux finish. It’s hard to say. Neither brings me any pleasure.
Okay, so here’s the thing… if you love rooms with wood on every surface, RUN, don’t walk away from this blog. If you believe that any original design in an old home should be preserved just because it is old, you should probably go, as well. Shield your eyes, plug your ears, loudly sing, “LALALALALALALALALALALA!!!”, and flee, because you do NOT want to know my plans for this room.
I’m serious. Just leave.
Looking around… –Is it safe?? Okay, let us begin:
Now, to preface, I thought about tidying the place up before I took pictures, and then I decided to be honest and let you see what a disorganized slob I am. I need help. Because we don’t have any proper furniture for this room, it has turned into the dumping grounds for anything we don’t know what to do with. There’s ample space in here for toys, old computers, tables I am waiting to paint, and TVs I am trying to get rid of, etc. Oh, and Christmas decorations I forgot about when I packed away the boxes.
I told you I need help.
I hate everything you see in this shot. We need office furniture, but because of all the other bills that keep popping up, it hasn’t happened.
Oh, I guess I like the built-in bookshelves. There. That’s something.
My plans for everything in this picture is PAINT.
More crap I need to get rid of, or need to paint.
Here’s the bay window:
Which I do love. Even cold-hearted wood-hating Mary can’t hate on a bay window. And the view is gorgeous, but since I don’t know how to take pictures that have the appropriate exposure for both the room and the view, you will just have to believe me. (It looks pretty similar to the dining room’s view.)
There used to be some seriously hideous curtains in here that looked like they were straight out of a cheap 80’s motel. But, they were down within days of moving in. So, I need some new drapes.
The last wall:
I find it hilarious how high the doorknob is on the closet door. And if I had been interested in full disclosure, I would have opened the closet and taken a picture of the nightmare inside. YOWZA. It is BAD.
There’s the fireplace that is pretty ugly, with it’s 80’s looking tile and soot stains. Guess what will take care of those stains??? PAINT.
Am I humiliated by the state of my bookshelves??? Yes. Don’t rub it in.
It’s not entirely my fault, however. My kids like to yank books down and then throw them back all catty-whompass (I have no idea how to spell that. Or if there is a correct spelling for it). I promise that the AFTER photos will have organized bookshelves. And they’ll stay that way for… five minutes, I won’t lie.
And here is a look at the ceiling.
Pretty pattern, right? It will look even prettier after some PAINT. (Every time I type that word, I hear an audible gasp. Which leads me to believe that some of you didn’t leave as you were cautioned.)
Anyway, by the end of the month I’m going to try to have this room painted. Unfortunately, office furniture is not in the budget for this month, so while I would like to put a real desk and a daybed (for guests) in this room, it’s not going to happen anytime soon. But, I will paint, hang some drapes, and organize this mess. And since I took so long to complete the powder room, I only have two weeks to do it. But, since there is not an lick of wallpaper in here, I am feeling confident that I can accomplish it.
So?? Am I a soul-less daughter of perdition for wanting to paint over this wood? I’d love to hear about how I’m going to rot in hell while angels are forced to strip this sacred wood back to its original splendor (I’m alright with that). Seriously. Leave me a comment and tell me how horrible I am.