Treasuring The Journey

Treasuring the journey through life, one footstep at a time.

Office Painting – Before & After November 16, 2010

Filed under: Office,Painting — Treasuring The Journey @ 11:35 PM

Hello Everyone!

I am in the process of moving my office to a different room in our house. My current office will soon be turned into the nursery for our baby boy who will be arriving sometime in early March. The room that will become my office is in the front part of our house and used to be a sitting room/parlor room. It was basically a room that we did not use, just a place to keep some furniture. We cleared out the furniture and I set out to paint the walls. My soon-to-be office is situated between the dining room and living room and is open to booth of these rooms so I need a color that would somewhat go with the other two rooms. The dining room is a deep olive green color and the living room is a warm sandy color.

Here is the sitting room before photo:

I was leaning toward a blue color, but was not sure how dark I wanted to go. I originally wanted to go with a Peacock Blue, but I also love lighter blues with a bit of pizzazz (not pastel). I also LOVE green.

Here are my color samples I picked from:

From left to right, the colors are the following: Indigo Cloth (4009-7), Hotel St. Francis Spirit Blue (5010-10), Crystal Sea (5004-7B), Surf Spray (5002-7B), and Organic Garden (6005-6B).

All of the color samples are Valspar paint purchased from Lowe’s. The samples only come in a Satin finish. I went with an Eggshell finish when I purchased my gallon of paint.

The taping of the trim took the longest since I was trying really hard to avoid having to paint the trim. My major concern with the trim was since this room is connected to the other two rooms that if I painted this trim in my office it would be very obvious in the other rooms. So the blue tape and I bonded. 🙂

Here is a shot of the taping/primer action. I used a water-based latex primer and I am very glad I opted to give the walls a good coating of primer.

And now for the big reveal! Which color do you think I picked??? Which one would you have picked?

I went with….drumroll please…..

CRYSTAL SEA is the winner!

A few more pics for you of the end result.  Please note, I have since taken off the blue tape, but I had to wait for Pete to get home so he could get up on the big ladder.  🙂

And I have to again say a huge THANK YOU to my Momma for her help. I was forbidden from getting on the big ladder until she was there and I could not have gotten all the painting done in one afternoon without her help. She was a life saver and it was an enjoyable afternoon painting with my Mom. 🙂


So, readers, what do you think of the new office color? There was nothing wrong with the original warm sandy color, I just wanted a color with a bit more pep in it. I work in my home office for 40+ hours per week and I needed it to have some energy in it! I love it and Pete is happy with the end result (mainly because I am thrilled with it and the fact that I did not get paint on the floor, no major calamities, etc).

What have you painted lately? The next painting project for me is the nursery and you just may see that lovely Organic Green color in there. 🙂



6 Responses to “Office Painting – Before & After”

  1. AB Says:

    I just painted the ceiling of my bathroom Crystal See (lightened 25%) Love i!

  2. Michelle Says:

    I love it Iris!! You will love that color, it is so happy and inspiring! I can’t wait to see it once you have everything in there! So nice of your mom to help!!

    • Thanks, Michelle! I am thrilled with the color. I am in search of a new desk (well a new-to-me desk) for this space. My desk I currently use is going to my husband’s office which is fine since it is not the most user friendly/functional desk. So as soon as I find a desk I will make the move. Post with pics will be forthcoming! 🙂

  3. Chrisy Says:

    You picked the color I picked! Its beautiful and Im sure youll get a lot of work done in there. And when Baby Peanut gets here he’ll enjoy looking around when he’s hanging out with you in the office, too. Great job and Im glad you were wise and opened the windows and stayed safe on the ladder. Baby Peanut’s safety will forever come first now….even if you knew now calamity was going to befall you. A good momma always takes extra precaution!

    • Thanks, Chrisy! Yes, I am definitely trying to take extra precautions. I had my phone tucked in my bra as I painted when I was on the three-step small ladder on Friday night by myself. I figured it probably would not become dislodged and I could reach it if I fell! LOL! 🙂

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