Sunday, October 23, 2016

House Post: Office Renovation

I so wanted this to be a finished project post...but you're getting progress photos instead.


Let's talk about my office.

Here's the photo from the real estate listing.

Here's a close-up of the wallpaper.

Oh, yes.

Somehow, I don't have a close-up of the border, but: pink and green butterflies. Yup.

Needless to say, down went the wallpaper.

Then, scrubbing off the wallpaper glue which was a PAIN IN THE ASS. Eventually the system was to use a spray bottle of super hot water + vinegar + a little bit of Dawn dish soap.

Above, you can see the scrubbed walls on the left and the gluey walls on the right. Hard scrubbing. Every goddamn inch.

Then: plastering. So much plastering. Endless plastering. Days and days and days of discovering new things to plaster.

Also, discovering that some fuckwit had used SCOTCH TAPE to cover up the previous holes.

Things to plaster ranged from wall cracks from settlement...

... to these holes from the electrical work.


Then I washed the walls again, because that plaster dust, it was everywhere. That only took 45 minutes or so of piping hot water with a decent sponge.

Then: priming! I did this all in one fell swoop...and it's kind of where I'm stuck now. I've been agonizing over paint color. I have a color that I love, but I'm terrified it's too dark for the room. I've decide to go ahead with it, because paint is the simplest thing to change about all the work I've done. And I do love the color: Sherwin Williams Needlepoint Navy.

Finally: quick paint test preview.

Possibly even by the time you read this post (which I'm writing on Saturday) I'll have finished painting, and next week you can look forward to everything final!


  1. I love that color! It's like my hallway blue and my dining room blue had a baby. So I totally support your choice. :)

  2. I said it on Instagram but it bears repeating, I love that colour!

  3. Love that color! Silly people before you though. Everyone knows that if your'e going to fix something with tape, you use duct tape and not scotch! :D

  4. I mean I don't know why you wouldn't want to keep that wallpaper lol but I love the color!


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