Sunday, August 19, 2012

Another room painted

One room I don't know if I've posted pictures before on the blog is of Chris' office.  It is upstairs and the only bedroom upstairs that has wood floors.  The previous owners in this house had it set up as their baby nursery because it is closest to the master bedroom.
Anyway it's a nice room with wood floors and a big closet.  The only downside is that it only has one window.  It still has plenty of light during the day if you open the blinds though.
Up until this point I did not do anything to arrange or decorate, but Chris had all his books guitars etc set up how he liked.
Of course I was excited when he finally said "Anna, if you really want to you can paint my office, as long as I can pick the colors and it is not a light pastel color".  He wanted to help paint and everything, but as last week was my last of summer break, and he was away in Amarillo for work I decided to get it done.
I didn't buy the paint and start working in the room until about 3 in the afternoon and I finished it all up (except for moving the books and things back in) probably by 1am.
The first couple of hours was all the furniture moving, taping and prep work.

Let me show you some before pictures.  3 walls in the room were painted a reddish brown color, and one wall was just white.

This is one of the new paint colors I picked (benjamin moore "rockport gray")

 Another before picture with his collection of Beatles records 

 His guitars and the one white wall

 Another before - brown walls, brown floor, wood furniture

 The white wall with a sample of the new paint color (sherwin williams "moody blue")

And now the "After" pictures.  I wanted to keep all the same things in the room, I did a little re-arranging and organizing, but I think it worked out good and it still has the same vibe as before, and Chris is happy with it!

 I think this is my favorite wall, I love the way the guitars look against the blue.  I moved the albums to this side (there is more space on this wall if he wants to add more to his collection).  The Who canvas thing is from Target a couple of years ago.

 This little chair is super comfortable and was $10 from a yard sale!

I brought this shelf upstairs from my office to display his typewriters.  He uses the top 2 ones to type up poetry and writes and sends letters to a few people.  Our joke has always been that when we go to a fancy starbucks in the River Oaks (a fancy part of Houston), where everyone is on their laptop or smart phone, that he wants to one day bring a typewriter and start typing.  The typewriters have always been a talking point of interest for Kate's friends who some of them had not seen one before, or probably ever get to use one.  It is a big novelty when they have got the put in the paper and write something.
So different from the IPod generation of kids that who knows what they will be using when they are our age.

 I bought him a new lamp at Homegoods.....

 This print I'd bought off etsy.

Few more things - Chris' little league baseball picture, some collectible stamps of baseball stadiums in the US, and a framed leaf that our daughter Kate had picked up as a toddler - it was from our pear tree in our old back yard the first year after we planted it and it lost it's leaves.

 This original art from Goodwill looks great in a frame, pretty great for I think a $2 purchase, and our family picture from Disneyland 3 years ago.

some of his favorite books, and marathon medals.

 Dr Pepper clock and rusty sign from his Grandfather's farm.

So another room done!  We may start getting some new light fixtures soon, upstairs every room just has the plain white ceiling fan, which we don't use the ceiling fans much so they just collect dust.

So still a few more projects to work on around the house, but I think I've painted every room except our bathroom.  We've been here a little more than 3 years now


Pamela said...

It looks great Anna! I love the blue. You have a great eye for color. That lamp is BEAUTIUL!!

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Bonnie said...

I love it! The room looks like he'll be surrounded by things and people he loves. And the typewriters are so cool - my kids absolutely love a typewriter when they see them. I was just listening to an older lady share that White Out was always on her school supply list, but kids now have no idea what that is!