The Office Project – Days Three and Four

The Office Project

Thursday night I was so sore and exhausted from all the painting calisthenics I mentioned in my last post, that at 9:00 I took two Advil PMs and went to bed. I slept like a rock. It was glorious. Waking up yesterday was not quite as glorious. But wake up I did and coffee helped to clear the cobwebs.

Once I was mostly coherent I slapped the first coat of paint on the walls. I typed my wishful thinking on Facebook that maybe it would only take one coat and several people cautioned me against it. Which I already knew. I was just daydreaming out loud.

After the first coat I left for some errands in Todd’s manly man truck. It’s big and it’s diesel and I have to hoist myself up into it and slide down to get out. I felt mighty powerful, folks. My main objective of the day was to pick up my desk and chair and a few other things from IKEA.

Let’s stop here a second and chat about IKEA. I could probably live there. It makes my heart sing and my step spring. It’s like Disney. I know I’ve said that before and I still stand by that statement. And the food! I’ve always heard about their Swedish meatballs, but had never eaten there. Well yesterday I timed it just right. I was already hungry, but when I came to the cafe and smelled the aromas I became ravenous. So I had my first-ever IKEA Swedish meatball plate. Well worth the $6 for that and a flavored water. Now I’m looking forward to the next time I have to go to IKEA.

Anyhoo, I had already made a list of the things I wanted from IKEA so it was easy to just pick them up as I came to them. I had a hard time finding the storage boxes I wanted, mostly for the color, but was successful in the end.


Look at that color! It’s actually a little brighter than the picture looks and it goes so nicely with the gray walls! And boy, do I have plans for that accent color, as you will see.

After a delightful time at my happy place I came home and put up the second coat of paint and then I was done for the day. Which meant a nice evening watching Whitechapel with Todd.


Let’s stop here and talk about Whitechapel. Have you seen it? It’s on Amazon. It’s really good, but each season gets creepier and creepier. I’m not sure how much more of the creepiness I can take.

Okay. Back to the office. Today I haven’t done a whole lot. I pulled off the Frog tape and I primed the return vent, but I’m going to have to run out to get a decent brush to paint it with. I’m kind of stuck until Todd takes down the ladder and puts my desk and chair together. But he’s been busy with more important stuff, though what that means, I’m not sure. Well, he didn’t actually say that, but since he didn’t jump at the chance to help me put my furniture together it must be more important. He’s been out in the garage, though, and it’s hot and icky so I’m not going out there to find out.

What I DID do, though, was get crafty. I couldn’t bring myself to put the ugly switch plates back on the freshly painted walls so I did a little Pinteresting and found a cheap solution. A trip to AC Moore for some scrapbook paper and a little Modge Podge and I was in business. Check it out!

I’m going to have to paint the screws, though, because they’re bugging me. But all in all I’m pleased with the look. It’s hard to tell in the pictures, but the storage box is the same vibrant blue as these switch plates. As I said above, I’m going to be using that as an accent color splashed around here and there. You’ll just have to stay tuned for that, though, because there are many more tales from the office to come.

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