Weekly Recap + Weekend Reading

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Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.” – Khalil Gibran

Weekly Recap

I spent all day Sunday painting the new office / creative space, but I’m still not done. It took two coats on the ceiling and two on the walls with Olympic ONE paint + primer. Sore muscles on Monday plus the duties of the weekday interrupted my momentum. Plus, I find taping off and painting trim not nearly as fun as rolling the walls. The trim always seems to take 3-4 coats, so lots of waiting is involved.

Here is what the room looks like now (taken with iPhone):

When you enter the room, you see the only two windows. This room is in the center of the house, so it is the darkest. My stepson had painted the walls (and trim) two colors of dark blue and the ceiling gray, making it quite the bat cave. He also had two layers of blackout curtains.

I’ve got the window trim done, but not the baseboards. I left the cable coming through the floor as I’m undecided whether to return a TV to the room. Of the three outlet covers, this one could not be scraped. It will be hidden behind the desks, so I just left it.

Turning to the left, you can see the two original colors on the baseboards. Super dark! I took my paint chips to the fabric store and tried to pick the most neutral gray. I want to add pops of color in yellow and orange – so the more blue and purple grays didn’t go.

Swinging back around, you can see I’ve done the trim on the closet but not the door. This photo shows the gray wall color the best. Also, notice my stepson’s skate trucks as the door handles. I might leave them for novelty’s sake. Also, we’re not sure where the original door nob went!

I’m debating whether to paint the inside of the closet a bright color. We’re going to be doing some yellow in our kitchen, so I might use the leftovers from that project in the closet. I’ve bought a tension rod and curtain clips and will be hanging some simple neutral linen curtains to cover all the storage in the closet.

When it’s all done, I’ll take proper photos with the big camera. I even have a great before photo, so you can see the transformation. I’m looking forward to actually getting settled in this space, hopefully this weekend!

The wall color is satin Olympic Quill, a light gray. The ceiling is flat Olympic Winter Mood. The trim is semi-gloss Benjamin Moore Moonlight White, leftover from the baby’s room.

What did you do this week? Share your recap in the comments.

Weekend Reading

Every weekend at Simple Scrapper you are invited to join us for reflection on our memory keeping activities as well as our ongoing tradition of  sharing simple tips, tutorials and inspiring ideas from around the web.

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