And so it begins….my new home office is on its way!

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If you peek at us on Instagram, you’ll notice I posted a pic a week or so ago of my next project – my new home office! We affectionately refer to it as “Grandma’s room” even though Alex has spent more time in it. One of the things that sold me on this house was this bedroom since it’s on the first floor and would be easy access for my mom when she visited. Over the years it’s become a dumping ground for mismatched furniture or things I didn’t have another place for.

But no more! I have big plans for this room. I’m going to redo the walls, install new crown molding, hopefully rehab the old base trim, replace the floors and build a custom corner desk. I want this room to still be able to function as a guest space so I’m on the hunt for something to use as a bed too. I’m thinking a daybed would be cute and when I’m tired of working I won’t have far to go for a nap! 🙂

This past weekend I got started on New Home Office Phase 1 which involves getting rid of the texture on the walls. I don’t know who thought textured walls were a good idea but I can’t wait to get rid of them. Funny though, until I decided to redo this room it never bothered me at all…

This is what I’m starting out with. I guess it could be worse but it’s still not going to be fun.textured walls

Before I could get started on Project Anti-Texture I had to remove the existing crown and base molding. My intention is to sand and paint the base trim and reinstall it. It’s still in pretty good shape so fingers crossed I don’t mess it up! The crown that was in this room was really small so I’ll replace it with something bigger. The base trim is over 5 inches high and I just didn’t like the lack of balance between the two. Here’s the room with everything removed.new home office diy

Once all the trim was safely stowed away in the garage, I was able to get started on the walls. This video gave me a great overview as to what’s involved with skim coating to remove the texture. I was able to make it a little over halfway around the room for a first coat this weekend. I think it’s going to take at least 4 coats to get it smooth again.

I’ve resigned myself to the fact this project is going to take a little longer than I’m used to. I’ve decided that I’m not going to at it “like I’m killing snakes” which is a favorite saying of my mom’s (usually when she’s talking about me). It’ll be mostly weekends and a few weeknights if I’m up to it.

I’ll post progress updates when I have them. But this is real life and I won’t have a full reveal after a weekend or two. As excited as I am to move into my new office it’s prolly going to be awhile. Don’t worry – Sierra is keeping an eye on things for us. And apparently keeping track of this cord. Is that face the cutest or what?Sierra

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