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a lighter and brighter oak paneled office

June 12, 2009

In addition to destroying and rebuilding the bathroom, and painting the bedroom, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time brightening up the oak-paneled office. Since I’m currently unemployed working from home, I thought it would be a good idea to take care of the office sooner rather than later. You know, so that I’ll have a cute place to blog, pay bills, and search for a new job.

Our office was originally a manly cave of wood and green-ness. Totally not our style. Also, the valences in the house were driving me nuts. Our windows are much smaller than the windows in our Minneapolis home, and thanks to the woody wonderland outside of our walls, very little direct sunlight streams through them. Therefore, covering 1/4 of them with a dark valence is just not working for me. I’m planning on replacing most of them with drapes that will hang to either side of the window.

Anyways, the office “before”:

And, the newly-painted, but furnishing-less “after”:

To be honest, I’m just not sure about the color. I wanted a light, subtle yellow, but I’m undecided about the end result. It took about 50 coats of primer + paint (and I had to cut in with a paintbrush in all of the grooves), so I may furnish the room and then decide whether I should change it. What do you think about the paint color? Any alternative suggestions?

The drop ceiling in this room drives me nuts, too. Any cheap/easy fix suggestions? Otherwise, we are inclined to leave it until the rest of the house is painted/styled.

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