Peach “Art Room” to Sunny Home Office

This is what our office space looked like when we bought the house.

Office

On the blueprints, the architect labeled this room, “Art Room”, which I like since I am a sometimes artist and both my husband and I write. But in terms of house value, in order to be a bedroom, it has to have a closet (it does), a way of escaping from the room other than the door in case of fire (it does), but there’s the picky issue of um…there’s no where to put the bed. All walls have doors, window seats, closets or hallway doors where you might otherwise put a bed. So it was an “Art Room” rather than a bedroom. That detracts from the value of your home considerably.

The French doors led out to a balcony, which also has a door leading out to it from the living room. That made it hard to place furniture on the balcony because of these wide doors. You can’t open the French doors for ventilation because the doors opened out. For one thing, mounting doors that way puts the hinges outside and all a burglar needs to do is pop your hinge pins and he’s in, not that it’s an issue here. For two, there is no good way to screen doors that open like that, not if you don’t like mosquitoes or want your cats escaping to become kitty McNuggets for a passing owl or eagle. So we took out the French doors and popped in a large slider window which probably has the best view in the house. It’s so much better looking out through a large window that it was through little mullions in the French door.

I went with a warm yellow (Benjamin Moore Maple Fudge http://www.benjaminmoore.com/en-ca/paint-color/maplefudge) since it went well with the oakish laminate. Covering the old pinky peach was a real pleasure, especially for my husband. We opted to use Aura, their top of the line, hoping because it was a thicker paint it would cover in two coats. Yellow and red are the two worst colours to try to cover anything with. They frequently take several coats. But Aura did it in two. But I must say it was very drippy. Not like Aura used to be. In case you didn’t know, paints have become healthier and dry more quickly, which is great, but in terms of coverage, ease of painting and dripping quality has declined.

Here’s the “After”. Please note that this isn’t a good representation of the colour. It’s much more muted than it photographs.

This banner was a promotional piece for the film The Last Samurai

This banner was a promotional piece for the film The Last Samurai

This was created in the old U.S.S.R. by hand with little pieces of straw.

This was created in the old U.S.S.R. by hand with little pieces of straw. This is the most accurate representation of the wall colour.

This butterscotch shade of yellow is hard to photograph accurately. It is a wonderful colour to be around. It makes you feel warm, cozy, and enlightened.

This butterscotch shade of yellow is hard to photograph accurately. It is a wonderful colour to be around. It makes you feel warm, cozy, and enlightened.

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The office

The office

Smiles,

Laurel

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