The Office: Roller Shade Update

The office is still slowly coming together and I’m pretty pleased that I’m sticking with my checklist. I sometimes get a bit too excited and start other projects! I’m really trying hard not to and this blog is helping me along the way.
If you have missed my previous posts about the Office you can check them all out here:
Let’s see how that check list is coming along:
The office has two windows on separate walls. One facing my neighbors home (brick wall) and the other the backyard. The windows are located higher up on the wall and are medium in size. The previous owners left standard boring vinyl roller shades on each window. I didn’t want to have any curtains or draperies in this space at the moment so I wanted to do something quick and simple that added some interest in the space. I figured I could just paint the vinyl shades or add something to it. If you follow me on Pinterest (button on left sidebar) you will see that I have a board just dedicated to monograms. I love monograms. I think I would monogram just about anything and everything, if I could. I decided I would monogram the vinyl roller shades. I don’t plan to keep the shades forever so why not!
This project cost me ZERO dollars, just some time and effort. I used a large black sharpie marker that I already had.
First, let’s take a look at one of these windows. Isn’t that brick wall just so lovely to look at? This shade is pretty much down 100% of the time.
I took the roller shade down and measured the shade to find the center. I then hand traced my monogram. At first I tried messing around with creating something on the computer but I don’t have huge paper to print on so I just free handed it. I then just filled it in with a black sharpie. It was actually kind of fun, like coloring.
So let’s see how it looks hanging up now:
It looks a little bit bare to me now but with the combination of the crazy chevron walls and the soon to be amazing upholstered valance above the window I think it was all tie together. The windows are on both chevron painted walls so I’m leaning towards a solid fabric, perhaps with a unique texture. I don’t think I’ll be introducing another pattern unless something catches my eye.

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The Office: Wall Shelving

About 2 weeks ago I shared an update with you on my office remodel project. This week I will be showing another small update. This week I will be sharing some wall shelves that we added to the space. I styled the wall shelves with items that we already own but I’m still playing around with it. I want it to be functional yet stylish.
Let’s first start with a recap of my office inspiration board (pictured below) and links to other posts that show the progress of this project:
Let’s take a look at that checklist:
I have an idea for my roller shades, it’s just a matter of me sitting down and actually doing it! I’ve noticed that just about all my weekends in the month of December have something going on! It’s really going to be a busy month. I started the process of organizing bills and important papers but I’m really hoping praying that I get the Neat Desktop Scanner for Christmas which will help complete this project! I’ve had my eye on that scanner for years!
Well let’s move on to the wall shelves! My In-laws were so sweet by coming over one weekend and helping put this system up. I purchased these shelves and the brackets at Ikea. Well let’s take a look shall we?
I would have loved to have the shelves above my desk like in the inspiration picture but my desk wouldn’t have worked, I have a small hutch on top of my desk and it would have been too much. I have plans for some fun storage/display underneath the shelves too. This is small progress but it’s keeping me on track with completing this entire room without starting a new project at the same time!

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The Office: Painted Ceiling and Accent Wall

Last week I shared with you the chevron painted walls in the office. You can read about my original post of this office remodel here. I’ve been real busy the last week and was able to mark off two more items off the check list! First let’s start off with my inspiration board to see how I’ve come along in this project:
And here is an updated checklist:
I first started off by painting my accent wall in blue. The accent wall is the same wall that my desk is on and is the wall I’m looking at as I’m writing this post. I have to say I’m loving this blue color which is Sherwin Williams Capri. It’s a nice contrast to those amazing chevron stripes in gray.
Well you ready to see it?
When I first started painting I never thought about painting the ceiling. It was just the standard white ceiling, nothing special about it. I don’t know why it occurred to me to paint the ceiling but I decided to do it, why not? Something fun right? I realized when I was looking in the room that we have such beautiful crown molding in this space and I wanted it to get noticed. I was able to achieve this by painting the ceiling a shimmering gray. When the blue wall was nice and dry I tackled painting the ceiling the following day. I forgot how much I hate painting ceilings! My neck was sore and I hate that some paint splatters on you too. What was even worse, I couldn’t get this job done in one coat, it required two coats! I will admit the second coat wasn’t that bad and I just ADORE the ceiling. In the natural light you can just see how it shimmers, it’s perfect!
This was after the first coat….as you can see it definitely needed a second! I painted the second coat the following evening. Stay tuned for my next post as I let you know how I used the same tray and paint roller without cleaning it and used it again 24 hours later.
And here is the final product! Such a nice contrast with the gray chevron stripes and bold blue accent wall. Now that the walls are finally painted and touch-ups are on their way I can finally hang up our wall shelves!!! Stayed tuned for more updates and more items marked off this check list!

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