Back when we were searching for a rental, we knew we wanted a 2-bedroom house. It seemed a little unnecessary to some, but we know ourselves and sometimes we need our own space. Sometimes I want to read and the Mister wants to watch a game. Sometimes the Mister needs to pull a late night working and I’ve already gone to sleep. And sometimes I’m causing a flour explosion in the kitchen and want him to avoid the area completely until I’m finished. haha We never really had any intention of turning the 2nd bedroom into a guest room. It was always going to be a study – a fact which was solidified in the excruciating attempt to even get 1 mattress up the stairs. In its finished state, we’d like to have it be a multipurpose room of sorts. A study when we need quiet. A music room when he’s in the mood to play guitar. I’ll inevitably store some of my craftier things in there.
So far the study has only managed to achieve “dumping ground” status while we sorted out our clothing storage situation. Sharing closets and a dresser required a little maneuvering and figuring out. This meant that about 5 or 6 bags of clothes got dumped into the floor in a massive mound that only got pushed around as we needed to make a path to the bathroom. I’m not proud of that. But with the landlord and her fiance coming over this next weekend to work on the master bathroom with us, we also didn’t want to leave it that way for much longer. Cue the great toss of everything into the closet and under the bed!
We actually managed to plop ourselves down on Sunday morning and start sorting things out into various piles – a giveaway pile, a dresser pile, a “needs to be ironed and hung up in the closet” pile, and a basement storage pile (most of our winter stuff). I was pretty impressed with how much we were able to get done. There’s still a lot to do, but it looks more like “oh we just moved in” and less like “we’re the messiest people in Baltimore.”
And in an attempt to continue making progress on the room, I slapped up the paint samples we’d picked out the weekend before to see if we could find something we liked. Glad we did – the original front runner color, Crescendo by Olympic (far left), got immediately nixed as the room has only a single 18″ wide little window making the room already feel incredibly dark. The paint color turned out to just be too dark for the room… and a little teal. We were going for a more greyish-blue. We do have plans for the sample paint of Crescendo though, so keep a lookout for that soon.
After narrowing it down to two, we painted a little more along the edge of a window to get a better idea of the true colors in natural light as well as to see how they looked against the white trim. Thankfully we were both in agreement, so the winner of the office paint color is…. Chambray by Olympic.
We probably won’t get a chance to actually paint the room right away as we’ll be working on the bathroom for the next couple of weeks, but it feels good to have it picked out at least. Crazy how dark that room is isn’t it? These were taken in the middle of the day too. We’re planning on putting new Energy Smart LED bulbs in the ceiling fan in there to brighten it up a bit. Hopefully that’ll help.
Oh and for those of you that follow us on Facebook (new fan page linked over on the right sidebar or click here), you probably saw the picture from our Playworks event this weekend. The Mister’s company volunteered to team up with Playworks of Baltimore to help paint games on the big blacktop behind a local elementary school as part of a bigger effort to teach young kids life skills through recess and games. I got to join the group painting the lane lines for a relay game while the Mister helped out with the creation of a football field. It was such a great experience (once we got past the shock of having to play icebreaker games designed for 6 year olds) and the really embarrassing moment when one of the Mister’s coworkers mistakenly thought I was a high school aged daughter of someone in the company. “Nope… I’m Steven’s girlfriend… and I’m almost 24” … hangs head in shame. haha I highly encourage everyone out there to do something like this if you’re given the chance. This is the second time I’ve helped paint games for an elementary school and both were truly fulfilling experiences and so much fun.