Friday, September 26, 2008

Before and After: Final Update

beforeafter

I've been posting updates all along of my progress, so I'm not sure what else to say, other than thank you to BooMama for having this event because I know that if she hadn't, my office would still be unpainted. And I do so love how it looks now that I am extremely grateful for the kick in the pants to get it done.

To recap, here's what the office looked like before:





For a more complete view of it, here's my original post about the project.

Progress was slow but steady - the first week didn't bring all that much progress, in fact it mostly looked worse as instead of painting I decided to first tackle the important work of cleaning out the closet.

So here's a mini before & after. Before:



After:



The second update pretty much just involved the bookcase being emptied and pulled away from the wall. I was plodding along, obviously.



Fortunately for the third update I was still thinking that the deadline was July 25, so I was feeling some pressure and worked hard and got a lot done.



Wallpaper border mostly down, walls spackeled and sanded, and even some painting.





Lots more photos are at the Week 3 update post, these are just a hint.

Week four got the bulk of the project completed - the room itself was painted, and lacked only some finishing touches and minor things like replacing furniture. And again, there are more pics at that original week four update post.



Update five was a poor excuse for a progress report, having really just hung a curtain, but still, it's a nice curtain. The final update teased with a report, but no final pictures.

And I can't find all of the pictures I took so here are a few and if/when I find the others or take new ones (which has to wait until the camera batteries recharge), I'll post more.

Freshly painted!





Here's the new curtain:

Open. And yes, I realize the windowsill is horribly scuffed, to the point that it looks filthy. It's not, it's just scuffed and chipped. Maybe my next project will be to paint it.



And closed:



And one of my favorite things in the updated room, my new trash basket. I'm not usually into wicker, but I love this.

11 comments:

Kristi said...

Way to go! Great before and afters. I like your wicker basket too. Blessings to you!

groovyoldlady said...

Isn't redoing a room a happy thing? Well, no, the redoing isn't always happy, but the finished product is!

You did a lovely job!

Kelley with Amy's Angels said...

Nothing like a little BooMama fun to get us off and running, eh?

Very nice! : )

Renee said...

Thank you all very much for your nice comments!

Life In Progress said...

Looks great! Nothing like a fresh coat of paint to brighten up a room. And that basket is CUTE!

Kate said...

That waste basket is totally cute and your room looks fantastic! Doesn't it feel good to have it finished? I love that feeling of standing back and seeing what I've managed to do to a previously scruffy room. Well done!!

Rose said...

Very nice! I think I have a few closets that look like the before picture. What color did you paint the room? It looks fabulous!

learningtobefrugal said...

Great job! I know that you're feeling fabulous about the hard work that you did!

Allie
Learningtobefrugal.com

Grace said...

Wow! I love that color. I'm so jealous of all the painting people are doing--we're renters and don't have that opportunity. You did a great job though!

Renee said...

Thanks again for visiting and commenting.

@Rose I would love to tell you what color it is. It's a Sherwin Williams color. Yellowish. Beyond that, we bought the paint about 3 or maybe even 4 years ago to paint the guest room and my office. The guest room was painted almost immediately. The office, well, you see how long that one took.

I'm pretty sure it's a SW color match from this Valspar color. I have a color strip of theirs with the Yellow Bouquet color circled. On the side of "that's not the color", the color strip doesn't seem to match the wall itself all that much. So, I'm not that helpful. Sorry.

But overall, I'd say it's a neutral sort of yellow, if that makes sense.

Now you see why no one comes to me for decorating advice. ;)

Renee said...

Oh, and @grace, if your rental place allows you to paint at all, before we bought our house we painted one wall in our apartment - faux finished the main wall in the living room.

We had to repaint it when we moved out (or we'd have had to pay big $$$ for their staff to repaint it) but I am so glad we did. Just that one wall made the place seem less impersonal.

I would do it again in a heartbeat if we were ever in a rental again (and had the option; I do realize that some place do not allow it AT ALL.)