'F' for Freebies Office Painting

Working on Where I Work

I’m working with Sherwin-Williams to redo my office. I’ll have a $1000 budget to use, and I’ll be trying out the new line of HGTV® HOME by Sherwin-Williams color collections and paint. I also have two giveaways to tell you about too! But first, let’s discuss the office.

I started to make some changes to it last year. I rearranged the furniture, brought in a pretty mirror and a crazy zigzag rug, but that’s where the progress stopped. I was going for a kind of granny chic look, remember? Then I found out I was expecting (and I had zero energy), and we also started on the basement remodel (yes, I still need to finish my studio and the playroom too). Then I had my baby (sweet little August), and well… work on the office kind of stalled.

The room is more than just an office though. You’ll see in the video below that it’s also where Eleanor and August spend much of their time playing, and I would like the room to feel cozy and happy. Want to see how it looks right now?

To recap, these are the main issues I’ll be addressing.

  • Either the rug needs to go, or I need to reupholster or replace my office chair. They don’t match, and since I do like the rug a lot, I’ll probably switch out the chair. The Eames Management Chair is still the chair I dream of owning, but they’re very expensive and I don’t want to buy a knockoff. I’ve been watching eBay and Craigslist, but I may have to keep looking for an alternative.
  • I need to move the redundant computer and clean up the cords on my desk.
  • Storage and organization: Yes, please.
  • I’ve had a curtain for a closet door since we moved in to this house in 2007. Our house is 100 years old, so nothing is standard. We’ll need a custom-sized door, which is why we’ve put off fixing it for so long.
  • The window needs curtains and a new shade.
  • I’ll be painting the trim white, and painting the walls. The HGTV® HOME by Sherwin-Williams colors are grouped into 8 collections to make it easier to choose colors that will work from room to room in your house (I liked the Livable Luxe and Traditional Twist collections). There are a lot of nice greens, but I’m leaning toward a light, creamy neutral for the walls, along with painted white trim.
  • It’s time for the ceiling fan to go. It’s not terribly ugly, but it hasn’t been working well lately and I’d like to replace it with a prettier light fixture.

Now, about those two giveaways…

  • Need some color and design help in your house? Enter the What’s Your Color Now? sweepstakes for a chance to win a $5000 home makeover from BHG.com and HGTV® HOME by Sherwin-Williams!
  • I also have a 4GB Flip MinoHD camera to give away (so you can make stellar videos like mine, ha). Just leave a comment on this post to enter for the camera (one entry per person). This giveaway is open to US and international entrants, and will run through June 30 at midnight CST. One winner will be chosen randomly on July 1.

Good luck to you in both giveaways!

p.s. How much do you think it would cost to reupholster an Eames Management Chair? Say, if I found one from 1986 with really awful fabric?

July 1: Congratulations to Jennifer, winner of the Flip camera! And remember, there’s still time for everyone to enter the What’s Your Color Now? sweepstakes.

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    June 30, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Oh, I would flip for a flip :)

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    Jill J
    June 30, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I have my 1st baby on the way, and would love a flip camera to record the new babe!

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    June 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I would LOVE flip!!

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    June 30, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    It would be just perfect for our roadtrip across Spain and portugal this August!

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    June 30, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks for offering the giveaway. I’d love to win that camera to record moments with our little guy. :)

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    June 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I SO need color and design help! Why do you think I LOVE your blog! It’s full of wonderful ideas, georgous colors and beautiful design. Thanks!

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    June 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    A Flip would be flipping fabulous!

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    June 30, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    You should do videos more often! It’s cool to hear your actual real life voice! Aaaaand I would love a flip cam.

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    June 30, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I didn’t really understand the appeal of video cameras until I had a baby and now. . .I do.

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    June 30, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Lights! Camera! Wait I don’t have a camcorder…
    I could use that Flip.

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    June 30, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    A Flip would be fun!

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    erin godbey
    June 30, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Oooh, I’d love to have a Flip!

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    Elena @ Breakfast for Dinner
    July 2, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Oh, shoot, I think I’m too late, but I’d love a Flip!

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    August 16, 2011 at 6:18 am

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    August 16, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Hi there, what are you using for the child safety on the cabinet knobs? Are you using black rubberbands? Whatever it is, I really like how unobtrusive it looks. Please share because I hate the way my child safety locks look! =)

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      Making it Lovely
      August 16, 2011 at 8:40 am

      They’re ponytail holders! There isn’t anything dangerous in the cabinets (just papers), so the hair ties do the trick just fine.

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        August 16, 2011 at 9:09 am

        That is such a cute idea! I am completely copying you! So, what do you use on cabinets that hold dangerous items? I hate how my kitchen looks but I am so scared my little ones will get into stuff.

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        Making it Lovely
        August 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm

        We have the typical child-proofing locks in the kitchen, but their white and therefore blends with our white cabinets. We don’t even use them anymore really, since our cleaning supplies are in a little closet.

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    August 17, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I am doing my own space now and love yours. I’m wanting a streamlined desk. Where is you desk from?

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