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We’ve had some phone and internet issues, but they’ve been resolved so it’s back to work for me! I’ve setup my desk and painted the office already. It’s nice to have at least one semi-finished space in the house. Especially since I spend so much time at my desk.

my desk

The office is definitely not finshed, but it’s not horrible either. The closet has no door, and the blinds on the window are not my cup of tea. Oh, and the other side of the room looks like this. Messy!

Did I do the right thing by only bringing the pink up to the picture rail? I’m not really sure. The color I chose for the top of the room and the ceiling was “oyster” by Benjamin Moore. I thought it was a gorgeous grey/lavender, but it just looks white. Oh well – at least it picks up on the white of my desk and bookshelf. And it’s certainly an improvement over the original state of the room. It was peach before (yuck). Here’s a reminder:

my office

Oddly, the baseboard and picture rail were painted the same peach. I guess I can see blending in the picture rail, but the baseboard too? The trim around the doors and the window were still wood. I ended up matching the brown in the wood trim as closely as possible and painting over the peach. I suppose the correct thing to do would have been to strip off the paint and then stain. I could still do that at some point in the future though (if I decide to). For now, there’s enough work to do in the house without adding ‘paint stripping’ to the list.

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  • David
    February 16, 2007 at 12:56 pm

    What kind of desk is that? I have been looking for something just like that. Thanks!

  • Nicole
    February 16, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    It’s the “Paper Clip Desk” by Bludot for the Container Store.

  • David
    February 16, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    Great, thanks so much..and I love your office!

  • Nicole Welch
    February 17, 2007 at 5:27 am

    Personally I think your color choice looks fantastic. The pink and brown are ‘you’ (lol) and I think it looks great up to the rail. Very classy and the brown wood adds puntuation.

  • marian
    February 17, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    I agree with nicole, I think you made the right call on just painting to the picture rail. And also on going the shorter route and not stripping the trim – like you said, plenty of other things to keep you busy!

  • One Little Monkey
    February 20, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    The wall color and trim looks great! I like that the wall above the moulding is a different color. Nice floors, too!

  • Aimee
    February 26, 2007 at 9:28 am

    I really like it not going all the way up to the wall. It give it so much more character and charm. Very pretty!

  • heather rene
    March 24, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    What shade of pink is that? I’ve been hunting for exactly that colour; not too bright, but almost an antique pink. Fabulous!

  • Nicole
    March 25, 2007 at 10:08 am

    The pink paint is “pink innocence” by Benjamin Moore.

  • MIchelle
    July 29, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    I know this is a very old post but I wanted to mention — when I saw your picture rail — that this was a trick my grandparents used in their 2-flat (which happens to be in Chicago across the street from the OP border!). The woodwork was all nasty so they painted it the wood color they liked, and then topped it with varnish!

  • MIchelle
    July 29, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Anyway, it’s still like that. My mom is not big on change LOL