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“If you get confused…”

After opening the box from IKEA, pulling out all of the shelf pieces, sorting the hardware…

…and staring at the first page of the instructions for a good five minutes…

…the conversation with my roommate, B, went something like this:

ME: I just don’t understand!

B: [pointing to one line at a time] This means you need these tools. This means it won’t crack and not cracking is good. This means if you get confused and need help, you should call IKEA.

ME: You got ALL that from those pictures!? I couldn’t figure out WHAT they meant!!

B: Didn’t you ever read the comics?


All confusion aside, by the end of the night we had a desk AND a shelf put together and looking mighty fine in the getting-closer-to-being-an-awesome-office-and-writing-space.

I’m now in the final (well…sorta) stages of organizing and choosing decorative details, so I hope to have a final reveal of the completed office posted within the next couple of weeks (because I know the suspense is almost unbearable!).

Paint Party!

As planned, I spent all day Saturday prepping and painting the soon-to-be-ridiculously-amazing-office-and-writing-space.

It only took eight hours, four movies (A Few Good Men, Kate & Leopold, Cool Runnings, and The Parent Trap), two coats of paint, and one broken roller.

I seriously spent about half the time painting scared to death that the color was still too pink. It’s not that I have anything against the color pink, but it wasn’t really what I was going for on my walls.

So I went back and forth between saying “I’m afraid this is too pink” and “I’m afraid I’m a really bad painter” to which my roommate would respond “I’m afraid I’m going to have to call you a scaredy-cat” to which I would answer “I might have to agree”.

The final color was called “tattered sail,” and while I’m still not convinced it’s the perfect shade, it will do. Typing that just made me think of this line from the movie, Babe: “That’ll do pig. That’ll do.” ha!

Moral to this story: I’m not sure you should let me choose your paint color or paint your walls. Even if I end up choosing a satisfactory color and the paint job looks great in the end, I might doubt myself the entire 8 hours its going on the walls…

By the end of the day, I probably had as much paint on me as the walls (maybe that’s why I almost ran out…). Seriously, from my head to my toes. I would show you my paint-highlighted hair or the paint that managed to splatter on my lips (how does that even happen?), but trust me, it’s better that you not be subjected to that.

Overall, I’m actually quite pleased with the way the paint job turned out. My edges actually look straight and the color is much less pink than I had feared.

So, I would call that a success and one more step completed.

Up next: the furniture!

The Office

And so it begins.

The spare room (or soon-to-be-office-and-writing-space) overhaul is officially in progress.

After emptying the closet and leaving its contents in the middle of the floor for far too many days, and then finally purchasing a desk and bookshelf from Ikea (which are both still sitting in their boxes until further notice…), last weekend, I asked my Dad for some help gathering some paint supplies together so I could begin the actual transformation.

I borrowed what I could, and then we made a trip to Lowe’s for the paint and remaining supplies (thanks, Dad!).

When it came time to choose the paint color, I knew I wanted a rich-and-noticeable-but-not-too-dark beige. Not picky at all, right? It’s a small room, so the color couldn’t be too dark and overwhelming, but at the same time, it needed to have enough depth to balance out the white furniture.

Well, what I thought would be a light shade of beige ended up looking way too pink on the walls, which was not at all what I wanted. Fortunately, I didn’t get very far before I decided the color was just not working.

So I went back to Lowe’s, chose a new not-so-pink color, and the painting will resume this weekend.

Since I’m sure you’re all on the edge of your seats with excitement now, be sure to stay tuned for updates as they become available!