Our study, walls cleaned and patched!

January 22, 2009 at 11:09 am | Posted in During, Our Home, Our Study, Projects | 8 Comments
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We’ve finally finished scrubbing the little chunks of wallpaper off of the study walls!  *Almost* ready to start painting!

Check out my cheesy fake smile here.  I was just so happy about scrubbing the walls – NOT!

We had a small discussion about what should be done with the cracked and partially missing plaster above the windows.  It was suggested (by quite a few people) that we hire a plaster guy to come in and fix it.  And, umm… well, we ignored that suggestion.  Instead, we bought some plaster patching compound, and went at it ourselves.  Maybe we’ll regret this decision in a few years, if/when our patch job fails.  But for now, it was a $5 quick and easy fix.  We plan to hang shelves above the windows to store books, so if it doesn’t look perfect, it will be blocked by books anyways.

My patching supplies positioned nicely on our nasty basement floor.

Here I am, hard at work.  I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and I read that I needed to use very thin layers, so I think I applied about 60 very thin layers.  It took about an hour, but in the end, I was very pleased with how it turned out.

The final product.  This will look much better when sanded and painted!


The Study: Before Pictures

November 6, 2008 at 8:58 pm | Posted in Before, Our Study | Leave a comment
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I have to admit that I am a bit embarrassed to show these pictures. We have lived in this house for almost a year now, and we haven’t even unpacked a whole slew of boxes. Some of these boxes have been hiding in the study (others are hiding in the 4th bedroom that we plan to turn into the kitchen because, really, we don’t need a 4th bedroom, nor would we want guests/children sleeping in that awkward space. But that is a story for another day). And, if I’m really being honest with you, I’ll admit that most of the boxes haven’t been unpacked since we moved from Minneapolis to Lexington, Kentucky 2 years ago. (We only stayed in Kentucky a year before moving back to MN). I keep thinking that I should just get rid of the stuff in the boxes – if we haven’t used it in 2 years, we probably wouldn’t miss it if I got rid of it. But most of the boxes are full of books, and being the complete and total bookworms that we are, we have trouble saying goodbye to reading material. End tangent.

Anyways, the study. It’s a tiny room off of the tiny third bedroom. It’s got some awesome windows and overlooks the backyard. It’s painted the same dull off-white color that all of the walls and ceilings in our house are painted. Seriously. Someone came through here before we bought it and painted every. wall. and. ceiling. in. every. room. the same color. It was charming at first, but after almost a year, we’re ready for some color.

Check it out:

The doorway leading into the study from the 3rd bedroom.

The study, full of boxes. See that one on the floor there? There’s a big blow-up four leaf clover in it. So if you find yourself wanting a gigantic four-leaf clover, I’m your girl.

A good shot of the boxes (and my arm). Can you guess which of the paint samples we chose? You’ll have to wait and see…

The light fixture. We’ve got a bunch of old, retro-ish light fixtures in the house, and I intend to get rid of most of them. This one can stay, though. I kind of like it.

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