Usually, we take our time planning and designing any renovations and work on our house. This was not one of those times. On Thursday, I texted Josh on a whim, "Do you want to rip up the floors in our second spare room and make an office?" Like the wonderful husband that he is, he replied, "Sure. Let's start this weekend." Weekend dates used to consist of going out to dinner, seeing a movie. Now, they are spent ripping up carpet and covered in paint. And I'm more than OK with that.
This room wasn't terrible, but also wasn't functioning as well as we know it can. This is a picture from the MLS listing. Since then, we put a twin bed in the corner and a desk on the wall. It's been alright, but I find that it really has become a sort of dumping ground for random things because it really doesn't have a clear purpose. We decided that an office space, that could still accommodate a twin bed for visitors, would be ideal.
While the carpet is fine, we've become big fans of laminate flooring and decided that the room would function better if we added them. This weekend, we cleared the full room out, ripped up all the carpet, pulled out every last staple and tacking strip, and painted the walls.
I'm kind of obsessed with it already. It feels SO much brighter-- it's really amazing what a coat of paint can do. The carpet was also weighing down the space and wasn't doing us any favors. Painting is honestly one of my favorite things to do. I think it's so relaxing and gratifying. Josh offered to help, but I really enjoy doing it alone, playing some music, and just zoning out. I went with Sherwin Williams Alabaster in matte. This is my first time using a matte finish and I love it, it feels so luxe. It did require more coats than I normally use, but definitely worth it. I've heard that the scrubability of matte paints has improved drastically, so we'll see. Luckily, since it's an office space, I'm not anticipating needing to clean it as much as a kitchen or bathroom.
While I'm still finalizing the details of the space, I think I have a pretty clear idea of the final product. I'm planning on blogging this renovation real time as we go-- so you'll be around for every step. I haven't done that before, so you'll be along for the ride if (probably when) we have any hiccups.... That's part of this whole journey though, right? Hope you'll come back next week-- we're planning to have all the floors down!