The past few days have been cra-aaaaa-zy around here. I’m so sore and tired. My joints are aching.
Wanna know why? Well, too bad, I’m telling you anyway.
Besides deciding to start a rigorous running program (I’m serious, don’t laugh!) Ben and I spent the last few days flip-flopping the office and the guest room. For a point of reference, here’s our floor plan with each room marked.
Before the ol’ flip-a-roonie, the office was “bedroom 5″ and the guest room was “bedroom 4″.
Before we started, our office (bedroom 5) looked like this:
Okay, okay, that’s on a good day. Most of the time the office really has looked like this:
There are names for this. Hoarder comes to mind. Slob. Pack-rat. Um, ya.
…which is why we wanted to flip rooms with the guest bedroom (bedroom 4). You see, the guest bedroom is a lot bigger than the office, which is obviously our biggest issue with sharing an office – we just flat-out don’t have enough space for all the crap.
And it’s also on the 2nd floor instead of the first, so visitors can’t glimpse inside it as easily as they can on the 1st floor. (Most guests don’t go upstairs, but they do go to the bathroom which is right next to the current office, allowing a horrified peek inside the office.)
Only problem with doing a big flip? If you thought the orange office was uninviting, the guest room is far worse.
We’ve affectionately named the guest room, “the smurf blue room”. Can you guess why?
I pretty much quit going into the office as much as possible because the orange was so horrible to look at. I just couldn’t work in there. But now, smurf blue? There’s an even smaller chance I’ll go into that room!
I’ve been wanting to flip rooms for awhile, but besides the daunting task of carrying an overflowing office full of crap upstairs, and the guest furniture downstairs, I also knew there was no-way-in-hades I’d agree to move rooms until we painted the smurf room first.
By some fate that can only be described as a miracle, I actually talked Ben into painting again. And so it began. The great guest room/office flip.
Doesn’t he look so thrilled to be painting?
Ben and I have a pretty good system worked out. He rolls, I cut.
Fortunately we had a 3rd helper to make the job go quicker.
After about a day we were totally finished puttying, painting, cutting, rolling, and edging.
This kind of overhaul really tears apart the entire house though. Here’s the piles of crap we had to maneuver around for the past few days. Matter of fact, we are still maneuvering around all this crap.
Why do things have to get worse before they get better? Check out or b-o-r-i-n-g bathroom off the gameroom (bath 3).
It usually looks like this (extra boring, I know):
But the past few days it’s been spiced up:
I’m sure Silhouette would freak if they knew I was storing my Cameo next to the sink. ::bag over head::
And while I’m talking about random stupid crap totally unrelated to painting, can I just point out the main reason this room was never even considered for either kid?
Hello sneak-out-route! Please don’t tell me you never crawled out a window and jumped off a 1st story roof. This is just asking to be
snuck sneaked out of. So ya, hopefully my kids won’t ever read this post and figure this out. Because my Travis, he’s a monkey and would probably jump off the roof tomorrow (at 9 years old) if I let him.
So, back to the post. Where was I? Oh, painting. Right. In case you are wondering about the color, I chose it in about 5 minutes off the Martha Stewart paint card. I wanted something similar to my gray in my living room, but even lighter and super neutral.
So, are you dying to see the big reveal? Ya, me too! I wish it were done! ha. But for now, I’ll at least show you the not-as-messy “progress” report. Here goes nothing.
One of the new additions is this hutch that I just stuck on top of my current ikea desk. So far it has worked out great and I’m really diggin’ it.
It is suppose to go on top of my son’s dresser, but I got sick of cleaning piles and piles of legos off it, so I took it away and moved his dresser into his closet. He loves it because now he has more floor space for even more lego messes. The hutch has sat in the guest room unused for a few months, so I decided to try it out on the desk, and I love it!
Here’s the dresser/hutch combo in Travis’s room before I took it all apart and moved it around. (I’ve never showed his room before, so this is a first!)
I love having easy access to my craft supplies.
As for the previous office/future guest room, it’s
lookin’ like a fool with it’s pants on the ground still needs a lot of work. And a lot more moving.
So there you have it. Besides a nice dinner, this is pretty much what Ben and I did for our 13th wedding anniversary – we painted and moved. Good times.
I’ll update as I continue to get this mess cleared up and organized. I so want to paint the orange room now (previous office/new guest room), but I have been promising Kinsey I’ll paint her room *next*, so until her room is painted, I’m not painting any other rooms!
What did you do over the weekend? Hopefully something way more fun than painting and moving!
* linking to Thrifty Decor Chick’s house party