A few years ago, right before Christmas, I convinced my parents to buy the home right next to ours. It’s honestly been a dream! We love having them so close, they love to be near their granddaughters and frequently, we love to show our appreciation for all they do for us by helping them with a project or two. My dad works from home and their office space could be best described as heavy. The original room was characterized by its dark maroon walls, dark wood executive desk and a dark rug with dark blinds.
They have been asking for advice on how to fix it up, so for Christmas this year, Chris and I are helping them tackle the small space. Starting with those walls. They requested something in the green family and I recommended Valspar’s Recycled Glass.
It’s fresh and bright, but soothing–things you want to feel when you are going to be in that room from 9-5 every day. This year, we’ve been working with HANDy Paint Products, and this was the perfect project to pull out their HANDy Pro Pail.
The HANDy Pro Pail holds over a quart of paint (or stain), and has an adjustable strap that lessens hand fatigue, but the real appeal is that it accommodates up to a 6 1/2” mini-roller, while still having that built-in magnet for a brush. While Chris always handles the major rolling of a room, I always do the cutting in and tight places and this pail is awesome for that. I can switch from brushing the edges,
to rolling small, tight places where a 6″ roller is perfect. This would also be the pail for the job for painting cabinets, when you are frequently switching back and forth from brush to roller, or paneling or a room like this where there is a LOT of cutting in and tight corners.
We used Valspar Optimus Paint and Primer in one and it covered almost completely in one coat. We ended up going back and doing another quick “half coat” in places where there was a little bit of red still peeking through.
Needless to say, the new color completely transformed the entire room. We also painted the soffits where the lights are, to blend into the walls–even the big arch window looks a little less obviously off-centered.
Of course, paint is just the base. We already ordered this herringbone jute rug for them, I love this desk lamp (on clearance!), and we’re trying to decide between this black leather and wood office chair or this warm cognac leather one–feel free to weigh in! Are you tackling any painting projects over the holiday? We haven’t painted since I was pregnant, and it was so much fun to turn on some tunes, break out of favorite supplies and completely transform a room in a morning.
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