In true renovation spirit, things in the study have gotten a bit worse before getting better. But all the pieces are getting put back together, and we’re in the home stretch! To catch you up, we’re in the process of narrowing the opening into the study, adding pocket doors, and building shelves and cabinets on either side of the opening! Oh, and while we’re at it, we’re repainting for the third time. The latest update was over a week ago, so let’s look at all the progress that’s been made.
It’s actually pretty incredible how they were able to salvage and reuse not only the trim but the wallpaper too! I’m beyond impressed.
The shelving and cabinets are only primed in a dark green, so this won’t be the finished color, but it’s similar. After testing a bunch of swatches, I landed on Benjamin Moore Topsoil, which is actually really close to our kitchen island color. I was back and forth on painting the ceiling the same dark green that we’re painting the wainscoting, trim, and built-ins or painting it back to white. In the end, I think a white ceiling will look cleaner and will add contrast to the dark green paint, so white it is!
We actually got a lot of comments suggesting we keep just the ceiling light blue, and while I love a two-tone paint moment, this isn’t where I want to do it.
This photo was taken when we were filming our GM commercials, and it’s one of the only pulled-back photos of the study entrance that we have! Here’s what it looks like with the narrower opening.
It feels like this was always meant to be. If you read Tuesday’s Love Letter then you got the first look at these custom-made walnut doors that were inspired by our pantry doors. We originally hunted for a pair of salvaged, vintage doors we could use with no luck, but in the end, I’m glad it didn’t work out because I’m in love with this view!
Up next: paint!
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The next project we’re checking off our 2023 project list is the mudroom! This used to be the laundry room until we built out a much bigger, better laundry room upstairs. So, in the meantime, this space has been exclusively Cricket’s room. Cricket will still have a special space here, but we’re transforming this dingy […]
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