This post covers the progress we’ve made in our home office guest room renovation project and presents our vision board for the room.
You guys! We’re making BIG moves over here with our home office guest room. After two months of stripping paint, skim coating, repairing drywall cracks, and caulking we FINALLY have a painted room! It has been quite the process to get to this place.
Progress on our Home Office Guest Room
This project has reaffirmed my belief that there isn’t any”simple” project in an old house.
At the start, I thought this project would take a month since it was just repainting the room. We’re going on month 4 or 5 and just now have a repainted room. Here is everything we’ve done to get to this point.
Removing Lead Paint
As I mentioned in my Home Office Guest Room Inspiration post, we were stripping the paint on the trim using Citri Strip paste, and it was an absolute mess. We invested in a Speedheater Cobra by EcoStrip to save my sanity as we stripped the remaining trim (baseboards, door, and door frame), and it was a game-changer! I honestly could write a whole post about removing lead paint. Still, the Speedheater Cobra was the perfect option for us as we weren’t able to do any significant sanding since we haven’t been able to find the right respirator due to COVID. I already know this new tool will get lots of use in future projects!
After stripping paint, we washed all the trim with mineral spirits. I got a first-degree chemical burn all along my forearm from the mineral spirits and switched to cleaning with an orange-based cleaner and TSP to wash off any additional primer that was left. Then we gave it a light sand and patched it in spots where the wood was gauged or damaged with wood filler to make it as smooth as possible. With the trim painted, it’s impossible to tell it was ever damaged! The result was well worth the effort.
Once we finished repairing the trim, we skim coated the walls with joint compound and fixed some deep cracks using drywall tape and mud.
We then vacuumed and dusted like crazy to clean up the dust from the drywall, primed everything, and caulked the trim where necessary to fill any apparent gaps before priming with an oil-based primer and painting.
Selecting Paint Samples with Samplize and Painting
When selecting our paint color, we wanted a warm, creamy gray/beige color. I love how easy it is to sample different paint samples using Samplize. They make peel and stick simples, and they couldn’t be any easier! After spending weeks getting smooth, evenly primed walls, I love that Samplize doesn’t require any cleanup or additional priming over paint samples.
We sampled all Benjamin Moore colors and got Gray Owl, Wish, Edgecomb Gray, Pale Oak, Silver Satin, Balboa Mist, and Classic Gray.
In the end, we went with Edgecomb Gray for the walls, and Cloud White for the ceiling and trim.
We primed everything one weekend and painted everything the following weekend. I love how it turned out! Edgecomb Gray is the perfect creamy gray/beige color that I dreamed of for this room.
Home Office Guest Room Vision
Initially, I was drawn to light blues and light oranges for this room. Once we started thinking through the room and putting together a mood board, those colors just weren’t working out. I still wanted something light and airy, but a little more muted and refined.
I fell in love with the Loloi II Layla Collection Vintage Persian rug in Spice/Marine that I found from Jenny Cipoletti’s bedroom reveal. Rugs are typically pretty expensive, so I was SO ecstatic to see this rug was so affordable for the size we needed! The rug set the tone for the rest of the room.
The rug has some faint yellow tones, and I love how the mustard yellow curtains accentuate the colors. The curtains will also compliment the unlacquered brass hardware we’ve used on the windows and plan to use for the doorknobs and the light fixture. We already have the blue Billy bookcase from Ikea that helps tie into the colors in the rug.
Originally, we planned to get the Hemnes Daybed from Ikea, but it’s a little wide for the size of the room, and we thought it might be a bit uncomfortable to use as a couch. I found the Farlov Sleeper Sofa from Ikea and love the clean lines and how the upholstery helps soften the room. It’s a slipcover that can be easily washed, so that is a bonus as well for pets and future kids. The Farlov is actually very similar in design to the York Slipcover Sofa by Pottery Barn but is half the price! We’re all about keeping this room on a budget!
The wall-mounted shelf pictured is the Brass Rail Shelving by Casson. It’s gorgeous, but at $9,000 for the size we need, it’s way out of budget. We’re going to DIY a similar desk wall shelving unit using Knape and Vogt adjustable shelving. I’m excited to see how the DIY will turn out!
What We Need To Do
When we started this project, our to-do list felt never ending. Looking at what we have left, we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Here’s is what we still need to do to finish the room:
- Assemble and move-in furniture
- Install curtain rods and hang curtains
- Re-hang door
- Order and install doorknobs
- Install door stop
- DIY desk wall shelving unit
- Order and install light fixture
The end is near and I’m so ecstatic to add a functional home office guest room to our house!