If you and you're husband aren't on the same page, I raise my glass to you stepmama, because you're in for one h*ll of a ride!
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I don't judge you if your house looks like a bomb went off each and everyday, so don't judge me for wiping my counters and putting my crap away.
As many of you know, I’ve been in redecorating mode for about a year and a half now.
Almost five years ago, when my husband and I decided to move in together, I ended up moving into the house where he lived during his first marriage.
I’m not going to lie, this didn’t come without challenges. I often felt like I was living in another woman’s house, because I essentially was. As I’ve said in a previous post about our recent kitchen renovation, it’s been extremely important to me to make this space feel like “ours”, all while respecting the traditions and memories that are still very important to my husband and stepchildren.
When we wrapped up our kitchen renovation last fall, my husband would have told you that we were all done with the redecorating!
I had other ideas in mind! My next stop was the office!
Finding a compromise between our personal styles has been a bit of a challenge. In my perfect world, everything would be painted white. And I mean everything! I love the modern, sleek and clean look.
His style is more rustic and country. He loves the look of real wood.
In order to convince him that re-doing the office was a good idea, I had to darken things up and appeal to his masculine style. I also had to promise not to paint the shelves white.
But my motivation for changing up this space wasn’t only because I wanted it to flow with the style of the rest of the house. It was motivated by my desire to get us organized!
Since I moved in, the office has been our dumping ground. Unopened mail, sheets from school, work, notes, papers, anything that we needed to hide when guests come over was always shoved in the office. The clutter made me feel so overwhelmed that I just shut the door and pretended it didn’t exist.
Unfortunately, because of the clutter, the space was rarely used for what it’s actually for – to work!
I’m a firm believer that your work environment has a huge impact on
a. how you feel and
b. your level of productivity
Plus when you truly love a space, you take pride in it and WANT to keep it clutter free!
So, with all of those persuasive arguments, I FINALLY convinced my husband that it was time to change things up.
To be honest, I still can’t believe he agreed!
When I got the “go ahead” I had my good friend and decorator Abby Campbell pop over to brainstorm what we were going to do. Then we sent my husband to Home Depot to pick up the supplies! We were thrilled to be given the opportunity to partner with BEHR® for this make-over project.
Instead of telling you what we came up with, I’m going to just show you!
HERE'S THE BEFORE
Note, the office in the “BEFORE” picture is much cleaner than I described above. In the spirit of being transparent, I’ll disclose that I hid most of our junk underneath the desk.
HERE'S THE AFTER
There is no junk hidden in this picture. In order to effectively de-clutter the space, we had to do a MAJOR purge. Let me tell you, it felt SO good!
To paint the office, we used BEHR MARQUEE® Interior Paint. This paint is phenomenal. It’s so smooth and goes on in one coat which makes the whole process much quicker!
We used BEHR MARQUEE in Wheat Bread on all the walls with the exception of one, which we painted in Carbon.
(I told you I was trying to keep it masculine!)
I’ll be honest, when I heard that this paint went on in one coat, I had my doubts. But guys, it actually does!
Yes, you read that right. We covered up those dark red walls in ONE COAT!
I have to tell you. This room make-over was so quick and easy. By painting the walls, changing up the lighting and re-organizing items that we already had, we modernized this dated space in just over a day.
Now the office reflects the updated style of the rest of the house!
Before we painted the room, I used to keep the office doors closed, because truthfully, I was embarrassed by it's state. Now they are wide open, ready for everyone to see.
Plus, we love the vibe so much that now we’re actually using the space to work!
Now… which room should I tackle next?
Just kidding Honey! (well… kind of!)
DISCLOSURE: We partnered with BEHR® for this project. However, as always, all project ideas, statements and opinions are my own!
Five years later, I'll say this. Feeling comfortable in another woman's home is something that can only be cured with time (and a little redecorating)
Slowly but surely, I have redecorated and put my touch in our home, while still respecting the memories and traditions that are still important to my husband and the kids.I've cleaned out those junk drawers, organized the storage room, painted walls, purged, donated and put my touch on the place. Five years later, it looks completely different.
The final step was our kitchen .... last summer we took the plunge completely gutted the main space of our house and transformed it into our dream.
The bedroom is where the 'magic' happens...and by magic I mean sex AND sleep and if you don't LOVE your BED or your bedroom you will have less satisfaction in the 'magic' department. SO make the bedroom NEW again. Fresh paint, new bed, new sheets and have FUN with your spouse picking it all out together.