Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Office

For the past week and a half, Rob and I have been re-doing the Computer/Workout/Bicycle room. We started by clearing everything OUT of the room (and storing it in the guest room), then ripping up the old berber carpet, exposing the plywood floor underneath. Our "plan" was to install laminate flooring, but we kinda got off-track a little......Looking at the walls, we decided that it would be best to repaint before we laid the flooring. The baseboards had been taken off, and we did not need to put down any tarps to protect against paint spatters, so we headed to Lowe's to choose the colors.

Rob picked out the colors---yes, we used TWO colors! It looks really good (tho I was a bit skeptical at first regarding the "terra cotta" color), and we are "accenting" with black furniture.

After the painting, we began to lay the laminate floor. We could not purchase any more of the Formica brand flooring (that is in the hallway, kitchen and dining area) because they no longer manufacture it. I did find some that matched in color pretty well, so I was pleased with the segue. This took us about 3 days, on and off, to install it, and it looks Beautiful!!

Rob and I worked Very Well together, much to every ones surprise. It has been lots of fun and quite an education in building our relationship. After 38 years, seems like we would be further along, but we are still working. Marriage is hard work. Continual work. Most of the time, it is rewarding work. When two such stubborn, passionate souls are paired together, the result, most of the time, is fire and rain and Great Discussion.....

Next came the baseboards and quarter round (What kind of name is Quarter Round?). I'd decided that I wanted "taller" ones, and Rob agreed to cut them with his new table saw. He did Great on the angles! I painted them cream to match the rest of the house.

As we have begun to move things back in to the room, we are also de-cluttering, and down-sizing. It almost makes one feel quite "holy" to purge this way.....

New black bookshelf. New black wooden file cabinet. Kept the same black desk. Spray-painted the baskets that were on the desk cubbies a gloss black.

We might hang pictures today. I'll post photos of our progress later.

Right now, I am heading outside to repot a water lily to take to a friend. Outside is Best. Always.

Happy Independence Day!! Be brave. Speak your mind. Be kinder than necessary.

1 comment:

Emily P said...

We want pictures! We want pictures! Sounds great! Dad, I have said it before and I will say it again, you are a saint! A saint I tell you! Love you Momma!