Hello again! It’s Jillian here, tackling The Brick Nests HQ office for the fall round of the One Room Challenge. Last week we took a look at the not-so-glamorous before photos and talked about the room plan. Things are really looking up this week, as this room is totally transformed by the newly painted paneling alone! Thanks to Linda at Calling It Home for hosting this event and motivating me to push beyond just painting this room, and go the distance to fully redecorate it! Be sure to check out the featured One Room Challenge Participants, as well as the guest participants’ progress during this exciting Week 2. There are so many great decor ideas and room inspirations to follow!
Here is a before photo to remind you of the tan/yellowish painted paneling that was in desperate need of a new paint job. I also hemmed and hawed about removing the wood paneling, but ultimately decided to keep it, as it gives the room character. Also, I believe this may be original to my 1940 home, as many neighbors have it too. I like to think of the painted paneling as the original vertical shiplap (trend setter)!
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I knew I wanted to go gray with the paint for this room, but I struggled with figuring out which color gray. I originally thought about doing a dark accent wall where the built-in bookshelves are, but ultimately decided to avoid any dark colors, as large trees on this side of the house prevent this room from getting a ton of natural light. Anyway, I wanted to keep this timeless, clean, and bright, so I opted for a light gray. I could have gone with white too (to give the look of shiplap), but I am thrilled with my choice. My final two paint choices were Stonington Gray and Gray Owl (both by Benjamin Moore). Gray Owl slightly edged out Stonington Gray because it looked a little lighter in this darkish room. If you are looking for a beautiful light gray, try one of these paint shades–you will not be disappointed! A side note on the subject of paint: The Brick Nests is now offering Decor Coaching for any local friends and readers, which includes helping choose paint colors! Check out this post about a recent project we worked on, and feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more.
Anyway, because of how the paneling fits together, painting this room was actually tricky (not that I actually painted it!). The guys from Fitzpatrick Painting and Laplante Construction did an amazing job, as usual! You will also notice that the ornamental trim at the top of the bookshelves was removed and replaced with a straight board. This small change made a huge impact, giving the built-ins a cleaner and less fussy feel.
AHHH, so much better. I fell in love with this room all over again after this paint job! Now that we have conquered finding the perfect shade of gray for my painted paneling (no small feat), we can move on to the other changes in this office space.
Below is an image of my vision board for the room. We are getting closer!
The rug was on my holiday gift guide list last year. Well, Santa was good to me, and I found the perfect space for it in The Brick Nests HQ office! The texture of this natural fiber rug paired with the cool gray wall tone has a slightly beachy feel (which I am a huge fan of). It sets a very relaxing tone for our blog HQ!
So that’s the update for Week 2! I just got back from one of my frequent visits to Michaels with more framed artwork by my talented mother-in-law, Jean, so there are many options for artwork in this office space. Next week we will take a look a some of the paintings that may work here in The Brick Nests HQ. Below is the rest of the plan for the remaining weeks of this challenge.
- Week 3–Art
- Week 4–Styling the bookshelves
- Week 5–Furniture
- Week 6–Reveal
Thanks for following along! See you next week with lots of glorious artwork!
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