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January 13, 2012

Office Painting Underway

My Mom and I are hard at work making a major change to my office here at home.

After soliciting suggestions on Facebook and checking out all the different whites I’m using Benjamin Moore’s Decorator White.

Goodbye yellow office. Bring on the white paint.

Comments

  • 1.
    Sue said…

    Have fun. It always is so refreshing to have a new coat of paint on a wall!

  • 2.
    Alida said…

    The white looks great and you can even make paint tin photographs look artistic!

  • 3.
    Sandi said…

    I just painted my office/craft room earlier this month. It feels so good to get a new color on the walls and rearrange some of the wall hangings. It was the first time I ever painted a room from start to finish by myself. Enjoy!

  • 4.
    Jenni Hufford said…

    i love the white paint— there is something really clean and new about it. perfect backdrop to highlight layouts :) have fun with your mom!

  • 5.
    LoretteC said…

    Love painting! There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to improve your mood!

  • 6.
    Kris said…

    Nothing like a fresh coat of paint to rejuvenate a room!

  • 7.
    Leslie said…

    Enjoy….and to think I am thinking about going to yellow-LOL:)

    • ….
      Cindy said…

      I had the same thought as we just finished our downstairs family room in yellow. I love it though! We are using tangerine and red and brights…it feels so alive! Change is GOOD!!

  • 8.
    Patty A said…

    How awesome mom can help!

  • 9.
    Katie Johnson said…

    I love a fresh coat of paint. Such a cheap way to give an instant facelift. Have fun…so great that your mom is helping you with it!

  • 10.

    Go Ali! I think you will find your space will feel bigger and brighter with the white paint. I went from a wood paneled 3rd fl room with sloped ceilings to a much smaller room but with two windows on the 2nd floor of our house and painted it the palest blush pink with pale grey trim…it’s luminescent in the morning light !

    Have fun with your mom!!

  • 11.
    Lisa W. said…

    OH nice…love LOVE to redecorate. And I too am loving the fresh clean white right now. Benjamin Moore paint is awesome too:) Can’t wait to see the final finish:)

  • 12.
    laura g. said…

    it will feel so fresh and wonderful! what’s your mom’s phone number…i have 3 rooms that need painting….lol!!

  • 13.
    Vicki said…

    I love the Decorator White from Benjamin Moore. My whole house is done in some sort of Benjamin Moore colors! LOVE them. Hope you enjoy the white. I have it in one of my bathrooms and it is truely a lovely crisp white.Have fun painting!!!

  • 14.
    Sharyn said…

    White is my favourite…and this looks to be a nice one. Can’t wait to see what it looks like all done over.

  • 15.
    Ruth G said…

    Congrats on your fresh start to the year in your renewed office!

  • 16.
    Sabrina L said…

    Hope you love it! Our entire house is BM Decorator’s White and I couldn’t be happier with it. Makes everything feel so bright and fresh and new (a hard task in my 100 year old home!).

    • ….
      Birgit said…

      Hello Sabrina,

      we want to paint our whole house white too and I am wondering what color your trim and doors are. Are they decorator’s white, too? Thanks, Birgit

  • 17.
    Michelle L said…

    From previous photos I didn’t realize just how yellow your walls were!
    I love painting and how it feels when something is freshly painted! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It’s been crazy to see just how dark of a yellow it was contrasted with the new white paint. It was getting hard to see the correct colors on my projects because of the overall yellow hue in the room.

  • 18.
    kristina said…

    Love the crisp clean that white paint brings! :) Happy painting, Ali! Hugs!

  • 19.
    Deb J said…

    Ugh! I don’t like to paint. But I like to have a fresh room. Have fun. I can see why you want the change. I had a bright yellow room once and liked it because it drew the light. Never thought about what it did to my color choosing for projects.

  • 20.
    kat-in-texas said…

    New Year, New You, New Paint! :)

  • 21.
    Mallory said…

    I can’t wait to see the finished product! Have fun!

  • 22.
    kathleen said…

    Nothing like a fresh new coat of paint! LOVE white!! Enjoy : )

  • 23.
    Camille said…

    Fresh coat of paint is always nice but why did you go with white?

    • ….
      Ali said…

      I love white. It’s a nice crisp blank canvas for a room – but especially because it’s a darker room (windows at one end) and I’m hoping this will brighten the space. The yellow made everything in the room have a yellow cast – hard to see what were the true colors of the things I work with everyday (papers, patterns, etc).

  • 24.
    ErinK. said…

    Love freshly painted room..like brand new! I just am too impatient to paint! lol Can’t wait to see the after photos!

  • 25.
    Lalia H said…

    Love it! I never noticed that that the ceiling was yellow in your office tour from last February. What a fresh start for 2012.

  • 26.
    khloe said…

    white: best choice ever.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It’s totally my dream :)

  • 27.
    Jill said…

    Ali – the white will be just fab!! I noticed right away the saying on the newspaper next to the paint can says “for the new year”. How appropriate and I bet you didn’t even plan that!

  • 28.
    Sammy G. said…

    I love the color white. I just bought a new coffee cup at Starbucks because it was so simple and white with a yellow inside! So happy feeling.

    • ….
      Marge said…

      saw this same cup, picked it up and looked at the hubby and said “LOVE this cup! It’s so clean looking!”

  • 29.
    Dawaila said…

    LOve it, just painted my bedroom white. So clean…..

  • 30.
    Holly S said…

    Out with the old and in with the new in so, so many ways! Congrats on your new(s)!

  • 31.
    KarenScraps said…

    Ah… lotsa nice white space… (hah… couldn’t resist!). Love ya Ali (and mom and kids), hugs, Karen :)

  • 32.
    Nathalie Hardy said…

    And … what better color to represent a clean, fresh start and blank canvas … perfect.

  • 33.
    Cynthia said…

    I can’t wait to see what you do with the room! I totally get the hue issue with yellow – and oh the fun you can have with white! Did you get your Varde for the re-model?

  • 34.
    Sharyn said…

    Hey ALi, I know I commented on the post earlier but I just wanted to come back and say thanks for the little red pen email. You put into words so much of what has been going around in my mind already this month. Even “twitterfacebookblogslivesphotoswords” and I have been subtracting a lot – or as my OLW says MOVE’ing things out. Awesome newsletter!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Thank you so much!

    • ….
      caro said…

      Agreed! PS “move” worked very well for me in 2011 – enjoy!

  • 35.
    cathi coutu said…

    Awesome! Always fun to do some redecorating after the holidays (well, it’s always fun to redecorate). love the white~ fresh, clean, simple…Now that I think about it~I would like to apply some white paint to my ‘life’ about now! :)

  • 36.
    M.Carmen said…

    Love the new color. I also love the great relationship you have with your Mom and how she is always there for you.

  • 37.
    Simone said…

    It’s a good color. My personal favorite white from BM is “Ballet White”. We painted half our house that colour (coming from a designer and pro painter hubby/wife team). Have fun! I love white rooms!!

  • 38.
    dawn said…

    How exciting to be painting, love love white!! It will look so awesome in your room, hope you post when your all done. It’s like a blank canvas now to play with.

    Thank you so much for another great newsletter, love the red pen idea. Have a great weekend!

  • 39.
    Trina said…

    Looks great so far, can’t wait to see it all finished! A fresh coat of paint to start of the new year is a perfect idea. Have fun & enjoy the process!

  • 40.
    Queen Mary said…

    I want green walls with white everything else – but I’ve heard people in hell want ice water…. We no longer paint ourselves, we pay someone, someone I grew up with who has workers…. New subject: Just read Mapping Charlie by Jane Meyerdling (I think that’s the correct spelling, definitely the correct title), mystery, protagonist is an autistic woman with face blindness who works at a University in the Pacific Northwest — just like the author! It seems to me she nails some of the social anxiety of people on “the spectrum” as we say in our house. I do love a good mystery!

  • 41.
    Benita said…

    Yay! It’s going to look awesome, Ali! :)

  • 42.
    Dionne said…

    White is such an open an fresh color… great choice for your space to look up, shake things up, make things up (but in a good way) and of course start up…

  • 43.
    Deborah said…

    Just cannot go wrong with white. What type of finish did you go with? Matte or eggshell? I had an insanely difficult time deciding on wall color and lighting for my design studio/office when we moved into our new home a couple years ago. Drove my husband totally nuts. May I ask what type of light bulbs you use in your office? Thanks!

  • 44.
    liz said…

    Can’t ever go wrong with white. Can’t wait to see it when it’s done!

  • 45.
    Jamie De Luna said…

    Selfishly I can’t wait to see how you decorate your office with white walls. I live in an apartment with white walls and am not allowed to paint. I always feel so limited with white walls. Maybe you won’t do much different? I still can’t wait to see it!

  • 46.
    Camille said…

    I love white too, but be sure to sneak a little yellow back in somewhere. The famous and probably the first woman decorator, Elsie de Wolfe said to always have a bit of sunshime in every room by adding yellow somewhere. What a fresh start to a new year.

  • 47.

    Ali, great choice! Can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s finished!!!

  • 48.
    Erica Hettwer said…

    Oh, that sounds like fun! I always love painting rooms with my mom. We have such a good time chatting and such a wonderful sense of satisfaction afterwards.

  • 49.
    tania smith said…

    Ali,
    We painted our basement bedroom BM’s Cloud White and I couldn’t be happier with the result. I put in a flush mount Debbie Travis light fixture that has faux crystals in 2 clean rows around it and it is just what I needed to soften the starkness of the white. Enjoy getting to know your new fresh space. Remember, furnature can easily be painted too. Maybe Robin’s egg lockers are next? Go with your UP feeling and create a work space that lifts you. I LOVE decorating projects with my Mom. She is a big supporter of fresh starts.

  • 50.
    alicia king said…

    can’t wait to see your new look, i am a color person, i try and steer far away from white walls!

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