So, over there last few years, my office/studio has become less the inspiring place to work and create, and more the store room/filing system/mess… and at Christmas I decided it was time to do something about it.
I needed to have a good clear out, and I needed some time to do it. The yellow walls were not good for looking at colours and my screen was opposite a window and reflecting the light unless I closed the blind. Which was a real shame in the summer. I had a 3 month contract with the Met Office, and elided to use this time to clear out, re-think, re-decorate and tidy up my office.
To be fair, these photos show it in the absolute worst state it had been in, just after Christmas, and I had been putting stuff in there, ready to be sorted… but still, it had got pretty bad. So the first thing I did was go through everything, either pack it up to go back in later, re-home, give to charity or throw away. Several boxes were put in our top room/attic, several car loads went to the tip/charity shop, and all the borrowed/lent/unused items were given back or re-homed. I managed to find new homes in our house for the kite and the guitar, where we thought they would (and actually have) been more likely to be used.
I then removed all the furniture – some to be got rid of completely (no need for an uncomfortable sofa bed or a rickety desk) ready to clean, re-decorate and re-think. We removed the useless built in cupboard that was ugly, and took up space, and prepared to plaster the remnants of the wall left behind, ready for painting.
We then spent a week plastering (we being myself and my husband), painting over the yellow with cheap white emulsion and re-glossing the woodwork. After all the very messy dusty work, I then put a few final coats of “Old English” White paint – not so harsh as pure brilliant white, a softer ivory colour.
Once the painting was all finished, I re-stained the floor with black stain, and cleaned the windows and fireplace. And what a difference it made! It seems a lot cleaner, brighter, and even with the normal bulb in, a lot less yellow…
Next on the list… furniture, and dressing the room!