tearing apart the office

It's been awhile, so we decided it's high time to tackle a new project around the house. Plus, our office desperately needs some love.

See? Desperately.

The only thing we've done in this room is refinish the floors. And while we call it the office, it has also served as the kitchen cabinet storage area (on two separate occasions) and the general holding ground for things we can't find homes for. 

It's a small room, but it's the perfect size for an organized and inspiring office. And that's exactly what we want to transform it into. 

Last weekend we tore out the sweet 70's paneling and the wallpaper (which had been painted several times). What we found underneath confirmed that there were, indeed, three enormous windows in that room. Two were completely filled in, while the third was greatly reduced in size.

There are a lot of questions I'd like to ask the previous owners of this house, and this definitely makes the list. (Along with why they removed the banister, the original buffet, the original trim in the dining room, the pillars between the dining and living rooms…) These people aren't my favorite.

We briefly talked about putting windows back in, but we replaced three windows recently and know how expensive they are. It just doesn't make sense for us right now, as much as I'd love to turn this back into the quasi sunroom it used to be. 

The wallpaper was also hiding another surprise!

At the top of each wall, right in the middle, there are hand painted flowers and a bird. Amazing, right? They've been covered by wallpaper for years. We found something really similar in the dining room, so at some point in this house's history, someone with a lot of talent poured a lot of hours into these paintings.

Unfortunately, that's all the progress we've made so far. Well, that and a lot of discussions about what's next. We've debated painting the trim vs. re-staining the trim about a hundred times (we're going to paint. I'm not ready to talk about it.), along with exactly how tall the wainscoting will be and whether or not Nick will build another set of shelves for me.

Have you found any artistic treasures hidden on your walls? Also, do you want to come help me paint trim? (say yes)


  1. Who removes a big window? Weirdos.

    I'd say that bird painting was cute if I didn't hate birds. :P Can't wait to see what you all come up with!

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  3. Oh my gosh, I can't believe how beautiful those paintings are! I'm with you on the disliking the previous owner thing... who decides that less windows are better than more? Crazy people.

  4. Ugh. The window thing is crayyyyyzy. Our rental property has a similar front room/sort of sunroom. They took out all the windows by one. Um. Okay.

    Can't wait to see this come together.

  5. i would be so crabby to know that treasures were taken away, wallpapered over etc. But don't worry, you will make it beautiful!

  6. I seriously cannot understand why people would remove all of that stuff! Absolutely crazy!

    And no...no treasures found during our renos. We did find a hammer in the wall though haha.

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