Monday, March 12, 2012

Office Updates--Paint and Light

Here is our office "before".  I only started to take before pics after I was already done taping.  We have a nice wall of built in shelves.
A big huge desk. 
A collage of diplomas and a small extra desk/table.  We really need 2 workstations in here with 4 kids.

The other wall is mainly windows.
We painted with a bold blue/gray color, SW Tempe Star (color matched to Behr paint and primer in one--I love that stuff!).
This room had no ceiling lighting and was dark.  I wanted to try some sort of lighting that we could hang on the ceiling but also plug into the wall as an inexpensive solution.

This is what we ended up with, purchased from HD for $35.  Its track lighting.
We also bought a plug-in cord to connect to the light for around $10.  The track lighting kit came with hardware for connecting to a ceiling pre-wire, but this plug snapped right in.  They are the same brand and the helpful guy at HD told us they were compatible.

Alex getting ready to drill.

We drilled a hole through each shelf (down the middle row of shelves) to kind of snake the cord.  There is an outlet in the bottom shelf.
 Here is a view of some of the holes Alex drilled through the shelves.
Then Alex screwed the track to the ceiling, 2 small screws.  We used wall anchors.  You can see the cord snaked through the holes we drilled.
Then it was a matter of kind of snapping in the 3 light fixtures that came with the light kit.  The cord is barely noticable.

Here are some after pictures of the paint and the new light. 


We swapped the bulky brown small table out for this sofa table which gives a lot more space in here.  Not sure if this table will stay.  I really want a comfy upholstered chair in here, but we really need that other desk area.  Darn.  We'll see.

So far we are loving the bold color in here.  I still have to put the diploma collage back up and possibly hang another track light on the other side of the room.  Then maybe declutter and organize all the stuff.

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