Like the front room I wanted these nooks to be white, while the rest of the room would be another color. I like the pop of white behind the books and the contrast between the wall color.
Everything needed to get cleared off, and then the nooks needed to get cleaned. Surprisingly this task took nearly 45 minutes. Who'da thought?
Then it was time to prime. I have to admit, I wasn't really looking forward to this task - the painting of these nooks in general - because I knew it would take a lot of time with those 6 shelves and all the cut-ins. But I knew it would also make a big difference and feel good to get it done. So, whatever.
The universe was on my side though to not get this project done because I couldn't find any brushes (the few we keep at home are now in another place in the garage because Chris keeps many of them on his truck for work). Then I couldn't find any of our small roller cages (also on Chris' truck). And then because I'm pregnant, 2 strikes were enough for me and I was annoyed and put the project off for longer than I should have :) It was only 2 days, but I finally got to priming. Yaayyyy cut-ins
Then the full coat of primer
I of course didn't really need to use primer, but because white was going over this super vibrant green, I thought it would help. I used our Kelly Moore stain blocking primer, and while I wasn't needing to block stains, I wasn't super impressed by it. The closest contractor grade paint store to us is Kelly Moore, so if we go with a higher end paint, it's usually KM out of convenience. But I have to say, after having purchased several of their more "specific" paints (water-oil hybrid, this one, and a couple others I can't remember to save the life of me) I am not super impressed by Kelly Moore. I wish a Sherwin or Benjamin Moore was closer, but c'est a vie.
Once the primer was on I put two coats of whatever Glidden's Ultra Pure White is called. We already had it on hand from another project, and although it was semi-gloss and I wouldn't normally use that on room walls (save for a bathroom or kitchen) we opted to use it here to make cleaning around books easier as dust tends to settle a lot in this area.
We tried to keep Zoe out of this room for the 4 or so days the project was going on because the girl LOVES books, and well, there were books everywhere. But, when she discovered a step ladder was in there as well it was hard to keep her away
And once the nooks were all painted (Chris helped on the last coat) we spent a Zoe nap organizing all the books and magazines
Chris saves a lot of his magazines for reference, but opted to get rid of some of them now. He purchased a few of them on DVD and went through the ones he doesn't reference so much and only kept the dog eared ones. Some people might think saving these is ridiculous, but he does go back to them for work related projects, so it really is helpful for us. We also went though and got rid of old catalogs, books we haven't read in forever, duplicates of things (how many thesaurus', dictionaries and almanacs does one really need...) We donated a bunch of the books and recycled a ton of magazines. And when we were all done the nooks looked like this
On the left we've got the giant books at the top. Then we've got work related reference books (various trades, general renovation, codes, etc.), reference books (Photoshop, Quickbooks, almanacs, etc.), magazines and catalogs and then my design, color and organizing reference books
On the right we've got Chris' old collection of MAD books, books from when we were both little that we loved and didn't want to get rid of, and then Zoe's paper page books. She used to be able to keep these in her room, but then she developed a habit of liking to rip out their pages to entertain her... so those got removed. Now they have a good home in here where she can read them when she wants, but with us around so we can make sure she doesn't destroy them
AND I picked up the paint for this room too!
I have been having a love affair with darker colors lately, so we got Glidden's Gray Tweed
We've got some patching and cleaning of the walls we need to do before we start painting. But I'm definitely excited to get a new color on the wall. I mean, I love me some kelly green on my favorite sports team's uniforms, but it's a little much for me in an office...