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I dont know if was the best idea to put the office possibly the most cluttered area of the house, second to  the workshop, of course positioned wide open to the great room and kitchen, and in the middle of a hallway.

The hallway part was a fun little side effect of putting the porch/outdoor kitchen on the back of the house and wanting it accessible to the main areas of the house.

Because Ive now hauled the computer to three different locations in the house and am seriously considering having it permanently attached to my body (thats called an iPhone, right?) I decided to spend some time getting the office into shape.  You might have seen me drowning in paint samples some color options last week, and while Ive narrowed it down to the one, most of my evenings up to this point have been spent with fun tasks like texturing the walls and painting the ceiling.

Also, Im pretty sure Ive contracted the first reported case of painters shoulder. Its kind of like tennis elbow but you get it when you insist on pushing the roller into the ceiling so hard that youre in danger of shoving it right up into the attic. Its like I think the paint is going to stick better if I push harder, and I dont know why my brain cant convince my body otherwise.

If youre wondering, yes, I still have a completely unfinished bathroom I should be working on but Im still having a mental block over the concrete counters, and I cant bring myself to work on the tile yet. Texturing and painting the office walls seemed like a quick win to boost my confidence.

The good news is that I have the wall finishing thing down to a science now.

Step 1: Texture walls. (Heres a quick tutorial.) Unfortunately its hard to get the feel for how these look in person, but heres an example from the master bath.

Step 2: Paint ceiling. Not my favorite job, but its better to get it done before there is color on the walls. Here are my favorite painting tools.

  • I love this Handy Pail because of its handle and throw-away liners.
  • The short angle brush is the one you hear all DIYers raving about on the Internet, and theyre totally right. Its an awesome edging brush and the only paintbrush I consistently clean when Im finished with it. ( I wrap the rest of them in foil with the intention of cleaning them at some vague point in the future, which ends up being approximately never.)
  • The utility bench is one like this and it is hands-down the best tool for the job. I used a stool or step ladder for years, but this thing is the perfect height and you can do a much larger area before needing to get down and move it.

Also, when I cut in the ceiling, I actually just paint a couple of inches down onto the walls. Since its flat ceiling paint, I dont bother cutting in the primer on the walls to save myself some time. Any of you painting purists might gasp in horrorthere is a difference between primer and flat paint but it hasnt caused me any problems yet. I would definitely do this differently in a garage, basement, or on any wall that has already been painted.

Step 3: Prime walls. I use a basic latex primer on virgin drywall. For basement walls or anything with a glossy finish Id use an oil-based primer.

Step 4: Paint! Finally the fun part, Im hoping to get there sometime this weekend. I still have at least one more morning of waking up with white paint freckles all over my face.

The good news is, this might be the perfect excuse to DIY a new computer desk Im thinking maybe a cross between this

and this..

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