Spring ORC-The Loft No. 2

I think we all know by now that paint is the most transformative thing you can do to a room for the smallest budget.

A few weeks ago, I posted this photo on Instagram stories. I polled you all on which color you all thought I should paint the loft. I ended up going with the bottom color which is “Pale Oak” by Benjamin Moore. I know a lot of people voted for the bright white, but trust me the darker color is still in the white family.

Here are the swatches up close and then a wall view of the whole wall before I painted.

ahhhh ahhhhhHHHH AHHHHHHHHHHHHH (In my Frozen 2 soundtrack voice)

I love it. I love it so much and I am so glad I didn’t go lighter. I want the white furniture to pop just a little but not compete with shades of white. Here are the furniture items that are staying: tv/tvstand/bookshelf, the tall bookshelf, the two navy blue desks, dollhouse and most likely the table.

At this point, it felt so good to have a clean slate to start. I hope you agree that it is a major improvement too. I cannot wait to get those black track lights down and finish the dollhouse. They are such an eyesore. That’s another week though!

All of the baseboards in this room got painted as well. I know some people think trim and baseboards are intimidating. This week I will show you in stories on instagram some tips and tricks to make it quick and painless. I promised myself that I will paint all of the baseboards room by room as I go and also swap out the almond colored outlets and switches.

I’ll be honest, at some point we will replace the flooring upstairs and I will put in new baseboards, but it is ABSOLUTELY WORTH THE TIME to give them a quick coat of paint until then. It will make your paint and room look complete. If you are like me and you skip this, you will be thinking about the fact that it needs done every time you come in this room.

“BEFORE BASEBOARDS”

“AFTER BASEBOARDS”

That’s all for this week. This room has been used SO much the last month and I’m excited to keep getting stuff done in it. Whenever you clean out a space and make it more functional the people start using it more. The paint was a big job especially since we were using the room for our “homeschool/distance learning” at the same time. I wanted to get the outlets done but it just didn’t happen. I have few more things 1/2 done that aren’t pictured so next week will be a big progress post!

Loft To Do List: 

  • clean out all excess books/toys/games/supplies
  • paint room
  • paint baseboards
  • paint connecting stairwell 
  • paint baseboards and door trim
  • desk chairs
  • hang bulletin boards and storage above desks
  • replace all plugs and switches
  • trim out windows
  • update window treatments
  • add chalkboard and map
  • add framed marker board 
  • ledge for markers/chalk
  • makeover kids table
  • update seating/couch 
  • storage for craft/school supplies
  • finish AG Doll House
  • replace fan
  • remove track lighting for can lights
  • add task lighting above desks
  • artwork/plants/decor

Thanks for reading! I’ll be back next week with another One Room Challenge update!

Check out all of the other talented participants here: One Room Challenge Link Up

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