Over the weekend I finally got my studioffice back up and running so I can now function and create in organized bliss. :-) I had to paint the stained wood trim white which took some effort. Now that it is complete it is such a nice feeling after months of not having a designated place to create.
The room I claimed as my own in the lake house is bigger than I had in my previous house. It also has one huge difference…a lake view from my desk. :-)
As much as I wanted to get the room back to the way I had in my previous house, the piles of unpacked boxes around me drained my energy and I had a hard time getting my mojo back to get the space organized.
After the new flooring was put in I left the furniture and boxes in the middle of the room so I could paint the brown trim, white. I needed to do this before anything else or the room would never feel quite right to me. I know what I need to be happy in a room… white and bright always makes me feel my best. I was reminded of this even more when this book arrived in my mailbox 2 weeks ago.
… Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui.
It came at the perfect time since I needed a shot of energy to help me get the room in shape. I read it a few days later and it gave me the needed fuel to get the room organized so I could happily get back to what I like doing best… creating. The book is not only about clutter, but will have you looking at every room in your house with new eyes.
If you are not familiar with Feng Shui, it is the art of setting up a room, space, house in a way to make energy flow throughout so you lead a happy and productive life. Back in 1996 when I had been living in my previous home for a few years I read a book called, Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui by the same author. The basic principles in the book made so much sense to me back then and still do.
For instance, I learned to never set up a desk in a room so that your back is to the door. Ed and I had made a Partners desk with two sides when we first moved into our previous house. We found neither of us liked working at it. One side was in a corner and the other had your back facing the doorway and window. Then I found my current desk on the curb one day and we rearranged the room. That day my productivity changed dramatically. Now, I look at every room I decorate with the basic Feng Shui principles. There is much more to the practice like Space Clearing and The Bagua, but I am a big believer in the basic principles.
I set up my studioffice with some of these principles in mind. When I sit at my desk, my back is to the far wall so I look out to the sliding glass door and the door to the kitchen. I don’t have an outlet in the center of the floor as I did before, so I have a cord protector running from my desk to the outlet. You can buy these at any home improvement store in the electrical department.
Here is how the room looked the day we moved into the house. We removed the carpet and added new flooring. I also removed the drapes. The ceiling fan is still brown, but I have plans for it.
The new flooring made a huge difference, but after painting the brown trim shiny white, the room began to sing to me.
How to Paint Stained Wood Trim White
- Stain blocking primer. I used Kilz Max
- White Latex semi-gloss paint. I used Valspar in the color Bistro White 7006-4
- Angled Trim Glide paint brush – makes painting trim easy
- 100 grit sandpaper on a sanding block
- Painter’s tape
To successfully paint stained trim you need to first use a “stain blocking primer”. This is a must. There are many brands of stain blocking primers, but I like Kilz products. I usually use the original oil-base formula, but wanted to try the water-based Kilz Max. I liked it a lot, especially with the simple soap and water-clean up and low odor. It will be my go-to “stain” blocking primer from now on. My other go-to primer is Glidden Gripper. I use it mostly on furniture makeovers and cabinets. It is the best primer to use when a surface is super shiny and smooth.
- Sand any rough spots on trim if needed.
- Clean the surface with detergent and water, rinse and let dry.
- Tape off any areas you don’t want paint to splatter.
- Paint 2 light coats of primer on trim, letting the first coat dry before applying the second. Let dry. If you see any discoloration (usually a brownish tint) in the dried primer you will need another coat of primer. Once that coat is dry and the white primer stays white, you are ready to paint. If areas of discoloration are still coming through the primer after 3 coats, you may need to use the oil-based formula to block the stained areas.
- When primer is dry, paint 2 light coats of semi-gloss white paint, letting the first coat dry before applying the second. Let dry.
- After the final coat has dried about 30 minutes, remove painter’s tape.
Here is a little tour of my newly organized space where I spend a good majority of my time.
All the furnishings are from my previous house, even the 3 paneled tool wall I dubbed my “creative wall” made the move.
I set everything up pretty much the same way I had in my previous house with a few tweaks.
The only new addition is actually old. It is a grey laminate desk that was left by the previous owner. It was built into a closet in an upstairs bedroom. We removed it. With the help of our neighbor John’s table saw, the desk is now a table for my sewing machine.
I will be painting it along with the armoire. I am thinking a pretty shade of pink for the armoire, not sure yet for the grey desk/table.
You may not be able to see the texture in this photo, but I love the walls. In the foyer, upstairs hallway and this room, there is real grasscloth paper on the walls that was painted white by the previous owner. It keeps the room light and bright while the texture adds style and interest.
Eventually the flooring in the kitchen will be stained a darker shade to flow with the studioffice and foyer floors. I also have a lot more stained trim to paint, but for now I have to address this row of cabinets that blocks the flow of energy and light from all directions. It will have to wait since…
… Ed was taking on another project this past weekend where the energy flow of the house could use a boost. The wall between the kitchen and family room.
We both knew the wall and pocket door inside it needed to go. We got even more excited when the sheetrock was removed on either side of the studs. We couldn’t believe how much better the space felt, even in its raw state. More on this wall coming soon.
Book Giveaway Has Ended
If you would like to learn more about Feng Shui and are getting a shot of energy just thinking about living a clutter-free life, then you can learn more about the book, here.
Congratulations to: Linda Pawlak
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