Decorating an Office / Painting Woes

As I've mentioned in my last two posts, I've repainted several rooms in our house multiple times and this past weekend I repainted my office ... twice. I haven't shared any actual pictures of our house on this blog yet so today you're getting a special treat - evidence of how many times my office space has been painted and proof of my over-the-top perfectionism. Please excuse the grainy iPhone photos. 

We have a two-story house with three "bedrooms" upstairs - our master, Keith's office and my office. My mom and I originally painted my office over a year ago a pale bluish gray with one wall of stripes. Anytime we give a house tour to friends, they often refer to my office as the " future nursery" (which I do not appreciate since I've barely gotten to use it as a craft room & am not pregnant). Painting the space a light blue with stripes probably didn't help with guests making that association though (also the adorable pennants from our wedding combined with the pale blue walls may have been too much).

My baby blue striped walls.  

My baby blue striped walls.  

I was over the stripes and pale walls within a month or so of painting the space but waited another year to change it up. A few months ago I painted over the striped wall in an attempt to add a bit of boldness to the space with a dark teal color.

The teal accent wall. And worst iPhone photo (it was nighttime). 

The teal accent wall. And worst iPhone photo (it was nighttime). 

By the time the paint dried, I realized it overwhelmed the space and took away from all the other decor. But I was too embarrassed to admit how much I didn't like it until about two weeks ago, which is when I started looking for new paint options again. I had painted a few samples in our sunroom at this point and was completely smitten with this medium-gray shade in that space. I like using the same colors in multiple spaces for flow throughout the house, so painting this in my office seemed like a great idea.

The "barely there" gray walls

The "barely there" gray walls

I painted one coat on the walls this past weekend and as soon as it dried, realized that the color translated much paler in my office. At this point, I was so tired of painting that I tried to convince myself to just get up the second coat and call it a day (and never paint that room again). Keith convinced me though that I would never really love the room, or actually use it as much as I'd like, if I didn't allow myself the flexibility to make mistakes and keep trying until I finally found the color I've dreamt about for this space. We looked at several options on the Behr paint app, went to Home Depot and narrowed it down to two, then came home and painted samples on a few walls to see them in different lights. 

Behr's Battleship Gray on top and Still Gray on bottom

Behr's Battleship Gray on top and Still Gray on bottom

Without my prior experience of choosing the less bold option (or too loud) and having now painted this room three times, I would have probably chosen the lighter gray. But after staring at them throughout the day, in multiple lights, I asked Keith to make the final call (just like I said in my last post) and he voted the dark gray that has a faint greenish hue to it. Without further adieu, here is what my gorgeous office / craft room / spare guest room now looks like with just one coat up and one more going up tonight. I temporarily placed the shelves for show because I'm silly like that.

The prettiest, disorganized office in the whole wide world. 

The prettiest, disorganized office in the whole wide world. 

I love it. I love it so much I want to stay in there all day and all night long, meditate in there, eat all my meals in there. I like my husband though so I guess I'll keep sleeping in the master bedroom. But the next time he has to be out of town for work, I can guarantee I'll be curled up in my daybed enjoying my bold new wall color. And loving the fact that I will never again paint this room. Promise and pinky swear.