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October 10, 2013

One Room Challenge - The Office {Week 2}

All I have to say is...
Painting bookcases is not a lot of fun!

It's great to have the
One Room Challenge Linking Party at Calling It Home
to keep me motivated though!

It took me one day to prime them, two days to get the first coat on and another day to get 3/4 of the way through the second coat.  Today I am finishing them up but since we all need pictures...

Here is what my office looks like at the moment.

After I finish, I will let them sit like this for a couple days to make sure there is no stickiness left before I slide them back into place.  Whew - what a project this has become!

But I must say, 
I am happy they now match the crown molding!

But the shelves were not the only progress I made this week.
I gathered up some blue and white accessories to add to my bookcases.

Some are old, some are new.  By the way, if you are looking for very inexpensive blue and white porcelain, check out Hobby Lobby.  I picked up a few of these there.  Oh, and the spheres are from Christmas Tree Shoppe.  They were only $1.29 each!

In addition to the accessories, my lighting has arrived from Ballard!
This is the large Carriage House Chandelier.

My electrician is scheduled to install it next Wednesday.
Hooray!  By "Week 3" you will get to see how it looks in the room.

So things are moving along.  My desk is due to arrive and my husband has to put together a chair from Ikea for me.  Other than's just the last stretch of bookcase painting!

Stop back next week to see the bookcases in place along with the light fixture!  

What's going on at your house?

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  1. I cannot wait to see the progress! So interested in seeing the room take shape. Good luck!!!!

  2. Love that chandelier! Can't wait to see the bookcases in place :)

  3. That chandelier is amazing!! So excited to see it installed. I have to hit the Christmas tree shop and check out those fun for a few bucks!

  4. I have nominated you for a Sunshine Award because reading your blog always brings me a little "sunshine"! You can read all about it on my blog.

    I am so happy to hear that the painting is going well! And I just love that chandelier!

  5. Looking good and fabulous light and accessories. Hugs, Marty

  6. Things sure are moving along! can't wait to see the light up!

  7. I know you will be glad to have that painting behind you. Looking good and love the light.

  8. Those spheres are such a deal!! Gotta love Hobby Lobby!

  9. Shelly I love how crisp and white they are with that fab moulding. I adore the lantern

  10. You are quite the shopper! I love the chandy and can't wait to see it up. The bookcases are crazy good. Go Jersey!

  11. The bookcase looks fabulous, worth all your hard work! It's all coming together nicely!

  12. I am just trying a "test comment" because I heard some of you have been having problems commenting through bloglovin! Has anyone else had this problem?

  13. Love the bookcase Shelley, your blue & white collection will truly go nicely there! Can't wait to see the lighting go up!

  14. The chandelier and the blue accents are gorgeous. Can't wait to see it all finished.

  15. It will be a beautiful room and I love the chandelier.

  16. Hi Shelley,

    So nice to meet you!

    Your bookcases are looking nice and bright and your brand new chandelier and blue and white accessories will definitely be wonderful finishing touches to your new and exciting office! Looking forward to the final reveal!

    Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my guest post at Kim's.

    Happy Sunday,


  17. I have that light in Whit's room and really love it!


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