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08 June 2007 @ 10:30 pm
Office space, part 2  
After all my frustrations at trying to remove the useless brackets inside my office closet, fndragon had at it and got them out in short order. King Kong-installed hardware doesn't stand a chance against an ogre with a full-sized screwdriver. I hadn't been using the good screwdriver because I had no idea where it was. At least the hardware is gone now.

Behold...the bland ickiness of the current design scheme.



Needless to say, the curtains are going, as are the ugly utilitarian wall-mounted shelves. The walls will be painted medium Delft blue - Benjamin Moore Mediterranean Sky. I'm not sure of the exact colors I want for the trim and ceiling, but the overall scheme will be blue, bluish-gray, and some coordinating almost white color.

The closet will get some classic-looking bifold doors. I'm undecided on painted vs. dark stained wood. The closet front opening was lowered an inch with a long wooden strip to hide the track for the now-dead sliding bypass doors, and the casing was installed close to that opening. As result, said casing is noticeably lower than that of the other nearby doors. That irritates me. If I restore the opening height and redo the casing, it will look better and make it easier to fit the doors vertically. (And this entire exercise will be practice for redoing the bedroom closet, which has the same problem.)

I'm not sure where my desk and keyboard will ultimately reside. I may install attractive wall-mounted shelving at some point.

And I'm thinking of making this room my personal project. After discovering that a basic compound miter saw is within our budget, reading umpty billion howtos, and being reassured by skurtchasor, I'm not afraid of base molding or door casing any more. It really doesn't look that hard. If I screw it up bigtime, I can always pry it off and call in a pro to redo it, and the house won't explode in the meantime. The room is quite small, so it wouldn't take forever and a day to paint. I could work in incremental steps that wouldn't leave my room in a dangerous or inconvenient state. I also wouldn't have to worry about coordinating other people's work.

I don't expect to do much in the near future other than plan, as we'll be out two weekends next month. It's still fun to plan. Weeeee.
 
 
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kaiten-koneko: hamkaiten_koneko on June 9th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
dude, considering all the hardcore cosplay shit you pull off, i feel it's safe to say that you're more than up to the challenge of a little door molding. you don't even need a miter saw for that amount of molding, a miter box and hand saw will do.

http://www.stanleytools.com/default.asp?TYPE=CATEGORY&CATEGORY=MITRE+BOX

*from amy, electrican/draftsman's daughter and veteran of 4 years hardware store employment*
Skurtchasorskurtchasor on June 9th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
I gotta agree with Amy here. If you're just doing a single room and no bevelling, the power mitre is probably overkill. If you think you might eventually do a lot of moulding or just want a nifty power tool, then go for it.

Staining and finishing is pretty easy as well. There's a few little tricks I've picked up from doing so much of it--feel free to tap me for advice when it comes time to work.
The Heavy Metal Matador: Calvin Dines in Hellrydain on June 9th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
I do hope to DIY replace the beat-up baseboard shoe in the rest of the house, but that doesn't involve that much more mitering. There are many places where the existing shoe butts up straight against door casing or a baseboard heater. Thus, it sounds like I'd be OK with good old manual tools for now.

I am thinking about crown molding for the bedroom and office (nothing hyooge or extravagant), and I've heard that it can be a pain to cut properly, but I wouldn't mind paying someone else to do that.
mire_ilramire_ilra on June 9th, 2007 06:44 am (UTC)
I take it back, don't make those drapes into an ugly dress. Make them into an ugly flag.
Pixie: BAT COUNTRY Made by (unknown) :<pixie_bee on June 9th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
I am having the same dillemma (sorta) with how to decorate the office. How the hell do you do this?
The Heavy Metal Matador: Kuribo's Shoerydain on June 9th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
Where are you stuck? Do you have any idea of the style/color scheme/whatnot, or is that what you're trying to figure out?
jmsajmsa on June 15th, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
Shelves
If you are looking for shelves I would strongly encourage you swing past Ikea the next time you are in the Pixbsurgh area. Excellent selection in a variety of styles, you should be able to fins something you like.