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    So, as some of you may already know, I bought a home a few months ago. I have a shitload of empty rooms and I'm finally ready to make one of them into an office for myself to use and relax in.

    Wanted to see if anyone here could post some of their home offices so that I have some ideas to kick around. This is probably going to be a budget build with IKEA desks and such, but I'm going to really try to 'make it my own' and make the space comfortable.

    This is the room that I'm working with, it was previously a nursery.







    Things I want in the room:
    - decent sized computer desk
    - daybed/couch
    - ceiling lighting (probably track lights, since I don't want to deal with installing recessed lighting)

    - possibly a coffee table in the middle of the room to give it a casual living room feeling?

    i kinda like this layout

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    I'll snap a pic when I get home... I built my own table desk from Ikea. I wanted something super simple and contemporary. It's probably a little less cluttered then whats there in that pic...
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    Is it an office or somewhere for your therapist to use
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    def paint the room, go with something neutral and light
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    Quote Originally Posted by 55fanatic View Post
    I'll snap a pic when I get home... I built my own table desk from Ikea. I wanted something super simple and contemporary. It's probably a little less cluttered then whats there in that pic...
    ive been looking at the ikea galant series, looks like a cool looking modern desk for cheap money.
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    This was used as a storage room and then hastily made into an office when I started working from home. So it hasn't been re-painted and the windows have been replace so the trim's not painted either.



    Desks / drawers / wife's chair from Ikea. On the back wall out of view there's a futon thing from WalMart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Delaney-Fu...olors/14071764

    The table between the desks is spare... just didn't have a place to put it so it's kind of suspended right now.

    Honestly, since I put the TV on the wall up here we spend more time in this room than the living room.

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    converted mine to a bedroom. home is for home. work is for office.
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    Deadbeat relatives... it's best not to have a spare bedroom ready to occupy. The futon can accommodate someone in a pinch, but you wouldn't want to live on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin.b View Post
    Deadbeat relatives... it's best not to have a spare bedroom ready to occupy. The futon can accommodate someone in a pinch, but you wouldn't want to live on it.

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    thats an interesting way to go about that, but i guess i would do the same if i had deadbeat relatives

    i think im gonna try and tackle the paint this week, i kinda want to go with a darkish color

    anyone have any idea how long it should take to paint this room, start to finish? something i can do after work for a few hours?

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    I did mine in a light brown, with a dark brown accent wall
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    Probably a day. If it's an empty room, it may be easier to do it in chunks after work. Do the ceiling one evening, then coat 1 on the walls the next night, then coat 2 on the walls the next night, then the trim the next night. It's the drying time between steps that makes it take a little longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin.b View Post
    Probably a day. If it's an empty room, it may be easier to do it in chunks after work. Do the ceiling one evening, then coat 1 on the walls the next night, then coat 2 on the walls the next night, then the trim the next night. It's the drying time between steps that makes it take a little longer.

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    ceiling? wut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevblah View Post
    thats an interesting way to go about that, but i guess i would do the same if i had deadbeat relatives

    i think im gonna try and tackle the paint this week, i kinda want to go with a darkish color

    anyone have any idea how long it should take to paint this room, start to finish? something i can do after work for a few hours?

    thanks
    if you want to go with a dark color keep in mind it makes the room feel smaller, and maybe more importantly you have to do a perfect job of cutting in around the trim, ceiling and base board as it will be blatantly obvious if the lines arent perfect

    if you want to do it properly allow the whole weekend, paint ceiling first, 2 coats of flat white ceiling paint, then paint window trim, doors and door trim and baseboard, then cut in around with wall color then roll wall color, those magic green tapes generally dont work that well for cutting in purposes, try the red pad thing with rollers (can buy it at home depot or any good paint store), once you get the hang of them they work very well, nothing is a good as a good bruish in the hands of someone who can cut in well.

    buy good paint, benjamin moore is the one to use, buy good brushes, purdy are pretty good and not crazy expensive, purdy rollers are also good
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    Make sure you do your prep properly. Shitty taping will make it an ugly nightmare.
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    Its gonna take you a day. Tape everything up you don't want to paint, put some tarps on the ground, and remove all the faceplates and things. Start painting in one spot, and continue to move around the room. Take a short break when you reach the place you started, and when you start again, you should be able to put the second coat on
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin.b View Post
    Probably a day. If it's an empty room, it may be easier to do it in chunks after work. Do the ceiling one evening, then coat 1 on the walls the next night, then coat 2 on the walls the next night, then the trim the next night. It's the drying time between steps that makes it take a little longer.

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    trim should always be done before walls, its much much easier
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    Feel free to skip the ceiling. I do recommend something like this for the edges: http://www.lowes.com/pd_90212-1077-1...ine&facetInfo= I can't ever get a clean line with tape and it takes so long to tape things off. I can get a better result with a brush and no tape than I can with tape, and I usually get an even better result with one of these vs. a freehand brush.

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    why does everyone keep saying i have to paint the ceiling? is there something that im missing? i must be new here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buzztt View Post
    trim should always be done before walls, its much much easier
    I'm replacing the baseboards in my hallway, so it's easier to pull off the old ones to paint he walls and then paint the replacement base boards before install.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin.b View Post
    Feel free to skip the ceiling. I do recommend something like this for the edges: http://www.lowes.com/pd_90212-1077-1...ine&facetInfo= I can't ever get a clean line with tape and it takes so long to tape things off. I can get a better result with a brush and no tape than I can with tape, and I usually get an even better result with one of these vs. a freehand brush.

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    thats what i use, its pretty quick once you get the hang of it, just dont put too much paint on it

    def paint the ceiling though, it takes an hour if that, unless its spotless and brand new looking
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