It was a romantic idea at first. As a cottage, it is simple and lovely. To live full time, but it needs some work. LOT’s of work.
We’ve been working away, adding new larger efficient windows last winter and we are making plans for the rest of the house. We realized we needed an office space/den/guest room. Our tiny front bedroom (with a pretty awesome view) was it – the new cottage office. This room is a priority as I need a a space to work, and I work best when things are orderly.
We tore out a closet and planked a wall. I’ll post about the plank wall soon, I’m still trying to decide if I will paint it white. (Many of you have been following along on Facebook antics as I planked and painted live). The acoustic tile ceiling was ugly and had to go.
You can see here the acoustic tile and where we tore out a closet. I forgot to take a full on before picture. But you can see the tile in this picture. It was old and stained and ugly. The cheap light was added when we did the first round of updating and renovated to make it a cottage rental ready, but it’s going too!
We decided to hide the acoustic tile with planks.
I will admit, this was a harder job than we thought due to the fact there is not a straight edge or flat ceiling in our old house.
It sags and weaves and is crooked. Old house issues.
We used tongue and groove pine planks. Very inexpensive. The total for this job was under 60$
We primed the planks first and then painted 1 coat with Benjamin Moore Cloud White before putting the ceiling up.
Keeping them straight was the hardest part in this crooked room. Bad angles and sagging ceiling means they wanted to go sideways. The view helps here. lol.
After a few hiccups, Mr FPM was able to get them straight and they went up fairly easy. “Normally” we would fill the nail holes and do a final coat, but we decided to just paint the second coat on and leave the nail holes, they are not overly visible, and I LOVE the way they don’t feel perfect. The house is old, I wanted it to look like an original part of the house. Not “perfect” if that makes sense.
Ok. “Fairly easy” is not true. It was hard to keep them straight, lots of adjusting and twisting, this is a two person job.
“Normally” we would fill the nail holes and do a final coat, but we decided to just paint the second coat on and leave the nail holes, they are not overly visible, and I LOVE the way they don’t feel perfect. The house is old, I wanted it to look like an original part of the house. Not “perfect” if that makes sense.
We still need to finish the trim around the ceiling, we are just using cove molding.
So here is the “during” makeshift office. I’ll be so happy to get moved in here and make it a real office. But, I’ve always “kept it real” with you friends, so here is the messy reality of my office. We’re slowly getting renovations done, life and work and living in 3 locations can wear a girl out, but we have a lifetime or at least the winter to finish this.
I still have a ton of things to do in here to make it functional as you can see ha ha.
My plans are:
- build or buy a desk for under the window
- buy or build in a bookcase
- add a small loveseat that pulls out to a single bed for guests
- a comfy chair
- find a pretty and small filing cabinet
- add shelving
- add a rug
- find a light
- a cabinet for storage
- window coverings
This room is going to have to work hard for us. I have a studio in town, but do a lot of work and coaching from home, we wanted a sunny space for reading (this room is the sunniest, has the best view and is beautifully sunny, especially in winter) and we needed an occasional extra bed for guests.
Have I mentioned the room is only 10×9 ha h
I hope to post all our room re-loves as we go along and chronicle all our cottage adventures. We will be living back and forth a bit in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia for awhile yet, staying in NB at our beach cottage. We have some updating to do there too. Living in 2 cottages is kinda crazy, but that seems to be how we roll.
I am secretly hoping Mr. FPM will help me plank some more ceilings, there are no more acoustic tile ceilings but there are a lot of blank ones, but first I need him to forget how crooked this one was ha ha.
Thanks for popping in, as always, love your comments, any suggestions on lighting for this room?