disclosure: this post is sponsored by FrogTape.
This is where we started.
This is where it all began.
That wood desk has heard it all. My stories. My laughter. My tears.
Whenever I had a problem or news that had to immediately be shared or when I just wanted to talk, I’d walk into my dad’s study and plop down across from him on the other side of this desk and share my heart.
I remember when I was sixteen and started my first job at Dairy Queen. I wanted to quit after the first day. I dumped a Blizzard on someone’s car in the drive-through and my ice cream fell off the cone and my apron was not cute and I was sticky and dirty and tired.
I walked into this office and announced I was quitting.
I was done.
I was finished.
My father looked at me over the top of his glasses with a twinkle in his eye and told me something I’ve never forgotten.
“When the going gets tough–the tough get going.”
That’s what I told the office.
It was time for the tough to get going.
I wanted lighter and brighter and a cozy rug on the floor and chairs on either side of the desk and lamps and books and a little personality and a shine on the floor.
But I needed help.
So I reached out to FrogTape to see if they wanted to partner with me on this project.
If you have read this blog for more than five minutes you know how much I love FrogTape.
We have created some amazing projects together.
Like this one.
And this one.
We applied the FrogTape to the molding and the sides of the brick.
And taped off the ceilings.
And I taped off the windows which took forever.
But it was worth it.
More than worth it.
Because when we added the last coat of paint on the walls and moldings and windows and peeled off the tape to reveal perfect paint lines (even with all that dark paint)…
….we stood back and smiled.
The office looks like this.
I KNOW, RIGHT?
I am sitting in here typing this to you and literally laughing out loud.
There’s a tree in the bay window.
And a cozy rug on the floor.
The floors have been shined.
The room is painted my new favorite khaki/greige color.
It’s called SW 7547 Sandbar.
The brick is painted a slightly lighter 70/30 mix of SW Sandbar using my favorite painting tip.
The wood burning stove actually works and my favorite thing in the room is hanging on the brick.
These are the metal pieces from our very first house.
We took down the metal and put up wood columns instead.
I saved these pieces and they sat in our attic for years.
I knew one day there would be the perfect spot.
I hung stockings on the chalkboard on the wall.
And decorated the room with Christmas lights.
And hung a gold office sign on the door.
I’m so happy with how it turned out.
It was a labor of love.
I could feel the room smiling as we worked.
And the desk?
It’s polished and in its place and ready.
For the next generation.
For the stories and the laughter and the occasional tear.
My heart is so full.
I’m so thankful for my father and his love.
I’m so thankful he taught me the value of hard work and to live every minute to the fullest and how to grab life by the tail and never let go.
And I’m so thankful that when the going got tough…
…the office got going. 🙂
PS I cannot say thank you enough for all of your sweet words and prayers and encouragement about our golden.
Buddy says thank you.
You are my heart.
Forever and always.
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