Pottery Barn Bedford Office Progress

Welcome to the 107th Metamorphosis Monday!

How has your weekend been going? We had a rare, gorgeous February day…it even got into the 60’s. I spent the day inside, once again attacking the wallpaper in the soon-to-be-office. But before I take you there, since the report isn’t very good, here are a couple of inspiration pics to remind us what the goal is.

Inspiration pic #1: The baskets for the open unit have arrived…but the unit itself doesn’t ship for another week or so. You can see that unit in the pic below.

Inspiration pic #2: I ♥LOVE♥ the look of the paneling here, but my contractor doesn’t have any idea where to find this exact paneling. I couldn’t find any online either and if I did do paneling, I’d really want it to be this exact paneling. So for now, I’m just going to paint…that is if I can ever get the wallpaper down. I’ve just about decided to go with one of the yellow paints I already have in my home. Those are Duron, Sugar Cookie and Duron, Tea Biscuit. Both of those yellows are neutral enough to not limit my choice of fabric for the chair cushion or the rug that I ultimately hope to find for this room.

Wallpaper Update:
Here’s how the office looked last Met Monday. Since then, the hardwood floors were installed but getting the color just right was tricky since the existing floors in the hall outside the office had ambered quite a bit. That slowed the process down, but now the color is perfect. πŸ™‚ Yay!
The hardwood floors get their final coat of poly tomorrow, then that part of the renovation will be complete. I haven’t been able to work on the wallpaper this week due to the different coats of poly that had to be applied to the floors, and the drying time that followed. P.A.T.I.E.N.C.E…I just keep telling myself…patience. Patience is a huge challenge for me…always has been. Maybe God is trying to teach me patience through this process. πŸ˜‰ So here’s how the wall looked last week.

After 5 hours of work today…this is what we have. I manage to get another half a wall or so done. Sad. At least the flooring is looking good.

Even with Mr. Wagner, the wallpaper steamer, and using DIF and Fabric Softener, too…the progress is painfully slow and tedious. I’m seriously thinking of returning the wall paste and just hiring someone to come remove the rest and repair the walls where they’ve been damaged in the process.

Some sections won’t let go no matter what…like that section there near the door under the light switch. Wagner didn’t make a dent in that section. πŸ™

Chair Change:
On a happier note, I’ve found a desk chair I like better than the one I originally purchased for this room. I had purchased the standard Pottery Barn desk chair you see in this inspiration pic below. But, the other night I was googling for a light fixture and came across another chair I liked a lot better.

This is actually a chair in the Pottery Barn “Teen” Store. It’s from their “Chelsea” line of furniture. I love the scalloped apron on the bottom front and the scallop/curvy shape along the top of the back. And, I really like the open “cut-out” in the back. Also, I think the ball rollers will roll around better on a rug than the other one with the small wheels seemed to when I tested it.

They didn’t have this chair in the PB Teen Store here in Atlanta and there are only 3 PB Teen Stores in existence (Chicago, Atlanta and New York)…so I had to order it. If it doesn’t sit well or I don’t like it once it arrives, I can return it to the PB that’s just 2-3 miles away from my home. So, for anyone looking for a chair to go with the PB furniture, stay tuned and I’ll let you know how this choice works color wise, etc… Oh, the Chelsea chair was $100 less, too…so that was good. πŸ˜‰

The PB folks tell me the white color is close to the “Antique White” of the Bedford Office furniture…we’ll see when it arrives. It’s scheduled to be shipped on the 25th of this month. Keeping my fingers crossed.

In all the googling and searching online for a rug and light fixture, I discovered Martha Stewart has a wonderful line of furniture that’s perfect for a craft room. I don’t do enough “crafting” to justify a craft room, but if I did, I’d seriously consider this line of furniture. It is apparently carried exclusively through Home Decorators.com. I especially love the wrapping center on the far side of the room in this pic below.

Here’s another view of some of the pieces in this line. The cabinets are designed to store large pieces of craft paper/fabrics, etc…so they don’t get creased.

Here’s another neat unit in the Martha Stewart Craft furniture line. I was surprised how reasonable the prices were. Be forewarned though, it appears you have to assemble it when it arrives. The reviews looked pretty good, so far. Almost makes me want to create a craft room. πŸ˜‰

So, that’s what happening at my house these days. Can’t wait to see your “Before and Afters!”

If you missed the earlier posts about the transformation of this room and would like to see it while it was still a baseball themed bedroom, you’ll find that HERE and HERE. You can check my progress anytime by checking the list on my sidebar. πŸ™‚

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  1. Pam - diy Design Fanatic says

    You've accomplished a lot! You must be glad that the difficult part is behind you! The PB chair is really cute and the inspiration photos are wonderful. We had an absolutely beautiful day here in the Carolinas, as well! Thanks for hosting!

  2. Allison Shops says

    Love the desk chair you're getting. The back detail is so nice! I haven't seen the MS wrapping station, etc. The green cabinet would have been nice to have when the kids were little with all the parties.

    The paneling in the PB photo looks like the old pine paneling, painted. Not sure they make it like they used to, but we had it in our last home/den and my grandparents had it in their den also.


  3. sharonavinger says

    Love the furniture, Susan! I agree that the other chair is beautiful with lovely lines, but you might want to think twice about not having a chair with arms. I love having the arms on my desk chair to rest my arms. Just something for you to think about in the many decisions you have to make! The office is looking great!

  4. Melissa Miller says

    The inspiration is incredible Susan. I can't wait to see yours!

  5. Susan have you tried looking at exterior siding for this panel pattern? It would not be vinyl…more like masonite, I guess. Just thinking off the top of my head on this one. But it's something you might look into.

    Funny about patience. I did a little post today about patience. Patience with nature during this unusual winter we are having here in NE MO.:-)

  6. Honey at 2805 says

    The room is shping up to turn out great! Thanks for being a gracious hostess!

  7. Handy Man, Crafty Woman says

    Thanks for hosting. ugh, that wallpaper!! It might just save you a lot of frustration to hire someone. I hate having to scrape off all those tiny pieces!

  8. Confessions of a Plate Addict says

    Hi Susan! Sorry it's going so slowly! At least you know the previous wallpaper guys did a great job…or was that you ? lol Love that chair! Happy week!…hugs…Debbie

  9. I think the paneling you are looking for is called center and edge bead paneling. Google it and have a look.
    The room is looking great so far, I love that floor!

  10. laxsupermom says

    The new chair is so pretty! I hope the color works out for you. Wallpaper removal drudgery stories are the one thing that gives me pause when I look at all the beautiful new papers. Can't wait to see your new room unfold.

    Thanks for hosting this party. I love seeing what everyone else is up to.

  11. I can imagine how it feels for you to not get the room finished yet, Susan. I am the same way but you'll get it done eventually. Good luck! I like the office chair….Christine

  12. Mary Ellen says

    Oh I remember the nightmare of stripping paper of wall! I dreamed about it for months along with days of body aches! But it is worth all the effort and I know this room will be amazing when you get your creative hands on it!

    bee blessed

  13. Love My Cavaliers says

    I am so in LOVE with this PB furniture for our office that we are going to renovate soon. But can't find anything vaguely similar here is Australia. you don't happen to know if it is available over here do you. Just want to copy it all exactly as the first photo. Love LOVE LOVE!!! it.

  14. That is going to be a lovely space. Can't wait to see it.

  15. Hi Susan! I'm excited for you about your new office but sorry about the awful sticking wallpaper! Your floor looks beautiful and can't wait to see it all when you're finished. I know with your style – it'll all be beautiful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  16. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) says

    Susan, your new office is going to be great. I along with many others, are as anxious as you are to see it completed. lol. On a wallpaper note. A few years ago my Aunt had the same problem, could not get the paper to come off, had a professional to come in and they still couldn't get it off. They finally hired a contractor and he came in and did a scem (sp) coat of sheet rock mud "stuff" on it, sanded it down. It looked like new and she could then paint. I'm sorry I don't have the technical terms for you, however, you may to go that route. I'll be anxious to see what you finally ended up doing. I have an antique office chair like the first one you chose, the second has a different feel to it..I'm wondering you haven't said anything about art for the walls… are you going to give us a hint about them? Ok.. I've taken up far too much of your time…. hugs ~lynne~

  17. Thanks so much for hosting this party each week!

  18. Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek says

    I LOVE the chair you picked out!

    Thanks for hosting.

  19. Fishtail Cottage says

    love the ideas you shared in your post! I love that cubby from pottery barn in one of the first pics – so many cute things i could do with that!!!! xoxo

  20. Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) says

    Susan, I am so sorry to hear that you are still having wallpaper trauma! Soon it will be over and you may never paper any walls again! I have been eyeing that Martha furniture for a project of mine. I have always been happy with her products. Your new chair choice is very pretty and more feminine. Is it going to have arms or do you prefer armless? One of my kids always wants arms and the other prefers no arms! Can't wait to see the finished room! Linda

  21. The DIY Spot says

    Those inspiration rooms are so pretty! Sorry to hear of your wall paper dilemma but don't give up. DIY projects, even the tough ones, are so much more rewarding in the end. Good luck and thanks for hosting!

  22. Your new wood floors are beautiful! Love the desk chair…can't wait to see your finished office! I'm sure it will be fantastic…everything you do turns out perfectly!!!

  23. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Hi Linda,
    I think I'd actually prefer armless…that's what I've had in the past and that way I can scoot up to the desk nice and close. πŸ˜‰

  24. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Lynne, I just may end up doing that with the walls. I'm not sure about the art, yet. There will be a big bulletin board and maybe a wallpaper wrapping center. I think once I get everything in place, then I can think about the fun stuff. πŸ™‚

  25. I think I would have to break down and call in the experts to finish removing that paper and patching up any damage….at this point you have got to be disheartened and tired of all the work….they will probably get it done in no time and then you can start making that room your own.

    I really like your 2nd choice of the chair, so girly but sturdy looking.

    Can't wait to see it all come together!


  26. LambAround says

    I'm excited to visit all these wonderful links! Thanks so much for hosting. Your button is the first one on my site: http://lambaround.blogspot.com/p/link-parties.html

  27. Susan (My Place to Yours) says

    Your floor looks great — and I LOVE that chair! I hope it's comfy so you can keep it. πŸ™‚

  28. I love the chair you ordered! I think I would like that one, too, but I haven't even begun to plan out my sewing room/office redo. You are such an inspiration! Thankfully I don't have any wallpaper to remove.

  29. Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish says

    The floors look great and I adore that chair!! Too cute!! πŸ™‚

  30. I love love Pottery Barn's collection but decided that it was out of my price range. So I am getting the Martha Stewart Craft table. Yippee……but it won't ship till May. Tear….Yes it seems that collection is much more popular than they ever thought

  31. On Crooked Creek says

    Your progress is moving right along.I, truly, am sorry that you're having so much trouble with the wallpaper removal! In time, you'll be able to smile at the new paint color on the walls!
    That paneling . . .I thought tongue and groove flooring. "Mr. Ed" says nope!You might look at barn or exterior wood at your local lumber store. We use Lowe's, mostly, in this area for a greater selection choice. HINT: Exterior wood will take priming and several coats of paint to achieve that refinished look. Keep us posted on your continual progress! Spring is coming and I feel confident you will be enjoying your office in "full bloom" when it arrives!

  32. At least you're making some progress, and that is good. I'm not patient either. I totally got shorted on that virtue. Was in Michael's the other night, and they had a nice wall unit, that I believe held paint and wrapping paper, etc. at about $70, I believe, but w/ the 40% off, it wouldn't be too bad. Think you already have one ordered though, if I remember correctly.

  33. The floors look great! I wish I lived closer so I could come over and finish taking that wallpaper down!! I feel bad that you are struggling so!

    The new chair looks really cute and I love the Martha Stewart craft room. Have you seen her Kitchens at Home Depot?

    Good luck this week!

  34. ⚜ β†β„―β„¬β„¬α΄΅β„°βšœ says

    It's going to be fabulous when done! Thanks for hosting you MM party.

  35. WOW, I can't wait to see this space when it's all complete. Thanks for hosting! XOXO ~Liz

  36. Terry @ La Bella Vie says

    Hi Susan,
    First let me say, your office is really looking good with the new floors and the beautiful light coming in. And I just want to share with you, I had the same awful experience trying to remove wallpaper in my kitchen nook. We found out the "professional" wall paper installers didn't use sizing on the walls and also used …believe it or not…Elmer's glue to "book the paper" (soak) in when they were hanging it which made it impossible to get all of it off. We eventually put up bead board paneling to cover it which I liked better anyway. My husband suggested an online paneling company to see if they carry the style you like as well as calling Pottery Barn to see if they may be able to help track it down.
    OK last and maybe it my laptop but for some reason for the first time I can't see and of the thumbnail linkys, they are just a simple red "X" and no pic?? Is might me or is anyone else having that problem??
    Anyway great job on the room!

  37. Nancy Holte says

    You know, if you could find that paneling, you wouldn't have to work so hard on getting that wallpaper down. Just saying . . . πŸ™‚

  38. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Nancy…that has definitely crossed my mind a time or two! LOL

  39. Susan, You must be so excited to having a room just for your office. It's coming along so nicely. The floors look beautiful. I like your 2nd choice of chairs better than the first one also. I love the gentle scallop. I think PB's teen furnishings are awesome!

    Can't wait to see it all finished!


  40. Heaven's Walk - says

    Oh Susan….I know I'm going to be so jealous when you get that room done! lol! It's looking great! We had paneling in our lake house that we painted white and it looked fabulous! I miss it! πŸ™‚ Keep on going, girl! It's looking fabulous!!

    Thanks for hosting this GREAT party, too! LUV it!

    xoxo laurie

  41. Etcetorize says

    Is it wrong that I love the PB Teen furniture catalogue? Such great items. Can't wait to see your office when it's all done~

  42. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says

    Etcetorize…you and me both! I think I like PB teen stuff almost more than the regular PB. πŸ˜‰

  43. Susan.. Love the new chair choice. Very cute. I agree with Nancy and the paneling. Can't you find a great bead board that you like that you can white wash or paint? I'm enjoying the process.
    I'm going to join your Thursday Tablescape for the first time on the 10th. Hope I can figure it out.

  44. I love all that white furniture. It is just so clean and fresh looking. To me, white furniture is sunshine on a cloudy day. Good luck on that last remaining wallpaper. It can certainly be a bear, right?

  45. I'm drooling over every piece of furniture in these inspiration rooms. I'd be so much more productive if I had my own beautiful space to create. Looking forward to seeing your "after."

  46. House Revivals says

    Your floors look great, and you managed to make good progress on that wall, in spite of not being able to get in there for most of the week. I really like the look of the teen chair — the question I would have is about the seat dimensions.

    Let's just say my middle-aged behind doesn't have a lot in common with my teen behind, so I wonder if a teen chair is a bit, ummm, more youthfully dimensioned?


  47. House Revivals says

    I often see that paneling at architectural salvage yards.

  48. Thanks for sharing such great inspiration pictures and also your progress on your room. I do have a craft room and that furniture would be great. I will not even mention this to my hubby, are quite involved in working on our kitchen. I will make a note for future reference though. I will enjoy visiting as many Met Monday posts as I possibly can.

  49. Susan:
    Your floors look great. Re the wallpaper dilemma, hubby said you have to really, really, soak it and be patient with it letting the water seep in.
    I too was wondering if you are going with panelling, why bother with removing it?
    Have you thought of going with 3/4 of the wall beadboard panelling with a wide molding at the top. That way, you would only have to remove so much of the wallpaper backing and just have to paint the top part.
    I know it is o.k. for us to give you all these suggestions, we don't have to do it!! πŸ™‚

  50. Pam @ Our Adventures in Home Improvement says

    Your floors look FANTASTIC!! I cannot believe the trouble you've had with that wallpaper! I agree that it might be time to call someone in, as it seems like you've put so much time into removing it already!

    I love your inspiration pictures. That PB Teen chair looks perfect too!

    I'm always so impressed with your posts! Thanks so much for sharing.

    Have a great day!

  51. Hi Susan,

    Thank you for taking us along, as you transform the room into what I know will be a perfect space for expressing all your wonderfully creative energy. The floor looks beeautiful! I'm glad you found that great little chair. I know your finished room will look amazing! What does Mr. Max think about all this unusual activity in "his" home???

    Hope your week goes well.

    Kindest regards,

  52. Janette at The2Seasons.com says


    That paneling looks like the knotty pine paneling my parents had in their family room in the
    60's. The difference is it has been painted in your inspiration room. Check with some places that sell salvaged wood. You might get lucky there.

  53. Janette at The2Seasons.com says


    That paneling looks like the knotty pine paneling my parents had in their family room in the
    60's. The difference is it has been painted in your inspiration room. Check with some places that sell salvaged wood. You might get lucky there.

  54. I love your chair, great inspirations pictures:-)
    Thanks for hosting, hugs Biljana

  55. gnee @ Singing With Birds says

    Your office is going to be such a treat to work in. I've experienced your wallpaper woes and it's worth it to just have the work done. Thanks for the MS Collection too…I'd never seen it either, and your always fun party!

  56. ugh, I have to tackle some wallpaper in my bathroom that's been there for YEARS. I am so not looking forward to it! I can't wait to see when your room is done, and great choice on that chair. I can see why you like it so much!

  57. Hi Susan,
    Everything looks just beautiful so far. Try this link and see if this is the paneling you are looking for- http://www.cfpwood.com/Products.aspx/BeadedPanels

    Hope I've helped. Hugs, Loretta

  58. Love the new chair too! Sorry to hear about that wallpaper experience…it would be enough for me to throw up the hands and put beadboard over it all. I've seen great tutorials on using MDF to create wall paneling that looks fabulous. Have you thought of that. It would add to the cottage look of the furniture you are using.

  59. Bonnie@Creative Decorating says

    I can't wait to see the completed office! It is going to be gorgeous! Thanks for hosting. I just linked up a simple change!

  60. The Country Nest says

    Susan, I too am taking down stubborn wallpaper in my hall and front foyer….what a nightmare. I read all the post on your blog about wallpaper removal. I have tried it all, well I saw some sheets on HGTV that you soak and put on the wall. Money Back if you are not happy, so I tried it. I ordered it on line. Simple Strip here http://www.simplestrip.co.uk/
    Let me say it is coming off much easier and I won't be returning my kit. I will be doing a post on it later this week.
    Your room is going to be wonderful. Love watching the progress.

  61. Upscale Downhome says

    I am enjoying seeing the progress of your office and the new floors look wonderful. I had no idea that Martha Stewart had a line of crafting furniture. Awesome! I'd love the gift wrapping station, too. Thanks for the info!

  62. La Vie Quotidienne says

    …My you have gotten a lot done. Stripping wallpaper is always a horrible chore. All of the furniture inspirations are wonderful. Looking forward to seeing the finished room.(-:

  63. Love your new chair choice. We are making a very similar desk for our office this week. Love getting some more ideas.

  64. I can't wait to see how the office turns out. I like the new chair better too. The floor is gorgeous!

  65. very merry vintage style says

    Love this collection from PB–I have admired it for quite a while! Your floors look beautiful and I can't wait to see the finished project!

  66. I am so excited about your office. I can only imagine how beautiful it's going to be. I really don't want to miss a thing about how you create this, so although I am already a regular visitor, I have decided to add you to my blog roll on my sidebar. This way I can ensure I don't miss anything. Thanks so much for hosting. I had my first party last week and it's going to be a regular Wednesday thing. I hope you will join in the fun.

  67. Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea says

    Very cute furniture picks. I hate stripping wallpaper!!! Kuddos to you.

  68. Lynn at Cottage and Creek says

    Such an inspiring post, Susan. I love the new chair you discovered. It will be lovely in your new office. Wallpaper is tough but yet can be such a nice touch! I'm sorry you're having such trouble removing it. My new (old) house only has it in the half-bath and I intend to remove it but will need to take out the toilet and sink to do so. That will be a job for summer when I can plunk the toilet on the deck while I remove the paper. Thanks for sharing and for hosting this fun party.

  69. I am excited to see the progress of your room! Like you, I don't craft a whole lot but I do want a craft room too. Or a room with a craft section. Those inspirational photos are just lovely!


  70. ohiofarmgirl says

    I have some of that wallpaper that I just can not get off also….what a pain it is.
    As far as the paneling…it looks a lot like the bead board that Lowes carries..did you check that out?
    Wishing you luck. dianntha

  71. If you're still trying to remove the stubborn wallpaper, try a mix of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. I have found that works much better than Diff and gets the remaining pieces that the steamer didn't. I bet your son loved that room! What a great job!!

    If you're still looking at paneling but can't find exactly what you want, consider having a carpenter make it for you. I wanted white paneling behind a bench I had built in my mud room. The builder scored lines in plywood to make it look like paneling and then painted it white. No one can tell it wasn't purchased like that. In fact, even the carpenter's boss was shocked when he saw it.

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