The solution? Grass cloth! Because it's already heavily textured I hoped it would hide the bad texture on the walls.
Here is what I mean...
Can you see that texture? I just wanted it gone!
Here is what the space looked like from the previous owners...
They used this room for watching TV--we didn't want a TV in here and since TV's today are flat it wouldn't fit into this built-in. But, the nook seemed like the perfect spot for a desk.
and trimmed the edges with an e-xacto knife.
For the desk, I had a piece of Formica cut for the top which fits perfectly into the nook. It's sitting on top of two Ikea Micke drawer units.
The brick wall was transformed with "barnwood" which you can read about here. That wall is one of my favorite things we've done to transform the house.