One Room Challenge-The Reveal
It’s here, the big reveal! If you are new here or just catching up, welcome! The One Room Challenge takes place twice a year and is hosted by Linda of Calling it Home. It’s open to any bloggers who want to take on re-doing a room of their choice in 6 weeks. I did it last year with our Family Room and decided this year to tackle our biggest room in the house. If you’d like to catch up on the weeks building up to this day you can find the re-caps here.
THE DINING ROOM
We tackled (I say “we” because my husband ended up being integral to pulling this off) a great room space, the first room you see when you walk into the front door. This is where we have our formal dining room and formal living room.
This room has two story walls and a lot of natural light, and has always been my nemesis. While I love all the natural light, that combined with the high walls has always made this space hard to manage and to me didn’t feel inviting. I’ve wanted to add trim work to the windows and board and batten since we moved in and I took the ORC opportunity to make it happen.
I got my husband on board and we decided we would do the project-start to finish-ourselves. I’m not sure if we had know how many countless hours we were in for we would have made that decision, but now that it’s done, I’m so glad that we did. The first order of business was painting. I took that on, and fearfully painted the room-tall walls and all. We tried several colors out and decided on Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter at 50%. We love the color and it automatically lightened up the space. I’m working on a post right now about tips and tricks on painting your own home. But this and this were key, especially with the tall walls.
Next, the bulk of the project-trimming out the windows and the board and batten. This was extremely time consuming, the measuring, the cutting, the nailing, the caulking, and the painting-oh my! Again, I plan on a follow up post on the tips and tricks we discovered over the weeks we worked on this.
I started out this project thinking I could do the majority on my own, it quickly became apparent that a second pair of hands would be necessary. My handy husband was so gracious to jump in and help. He has a small business that he runs and hardly a spare moment, it really touched me how much he helped and didn’t complain. He actually loves wood working but truly doesn’t have the time to do it often. This was a labor of love for both of us. A few weeks ago, through tears, I told him “I don’t think I’ll make the deadline.” The next day he surprised me and left the office early and was here in the afternoon to help! And he spent pretty much every spare second of the last three weekends, as well as several late nights helping me.
Before we move on to the living room portion of the room I wanted to remind you of what these spaces looked like 6 weeks ago. I really wanted a clean and more modern feel for these rooms. All of the major furniture is exactly the same, but the room feels fresh and new now.
THE FAMILY ROOM
I added a rug to the dining area so I removed the rug in here. We ultimately will replace the carpet with wood floor, but weren’t able to get that done in the 6 weeks. It will most likely happen in the next few months though, so stay tuned.
The shelves are very large and it’s easy for them to feel cluttered. I simplified them even more than what they looked like here. I love the result, I added in lots of real and faux succulents along with pops of white and natural wood elements. My son helped me hang the chandelier, I just love the gold trim. After many black thumb moments with a few fiddle leaf fig tree, I’ve finally found the secret! Buy an extremely real looking one from here! Honestly, it looks real and it will always remain green, and the only way it will loose a leaf is if my kids get rowdy with it (which better not happen)!
I have a love for pillows. I take my pillow game very seriously and I don’t want to admit how long I spent playing around with the perfect pillow combo. Ultimately I choose this fun and modern Ikat print and paired it with a pale purple paisley. LOVE the two prints together. I linked these pillows and as many of the other sources I could below.
SHOP THE DINING ROOM
SHOP THE LIVING ROOM
SHOP THE BOOK CASE
Cheers to all of you for following along this journey the last 6 weeks, your comments and support has meant so much. Cheers to my husband and kiddos who supported me with hands on help, and understanding when the laundry piled up and the last minute take out dinners kept appearing. And a huge thank you to Linda of Calling it Home for hosting the challenge. Please stop by her blog and see all the other amazing room transformations.