I made it!!! Week 6 of the One Room Challenge! It’s reveal time!

Hi All!  I made it to week 6 of the One Room Challenge and am happy to report the office makeover is complete!  I cannot wait to show you the transformation.  Admittedly the before was sad…really sad.  How could we have possibly lived with it like this for soooo long?  It was just one of those cases where life was too busy and I never had time to tackle the project… but then enter the One Room Challenge… and a deadline… and I was off and running and getting.things.done!  I am so elated to have this one crossed off the To Do List, but more importantly my hubby, who spends mucho time in this office, is happy with the result.

The challenge in this room that unfortunately could not be changed (due to time, logistics and budget) was its size.  It is a small room, 9 x 6,  that had to continue being used during this entire process.  That meant working diligently on the weekends and moving things in and out so it could be a “functioning” office during the week.

Let me remind you of the before…eeeeeek a dark cluttered space with old ceiling tiles, dark trim and paneling, and “it had seen better days” wallpaper:

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The room feels so much larger now with no lower paneling, light gray walls, and a fresh white trim and ceiling:

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and I am so excited with how the focal wall turned out, the perfect backdrop for the compass:

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and from a similar angle after:

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I am so happy that I was able to finesse two desks into the space.  They look great and will make the room much more user friendly.  I held my breath when we brought them in because I forgot to account for the depth of the new focal wall when measuring how much space I had but thankfully they fit seamlessly…almost like I planned it that way- phew!

Sara Langley Designs |two office desks, mid century chairs, gray office

So here is hubby’s new view, and I suppose, as an extension of this office makeover, some landscaping outside the office windows is overdue as well.

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Thank you to everyone who has been following along on this crazy adventure of mine.  You can view the  other completed projects of both featured and guest designers here.  Thank you to Linda at the One Room Challenge for creating this wonderful setting to inspire us to get things done!

Best,

Kelly

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One Room Challenge Week 5!

Hi All!  Here is the summation of the progress on my One Room Challenge…. it.has.been.slow. You can see the earlier posts here: Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four along with the amazing progress of the other guest designers here.

Thankfully I was saved and our carpenter friend came in last weekend and completed the focal wall while we were away. Yessssss! But honestly, I am now holding my breath to the finish line.  I had intended to get into the office this week to get started on the painting, but life got in the way and now I have my work cut out for me this weekend!  Enter my amazing friend to watch the kids on Sunday so I can tackle things dawn to dusk…and recruited hubby to help.

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To Do List:

Prime and paint focal wall, touch up radiators, paint baseboards (2x), touch up wall paint, build desks, hang everything on wall, details.details.details.

I do NOT recommend using a room while trying to redo it.  Moving things back and forth every weekend has been insane, but thankfully once I take things out of the room this weekend I will be bringing in the new furniture and it will be for.the.last.time! Out with the old and in with the new!

Sidebar:  I had a major setback this weekend with the red console I had intended to use.  We don’t have an IKEA near us, so I couldn’t see it in person until this past weekend. Bummer.  It would not have worked in so many ways.  I have sourced many things for clients to date, but finding the perfect red console/ credenza has been by far the greatest challenge.  It’s so hard when you have the idea in your head but cannot find that just right piece to implement in the space.  I even debated buying an unfinished piece and painting it myself….until reality hit that I already had my hands full.  So I found another red option that is arriving tomorrow and I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will work.  Nothing like last minute.

I am now in the home stretch…stocked up on coffee and wine, because sometimes you just know it is going to take both to get things done.on.time.

See ya next week for the reveal! It’s gonna be soooo good because it’s such a big change and will make it a much more enjoyable space.

Best,

Kelly

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One Room Challenge Week Four- The Struggle is Real!

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Good Morning All!  So here we are…week FOUR of the One Room Challenge!  It’s going to be a nail biter to the end.  This past weekend I was originally planning to complete the focal wall, but with two sick kiddos hubby and I only had time to calculate and recalculate and then calculate again the materials needed for the project….and then of course head to multiple hardware stores to gather supplies.  Hubby stepped in with the Hail Mary and called in a carpenter to save the day (p.s. the same amazing soul that bailed me out in my last challenge, adding crown molding on a deadline).  He is not available until this weekend, so my To Do List had to be, ahem, adjusted.

Like playing Jenga to get all the materials in the car!
Like playing Jenga to get all the materials in the car!

We are headed out of town this weekend so I am going to be painting at night next week to make up time.  I have figured (famous last words) that once the wall is built I will have a primer coat (yes, doing it the “right” way) and then two coats of color, along with painting all the baseboards that are getting installed this weekend as well.  The desks were delivered this week but there was no place to build them, so they are still in boxes and I am hoping it is literally A+B=C because I am running.out.of.time!

If you blink, you'll miss it...Where the panel wall is going...
Where the panel wall is going…

Here is how I left the room at the end of last weekend…sadly not much further along, but I have a plan so  (deep breaths) it will be fine.

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So here is what I am working with:

Materials Ready to GO!
Materials Ready to GO!

And here is a sneak peek of the color going on the focal wall…I did get one coat on the radiator.  I am hoping that by painting the radiator (with a high temperature paint), the same color as the wall it will totally disappear.  We shall see!

Hoping to blend the radiator into the wall once all are painted the same color!
Hoping to blend the radiator into the wall once all are painted the same color!

In sum, I am a weekend behind, but hoping to pick up some evenings and catch up!  If you want to check in on the amazing progress of the other One Room Challenge Guest Participants you can follow along here.

Best,

Kelly

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One Room Challenge Week Three!

Good Morning All!  I am not sure: #1 how it is almost the end of April (um yeah, it snowed this morning), and #2 how we are halfway through the One Room Challenge!  Yikes!  This has been a weekend warrior project for me and each Sunday everything gets moved right back into the room so it can be used during the week- wet paint, plaster dust and all.  I do not recommend this plan, but sometimes you gotta just run with it!

So here is where we started for all those not familiar with what I affectionately call the “Sad Office” (please forgive the sad photography as well):

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And below are some pics of where we are now… the “it gets ugly before it gets better” phase.  Good grief.  I primed all the existing molding and trim with my fav, Zinsser, and then used Benjamin Moore’s Simply White, color matched to Sherwin Williams Enamel Acrylic Latex…because that is what I had left over from a bazillion other projects I have used it on.  I love how much lighter an entire room looks when the trim is freshly painted white!

Also, a HUGE thank you to my parents (who last underwent this office makeover circa 1970s) for NOT gluing on the paneling, so once I took out some finishing nails that paneling was gone-zo!  And, as demonstrated below, that left clean sheetrock to prime and paint. Thank goodness the scraping of glue was relegated to the wallpaper removal above the chair rail only.

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Let the priming begin!  Truth be told, I always loathe priming because I am impatient and it seems like just another hurdle to a pretty finish.  And no matter how many times I ask the paint pros at my local hardware store if I can skip this step (“Isn’t paint and primer ‘in one’ intended for this very purpose as its name suggests?”) they shake their heads and tell me that if I want it done right, use the damn primer.  So here is proof that I did indeed listen (this time).

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And here is how I left things on Sunday…as I moved furniture back in there may or may not have been wet walls.  The remaining sad wall is going to be the focal panel wall so it is on hold until this weekend…and I am choosing to focus on how much lighter the room is with painted trim and its first coat of BM Revere Pewter.

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Sooooo the list for this weekend is as follows: Tackle the radiators (prime and paint); Apply final (third!) coat on the trim; Touch up all walls with Revere Pewter (including painting up to trim when trim is done); Install baseboard molding; Annnnnd install paneled wall.  Truly wishing the weekend was longer than 48 hours!

Also, I finally made a decision on the desks and due to time constraints, I purchased two desk toppers from Pottery Barn that will allow me to use matching file cabinets I already have – Score!  Those get installed next Wednesday so kinda sorta need to be sure the paneled wall is done.this.weekend.  Lastly, because I don’t want to go back down the road of dark walls, dark furniture, dark accessories, etc. I found the perfect antidote below and I am totally digging the bold color:

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I am going to swap out the legs, or use it without, as there are printers etc. needing a home.  And I am also using these cool galvanized file folders to update the office-y plastic ones that were being used before.

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Wish me luck! Three weeks to go!

Best,

Kelly

 

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One Room Challenge Week Two

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Good Morning All! Today marks week two in the One Room Challenge! I am transforming hubby’s office and you can see it in all its “before” glory here.  I spent the better part of last weekend getting the paneling ripped off, and scraping, scraping, scraping all the old glue off from the wallpaper. It was oh so satisfying…. but I am still oh so sore!

This is the part of the challenge where the room looks awful and I have to remind myself that it always looks worse before it gets better. Sooooo retail therapy to the rescue! I found these great items that I am looking forward to incorporating into the space. I am leaning toward a masculine vibe with a neutral palette and cannot wait to see everything come together.

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and because hubby is a huge fan of aviation:

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and while I am having analysis paralysis regarding the desk, I fell hard for these chairs:

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I am sticking with one of my go-to favs for the walls, Revere Pewter, with a dark complimentary color on the panel wall.

Revere Pewter | Benjamin Moore
Revere Pewter | Benjamin Moore
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Cheating Heart | Benjamin Moore

So the TO DO List this weekend includes: getting primer on the walls (and keeping fingers crossed that the walls are actually in decent shape to paint after all.that.scraping); adding a second coat of paint on the ceiling; finalizing a desk solution; and mapping out the focal wall panels.  Yikes! You can follow me on Instagram to see all the latest updates and progress, and can follow along with the other guest participants, as well as the featured designers here.

Wish me luck!

Best,

Kelly

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One Room Challenge Spring 2018

Good Morning! It is the One Room Challenge Guest Participation Kick-Off Day! Woo Hoo! For those not familiar with the Challenge, participants have six weeks to transform a room, sharing a post regarding project progression each Thursday.  You can follow all the featured designers posts here.

Soooo, I have decided to tackle a redo of hubby’s office! It is the saddest room I have ever seen in that: 1) there is no storage; 2) there is no proper desk chair; 3) the current layout doesn’t work and; 4) it.looks.sad. I am pretty sure my Mom hung the wallpaper circa 1970s when my Dad took over the office from my grandfather. Yikes!  Long enough ago that grasscloth is in again! Ha!  When I was thinking about which room to tackle, I realized that hubby, who loves what he does and is dedicated to his patients, spends more time in that office than at home.  As such, this room update is overdue.

So…. drumroll please… here it is in.all.its.glory.  At least this sad of a “before” will mean the “after” will be that much sweeter! Cannot wait to get at it but OMG where to begin.

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The two desks are a holdover from before my Dad retired…three years ago! The art is courtesy of our two girls who visit hubby at work and leave him drawings and notes.

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At least there is a lot of light..cannot wait to paint those moldings!  The footprint of the space cannot be changed for many reasons so the size of the office will remain on the small side, but I am hoping with a different layout and better furniture, it will feel bigger.

BEFORE- Wallpaper nightmare
BEFORE- Wallpaper nightmare

The wallpaper is so sad that the walls look the same when parts of it are ripped down. Cannot wait to get that old glue scraped off…

Now onto the plan to move forward and make this space pretty! Here is the inspiration for one long desk we are making to put under the window:

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and I want to add an accent wall with paneling:

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Working on choosing some soothing colors and jumping in with both feet this weekend. Wish me luck!

Best,

Kelly

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One Room Challenge- The Reveal!

Hi All! The day has finally arrived! I am so excited to share my One Room Challenge reveal with you! I chose to makeover my older daughter’s room, and her only request was to create some comfortable areas to relax, and to paint the walls pink.  To be honest that much pink kept me on the edge of my comfort zone for the entire project, but in the end it all came together and she is so happy with the result…and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to do it. Thank you again to Linda at Calling It Home for organizing this crazy adventure!

Here is the Entry BEFORE:

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and Entry AFTER (insert my giddy giggle):

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Before, the headboard and wall that never got completed..

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and AFTER:

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The dresser BEFORE:

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The AFTER: I am so thankful to amazing friends for pulling off this incredible makeover of my late grandfather’s dresser. The lacquered grey is gorg in the room and each brass handle was polished to perfection…

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Simple styling on the bookcase…

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and a lap desk for use as a homework area…

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And then there is the wallpaper…which definitely provides the impact I was hoping for:

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I am so happy this all came together and sooooo thankful that an extra week was added to the challenge, as I was literally polishing the brass hardware on the dresser a mere 24 hours ago.

Source List (no affiliates used): Wallpaper (repositionable) | Gold Frames | Chair | Floor Lamp | Table lamps (Kate Spade @homegoods) | Nightstands (hardware sold separately) | Pink Pillow | Floral Pillows (my own custom, Sara Langley) | Bolster | Duvet | Rug | Bicycle Art @ home goods | Mirror | Drapery Hardware

Thanks for following along with my crazy adventure! You can view the amazing final reveals of the other guest participants here.

Best,

Kelly

 

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One Room Challenge- Final Week!

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Morning All! Happy Thursday! It’s time for the weekly update for the One Room Challenge! There is ONE more week left so it is time for the last push before the final reveal next Thursday, November 16th!

This week had a few curveballs in that hubby threw his back out so the molding project that was on tap for the weekend had to be, well, modified. Thank goodness the amazing carpenter I have worked with many times was able to stop by to install the upper cove and lower quarter round moldings for me on a moments notice.  Phew! And apparently the walls are far from straight or plumb so I am thankful that we brought in the professionals! Now just a bit of touch up and caulk and they.will.be.done!

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I am so in love with the wallpaper. It is repositionable, was easy to use (thanks Mom!), and gives the room the pop o’ fun I was looking for. The best part was that it was $29.99 a roll at Target!

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I am still debating whether or not to paint the closet door.  SO tempted, but I think I will bring in all the other bold elements like the charcoal upholstered headboard and printed rug before I make the final decision. I am also so thankful that our 1930s house retained both its vintage door knobs and large baseboard moldings throughout the years because they add such character to all the updates we have done.

I am away for the next three days while hubby attends a conference, so I am heading to Ikea near where we are staying (lucky beak!) to purchase this rug, some pillow inserts, and figure out what I am doing for nightstands.

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In a mere 7 days this room will be complete!! You can see all the amazing progress of the other guest participants here.

Have a great day!

Best,

Kelly

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One Room Challenge- Week Five Update

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Hi All! I totally blew through Week 4 of the One Room Challenge, and here we are into a new week! Sigh. The last two weeks got away from me because we had a wonderful party for my daughter’s birthday (which I posted links to above), I have taken on a few design projects for clients (to be pulled together before Thanksgiving), and I am chipping away at my daughter’s bedroom for the One Room Challenge. Chipping.Away. You can read about the amazing progress of all the other guest participants here.

This room is not exactly falling into place.  First, I decided to use a new spackle, which I love and it worked well, but it.was.stinky. Which meant that as each layer dried we cleared everyone out from the second floor and opened all the windows….which in turn slowed down the drying time. Then there is the paint color. I am still not sure I won’t be sneaking in and re-painting it (hows that double negative!) but trying to stay optimistic that when everything else comes into the room it will be the perfect backdrop.  My daughter loves the color, and even hubby, my gauge of whether things are a bit.too.over.the.top, thought it was a great shade.  I am just not 100% sure yet, even after painting two coats.

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So while I continue to debate the paint color, I am turning my attention to bedding and window treatments. I ordered this headboard in a gorg charcoal to soften the black and white accents I have planned (while also balancing the pink!):

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and I am having pillows made in this makes.my.heart.skip.a.beat Waverly fabric:

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and I ordered these adorable sheets with scalloped details:

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annnnnnd for the pops of metallic, these will do the trick:

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This weekend I am bringing my late grandfather’s dresser to be painted a high gloss gray which should look AH-mazing against the pink walls…whatever shade I end up with.  I need to spiff up the brass hardware on it and I think it will be the true show piece of the room. Hubby and I are tackling the upper and lower moldings this weekend, so I made sure to stock up on plenty of wine to celebrate checking that off the list!

It’s almost Friday!

Best,

Kelly

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One Room Challenge Week 3

Morning! Busy little bee over here….this weekend we are having my daughter’s 9th birthday party, and I have been planning a fun celebration with family and friends. As such I made the insane decision to start the actual implementation of my One Room Challenge after this weekend. So it is now a six week challenge in 1/2 the time! Put some coffee on!

So far, I chose a blush wall color, purchased some repositionable wallpaper for a focal wall, and made a plan for the addition of crown and base moldings.

I purchased some lamps (an amazing HomeGoods find):

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And large scale artwork:

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And I fell for this bold rug that will create its own statement:

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I still need to find soft neutral curtains (see inspo pic below) and figure out what type of headboard I am doing. Yikes! But paint is going on the wall next week (and by that I mean I am painting my tushy off)! Woo hoo!

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And you can follow all of the amazing progress from the other guest participants in the One Room Challenge here.

Best,

Kelly

P.S. Mom, if you are reading this can you please come and hang some repositionable wallpaper? Pleeezzzzz!

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