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 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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IN PROGRESS

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- 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 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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One Room Challenge- Week Two!

Hi All! Happy Friday! I am struggggggling with this design plan I committed to for the ORC.  You know how you have an idea in your head, but cannot.quite.find. the right pieces? I spent a good many hours searching for things, and finally when my eye started twitching I threw in the towel and went in another direction that is a bit out of my comfort zone.  Unlike my younger daughter who gave me explicit instructions when I did her bedroom for the last ORC, (you can read about it here) my older daughter has not given me any “must haves” except that she likes light pink. Hmmm, so I decided I am going to run with trendy blush colored walls – throw in some sophistication with black and white, and sprinkle in some fun with a  patterned rug and bold wallpaper that I have been itching to use.  Hoping that the sum really is greater than all of its parts because I have ordered all the ingredients and am hoping they will all come together!

I looooove wallpaper and use it whenever possible, however, my realtor friend tells me that if I add more wallpaper to my house it will make her job harder.  When are we moving? No idea, just always keeping options open.  As such, I found this budget friendly repositionable wallpaper that I think is going to give me the look I want but the flexibility to make changes to the room when and if we ever move:

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And adding blush tones on the walls is kind of like choosing the perfect pink (but not too pink) lip gloss.  I am leaning toward:

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And some gold accents including these frames to which I want to personalize with some black and white photos:

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Still debating space planning for the room…do we keep the dresser? Paint it? Trick out the closet and abandon the dresser altogether? Sometimes I have to pull everything out of the room and put things in piece by piece to see what should stay and what should go, or ahem be replaced.

Best,

Kelly

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One Room Challenge- Week One!

Hi All! Happy Thursday! Today I am so excited to reveal the next room I will be tackling as a guest participant in the One Room Challenge. This event is fearlessly led by Linda at Calling It Home and is partnered with House Beautiful magazine. Each Thursday for six weeks I will be providing updates on the progress of my project (fingers crossed). You can read about the last challenge room I completed in the Spring here.

Onward! So after much debate and late night list-making, I have decided to redo my older daughter’s bedroom. As part of the Spring challenge, in which I completed my younger daughter’s bedroom, I was hoping to have completed updates for my older daughter’s room as well, but “plaster challenges” slowed everything down and I never made it to those updates.  Fast forward to the Fall challenge when we will update her room to suit her age and personality.

This room was last updated right before we moved into our house exactly 8 years ago this month! My daughter was one at the time so it is time for a fresh paint color, new art, updated bedding etc…..and for Mom’s sanity, better storage solutions for her toys, clothing and “in progress” art projects.

Here are the befores:

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BEFORE- I still love the headboard I made, but with the refresh we can bring in art and more personality
BEFORE- I still love the headboard I made, but with the refresh we can bring in art and more personality
BEFORE- "More room for blanket forts and sleepovers Mom!"
BEFORE- “More room for blanket forts and sleepovers Mom!”

Wish me luck and please check back every Thursday for the next six weeks for updates!

Best,

Kelly

 

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It’s Week Six of the One Room Challenge! I Made It!

Morning All! I cannot believe all six weeks of the One Room Challenge have flown by! (You can check out all the amazing designers and their finished rooms here) I originally thought I would have time to tackle both of my daughters’ rooms (HA!), but quickly realized after plaster repair set me back that I needed to focus on one room at a time. It was down to the wire, painting the bookshelf side table late into the night…the night before the photoshoot. Full disclosure, I was off by a week and thought last week was the reveal.  HOWEVER, when I realized my mistake I added more projects…and more late nights.  This project was totally DIY so I am happy to now rest, enjoy the room, and celebrate Mother’s Day with my family.

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Ta Da!
Bookshelves with her favorite things
Bookshelves with her favorite things

Photo Sources: Bins– Target| Printable– The 36th Avenue| Navy Polka Dot Vase- Michaels (in store)| Flamingo– Target| Curtains– Overstock| Room paint colors (all Benjamin Moore): Walls-Stonington Gray; Ceiling- Caribbean Breeze; Trim- Decorator’s White; Closet Door Abstract Color- Razzle Dazzle; Bedside Bookshelf (see below)- Hale Navy

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Photo Sources: Bed (similar)- Pottery Barn Kids| Duvet (similar)- Pottery Barn Kids| Custom Pillows- Sara Langley Designs (my own!)- see shop link above| Blanket– Annie Selke (now only $18 in the outlet!)| Artwork- my own creations

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Photo Sources: Desk (I painted legs)- Target| Wrapping Paper to Decorate Top- Target| Chair– Amazon| Trophy– Michaels (in store only)| Rug– Pottery Barn Kids

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Photo Sources: Flamingo jewelry holder- TJ Maxx|Trophy holder– Michael’s (in store only)| Silver jewelry box- Gift| Shoes– Target| Laundry bin– Pottery Barn Kids

New Photos from Our Family Vacation
New Photos from Our Family Vacation
My husband's late grandfather made this so it is really special to have in the room
My husband’s late grandfather made this shelf, so it is really special to have in her room
Fierce flamingo card game
Fierce flamingo card game

I had a great time pulling this together and am counting down to the next Challenge. Already picked my room…and warned hubby. Now I am off to prepare to host Mother’s Day brunch.. so stay tuned for pics! Thanks for following this adventure.

Best,

Kelly

P.S. Do I really believe the room will stay this way!? Nah, but I have pictures for posterity and accomplished my client’s goal of having more space to play.  Now if I can only keep the Barbie Dream house in the playroom!

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Week Five- One More Week Until the Reveal!

Morning All! It’s Thurrrrrrrrrsday! Which also means a One Room Challenge update! You can see last week here and check out all the amazing participants’ progress here. I cannot believe five weeks have gone by! Well, here is what I have tackled so far, completely DIY (with a shoutout to hubby for his help installing the trim and laying out the design on the closet door #thatfastidiousnessreallycomesinhandy):

  1. Prep, paint, prep, paint, prep, paint….(you get the idea) for ceiling and walls
  2. Tore out the carpet
  3. Added base molding
  4. Painted abstract closet door design
  5. Sourced new curtains, pillows, rug, lampshades and linens
  6. Created fun desk area and added new chair
  7. Changed up furniture layout to create better flow  make my client happy
  8. Tackled closet for better storage and to remove dresser
Love the pop of pink!
Love the pop of pink!
Used this adorable wrapping paper for my desk project
Used this adorable wrapping paper for my desk project- cannot wait to show you!

And, here is my list to complete this week before the final reveal next Thursday. It is all about the details at this point:

  1. Choose art and photos and get them framed and hung
  2. Style bookshelves
  3. Try my hand at creating a unique abstract as a gift for my daughter.
  4. IF the weather cooperates (they are showing a snowflake for Monday…really!) then I will paint this cute shelf my husband’s grandfather made and incorporate it into the room as a nightstand. It is pretty beat-up having moved with us from city to city, but with major sanding and a few coats of Hale Navy it will shine!
Perfect size for beside the bed
Perfect size for beside the bed

Cannot wait to show you the reveal- down to the wire on this one!
Best,

Kelly

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One Room Challenge Week 4- Yikes!

Good Morning All! Time is marching on and I am draaaaaagging.  How is it that when Spring arrives every year I promise myself to be ready (I was obsessively counting down afterall), and yet I am always doing the last minute scramble. This week, as the weather turned warmer, I found myself less than prepared. The kids need spring clothes that fit, the windows need cleaning (just love seeing that dirt when the sun beams in blech), the deck needs to be stained before we host Mother’s Day brunch, I need a spray tan if I am ever going to go out in anything other than pants, and don’t get me started on soccer cleats.  And then the whole spring cleaning thing… is that biological? Why this time of year do I feel the urge to purge everything and give it all a good Lysol wipe down? So what’s a girl to do? Make.A.List. Or possibly several lists. Getting it all down on paper always seems to help….as does crossing things off when complete!

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Found by my awesome Mom, familiar with my neuroses, at Marshalls/Home Goods- Thanks Mom!

Per my list, today I am diving into our overflowing closets, starting with my daughter’s room, as part of what I want to accomplish for the One Room Challenge.  You can read about what got checked off last week here, and follow along with all the amazing designers here.  I am struggling with this project because the closet is small….. really small.  The opening is just shy of two feet, so I have my work cut out for me! Annnnnnnd my daughter wants to move all her clothes from the dresser into the closet as well, in order to take more furniture out of the room and make more space for Barbie and Pony houses, naturally.  I have scoured both the internet and stores near and far to find solutions that fit both the tiny space and my budget. Here is what I am thinking, for which I may be able to utilize things I already have:

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Here is what I am tackling, though to be fair we piled things in while painting…..but yeah, it really is a mess.

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I ordered these cute bins that I am hoping will help me:

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So to come full circle, here is my list for the room:

  1. Tackle closet
  2. Choose art and photos and get them framed and hung
  3. Set up desk top (fun details going here)
  4. Get all bedding pulled together
  5. Paint closet door detail

I think that may be it, until other things crop up.  My original intention was to update my older daughter’s room as well, but I think I am going to focus on art, new pillows, and closet organization for the time being.  She is still not sure of paint colors, and I am going to have the same issues with fixing the plaster in her room soooooo that will have to wait until a long weekend when she can be out of her room for awhile.

Wish me luck!

Best,

Kelly

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