Wow. The first three weeks of the One Room Challenge™ have flown by. In week one I shared the plans for our Eclectic Botanical Farmhouse Family Room. Last week I shared the progress we’ve made including a sneak at our fabulous new 9′ x 12′ rug.
Today the kids and I picked up my mom for a little road trip to Ikea. I had a list of several items I wanted to check out for our space but since we don’t visit often we spent a few hours just browsing everything they had to offer. We had one cart-handle-meets-eye injury and a bit of whining about the length of the trip but all-in-all it was a successful trip.
I walked out with several lovelies for our family room.
I couldn’t pass up on a little pot of pretty pink Kalanchoe and a fabulous rattan basket. Spoiler alert; the basket may become the base for a new round coffee table.
I also snagged a set of pale pink and a set of green grey velvet pillow shams as well as some fluffy down inserts.
They’re getting added to my growing decor pile which also includes a flocked striped basket from HomeGoods, a green picture frame from Michaels, a brass frame from Target, and a pretty paper table runner I hope to use somewhere in the space.
When I got home this afternoon our new curtains, provided by our newest ORC sponsor, Best Home Fashion, were waiting on the doorstep.
Yay!! I’m so excited. They look terrific with the rug. Can’t wait to get these babies washed and hung.
Now, let’s back up and see what was accomplished the rest of the week.
- The window cornices were finished up and painted.
- The walls were patched and touched up with fresh paint – in quite a few areas.
- Quarter round trim was installed and painted at the base of the media center built-in.
- The TV was framed out with some new wood trim.
- Both end tables were repainted a creamy white.
- We painted (most) of the shiplap/fireplace surround. It’s a lovely shade of blue green called Bali by Benjamin Moore.
- We decided to forego the expense of plug-in sconce lighting (for now) and opted for painting a set of candle sconces we already own. Here they are before. They now have an antique brass finish.
- My husband built this amazing barnwood bench.
- He also upcycled an old frame to make a shadow-shelf at my request. It will be the perfect out-of-the-way spot to display a small vase of fresh florals.
Quite a few of the projects this week gave my husband a chance to use his new Kreg Jig. He has told me several times this week that is now his favorite tool!
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Tons of progress has been made over the least several weeks BUT we still have plenty left on our to-do list:
install shiplap walls surrounding fireplace
- install built-in shelving and bench seating surrounding fireplace
paint shiplapand built-ins source plug-in wall sconces to flank fireplace-> to save $$ we’ve decided to repaint and use candle sconces we already own
- build console table for wall beside french doors
build farmhouse style bench to place behind the exposed section of sofa build, install, & paint window cornices
- swap out curtains
patch together 2, 4’x6′ rugs to place in front of french doors
- paint sunroom and bathroom doors
- refinish art file
- paint tufted chair upholstery
refinish end tables
- refinish or replace coffee table
replace too small rug source matching accent chairs for in front of fireplace-> we will hopefully have time to redo a pair we already own add decorative wood trim to built in entertainment cabinet
- sew a few new pillow covers
“plant” silk fiddle leaf fig
- pull together finishing touches (aka rearrange, buy, or DIY decor)
Only three weeks left until the big reveal!! Don’t forget to drop in next Thursday for our next update. Additionally, feel free to stop over at the Calling It Home blog to see the progress of all the other ORC participants. Big things are happening in rooms all over the world!! I am so inspired.