One Room Challenge- Week 3 Update

Sorry, this update is not pretty or glamorous in any way.  Last week was so frustrating I didn't even post!  My ORC has been in a "planning, purchasing and carpet ripping phase" the past two weeks.  I have redesigned this room about 20 times, and second guessed my choices like a true Libra. 
 Here's what I have been looking at for my fabrics:
The only thing that is for sure and that has been ordered is the wavy Andrew Stripe, the soft blue Shagreen pattern and the Emma Bouquet Toss below. The Stripe is going on the Romans and headboard/ dust ruffle , the Shagreen is the duvet, and the Bouquet Toss will be shams.  

I also found a small rug for next to the bed.  It works well with fabrics and the paint for the floor.
(The original rug I posted on my inspiration board sadly sold out.)

Speaking of painted floors, this is where the majority of my time went.
I ripped out the old carpet and was met with a lovely surprise. The carpet pad was so deteriorated it was stuck to the floor.  So nasty.  It took days of scraping and sanding.  
My husband was like "Why don't we just re-carpet?" 
And I was all "I have a vision of a painted floor... I must paint the floor!"

His idea would have saved me weeks, as well as saved my back and knees, but I am stubborn.

Behold the floor in its current state. 
Three coats of cream paint are drying, awaiting to be painted with a checkerboard and stars....

Today I hope to paint the soft blue checkers and terracotta stars.  Then its on to making a final call on the fabric assignments.  A lot of the fabric should be here in a week, and I feel like I am just going to need to hang it around the room to make the final call. What I do know is the bed canopy will look something like this and go in the nook to the right of the eave.

Heres a super quick & crappy photoshop mock up of my plans (fabrics might move around):

My tasks to finish this week are:
-Paint Floor Design
-Hang Grasscloth Wallpaper
-Order any additional fabrics 
-Nail down lighting

Be back with prettier pictures soon. 
In the meantime check out all the progress being made elsewhere during the One Room Challenge here!


One Room Challenge Fall 2021- Week 1

So after many years of wanting to do this, and missing the boat, I am finally doing the One Room Challenge.  I have several rooms that need serious help, but I decided to go with our junk collecting spare room.  Now before I show you all the ugly before shots, let's talk about the plan.  This room is going to be a workhorse and will serve as a guest room/ my sewing room/ studio.  My fabric design world has spilled out of my office, into my dining room and things are totally out of control.  I plan on rounding up all my fabric and 3 sewing machines and creating a sewing room in the closet of the spare room.  I will also have a work table/ desk in the room to increase my work area.  There will be a tented daybed and lots of fabric.  I am designing a few new patterns just for the occasion.  This room will mostly serve as my work area, but I want to create a cozy nook for a guest to sleep in.  Being able to hide the fabric area is essential!
The color palate will be warm terracottas, slate blue, cream and a pinch of dusty lavender...

So lets talk about my "to-do" list:

-Rip out stained old carpet and create a painted floor.
- Wallpaper walls with grasscloth.
-Change light fixture and add sconces to daybed.
-Build daybed into eves area.
-Rip out closet wire shelving, wallpaper closet, build new storage and work/desk area.
-Remove closet doors and add curtains.
-Design and recolor 4-5 new fabric patterns.
-SEW: Curtains, daybed canopy, dust ruffle, bedding, table skirt.
-Recover bench and chair.
-Find area rug.
-Figure out furniture and accessories.

There is a ton to do, and the amount of sewing is actually feeling a little overwhelming.
The room itself has some funky (bad funky) architectural features like strange eves. 
Take a look...

I am determined to make that random, double eve go away. 
There are 2 eves, different sized, and they just make no sense.
You also bump your head on that big eve, 
so I need to incorporate it into the design so guests don't need a helmet.

My plan is to build the bed in and use that slant to work with the canopy.
I placed a twin mattress and it fits right in there.
Stay tuned, still not quite sure how I am going to do this...

Please note the coffee and paint stains every where! This house came with white carpets. 
WHO DOES THAT? We have teenage boys and they destroyed them the first month we were here. 
Can't wait to tear them out.

On other fronts, the other side of the room has a big closet I plan on turning into my sewing space.
I will stick an additional desk in the window for more surface area.
I already have the closet doors off (they are just leaning up against it).
And if I have time I need to figure out how to get rid of or disguise the sanded ceilings. 
I hate them so much... add that to the list.

This week, my goal is to empty the room and rip out the carpets.  
I also need to design and order my fabric.  Follow along on Instagram for more behind the scenes, 
I am sure I will be polling you guys on the final choices.
Please don't forget to check out all the other amazing ORC projects here
See you next week!


I wanted to share an easy painting tutorial with you. 
I know I haven't done one in ages... in video format no less! (I almost forgot how to edit and upload.)
This Faux Tortoiseshell technique is a great one for beginners, and with a little practice you can get a fantastic look. Its perfect for small decorative objects like boxes, pictures frames, chair frames and tables.  I used an old wooden box...

Here is the video, and I will link products I used below.


Poster Board for making samples and testing colors

Satin finish paint for base color.  Can be spray paint or brush on, but use SATIN finish.
Choose a red or golden yellow.

2" Badger Softner Brush
(this is essential, you will use this for so many other techniques)

Variety of Oil Wood Stains, Minwax, Zar or Old Masters are all great.
I recommend using all the same brand.  I used Fruitwood, Aged Bourbon, Dark Walnut and Black.

Painter's Tape

Variety of brushed for applying stain and spots

Clean white rag

Satin or Semigloss Polyurethane



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