ORC Guest Participant, Week 3

October 22nd, 2015

Okay… everyone says this challenge is terrible, but I am LOVING it! Maybe I’m speaking too soon, but sometimes a deadline is all I need to force a creative project.  It’s week 3 of the One Room Challenge and I’m really excited at the progress we made.  If you’re just tuning in, I’m turning our “kind of tacky but I don’t care because I’m about to get married” guest room into something that actually reflects my taste as a professional. I finally pulled the trigger and ordered a chandelier (that’s actually delivering today!):


We also tackled the wainscoting wall quite well.  Last week I put up a Facebook status asking for recommendations and I reached out to a contractor that never showed up (SHOCKING). So Tim and I took my little CAD drawing and headed to Home Depot:


Luckily the lovely Caitlin posted a very detailed blog on how she did this beautiful staggered wainscoting last year (I love the navy) and I took that to Home Depot like it was my Bible.  Her advice was SPOT on and so very helpful.  We also had an employee stop us in our tracks and talk us into buying much more cost effective wood.  I don’t know any retail employee that would do that, but I wanted to hug the woman.  Home Depot for the win.  We took our supplies, went home and got to work.


Let’s all pause and give a slow clap for my fantastic husband who helped me THE ENTIRE weekend.  He is a gem. Five hours and two trips to Home Depot later, we had it up:


We are NOT Do It Yourself-ers so I’m always very proud when we successfully complete something.  Sunday I bought some Pure White paint and got to work.


I over-estimated how much white it would take to cover up that pesky brown, but this picture got me really excited seeing how it was all going to look. I’ve decided to paint the remainder of the room Benjamin Moore’s Coventry Gray, which will really freshen things up.


From there I need to wrap up the following:

          -Prime and paint the remainder of the room

          -Install the chandelier

          -Hem the current drapes and add trim to the sides

          -Buy a queen box spring and bed frame (along with bedding)

          -Get my African mud cloth back from it’s current workroom

          -Find new bedside lamps and nightstands

          -Add all finishing touches

Once I get the painting finished I feel like all the hard parts are complete.  The more I do the more excited I am about the space.  Thanks so much for following along!

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8 Responses

  1. Danielle says:

    This room is going to be gorgeous! I love the wainscoting! We did some in the dining room of our old house and it totally changes the feel of a room!

  2. Brenda says:

    Love the chandelier!!! I almost ordered that one for our house. The wainscoting looks great too!

  3. Teresa says:

    I love the board and batten! It looks fantastic. And your puppy is super precious:)

  4. loving it! you two are pretty handy.

  5. […] to today’s hot date with a paint brush.  I have got to get the room all painted up for the ORC.  I will be traveling for work next week so I need to get things done (plus our house is a bit of […]

  6. Sharon says:

    The board and batten turned out great! I’m glad to hear you’re excited about the project and not feeling overwhelmed. I’m looking forward to seeing how the room turns out!

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