Kitchen Reveal|ORC Fall 2017

Happy Design Christmas everyone!! I’m so so excited to share our finished kitchen today! If you are just tuning in, we are on week 7 of the One Room Challenge, a decor and design blogger link up created by Linda of Calling It Home, where we have typically 6 weeks (we got an extra week this round) to transform a room from top to bottom. So this is the final week, aka, reveal week!

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So, just as a quick refresher, here’s a look at our kitchen before (to see the whole before, check out ORC part1 post here):

And now, here’s our kitchen today:

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Everything came together beautifully! I LOVE the new space, the mix of the light and dark and how the colors mingle so well with the existing counters and backsplash. I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite part of the room (well maybe that it’s done), though, I am so thankful to have our table and chairs now. They make a world of a difference in our day to day life, the perfect blend of style and function.

What’s your favorite part of the new space? I hope you like how it all turned out!

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If you want to look back through our Kitchen Progress here are quick links to weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Make sure to also jump over to Calling It Home and check out the Host Bloggers’ reveal posts from yesterday as well as the Guest Bloggers’ reveal posts today. I know what I’ll be doing this weekend on nap time!!

Don’t forget to follow us on Social Media to see what we are working on in between blog posts. We’re everywhere, but most involved on Instagram and Facebook. You can also check out my design work on Houzz. Thanks for hanging out during the One Room Challenge! I hope we’ll see you around! xoxo

Kitchen Primer + Paint|ORC F2017-p4

Whelp, here we are in week 4 already! This week we had some major visual changes in the space, because paint–yay!

So, real quick, the one room challenge is a design/decor blogger link party, hosted by Linda at Calling It Home, where we all try to whip a room into shape in six very short weeks. The host bloggers share on Wednesdays and the guest bloggers share on Thursdays, There are over 200 people participating, and some incredible talent shines in this event. So definitely hop over and check it all out.

Alright, back to our kitchen. Over the weekend, we basically prepped the space for paint, removed the handles (except for two extremely stubborn handles that are still stuck in place-ugh!), and removed the doors that were close to the walls, then taped off the edges to prep for paint. NOTE: when you are removing cabinet doors, it is SUPER important to number them in the cabinet box and on the cabinet itself. Place a piece of painters tape on an area that isn’t being painted so that you know where to put the doors back when you are done!

Monday, we went and picked up our paint and primer. Monday after E went to bed, we got to work covering those pink stripes!! One coat of primer covered everything well enough to move forward with the paint, so Tuesday night and then yesterday followed the primer with the first and second coats of paint!

Once the paint was finished, I finished cleaning up the cabinets and prepping them for paint. To prep them for paint, with chalk paint, you don’t need to rough up the surface, it just needs to be completely clear of any dirt, grime, oils, etc., and then the paint will adhere. So we scoured the surface first with a steel wool and water, then followed that with a spritz of Thieves Cleaning spray (my faves from Young Living–this stuff is Ah-mazing, but more on that another time!), wiped them all down and now they are all set to be painted!

This week, we also decided on barstools. The ones I posted last week, tragically became unavailable basically as soon as I shared them… so after I recovered from that loss, I scoured the internet for a second choice. I’m NOT sharing it because I still need to go pick them up, but decision’s made and I’m excited to see it in place!

So here’s a look at the updated list:

  • Prime the walls
  • Paint the walls
  • Paint the cabinets
  • Paint the molding and details
  • Declutter and organize overall
  • Add a main wall shelf
  • (Finally) build my custom table (that I designed almost 2 years ago…)
  • Add some drawer storage (We don’t have a single drawer in our kitchen. Not one.)–still trying to work this one out… not sure it’s going to happen…
  • Swap out the cabinet hardware
  • Find seating
  • Make and Install Valance–Still debating on this too, It’s last on the list… we’ll see what happens!

 

Well, the list is mighty long still, but, I feel pretty confident now that the walls are painted that we are going to get through it!! We are over the hump!

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This week, we are focusing on painting the cabinets, getting the new hardware and installing it. The table is coming on TUESDAY(!!), as is the floating wall shelf. This weekend, I’m going to finish my research on the drawer options and see what, if anything, we can make work; and get the stools purchased and in the house!! So next week, we should see some major strides in the progress, and then I think it will just be styling and pictures… Hopefully I’m not being too optimistic or unrealistic with my timing.

How are you all doing with your projects?

Kitchen Inspo|ORC Fall 2017 p2

And just like that, it’s week 2 of the One Room Challenge!! Be sure to hop back and check out our week one post. I’m also hoping one of these days to get some non ORC posts up about life and Eleanor and all the things, so stay tuned for that as well.

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But for now…. I wanted to share some of our inspiration for our kitchen revamp with you all!! Right now our kitchen is comprised of a few main components:

  1. The hot pink abstract lines on the main wall
  2. The ‘coffee cart’ as we call it, which holds the espresso machine, the keurig machine and really all the things that don’t live inside cabinets; and…
  3. The maple-ish cabinets themselves.

That said, I’d like to see all of those main features gone in the facelift of our space. In addition to wanting these aspects gone, there are several things I would like to accomplish in this process:

  1. A more cohesive space.
  2. A place where we can dine as a family
  3. A designated place to brew caffeinated beverages; and
  4. A space that feels like ‘us’ while also being appealing to future buyers… after all, when you are in a 1BR condo with a baby, the need to sell is always on your radar.

So here’s the plan:

We will stick with a black, white and grey color scheme; remove the coffee cart which looks cluttered (I don’t mind the open shelving of it, but not all the shelves are stationary and it makes me so nervous with a baby that is starting to pull-up … my nightmare is seeing the thing crashing down with all the jars on it shattering as well… eeeek!!); create an ‘eat-in’ table area for us to actually eat as a family at a dining table (as opposed to on the couch); and paint the whole room, cabinets and all to create less visual chaos in the space.

Our color scheme is black, white. grey and wood, and as you can see in the first picture, which really shows the overall look and feel of what we want to do, we are going to go dark on the cabinets and light everywhere else. We can’t agree on the stain for the table yet, so we will see what happens there, but what do you think?? Natural and light or Dark and rich?? Do you like the direction we are heading with the room as a whole??

Be sure to jump back to the One Room Challenge main page and check out all of the main bloggers and participant bloggers‘ rooms, inspiration and progress!!

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If you are just stopping by wondering what we are up to, here is the week one post to catch you up. And here is the list of things we are planning to tackle:

  • Paint the walls
  • Paint the cabinets
  • Paint the molding and details
  • Declutter and organize overall
  • Add a main wall shelf
  • (Finally) build my custom table (that I designed almost 2 years ago…)
  • Add some drawer storage (We don’t have a single drawer in our kitchen. Not one.)
  • Possibly swap out the cabinet hardware
  • Find seating
  • Make and Install Valance

This week we also finalized plans and bought materials for the new table. Hoping to start painting the cabinets next week! Stay tuned next week for more on that!!

Also, if you aren’t following us on social media yet, be sure to hop over to Facebook and Instagram to keep up with DBK regularly, and follow along with our IG stories to see between-post progress on the kitchen!!

Nested Bedroom Reveal | ORC Week 6

Reveal week of the One Room Challenge is finally here and I’m so thrilled with how our room came together! I wish we had babies bed in the space already to be able to really show off this new space and how it will function, but as I’ve mentioned before, it’s on backorder so we are waiting.

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Other than the crib, everything is in it’s place and we love how it all came together! Take a look back at week 1 to see where we started and our original plans, and week 2 for our inspiration. I think we really nailed it here. If you want to see the space in progress, you can hop over to week 3, week 4 or week 5. But for now, let’s just focus on week 6 and the reveal!!

A few of my favorite things in the space: I love our new dresser/changing area-like everything about it; I’ve struggled with what to put over our headboard for a long time and I’m so happy with the signs I found from Feather & Birch; One of the seemingly small details that didn’t cost us a thing has made a huge impact for us in the space–hemming the closet curtains–I love how they came out and it’s so much easier to function in that space with an appropriate length there now; I could go on because I really do love how this room came together for us, but I won’t! What’s your favorite detail??

Have you hopped over to check out the host bloggers’ reveals from yesterday yet? I have to admit I’ve only had room to check out a few, but so far I LOVE what I’m seeing. One of my favorite things of this challenge is getting to week 6 and getting to see all of the stunning spaces that these insanely talented bloggers have put together. It is seriously so inspiring!! And the same goes for the guest participants too… it takes a while to get through all the posts, but let me tell you it’s worth it.

huge thank you to Linda at Calling it Home for organizing this incredible challenge once again! This is our second challenge and we are running out of rooms to work on in our tiny space, but after each challenge I love our home so much more and can’t wait to host friends to show it off! This challenge is seriously the only way I get to really do design projects on my own space and it is always such a joy when they come together. It’s so fun to be my own client!

So here’s where we ended up on the list:

  • Paint.
  • Swap the light fixture for a ceiling fan (as much as I don’t love them they are practical and we will want the circulation it will offer).
  • Refinish the floors (so they will flow with the living room).
  • Leave the moldings and radiator the hell alone!!
  • Hem the closet curtains (I like the softness of the closet opening/closing with curtains, especially with baby, but they need to be hemmed).
  • Remove the blinds layer of the window treatments and give the windows a good cleaning.
  • Steam clean the area rug.
  • Move the desk and workspace out.
  • Move the baby furniture in.
  • Add floor length mirror.
  • Accessorize!

Doesn’t that feel so good!! Thank you all for following along on this one room challenge! Hop back over to our Spring Reveal to see how the living room came together! And be sure to follow along with us on social media (links below) or here on the blog so you can see the room being updated as the crib comes in and as our life and spaces change with baby!

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Furniture & Drapes | ORC Week 5

Welcome to our week 5 update of the One Room Challenge! If you are just jumping in, the ORC is a design challenge hosted by Linda at Calling It Home, where on the 6th week, we all get to wake up to insane design inspo by the 20 host bloggers and the countless guest participant bloggers that have all transformed one room completely! It’s the best make-over challenge online, IMHO.

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This is our second time participating… last spring we did the living room and now we are doing the bedroom! Catch up on Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4 to see our jumping off point, plans and progress up to now! So what have we been up to this week?

Last week I mentioned finding the West Elm Outlet near my parents’ new place in PA and purchasing a dresser…well this week we brought that baby home, and oh boy is she a beaut! The initial concept was to go white on the dresser since we are in such a small space (that will soon be taken over by baby P), but when we found this walnut beauty we were both impressed by how much we loved the look. Upon looking back at my inspiration board, I realized all the rooms I saved had a mix of whites and warm wood tones, and in our space, we have white curtains enclosing the closet, a white and gray area rug, white bed linens, etc., so the warmth of the wood just felt like a good choice. I’m so so glad we scooped up this steal at the outlet, it looks seriously so good in the space!

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In addition to getting this new piece in place, we also shampooed the area rug, which helped, but I think I’d still like to run a cleaner over it once or twice more… Then we moved back in our art, re-hung the drapes at the window (the wall color and the colors in the curtains were like made for each other–they are perfection) and shimmied the bed back into place! (No more floor sleeping for this mama to be!!)

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Lastly, one of the things that has always bothered me in our room are the curtain panels that hang over the closet wall… they are way too long. They were cheap-o IKEA panels we bought to just finish off the closet. I think I got all four panels for $10. So this week I finally measured and pinned them all up. The pinning alone took me about 4 hours, but then I sewed them in 30 minutes once I had them all pinned. Then I trimmed the waste material, pressed them, and popped them back on the curtain rod. The length is perfect!! I’m so happy with how these turned out for 10 bucks and 4.5 hours, I wish I’d done them years ago–but that’s the beauty of the ORC!

So with all that said and done, we still have a little ways to go… here’s a look at our list:

  • Paint.
  • Swap the light fixture for a ceiling fan (as much as I don’t love them they are practical and we will want the circulation it will offer).
  • Refinish the floors (so they will flow with the living room).
  • Leave the moldings and radiator the hell alone!!
  • Hem the closet curtains (I like the softness of the closet opening/closing with curtains, especially with baby, but they need to be hemmed).
  • Remove the blinds layer of the window treatments and give the windows a good cleaning.
  • Steam clean the area rug.
  • Move the desk and workspace out.
  • Move the baby furniture in.
  • Add floor length mirror.
  • Accessorize!

We attempted the lighting install this past week as well, but it didn’t go so well, so we have an appointment with an electrician to come save our marriage the day next week. My sister also came into town over the weekend and I pulled her along to IKEA to get the floor length mirror for the space, so that’s in the room, just waiting to be built.. and lastly, all the accessories I purchased have arrived and are just waiting to be put into place!

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We are in great shape with everything. The only thing that will be missing from our reveal will be the crib, but as I mentioned, the crib is backordered and we opted to wait for it… so it is what it is on that and we are okay with it. Plus when my parents were packing up to move, they found the cradle that my great grandpa built for me when I was a baby so we have that to build this weekend as well. It needs a little TLC, after I won’t mention how many years in storage, but it will work well for us!

So that’s the update for this week! Have you been following along on the ORC with anyone else? Who’s space are you most excited to see revealed next week? There are some really fun laundry rooms in progress, a dining room I’ve been watching and a few other bloggers I follow along with that I can’t wait to see their final space! Be sure to use all the links above to hop over and follow along! Here’s an extra to the Calling it Home blog just so you don’t miss anything!

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Painting the Bedroom | ORC Week 3

Welcome to the halfway point of our ORC! Or at least the halfway point in the time-frame, not necessarily the work! (Or is that just at our house?)

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If you haven’t been following along on our One Room Challenge, you can hop over and see what’s up here; and if you are completely lost and have no idea what the One Room Challenge even is, it’s a 6 week design challenge where you work on one room from top to bottom. It’s crazy, it’s fun and in the end there are a whole lot more beautiful rooms in existence with Linda of Calling It Home to thank! Be sure to hop over to her blog for more! (And to see the Design Hosts and there spaces, check here; for the other guest participants and their spaces, check here.)

So, what progress did we make over the course of the last week?

On Friday, I purchased paint color swatches, with every intention of swatching that evening after work. The plan was to swatch Friday, make a decision Saturday and buy the paint, prime on Sunday morning, and paint Tuesday evening. With trim work to be touched up as needed one evening or this coming weekend.

I bought the samples to swatch, got them home and popped them open, only to discover that the pigment had not been added to 3 of the 4 cans of paint! UGH! Then Saturday I just couldn’t deal and Sunday I couldn’t get to the paint store.

So, Sunday we enjoyed a nice little brunch date and then came home to start shifting furniture. We moved the desk into it’s new home in the living room (I’ll share post ORC once the living room is back to normal), and worked on clearing the little things around the house to prepare for painting whenever that would happen.

Monday I decided to just make a decision, pick a color and buy the paint. No swatching required. I do this every day for other people, it shouldn’t be that complicated!! So that’s what I did… and interestingly enough, I chose a color I hadn’t planned to swatch to begin with.

I went with a tinted primer to save ourselves a coat of paint and some time and now the room is fully primed and ready to be painted. I can’t wait to see the color once it is finished and on the walls!

And when you have a one bedroom condo, and your one room challenge is your bedroom, you sleep with a mattress on the floor. At least until they come to do the floors and the room has to be cleared completely… then we will stay with my parents for a few days (who conveniently just moved to PA and are now only 2.5 hours away), and then sleep on the pull out couch in the living room for another night or two before we can set furniture and the rug back on the floor.

The other progress made this week was on our original closet. That space has acted like a disorganized drop all for off season/less-utilized things forever. So this week, I was able to take it all out, sort through it, re-organize it and put it back in a much more efficient way! The top shelf has a crate filled with camping gear on one side and our backpacking backpacks on the other side. The bottom has all of our nested suitcases, our Christmas tree, the sleeping bag that didn’t fit with the camping gear and a wreath frame. I plan to build a shelf just over the height of where the red bag reaches to store our AC units/window fans on when they aren’t in use. But for now, this is SO much better than it was!

We also had to address some of our choices being backordered. The crib is backordered until December, the dresser until end of November, the light/fan until December… so basically all the new things are on backorder.

The crib we love and it is the only one that fits in our space that we do like so we are just going to hold out for it, since the baby isn’t due until January anyway, even though it would be nice to have it in place for the reveal of the challenge, we’ll have to make it work without the crib.

The dresser we found a few alternate options that work with our required dimensions and the design, so we are going to decide which way we want to go on that and purchase the dresser this weekend.

The fan/light combo, with some additional research I was able to find it at an alternate retailer in stock and it should be here next week! (Few!)

I’ve also started sourcing some of the little extras for the space… art and accessories, and this weekend I need to make a decision on the blinds as well. Unless you guys think I should stick with the variety we have currently… broken blinds are all the rage, right? #trendsetter.

Next week the floors are also scheduled to be done, though depending on when paint is actually finished I may push it back a few days, so check back next week on that one, and then at least by this time next week we should be fully painted, and hopefully with freshly refinished floors!

Here’s an updated look at our list:

  • Paint.
  • Swap the light fixture for a ceiling fan (as much as I don’t love them they are practical and we will want the circulation it will offer.
  • Refinish the floors (so they will flow with the living room.
  • Leave the moldings and radiator the hell alone!!
  • Hem the closet curtains (I like the softness of the closet opening/closing with curtains, especially with baby, but they need to be hemmed).
  • Replace the blinds layer of the window treatments.
  • Move the desk and workspace out.
  • Move the baby furniture in.
  • Accessorize!

Moving along, slowly but surely, and not yet completely questioning why we are doing this to ourselves again, so that’s something!! How are all of you doing with your projects? Anyone else participating and starting to feel the craziness of the ORC? If you aren’t participating, are you following? And do you have a favorite space so far?

My favorite thing about this challenge is how it brings all these great bloggers together and provides such incredible inspiration for all sorts of rooms and spaces of every shape, size and style. So fun!! I hope you’re enjoying it this round.

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Nesting the Bedroom | One Room Challenge

Whelp, it’s that time again! Last spring we dove in head first to the one room challenge for our living room. It was a TON of work, a TON of stress and so so worth it. If you want to take a look back, check out the living room here.

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This time around, I have promised the hubs that I will keep the project more manageable. I have a more clear plan and budget in place this time, we aren’t touching the moldings at all, so it won’t get out of hand, right?

Here’s a look at our bedroom now (Warning, This is real life, after work, no pre-cleaning for photos or styling…it’s not pretty.):

When we first closed on the condo, we added this closet. Our room was a decent size, but we had no storage. Not zero storage, I mean we had the original closet which was about 30″ x 30″ of not super usable space. We definitely needed more.

The desk used to be underneath those floating shelves, but because it is about two feet deep, it took up a lot of the floor space so we shifted it into the closet. In the process of putting the desk there, we also re-arranged the height of my hanging bars to accommodate some of my long hanging items to be with my shirts, and the rest go in the hall closet with our coats. It may not sound like a good system, but it actually works really well for us.

Here’s a look at the plan:

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Did you see that? The word’s “baby’s crib” and “dresser with changing pad” appear on the plan… that’s because we are expecting! Surprise! What better way to get our space ready for baby than the one room challenge! In case life right now isn’t full enough. And now you understand why I’m calling this round of the ORC “Nesting the Bedroom.”

But let’s face it, next spring we will probably be out. (Baby P is due end of January, and we are over the moon excited, but we likely won’t be doing any big room makeovers while baby is so young.) Though time will tell 😉

So the plan/list to tackle is as follows:

  • Paint.
  • Swap the light fixture for a ceiling fan (as much as I don’t love them they are practical and we will want the circulation it will offer.
  • Refinish the floors (so they will flow with the living room.
  • Leave the moldings and radiator the hell alone!!
  • Hem the closet curtains (I like the softness of the closet opening/closing with curtains, especially with baby, but they need to be hemmed).
  • Replace the blinds layer of the window treatments.
  • Move the desk and workspace out.
  • Move the baby furniture in.
  • Accessorize!

Here’s a look at some of the pieces I’m planning to bring in for baby:

Sources: Crib | Dresser | Art | Mirror | Ceiling Fan 

What do you think?? In our one bedroom condo, space is limited with where everything can go, but we do love our space and our neighborhood. As much as we’d love more space, practically I know baby would likely be in our room for the first 6 months +/- anyway so we are going to make our space work for us. It’s not impossible and I think it will be good to share that it can be done!

Did you follow along with our last One Room Challenge? Are you an ORC participant? What are you working on this time around, or what are you excited to follow along with this time around? I have to admit, I kind of love the hectic level of chaos this adds to our world for these 6 quick weeks, around week 3-5 I may say I hate it and ask what I was thinking doing this again, but by the time week 6 rolls around, we will be so happy we did it and the space that currently isn’t looking so good will shine! And that’s what I love!

Hop over to Calling It Home to check out all of the ORC hosts’ projects along with the guest participants’ projects, there are already more than 150 people joining in on the fun!

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Living Room Revealed | ORC Week 6

Stick a fork in me, I’m done! Last week I didn’t know if we were going to pull it off. I even shared about the delay of our window treatments… but ya know what, we did it! Even without the window treatments, in my opinion, the living room looks pretty damn good.

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So, if you are new around here, we’ve been participating for the last 6 Thursdays in the One Room Challenge, which is a design challenge graciously hosted by Linda at Calling it Home, where 20 host design bloggers and countless guest bloggers transform one room in 6 weeks and share all the plans and progress along the way. It is intense to say the least, but worth every stress-filled moment once you make it to the end.

Here are a few before pics to remind you where we started:

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We transformed our living room with the miracles of paint, lighting and trim. It sounded easy enough when we started, and I can’t tell you how many times I was filled with excitement or tears throughout this process, but I am thrilled with where the living room is now. (I’ll be even happier next week when the Roman shades are up, but you can come back next week to see how those fit in.)

Without further ado, the full reveal:

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What do you think? I love hearing your feedback, so please comment below! It was a grueling process for sure, and the pictures really don’t do the space justice, but it is a bigger change that it looks, and we couldn’t be happier!

I know Brantley is happy to not have to hide in the bedroom while the living room is filled with noise and chaos, and I know P and I are thrilled the our living room furniture isn’t crammed into our bedroom anymore.

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The little things that we did, and the sheer work and effort we put into getting this room done, are huge! This living room project has made us love our little corner of the world that much more. And I don’t know about any of the other participants, but I’m going to have the best sleep of my life tonight!

My step-dad (Handy Dad as my mom and I refer to him) was an insane resource for us during this process. I wish he lived closer, but we talked on the phone almost daily with questions, tips, etc., throughout the challenge, and I really could not have done it without him and his advice and support. The local contractor and friend I do a ton of work with, Greg, was a huge resource for this project as well. He connected us with the floor refinishers, the lighting guys, a carpenter to help with the weird molding issues that we were unable to deal with on our own, the list goes on. My neighbor A, who came in with her muscle, not only kept me company while I worked on the room, but she was willing to get covered in paint to help me keep my sanity and my timeframe. And of course to Linda at Calling it Home, for not only hosting this great challenge, but for cheering us on through the weekly blog posts and on social media updates to keep us going especially when it was tough!

I’m so appreciative of all the advice and support from all corners… our tiny home has never looked so good!

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And if you think our space looks good at all, wait until you see the host designers revealed spaces. OMG, if you haven’t seen them yet, hop over here and prepare to be wowed. Once you recover from that, don’t forget to get back to the Calling It Home guest participant link up where other guest participants are sharing their reveal today too! There are some really incredible transformations floating around on the web today!!

Check back next week (or follow on any of the linked social spots below) to see the room truly completed with window treatments, and then a follow up post on the budget for this space, which I think it’s always helpful to see a real perspective of how the numbers break down. Thanks so much for following along, I hope to see you around the blog again soon!

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We’re Not Gonna Make It | ORC Week 5

Welcome to week five of our One Room Challenge, where we are guest participating in a challenge to transform a room in 6 (or really 5) short weeks! If you missed our previous posts, see what our room looked like before and our plans/progress up to this point here.


It’s the home stretch as they say, our list is still long with lots of things remaining to be done. Throughout this process I have had several flashes of anxiety along with the thought that we’re not gonna make it in time for the deadline, but I’ve pushed through anyway, and with gusto. 

This past weekend P was out of town, so I bribed one of our neighbors to come and help paint in exchange for sharing take-out and a bottle of wine from my Napa trip. Let’s just say, not only did we get the walls done, but we also painted the ceiling! We went with option 3 from he swatches, which is Benjamin Moore’s Jet Stream, and even though I really had a difficult time deciding on the color, I love it! 


Monday the floors were refinished and that meant that we stayed elsewhere until last night. So from P’s perspective, he left for his weekend trip, there was still furniture in the living room, the walls were barely primed, etc., etc., and now he’s home to a freshly painted room with gorgeous new floors! I think he is starting to see the new space! Even for me though, having moved the furniture out and being responsible for the painted space, coming home to the floors makes a HUGE difference-my excitement to finish this room has been renewed!!

So, from a visual perspective, we crossed 2 things of the list this week… We still have a long way to go. Lighting is scheduled to go in tomorrow and I have the day off to cut and prep moldings for installation, so I think we might just make it. The only thing is the window treatments. I had told the company I needed them installed by May 10th, and I found out Tuesday they are shipping on May 10th instead of arrivin on May 10th and transit time is 3 days. That puts us at Friday the 13th best case scenario. I looked into expedited shipping but it’s not worth the additional expense, so just a heads up, the room won’t really be DONE next week unless the ORC shipping Gods are shining down on us. 

Here’s a look at our list:

  • Remove old moldings
  • Install new moldings
  • Light fixture/ceiling medallion
  • Radiator-clean up
  • Paint radiator
  • Re-Hang Gallery Wall
  • DIY Art Project
  • Refinish Wood Floors
  • Prime walls
  • Paint
  • Window Treatments

That said, With or without the window treatments though, the room will feel so different that we will be okay for the reveal anyway.  Our living room has come such a long way with the changes that we did make (and have scheduled over the next few days) in the space so I’m still going to post pictures in full reveal mode, all spruced up and pretty, and it is still going to be fabulous. (And then maybe you’ll all come back the following week to see the final final living room complete with window treatments.)

Don’t forget to hop over to the Calling It Home Blog and check out yesterday’s post for the ORC hosts’ progress, and then today’s post for the other guests’ progress too! I hope you are having as much fun following along as we are!!

PS, I wrote this post entirely from the iPad since my desk is currently buried behind everything we had to move out of the living room. I wish I was joking… But, this too shall pass… And if you see any post errors on this one, please let me know!!

Out With the Old | ORC Week 4

Welcome to week four of our One Room Challenge, where we are guest participating in a challenge to transform a room in 6 (or really 5) short weeks! If you missed our previous posts, see what our room looked like before and our plans/progress up to this point here.

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Basically this week we spent making a lot of decisions, which is no small feat! Visually the biggest change is that the navy is gone. No more New York State of Mind for us!

The last of the trim is gone, the radiator and sills are as stripped and smooth as they are going to get! And the walls are primed. That is what we did physically in the room this week!

From a materials decisions/orders standpoint, we ordered the light fixture and ceiling medallion (both shipped and hopefully will go in before the next post), we had the measure appointment for the window treatments and selected our fabrics (I’ll leave it a mystery on which way we went for now) and placed our order (they should be installed just in the nick of time!), we decided on what to definitely keep in the room furniture wise and I ordered a little surprise detail to add a visual pop. We also made some decisions for now to keep the doors and door hardware, and instead of the radiator cover, since we can see down to the actual unit now (and it’s kinda charming) we are going to just apply one fresh coat of paint to it.

This weekend, P will be out of town for a friend’s bachelor party (lucky for him), so I will be focussing on finishing the radiator and window sills, getting the color on the wall, and maybe framing out the windows with their new trim. The other trim can’t go in until the floors are done. Flooring is scheduled for Monday and then we have to be out of the condo until Thursday essentially, so you may not see a lot of progress on next week’s post, but never the less I’m so excited that the floors are getting done and that it is all getting done right!! Oh and maybe I will have time to work on my DIY art project for the gallery wall while we are locked out of the house… interesting!!

Here’s a look at our list:

  • Remove old moldings
  • Install new moldings
  • Light fixture/ceiling medallion
  • Radiator-clean up and/or cover
  • Paint radiator
  • Re-Hang Gallery Wall
  • DIY Art Project
  • Refinish Wood Floors
  • Prime walls
  • Paint
  • Window Treatments

It doesn’t feel like we have that much done on the list yet, but I feel like we have so much more done this week. The room being primed alone makes such a huge difference already. The room feels so much larger, but being that stark white primer color is very unflattering… I can’t wait to get the new blue up on the walls and for the space to feel cozy again.

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This weekend and the next week are going to be busy! I’ve been snapchatting a lot of my behind the scenes as well, so make sure to follow along there (designbykrystle). And of course, don’t forget to check out what the 20 design hosts are doing and hop over to the Calling It Home blog for the guest participant link up to see what everyone else has been doing this week in their ORC!!

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