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

Upholstery in the Kitchen|ORC 2017-p6

Welcome back to week 6! Typically this week would be the reveal week, however Linda of Calling it Home (the great creator of the one room challenge) extended everyone’s time allowance by a week due to several delays that were experienced in shipping, permitting, etc., thanks to the many natural disasters that we had this fall.

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This week is basically the Christmas Eve of the ORC, because next week is like waking up on Christmas morning to find all the best inspiration and design in some seriously incredible rooms that have come together over the past seven weeks. I CAN’T WAIT!!

So, for our bonus week, we upholstered!! Here’s a look at our pretty pretty fabrics and how they started to take shape for our Kitchen.

So, you’re probably looking at this thinking, “I thought she was only going to maybe do a valance…” well, that is true, I was only maybe going to do a valance, but then my chairs sold out and I had do come up with a plan B. So, after hours of searching for something similar, and clients and friends alike sending me options that might work, I stumbled upon these beautiful and fun stools and knew what I wanted to do.

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The stools above were so fun and added such a playful pop of color that I realized, I just needed to find basic stools somewhere and re-upholster them. So the floral print above is for the chairs, and the buffalo check is for the window.

I ended up having the material shipped to my mom’s place. For those of you that don’t know, my mom is a sewing blogger and she has more followers on social media than I do… so if sewing is your thing (clothes, not home dec, she hates home dec), then hop over to see what she is up to. Anyway, handy dad made the valance shape and then Mom and I planned the upholstery for it, and she executed it while I was taking care of life and baby stuff.

For the stools, despite looking on craigslist and Facebook marketplace, I couldn’t find any stools that would work to reupholster. In steps IKEA with their Henriksdal and it was the perfect canvas for my fabric! We bought an extra cover to disassemble and use as a pattern. Mom took it all apart, made the necessary notations (which I wouldn’t have known to make) and then we washed, ironed and started cutting the fabric. I should say mom washed, I ironed, and then she took over the project from there to make sure that they actually fit the stools when she’s done. While she executed the chair covers, I took care of life and baby, some work stuff. And ironed 27 napkins.

When I came home, I brought the valance with me, ready to install, but the chair covers stayed behind and will be delivered next week when my parents come to visit! So other than that, I finished the wax coat on the cabinets and started installing the new hardware. Of course they sent me the wrong number of handles so now I”m waiting on shipment of the rest so I can finish. Hopefully they will be here by Monday.

Here’s a look at our list, and I am SO thankful for this surprise extra week!

  • 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.)–ok–we found a solution for this but it’s going to require a lot more customization. (We are getting a drawer but not for a few more weeks so it is officially removed from our ORC list.)
  • Buy new cabinet hardware
  • Install cabinet hardware-12 pieces in, 5 to go…
  • Find seating
  • Make and Install Valance
  • Sewing projects…
  • Art–ordered
  • Clean–work in progress
  • Photograph

So, as much as I was saying last week that we are definitely going to get there. We will definitely get there… It won’t be one of the first posts you read on next Thursday’s Design Christmas morning, but it will be there. I just need the hardware to pull through and then to get the chair covers in position. And for the picture we ordered to arrive so I can hang it. And… I’m sure there are endless little things that I will be running through getting done next week to make the space photo ready.

Also, don’t forget, all of the host designers share their rooms on Wednesdays and the guests share on Thursdays. Definitely hop over to the Calling it Home Blog to see all these pretty updates and hear how everyone is doing. And if you don’t look at any other link posts, you have to at least look at the link posts next week. There will be a ton of them so give yourself time to go through them, but if you are a design lover, you will thoroughly enjoy it, I promise!

In the meantime, follow along with us on Facebook and Instagram, to see what else we are up to. Both behind the scenes of the challenge and other design work is shared there regularly, along with adorable pictures of my little one.

Paint and A Table|ORC F2017-p5

Welcome to week 5 of our One Room Challenge. The Challenge where only the craziest design and decor bloggers participate in the amazing link party that is the One Room Challenge created by Linda of Calling It Home. The host bloggers post on Wednesdays, check their updates here, and the guests post on Thursdays, check their updates here.

This week we did a lot more painting. And by we I mean I… and boy am I tired!! The cabinet doors all came off and got placed all over the kitchen floor, sort of like real life Tetris, and then I proceeded to paint them all.

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I used Annie Sloan Chalkpaint in Graphite… the first coat went on really weird, like I was nervous my ORC was going to be shut down in an instant, but then, they dried and it worked. It was almost as if the first coat was a primer of sorts. Then the second coat went on and I instantly turned into an heart-eyed emoji. Like WHOA these dark gray doors are perfect!!

After the second coat, I painted the cabinet boxes. (I only did the exposed bits–cabinet face, filler strips and end pieces, as well as the front ledge of the shelves) and I literally just said to Pat tonight that they look really good. Anyway, two coats on the cabinet boxes, and then two coats on the back of the cabinet doors.

NOTE: to any of you feeling super inspired and about to go take off all your cabinet doors and prep them for paint, two things: 1., chalk paint will require 2 coats (3 with the wax), but it’s less tools and less prep work than regular paint; 2., please do yourself a favor and paint the back of the doors first!! you will scuff the fronts and need to do touch ups if you don’t. Just trust me on this.

So, once all the doors and boxes had all the paint on them, we put the doors back on the wall.

Our beautiful table was delivered Tuesday (by my amazing mom and handy-dad), along with a floating wall shelf which we installed SUPER late on Tuesday. But guys, my table is here. I designed it like 2 years ago, worked on it and smoothed over the details, and it is finally built and in my kitchen and it is so AMAZING!! I’m in love.

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Eleanor’s new chair was also delivered, along with some fabric that I’m waiting for the reveal to share. The new cabinet hardware is supposed to be here today or tomorrow so that can be installed this weekend after I do the wax coat on the cabinets. Then I have the last little details to pull together and then photos!

Here’s a look at the 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.)–ok–we found a solution for this but it’s going to require a lot more customization. We are getting a drawer but not for a few more weeks so it is officially removed from our ORC list.
  • Buy new cabinet hardware
  • Install cabinet hardware
  • Find seating
  • Make and Install Valance
  • Sewing projects…
  • Clean
  • Photograph

 

Basically, we are right there! Two weeks out, and a handful of little things and some larger upholstery things left to do…I’m feeling really great about this project!

Side note, Eleanor got to sit in her new chair at her new table and eat dinner tonight. It was perfect!! This is the whole reason I decided to tackle the space, so if nothing else except cleaning happened, I’d still be so happy!

Be sure to follow along on Social Media! I try to post updates on Facebook and Instagram, and follow along with our IG stories to see between-post progress on the kitchen (and life in general)!!

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 Progress|ORC Fall 2017 p3

Here we are at the halfway point of the One Room Challenge! The what? You may be wondering what in the world I’m talking about… this is the biannual design link-up that takes over all decor and design bloggers lives for 6 weeks in the spring and fall. We all race through the 6 weeks to complete a room in our home (or a client/friend/family space) and have a stunning result to wow the internet and use for social media envy until the next ORC kicks up.

In the past, I have completed our living room and bedroom (and then disappeared for a year), and now I’m back to complete our kitchen, which is really the last space in our tiny condo to need updating.

So without further ado, here is a look at what ‘progress’ we’ve made so far (which sort of feels like a joke).

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The table plans were further broken down, and laid out to make a cut sheet, get all the sizes finalized, etc., and a trip to Home Depot was made with my step dad to purchase all materials. I got these pictures on Tuesday night of our table as it is now, and I am so in love!!

I have worked on re-organizing and sorting through the rest of the kitchen to better store away some things and get rid of others. Trips to all sorts of donation places ensued. The bakers rack shelving and the dining table have been sold and will be picked up this weekend.

The cabinet handles have been removed and measured.

Stools have been ordered and a little chair for E has been ordered as well.

Paint has been purchased.

SO, here’s the plan going forward (I’m not even going to bother with sharing the updated list.. maybe next week):

This weekend, I want to remove and clean all of the cabinet doors, then get them painted. The guy at the shop told me we need to do two coats of paint and then at least two coats of wax, so I’m thinking I can tackle at least the two coats of paint on everything over the weekend.

During P’s late nights next week I’ll finish whatever I can for the cabinets after E goes to sleep so that next week hopefully I can share finished cabinets!

*If* I can get the cabinets all done, then I will move onto tackling the walls. With the hot pink stripes, I will definitely need to prime and then do at least one coat of paint. I might need to do two coats of primer… so we will see how that goes. If I’m lucky and E naps well, I may be able to get the cabinets done and the primer coat on the wall for next week. So that is all in between this week and the week 4 post.

Between weeks 4 and 5, I’d like to finish all painting at all cost, make sure everything is dry and looking good so that I don’t have to worry about that before the reveal, and then I can focus on putting the hardware on, moving the table in and styling everything for photos.

So, okay… not too bad. When I sat down to type this post, I was starting to get nervous about how much we haven’t done yet for this space, but after breaking down my plan, I think we can get through this after all!! *phew*

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Don’t forget that everyone participating updates on Wednesdays and Thursdays so be sure to hop over to the Calling It Home Blog to check it all out. Good luck to everyone participating!!

Be sure to follow along on Social Media! I try to post updates on Facebook and Instagram, and follow along with our IG stories to see between-post progress on the kitchen (and life in general)!!

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!!

One Room Challenge Fall 2017 | The Kitchen

Lately I’ve been motivated to get back to blogging, but when you’ve been out of the game for a year, it’s not always easy to jump back in.

My last posts were all from the One Room Challenge last Fall, when we were preparing for baby P. Well if you follow me on any social media at all, you know that not only is Eleanor here, but a whole lot has changed!! More to come on all that later, but for now, I liked the symmetry of picking up the blog where we left off with the ORC. This time with the kitchen!

I have waffled so much on doing the ORC this time…and obviously I’m late to the game (it started bright and early Wednesday and Thursday), but we are hitting the ground running. We are hoping for maximum visual impact with minimal changes.

These pictures are of our kitchen as it sits now. I may have done a quick clean up, but no major cleaning or organizing because it helps to show how dysfunctional this room has become for us.

We spend so much time here, especially being that I’m home with E most of the time, we really spend a lot of that time cooking or eating IN the kitchen. So my main objective is to make this space really work for our family right now…but also make it look damn good too, so I’m happy and wanting to spend my time here.

What’s on the list for an upgrade?:

  • Paint the walls (I am so over the hot pink accent stripes!!)
  • Paint the cabinets (I’ve never liked this light wood here.)
  • Paint the molding and details (The molding desperately needs some TLC and although I would love to replace it, it’s not likely with baby P in the picture.)
  • 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

So there you have it. We’re back in the game! Leave a comment and let me know what you think!! Next week I’ll be sharing my inspiration for the new look of the space and possibly a little progress.

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Oh and if you’re reading this post like, “ORC, what’s that?!” It’s a HUMONGOUS decor blogger link up party created and hosted by Linda from Calling It Home. Every Wednesday for 6 weeks the featured bloggers share a room they are transforming from start to finish; and every Thursday, the participating guest bloggers around the world follow suit in their own room! So it’s one room, 6 weeks and more than 100 bloggers. It is quite the decor party, and reveal week is filled with insane spaces and reveals that will have you turning all heart-eyed emoji at them. It is seriously an inspiring design challenge and I hope you follow along with me and at least a few of the other bloggers that are out there!

Here’s a look at all of our previous one room challenges (living room and bedroom). This blog link party has really forced us to make this condo really feel like us. Though these spaces continue to evolve as our family grows here, I love how the ORC has forced us to ‘finish’ the rooms and make this home ours!

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!

Let’s be social! Follow DBK on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat @DesignbyKrystle and Bloglovin’ so you don’t miss a thing!

Painting, Floors + Closet, Oh My | ORC Week 4

Welcome back to week 4 of our One Room Challenge! We are full nesting mode over at casa DBK and I’m feeling so good about the progress we have made!

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The One Room Challenge is a 6 week blogger design challenge, where you pick a space and complete it from top to bottom (or at least get it a lot closer to completion) in 6 weeks! It’s hosted by the lovely Linda at Calling it Home, and there is always incredible inspiration to be found from her 20 host bloggers and countless guest participants. It really is fun to follow along even if you aren’t participating so be sure to hop over to her blog and see what everyone is up to this week!

So, what have we been up to this week? We’ve been working on painting, floors and the closet, oh my! (In case you didn’t get that from the title of today’s post.) But seriously what a difference a fresh coat of paint and resurfacing the floors will make. The paint looked good when it was done, but then when we came home after the floors were finished… Wow! It’s a whole new room!

The new color is Benjamin Moore Metro Gray. It’s not too light, not too dark and looks beautiful in every level of light we get in our bedroom. Though the current overhead fixture does feel a little bit yellow-orange for the room/color, that will be changed in the coming week, so no worries there! When I put on the first coat of paint, the color felt a little purple in the undertones, but once it dried, I loved it. It is a good warm gray without going to far beige/brown.

Sunday we went out to PA to visit my parents in their new home and on their new Bed & Breakfast adventure. P and I are both so happy that they are just a drive away now (albeit a 2.5 hour drive, but it’s not unmanageable by any means), and we are so proud of them that they followed their hearts and are living their dream! But anyway, what does that have to do with our ORC, well two things really.

  1. Monday while we weren’t home, the flooring guys came and refinished the bedroom floors. Seriously, I love coming home to the floors being done, it was exciting when it was the living room, but now that it is the bedroom, all the wood flooring in our condo matches, and feels so light and fresh! I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. (Original floors pictured on the left below, refinished on the right, just in case you can’t see the new beauties so well in the picture.)
  2. And then the cherry on top? My parents’ new place is right near the Rockvale Outlets in Lancaster, where they just happen to have a West Elm (only one of my favorite stores ever). Since our dresser piece was backordered, we’ve been looking at alternate options for dressers for the room and have been striking out. Fortunately the outlet had a piece that we both loved and the size was perfect! We pounced and now my parents have our new dresser at their home and will be bringing it over to us probably around the end of next week–just in time for us to get it into position and set up for the reveal!

So, the final thing that I worked on this week was getting everything re-organized and back into the closet. I think it looks really good right now–who knows how long it will stay so neatly organized and folded, but it looks good and feels great for now! We still haven’t gone through and swapped out our summer/winter wardrobe yet, so that needs to happen but that’s not a ORC related task, it just needs to happen.

You can see the space in the middle now, where Baby will be, and the lowest shelves in that section I’m planning to remove to open up that section a little more. (We just have to wait for the dresser to come so I have a spot to shift those clothes to.)

This week I also bought a few fun pieces of art and some accessories for the final phases of the project, so I’m feeling so so good about the room, our plans for it and how it will all come together in the next 2 weeks! 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.
  • Steam clean the area rug.
  • Move the desk and workspace out.
  • Move the baby furniture in.
  • Add floor length mirror.
  • Accessorize!

This coming week we will be working on the lighting, cleaning the area rug, the situation with the blinds and hemming the closet curtains.

To see the plans and progress we’ve made so far on this project, you can look back at our One Room Challenge here: week 1, week 2 and week 3. And you can check out our Living Room ORC from the spring here! Happy Thursday friends-here’s to a productive weekend!

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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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