28 April 2016

One Room Challenge - Week 4

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This little room is turning out better than I had imagined. I didn't realize the extent to which we had ignored this room. Now it feels cozy and loved. His room has the benefit of lovely sunlight and a nice breeze. That lovely sunlight is going to make final photography a challenge. 

So, regarding progress this week, we did make some. The wood wall is 75% installed. The image below is a quick shot I took as it went up, but we have since completed the entire middle section and the area above the windows.

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20 April 2016

One Room Challenge - Week 3

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Just a quick update in Owen's room this week.

This was not a highly productive week, but I did paint the chalkboard wall behind his bunk bed.  I'll call that a success.

It already feels noticeably cozier with the painted wall, and coordinated furniture. And it continues to be all organized & clean, which is a damn miracle.

I used Rustoleum Chalk Board Paint, the same paint I used in the play room. Great coverage and no strong odor. I paint the edges first with my beloved angled brush, then fill in the center with a roller. I only needed one coat with the roller, then I filled in the thin areas for the second coat. Once I season the chalkboard paint with chalk, it all blends seamlessly.

So what's next?

13 April 2016

One Room Challenge - Week 2

I'm excited to share my second week of progress in Owen's room for the One Room Challenge! Together, Owen and I are transforming his room from a dumping ground into a sweet room that he will love spending time in. Get caught up with the details from Week One here.
I'm doing all of this in real time, so this should be an interesting experiment. If DIY were an olympic sport, extreme planning and energetic execution of said plans would not be my event. I'm a procrastinator and a winger, and I specialize in pulling out a last-minute finish. So my strategy is to make a master to-do list and knock off as much as possible each week.

Over the weekend I took down the curtains, broken blinds, and all related hardware.

The dresser was repainted with Annie Sloan's Napoleonic Blue with a coat of Clear Wax. Owen helped me pick out the silver/nickel hardware. (bad lighting - sorry!)

06 April 2016

One Room Challenge - Week 1

After several years of reading along with these challenges, I'm jumping in!

Take a group of talented designers and give them six weeks to make over a room, and it's pure magic. The purest form of joy for design-loving bloggers. Linda from Calling It Home is the creative mind behind the challenge.

I have plenty of rooms that could use a good plan and six weeks of my time, but the dude's room is the winner. 

Week 1: The Before, and a Plan

Both big sisters have rooms they love, reflecting their unique personalities.

But the dude got the short end of the stick. I never bothered to fix up his room because he never spends more than a passing minute in there. It became the dumping ground for toys and clothing when his sisters tidied their own rooms. "Just throw it in his room! He doesn't care!"

Then it dawned on me, the reason he never goes in there is because the room is a pit. I had it all wrong. "If you build it they will come" makes so much sense now. I shall build him a sweet room and he will go in there. 

So this is where we started. His room was one heck of a messy, unwelcoming space.

I warned him the day before we started, he should plan to spend a large portion of the afternoon with me in his room, I needed his help on this. We collected garbage, tossing two garbage bags full of unwanted toys and odds & ends, not fit for donation. We re-arranged his furniture, and cleaned every inch of the room. 

We went through the shelves full of toys that he never plays with. 

I used the Kon Mari method of quickly reviewing toys and clothing, only keeping the things he loves. He was very good at this. He let 75% of the things in his room go. Truly - 75%! I put away important mementos, and stored them safely on the top shelf of his closet. He decided what he wanted to keep, and the rest went to Goodwill immediately. 

Without the excess "stuff" laying around with nowhere to go, he actually sat and played with toys he had forgotten about; he took pride in putting away his clothes and making his bed in the morning. We had hopped a train to Crazy Town. Even two weeks after the initial cleaning, he is maintaining it. Clothing is put away, drawers are closed.  

Just wait until we're done!

Once his room was cleaned and rearranged, we talked about how he would like his room to be. We talked about why he never spends time in there, and what we could do to make it feel like a bedroom he loves. 

This is the plan:

  • slate blue/gray walls 
  • a chalkboard wall
  • new bedding 
  • new window treatments 
  • a desk and chair
  • a bunk bed reading nook with curtains
  • and the one thing that will make or break the entire project for him: two football posters, featuring his hero, O'Dell Beckham

Yikes. Football posters - that's out of my comfort zone, but I have to remind myself, this is his room and the whole point is to make him love his room. So I will make it work. No thumbtacks though. They will be framed and look nice. It's a win-win. He's happy and I'm happy. 

Two other details I'm adding to make it extra-special: a wood accent wall and a nerf gun storage solution for his prized nerf guns. 

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04 April 2016

Swap It Like Its Hot #5

Monday has never been so fun!

I'm back for another round of Swap It Like It's Hot! New to the Swap It challenge? DIY bloggers sign up to give and receive a box of thrifted objects in the $10-$15 range, with the purpose of turning the sad contents into treasure! 

This is my third swap, but for a trip down memory lane, see how my first and my second adventures turned out. Good times all around! 

From my friend Dena {Hearts and Sharts} I received the following treasures: 

1) a set of five small glass votives, with the used, melted wax still intact...

2) a set of four frames with some kind of sample cartoon art...

3) a huge book of scrapbook paper...

The scrapbook paper did not materialize into a project in time for the challenge, but it will show up on my blog in the near future, because I had a lot of ideas. 

The votives were probably the easiest, and my favorite. These humble glass votives are found in every thrift store, available for mere cents. I'm reasonably certain I have a small collection of these in a cabinet somewhere. 

Next, the picture frames presented a challenge. My initial plan was to remove the glass, toss the cartoony art, and use the glass for something. When I removed the glass I realized it was actually plastic. Dang it!

Plan B: Wood Art, using the frames. 

I truly love this piece on the mantle.

I'll be back with full, step-by-step tutorials for each of these projects.

Spoiler: one is easy, and the other one is easy but time-consuming!

I sent my friend Jillian {I Am a Homemaker} these beauties:

Truthfully, I wanted to keep the wooden bowls for myself, but I know they're in good hands with Jillian! Hop over to see what she created. 

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