Wednesday, May 10, 2017

One Room Challenge: Home Office week 6

It's here, week 6, which means we are supposed to be done and revealing our finished space. And thank goodness I finished... just barely.

Just for fun here is how it looked just 6 short weeks ago:



and here it is now!



Don't you love it?!!!

I'm sure I'll do some fine tuning on those long shelves, but for now I'm happy with it and  I just love how much better the room looks and feels.  Actually we all love it, the kids have been so sweet and complimentary and they have even been bringing home art projects and saying, "lets put it in the new room" which I love, because now I know they don't hate that we poured so much time and energy into this room, but they are also proud to have it and use it too.


Also if this is your first time stopping by you can catch up on the previous weeks here:



Lets get back to pictures, I know that's why you are here. :)

Here is the view from the front door


I wish I could've also included the entryway in this challenge because it is basically part of this room, but thankfully most of what we have in here will stay so I was able to coordinate the two spaces so that they feel like one.








And this shiplap ceiling was by far the project that took the most time, but was SO worth it, right?



The shelving wasn't a fast project either, but thankfully we got those up pretty quick. I'll tell you more about that later - this was supposed to be a quick reveal and then I was going to get some much needed sleep, but I can't help but explain these photos.


Thankfully at the last minute, before my sunlight was gone, I was able to finally get my artwork in the frames. (I've learned my lesson) But maybe you hadn't noticed :) sources to come on those too.



And there it is, our Home Office.

Even though the last 6 weeks were CRAZY busy, especially the last 3, it was definitely worth it... However I will never do the ORC with a 4 month old baby again, not saying that opportunity may come, but if it does I hope I remember to think twice, haha. Trying to keep a napping schedule when all your baby wants to do is cat nap and nurse made timing a whole lot harder.
But I'm so happy the home office is actually finished. It's so beautiful and cozy, and we all want to spend time in there, even the cat has been in there all day.

So thank you Linda at Calling It Home for hosting this awesome blogger event and challenge. And House Beautiful  for being a media partner.

And I can't wait to catch up, and you can too, with all of the other guest participants and their finished spaces. And if you didn't catch the 20 featured designers you should, so inspiring you guys!

And thank you for stopping by and supporting me through all of this. It's great to hear feedback and get great ideas from you, and please please come back soon especially if you are interested in any sources from my One Room Challenge, or follow me here to know when they are posted.


In case you missed my daughter's room that I did for the One Room Challenge click here.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

One Room Challenge: Home Office week 5

Welcome back for week 5 of the One Room Challenge. Where Linda, from Calling it Home is hosting a challenge where invited participants and guest participants, like myself, have 6 weeks to finish a room.
 I have chosen to make over our home office in hopes that my husband will want to work from home a little more often and so that we can portray an improved first impression for our friends and family that come to visit.

If you need to catch up on my previous weeks you can here:

Also if you'd like to see the last time I participated in the One room Challenge, click here.

So this is pretty much it, next Thursday the room will be DONE! Actually I'm not really sure if it will be ... I am still so far behind. We got a lot done this last week, but not as much as I think I should have had done by now.

I made a LOT of trips to Home Depot and tried to always go after I dropped my kindergartener off so I only had 2 kids with me. My 3 year old was usually good and then would have a tantrum at some point while at the store, then she'd recover just in time for us to check out and race back to pick up the older 2 from school.

Here she is next to some lumber I got for our wall to wall shelves, clearly not happy with having to go back so soon.




Then the next day she was MUCH better and even got popcorn (Thank You Nice old man at Home Depot) and she clearly wore herself out,  she fell asleep with sunglasses on.



So back to progress for this week.

The ceiling! oh man you guys this ceiling, I definitely underestimated how long this ceiling would take. Actually I'm sure a regular person without a ton of distractions might finish really fast - but  that's not us.

We got the rest of the bender board up and in the  raised part of the ceiling, and then on the sides of that part as well, after a trip to the hardware store, unfortunately I miscalculated by a few boards so we had to get more, and I was not about to paint those first, in the interest of time we just put them up.

Then I spent all of Monday spackling, and then sanding the thousands of nail holes.

And then painting.



Hopefully that will be the last coat, besides the trim.
Once my husband got home from work we were able to put the light fixture up.


Then I was able to finish painting the perimeter of the ceiling with better lighting. And doesn't the light look great?! I decided not to paint any of it gold, mostly out of fear that I might ruin it and it would look like an obvious DIY, which we don't want.  However if it doesn't work in the room It will be easy to take down and then paint.

That night we also figured out placement for our shelves, notice all of the green painter's tape on the wall marking our studs. The picture below should give you an idea of how the wall to wall shelves will look.


So excited about these. We also got the trim on the base of the recessed area, and then the next day was spent on trimming out the inside, which was not as successful. 


Just envision me going up the ladder, measuring, down the ladder to talk to the fussy baby, going up the ladder to measure again, down the ladder to give the binky, then cut the molding - figuring out angles is not my strong suit either, then back up and down and binky back in and out and feeding the baby, helping the older littles, etc...




I'm sure I don't need to spell I out for you momma's out there working on your own projects and rooms. Lets just say that Wednesday was the most busy day with the least amount of reward. :(


But that 4 month old baby is pretty cute to be fussing over.


And that's about it for this crazy week, except I did get  a little shopping in. Now I just need to choose which frames I like more for the wall that WAS going to have board and batten, most likely will happen after the challenge - unless things really start going my way.



 Loving the detail on the gray frames but love the size of the black rolled edge frames. I know these pictures doesn't give you the best representation of these frames, but any thoughts?

Thanks again for stopping by and please come back next week for the big reveal to see how our home office turns out. Also if you want any sneak peaks you can check in on Instagram.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

One Room Challenge: Home Office week 4

Welcome back for week 4 of the One Room Challenge. Where Linda, from Calling it Home is hosting a challenge where invited participants and guest participants, like myself, have 6 weeks to finish a room.
 I have chosen to make over our home office in hopes that my husband will want to work from home a little more often and so that we can portray an improved first impression for our guests.

If you need to catch up on my previous weeks you can here:


Unfortunately this last week I did not accomplish as much as I had hoped and I now feel completely behind.

Let me fill you in.

I did buy a few more Important pieces for the room. We finally decided on an office chair, hopefully when it gets here I'll still feel good about my decision.

I also picked up this light from Target. I debated on getting the Ebony version, but ultimately we decided on the Brass because of how it would look with the dark wall, and when we brought it home we loved it. Ever since I saw this light last year I wanted it for our piano, but I think this might be a better place for now :)


The Chandelier also arrived, yay! I love it!

We decided on this one because we thought the price point was perfect and it would still coordinate with the other lights we've replaced in our new home thus far.



The original plan was to paint the center ball, the top plate that covers the light box, and the sockets? (man who knew I'd need to know the anatomy of a light fixture for this post) a bright brass to match the lamp, and to help coordinate with the chandelier in our dining room/kitchen. The picture below might help you visualize what that would look like with the two metals next to each other.  Now that it has arrived I'm starting to wonder if I really should, does it really need it? Will I ruin it? You know, the usual doubts you have when you might have "cold feet".

What do you think?
(thanks again for your sweet comments from last week's post!!! Its so fun getting feedback)


Next, we got started on the shiplap ceiling and purchased the wood and supplies for the wall to wall shelving. Cross your fingers for me that we can get that done by Saturday night.


We decided to go with a thinner and more affordable version of shiplap, also we wanted to echo the little bit we have in our home on our fireplace. It is about 4 inches wide.


The product we ultimately bought is called bender board. Its a little more than buying plywood sheets and ripping them down to size, its $2.75 a board, but it also is ready to use. Where with plywood you have to cut the boards first, and sand them before you can use them. We also liked that the bender board was 1/4" thick and just under 4" wide, the size we needed.

So on Saturday we finally were able to go together to the hardware store ... and with the kids, not ideal, but it was the only way, plus WAY better than going by myself with the kids. :)

The boys liked helping with counting and stacking the boards and also "surfing" on the cart.


 After soccer games and feeding the big kids and the baby I hoped to get a lot done, however I was only able to get one coat of our Peterson's Whitest White on the boards, and that was with help from the kids and my husband.



But by that night 2 coats were on about half the boards.
Then pretty much all Monday and Tuesday I bounced back and forth from taking care of my 4 children and painting more coats on the boards. And the weather definitely didn't help my drying time.

 Tuesday we were finally ready to start getting them onto the ceiling, however we were beat and it was too late so that's all we got done, but it definitely got us excited!
My husband even came home a little early from work, like 30 minutes (Woot Woot- I'll take what I can get) to help get it up by Wednesday night.


 And look how good it looks!
Now it isn't even close to being done, and yes we will do the sides and interior of the raised ceiling, but between the ...6 of us, that's all we were able to get done today.
But Its looking so much better already and I can't wait until we can finish it up tomorrow, or the next day... considering our track record :)


Wish me luck , and please come back and check in next week to see our progress, and you can follow me on my Instagram account here, to see any updates.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

One Room Challenge: Home Office week 3


If you are just dropping in for the first time you can catch up on week 1 and week 2 by clicking on those links. And thank you for stopping in from Calling It Home! I've been so thankful for the response I got from last week's update concerning my desk dilemma.  It's kinda fun realizing that there are actually people out there on the internet who are reading about my little home office makeover, AND care enough to weigh in and help me out. So THANK YOU!!!  I definitely appreciated the feedback and we decided to just go for it and use the BIG desk. It's going to be more work, it needs some love, and its definitely NOT the easier option so hopefully we wont regret it.

So here's what we have been up too.


 We decided to buy the rug I had chosen on the mood board, which is from West Elm and was on sale, and we LOVE it!  Besides looking awesome in our space it is also so soft and pretty. I know I should roll it back up and wait until we put the room together so it can stay looking brand new and clean but because we love it so much we haven't put it back away.

Also  I love how it still keeps the floor light  in the room while adding much more interest and color than the last rug we had in there.
And the little bits of dark blue coordinate with the entry rug without competing with it, and it also compliments the rug that we have in our main living space which you can see from the front door. So we have harmony between all 3 and that's what I was hoping for. 

Next I went and bought a paint sample just make sure we still liked the color I chose and painted it on the wall.



And I knew right away that I wanted it so the next morning I went and got everything I needed to paint it and after prep, the whole wall was done in one hour. Thankfully the baby was asleep or else it would've been much longer. And great coverage on that paint!


The paint is called Blue Note by Benjamin Moore
 And I have never painted just one wall before so I was a little nervous about how I'd get that crisp line in between colors in the corners of the room but thanks to awesome painters tape, it was a cinch, I just took it off carefully right after I was finished, so the paint was still wet, and it totally worked, Frog Tape is awesome!
 See that crisp corner?!
 That chair has never looked so good :)

Now I feel like we are getting somewhere, And I cant wait to show you more, This week we are hoping to get the ceiling and shelves in, plus I think some things we have ordered will be here by then so please come back and check in. And if you want to catch any updates be sure to follow me on Instagram.

Oh and if you'd like to see any of the other 240 guest participants click here.