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.


  1. I LOVE your ceiling! It seriously is worth all of the hard work you've put in. I like both frames, but I personally would choose the black frames for the size and it will tie in the ceiling light fixture. You're doing an amazing job!

  2. I'm a fan of the rolled edge, myself. It's quite something to take on a one room challenge with littles underfoot. Good for you!

  3. The rolled edge is my fav as well. I also love the size. Good luck finishing up. BTW I love the ceiling!

  4. In spite of all the interruptions - you are making good progress.The room is looking great!! I love the look of the long shelf. Reagan is so cute - love her facial expressions. Even when she's asleep with those sunglasses:). I wish I didn't have to work - I could sit there putting the binky in Hayes mouth - then could stay on the ladder:)