One Room Challenge 2015 Fall: Week 5 and I am worn out, some progress and some setbacks

If you’re new to this home design and DIY internet phenomena, it’s a challenge to make over one room in 5 weeks (if you’re doing the math) and 6 posts. Linda from Calling it Home hosts it on her site, and allows fellow bloggers to link up with their projects.

All the comments, both on my posts here and instagram, have been so wonderful and have definitely helped me stay motivated! Thank you so much to everyone and I love following along with all of the projects in the ORC.

If new to my blog, I decided to make over my living room for the One Room Challenge.

It started as a blah living room that lacked personality and organization, then went to an avocado green mess, the walls were plastered and sanded, then everything painted.

At this point, I am so physically tired and stressing whether things will show up in my life by the deadline/reveal. I think almost every single muscle in my body is sore and I have developed a perpetual eye spasm.

I had hoped that my body would get some chill after all the mudding/sanding/painting, but no. I guess wrestling three 4’x8′ (ripped down to 16″ width) sheets of plywood into my Honda Civic will make you sore! Everyone always underestimates the little Honda Civic – and the 5’2″ girl in Home Depot carting around all the lumber. I seem to always get some disparaging comment from a male when I purchase lumber, specifically. Why, yes, asshole, I really would love it if it were someone else purchasing that lumber and pulling it around for me. Since no one volunteered, I suppose it will have to be me. Even though I am only a woman.

I could not have rolled my eyes harder.

I might be feeling a little cranky these days.

Week 5 has me sweating, I’m an emotional sweater (glad we are all so close here.) and it might be a little out of control. It is really getting down to crunch time and I might be am freaking out a lot and my life house is in shambles. I, of course, had hoped to be farther along than I am.

I’ll stop complaining now and get on to the good progress!

My light fixture from eBay/China arrived in the mail! The canopy is different than the pictures and the light bulbs that were sent along with it are broken (and EU, so light bulb bases in the US are different and I had to do some internet sleuthing for a solution.) Perhaps I shouldn’t have cheaped out and I should have purchased it from a different site, but it’s up now! There’s probably a life lesson in there somewhere.IMG_3520

The ceiling medallion put the canopy of the fixture 3″ from the ceiling, and the wires were all too short for me to connect them. Luckily (!!!!), they sent along an extra foot of wiring. Some stripping and electrical nuts later, it was all connected and working. At least I had ONE functioning light bulb, otherwise I would not have known if it were a success or not.

So far, no one other than me and people on instagram like it. I keep getting “oh…. that is an…. interesting light” from my family and my husband likened it to a giant crab/sea creature.

ha. I’m cool with that. It took me some time too, it really is quite a statement and a little imposing. A house should reflect the owner’s personality, right. ; )

The aforementioned plywood was promptly cut to size and used for my DIY media console. Framing the Ikea Sektion wall cabinets with 1x2s and 3/4″ plywood went much faster than I expected! I love my compressor and brad nailer big time.

face framed with 1x2s
face framed with 1x2s

I filled in the holes and edges (and let’s be real, my less than perfect cuts with my circular saw) with MH ready patch and sanded it all smooth. I primed with Zinsser 1-2-3 and painted it with Clark + Kensington Exterior Satin enamel in ‘Care to Danse?’ (stupid name.) I was going to paint it white, but ran out of the trim paint and didn’t want to go buy more. My design plan is very calculated, obvs. The color is a very, very pale pink and I love it. I painted my front door with that color and it looks stellar with brass hardware.

I used 1x2s and my kreg jig to build the base and secured it to the body of the console. Threw some tapered furniture legs on that bitch, and BOOM. Console.

A small hiccup.

I used the furniture feet that I had from the craigslist credenza and I could have sworn they were 4″ and didn’t bother to measure. Well, apparently, they are 5 1/2″ and now the console butts right up to the bottom of my tv and doesn’t fit. Whoopsies.

I didn't bother to center it on the wall, since the tv is snug against it
I didn’t bother to center it on the wall, since the tv is snug against it


I have decided to just move the tv mount up on the wall. It seems like getting 4″ legs would be easier, and it would be. But they would have to be shipped and that takes time, and I like the way the 5 1/2″ look. Plus, I usually go the route more difficult and dusty.

Now, I have to cut doors out of left over plywood, drill holes for hinges (note to self: figure out what tool that is Forstner bit and procure it), veneer, edgeband and poly?

I’m saying that with an upwards inflection because I don’t know what the hell I’m doing.

Fingers crossed that all goes ok.

I plan to do a follow up post tutorial on the DIY media console. Unless it caves in as soon as I put stuff in/on it.

I got the West Elm curtain rods up, and that took LONGER than expected. Measuring + keeping things level + a bored 5 year old = lame.  The curtain panels are getting hemmed by a friend, they will hopefully be hung soon.

Other items have been trickling in, my pouf came (need to fill) and things like the blanket, some art, and tchotchkes.

I cleared out the room, laid down a rug pad and put down the rug! The rug is the Safavieh Casablanca rug and I love, love love it. I purchased it from Overstock, but they are no longer available in the 9’x12′ size. DSC06220 DSC06223

The room looks so much better already!

ignore those paint rollers in the bottom left corner

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The not so good news:

After calling two times early last week and not receiving a call back, I sent an email. I got an email response from the upholstering company that has my couch, informing me that they are behind and might not get my couch back to me in the next couple of weeks.


The teal blue velvet couch is kind of my statement piece for the room, and the whole catalyst for my impromptu ORC link up.

I emailed back to them explaining the One Room Challenge and whined that it was very important to me. Word as of today is that they will “try their best”, which is something but not a promise.

I still haven’t gotten that miraculous call from West Elm that my coffee table arrived early either….. I should let go of that one and accept it will not be part of the reveal.

Please send your good vibes this way. The reveal pictures might just show me lying on the floor, crying and clutching a bottle of wine.

The MOST exciting and disruptive variable is that my older sister is 38ish weeks pregnant with my future niece, and I will be expected in the delivery room at the drop of a dime (happily!)


  • Finish media console (I have to get/cut plywood for the back, paint inside and make cabinet doors)
  • Purchase fill for pouch, baskets for organization etc.
  • Hang curtains
  • trim rug pad down
  • Purge and deep clean (clean the windows! I keep forgetting how dusty they are)
  • Bring in and arrange furniture
  • Style
  • COUCH?!
  • Pictures

I am so excited to see everyone’s reveal! Check out all the other projects at the linkup.

Also, follow along on Instagram with the #oneroomchallenge hashtag, my user name is tealandgray.

13 Replies to “One Room Challenge 2015 Fall: Week 5 and I am worn out, some progress and some setbacks”

  1. I feel your upholstery pain somewhat. I hate delays. But the space is coming together nicely and can’t wait to see it with the sofa! Happy you got the fixture. It’s so cool!

    1. Thanks Kate! I appreciate your prayers for my couch! And that wallpaper hanger was so wrong, that room is perfect.

  2. Nobody’s getting any West Elm deliveries on time these days, but I hope your sofa made it! This room is STUNNING even without it! I love the lighting – I think that’s your real statement piece right there!!

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