One Room Challenge Fall 2015: Now… I wait?

This is now week 4 of the One Room Challenge that is hosted by Linda of Calling it Home. I cannot possibly express how thankful I am to be able to link up to her site and share all the work that we have all been doing! It’s so supportive and motivational. I would not be nearly as far in progress if not for this challenge.

Week 1 outlined my plans, week 2 showed not much of anything and week 3 had a lot going on.

If you don’t feel like going back to read, or want a quick re-cap. The room I chose to work on is the living room in our house. I removed the drywall previous owners put up to expose the damaged plaster, took out the screws and patched it all and sanded smooth.

I left off in week 3 with the first coat of primer on the trim and walls, and caulked/spackled trim.

The inside window moulding was painted with Benjamin Moore Raccoon Fur, like the front room. I love painting vinyl windows, the top square was a replacement window and vinyl. Just prime with some spray paint primer designed for plastic and use any kind of paint top coat. 013

I spent Friday evening with my sisters and all the kids, but not until after I taped/papered the windows in preparation for the trim to be sprayed with the next coat of primer and top coats.primed

I used the sprayer on my porch to spray the storm windows, and was excited to see how much it would speed up the painting trim process.

Saturday morning, I quarantined the living room with plastic and used the air compressor and hvlp sprayer and got going on the trim. What a godsend. I was able to get a coat of Zinsser 1-2-3 primer and two top coats of Sherwin-Williams Snowbound 7004 Floor and Porch paint on the trim in a couple of hours!

There was a break between the primer and top coats because I accidentally knocked over a half gallon of primer all over my wood floor. Le SIGH. There was a lot of cupping of hands and scooping action going on.

trim is painted, but the walls haven’t gotten a top coat
So glad that brown is gone on the trim

That is now black mist spray paint, two full beers and half a gallon of primer spilled on my living room floor in a week.

If anyone wants to get on me about painting the woodwork, I’ll leave you with this:007

The wood was painted with opaque brown varnish nasty.

After that, I cut in and rolled a coat of Zinsser 1-2-3 primer on the walls and ceiling and then 2 coats of Clark + Kensington flat enamel in Casa Blanca (which is an Ace Hardware color.) The ceiling and medallion were also painted Casa Blanca.010  012

I finished the last coat on Sunday morning, a couple of hours before my daughter’s 5th birthday party with all her friends (NOT hosted at our house, luckily!) and she was most def not impressed with my paint splattered face/hair. And I quote: “Mom. You need to look fab for my party. Wash the paint out of your hair.”

Whoa, way harsh Tai.

The ceiling looks soooooooooooooooo much better!007 015

Remember how it was?008


The Lane étagères got one last heavy coat of Rustoleum Gloss Black spray paint. Light coats for the first couple, but heavy for the last one if you want it to be glossy.009

I took a break after sanding and painting the living room to…. sand and paint my front door? Damn. I need a social life.

I can’t even hold a pen without my hand cramping and turning into a claw.

This past Thursday after work, I stopped at Ikea and picked up two 30″x15″ Sektion cabinets to start framing out, and got exactly this far. Assembled and shoved into the pantry. 005

I am thinking that will be my weekend project, and then I can start moving things back in the living room. Because my anxiety is mounting living with this chaos. 013 014

The waiting. Which is the hardest part for a control freak like me.

I can feel my shoulders tensing up just thinking about it.

Update from the eBay seller is that my light fixture just shipped from China 10/26. All the sad faces and tears. The new tracking number provided doesn’t give an estimate of when it’s supposed to arrive either. This is outside of the initial shipping time frame that was presented when I purchased. I have lost my chill and opened a formal case about it – not that it changed the speed of the shipping or anything. My hope is that I will get a delivery date though. NOT COOL SELLER, NOT COOL AT ALL.

It is very likely that it will not be in my possession for the reveal. Which is a huge bummer since it feels integral to the design.

Another item that likely won’t arrive until after the reveal is the coffee table I spontaneously decided to purchase (too late.) My initial mock up had the CB2 Shroom coffee table, which I do like. But I wasn’t sure if I wanted to splurge and buy a new coffee table at the moment or just continue to use my acrylic waterfall coffee table (which worked when my couch was against the adjacent wall but now partially blocks the walk path in the couch’s new placement).


The West Elm marble-topped pedestal coffee table went on sale and out popped my credit card. This One Room Challenge has me losing my mind and my barely existent impulse control. I ordered it last week to be delivered to the store (saving me $50) and will take “3-4 weeks to arrive”, the sales person said they have to give that time frame but it sometimes arrives sooner.

I guess I just have to think long term, and if/when these items do appear in my life, before or after the reveal, I get to live with them and it’s not only about the pictures.


Let’s look at pretty things, yes? All of these items are the finishing touches and are either on order (the agony of waiting!) or in my possession.


Wow. A lot of West Elm stuff worked it’s way into my living room. Like, maybe I should be embarrassed? Or, have my living room featured in their catalogue. Yeah, let’s go with that one.

They just have some good shit over there. Shiny. I love shiny.

  1. West Elm Cozy texture throw in Rosette

2. West Elm Fabric by the yard – Luster Velvet in Celestial blue (this is the fabric I ordered for ugly couch to be reupholstered in, and when I ordered it was on sale for $17/yard)

3. Pouf from Etsy shop BerberPoufs

4. West Elm Tumbler Side table in Antique brass (which I would have gotten in copper if I had known about the coffee table in my future)

5. West Elm Marble-topped pedestal coffee table

6. West Elm Oversized Metal rod in Antique brass

7. Safavieh Casablanca rug (I purchased the 9×12 from Overstock a couple of months ago and they seem to be out of stock now.)

8. West Elm Cotton Canvas Curtain – I detest purchasing curtains, they seem so expensive but I like having them. I kept putting off picking them up, and in this case procrastination patience paid off. They are on sale for $29 per panel for all lengths! I swooped up 4 of the 108″ ASAP. They have to get hemmed a couple of inches before I can hang them though.

Like I said, a whole lot of West Elm. SPONSER ME, WEST ELM. GET AT ME.

So here I am, waiting. I am still waiting for my couch, waiting for the light fixture, and waiting for the coffee table. The next two weeks are going to be tense, and my husband is probably going to continue talking to me in calming and quiet tones while gesturing for me to calm down and not attack him like some feral animal.

Still waiting for my door and wallpaper for my other project.

And my credit card info got stolen! I may shop at the hardware store pretty often, but I do not generally spend $500+ at sporting good stores. The universe telling me to put it away? MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS, UNIVERSE.

Plan for this coming week:

  • Build, sand, paint media console
  • Hang curtain rods/panels
  • Paint wood on craigslist chairs matte black (I haven’t decided on the fabric for reupholstering yet – although Braemore Jamil always seems like a good idea. It won’t get done before the reveal either way)
  • Move things back into the room and start styling? Like I even know how to style. LOLOLOL
  • Mental breakdown and soul cleansing cry

and more waiting.


8 thoughts on “One Room Challenge Fall 2015: Now… I wait?”

  1. First of all, it looks amazing!! And look how far you’ve come! Second of all, congrats on all of your hard work and perseverance. Reading about your spilt paint had me cringing. I feel for you! Man. I would have thrown in the towel then and there and had my husband take over…says the girl who is only doing a closet for the one room challenge.

    1. That closet is amazing! And has as much impact as a whole large room. I feel for you on the paint samples! I stared at white samples on my living room walls for longer than I care to admit.

    1. Thanks Mary! Same to you. I love egg and dart moulding (I have it in my window crown.), and isn’t it amazing how such small things can cause such ginormous stress?!

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