So. I had thought about linking up to the Fall One Room Challenge a couple of months ago, but then decided against it. I don’t have the full budget to COMPLETELY finish a room, and I’ve been meaning to be more deliberate with my choices and changes, which takes time.
But…. fate would have it that ugly couch was picked up by the upholsterer two days ago and now I only have a couple of weeks to get my living room ready for its grand return.
It then occurred to me that the One Room Challenge might in fact be EXACTLY what I need… since I have that bad habit of not quite finishing any projects. I realized, I’m also not very good at taking ‘After’ pictures and putting them on the blog! I should work on that too.
won’t can’t promise it will be a completed, finished and styled room. It won’t be. My goal from this is to lay down the foundational pieces, and enjoy a prettier-than-it-was room while taking time after to cultivate the room I want.
Please ignore the poor picture quality and darkness. I took them last night when the sun was setting! Again, joining the ORC was kind of a spur of the moment decision. Also, bad ‘befores’ make good ‘afters’ even better? The more accurate ‘before’ will be after I rip off all the drywall.
That gray color on the walls was purchased before we closed on the house. I had no idea that it would go so purple. It was the first time that my confidence in choosing paint colors was rattled (it led to my paint samples and swatches paralysis.) It ended up just being a bummer of a color to look at.
Trust. It looks so much better right now than it’s going to look when I tear down the drywall to expose probably avocado green paint and hundreds of screw holes. Fingers crossed there’s no wall paper underneath.
If you’re new to my blog, you may be confused as to why I would pull down perfectly good drywall. The answer is simple: I am irrational.
That, and it was put on top of the original plaster walls and the dry wall sticks out over the baseboards and window casing 1/2″. Drives me mad.
- Clear the room (duh)
- Rip off drywall from walls and ceiling
- Drink wine
- Patch a million holes from drywall screws and repair cracks
- Sand smooth
- Cry and regret life decisions
- Prime and Paint walls and trim x 5
- Build new media console for TV (still working out the plan for this in my head)
- Fill the room with lovely stuff
- Drink lots of wine and watch Netflix on my new couch
The couch in the picture is from Yellow Brick house! Mine is going to be much more teal, but this one was pretty close in shape and depth of color. Also, it’s the picture that brought me to their blog to begin with!
Getting rid of the depressing gray and dark trim is going to be the first thing, and is just what this room needs. I’m planning on lots of white, with black accents and the couch making the statement.
My hope is for a bright, comfortable but classy room that is not too serious nor precious for my 5 year old daughter and nephew to play in.
I have some existing projects that I’m wrapping up (the porch) and some that will continue (the vestibule) while I’m working on this room, too. Gods be kind.
All in all, I am so excited for this.
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