One Room Challenge Fall 2015: Week 6 and THE REVEAL

Linda from Calling it Home hosts this 6 week challenge on her blog and invites fellow bloggers to link to her site.

I am very excited to see how everyone’s projects turned out!

After a grueling several weeks, it is finally time for the One Room Challenge reveal. I am equally thrilled to have participated and so happy it’s over.

If you are new to my blog and challenge, I chose to do my living room.

It is the room we spend the majority of our time in, and was the most sorely neglected on our main level. Over past 3 years, it has hosted random furniture and miscellaneous tools and construction debris from other projects.

It started with a room with minimal organization and a lot of random items got shoved in where they fit in. The light fixture was a non-descript basic light that was up when we purchased the house. The wall color was a blah gray that was painted on the drywall that was covering the original 100 year old plaster walls.

After removing the drywall and screws, it left avocado green walls with a ton of screw holes and countless cracks on the ceiling.004

I spent hours upon hours, filling holes and patching cracks in preparation of sanding smooth, priming all the surfaces and trim and painting everything fresh!003

After things got all painted, I lost my mind and ordered a ton of things and then very anxiously waited for them to arrive in the mail, delays  had me stressing that my light fixture wouldn’t arrive in time. It did though, and I was able to start bringing items back in and see the room taking shape.

In week 5, I started on a DIY media console out of two Ikea Sektion wall cabinets.

I was told that my ugly couch, which had finally been sent out to be reupholstered (after a YEAR of waffling over fabric swatches), might not be done in time for the reveal. Cue the wine and sleepless nights.

After an email to the upholstering company explaining the importance of the ORC and impact to my emotional wellbeing, I was told that they would try their best.

AND THEY DID! THE COUCH CAME BACK AND IT IS WONDERFUL.west elm luster velvet celestial blue fabric curved velvet tufeted couch

There is a skirt on it, which was supposed to be removed, and it got (poorly) stapled up by me – awaiting someone to come back and remove it correctly.


While the room is definitely not finished finished (the mirror is a place holder and the room needs more art and the coffee table is still on order, chairs need new fabric, etc. champagne problems), I love how much it has changed with paint alone (the power of paint!)

I ramble too much. Now too many pictures! IMG_1038 IMG_0992 IMG_0991 IMG_0990 IMG_0995 Snowbound, Clark + Kensington Casablanca ; safavieh casablanca rug ; blue tufted velvet couch

Some of the angles give a better idea of how my house floor plan is – and how much the other rooms still need to be worked on! IMG_0980

The media console mostly got finished – enough for right now! It involved a failed attempt with cutting plywood and an emergency trip to Ikea on a Sunday morning (shudders.) I’ll have to do a separate post for that. IMG_0994 IMG_0997

Lara Stone print – The Aestate

You’ll have to forgive my poorly styled (by the interwebs standard) shelves, I mostly put the stuff back up that had been on the floating shelves in the room before. It’s honestly one of the only things in life I don’t agonize over.DSC06247 DSC06245

My daughter’s books were put back on the shelf by her after I asked her to help. I understand they are haphazard and an eyesore to most, they are so important to our family and this room. She spends a lot of time in here reading them, and I want her to know that her belongings are as important as ours. Except for all the toys and crap – they got hidden in baskets and relegated to the guest room!DSC06251


These chairs still need new fabric, in the mean time, the wood got a fresh coat of flat black paint. It looks great with the brass details. DSC06264

That couch tho.west elm luster velvet tufted couch safavieh casablanca rugDSC06252



  • Wall color – Clark + Kensington Casablanca / Casa Blanca (Ace hardware color)
  • Trim – Sherwin Williams Floor and Porch paint in Snowbound 7004
  • Rug – Safavieh Casablanca 9’x12′ (purchased from Overstock and no longer available)
  • Couch – Vintage and reupholstered in West Elm Luster Velvet in Celestial Blue
  • Chairs – vintage craigslist finds
  • Lane Faux Bamboo Étagères – Retro Wanderlust in Hopkins, MN
  • Waterfall Acrylic coffee table – eBay
  • Ceiling medallion – 32″ English Study medallion
  • Light fixture – eBay
  • Curtain rods – West Elm Oversized Rod
  • Curtains – West Elm Canvas Cotton Curtain
  • Pink throw – West Elm Cozy texture throw (so soft!)
  • Leather Pouf – Etsy
  • Black Pouf – Walmart
  • Side table – West Elm Tumbler side table
  • Pillows and copper basket – Home Goods
  • Media console – DIY
  • Blood, sweat and tears – all provided by me

I want to give another huge shout out to Linda, all the fellow bloggers that linked and all the people who left comments. This room would not have happened without all of this support.

Check out the other blogger’s reveals and the linkup!

Work is going to continue on my house (wallpaper arrived in the mail!), please feel free to continue visiting and follow along on instagram.

Now, a nice long Netflix binge on my new couch.



*All images taken by me and belong to tealandgray

60 Replies to “One Room Challenge Fall 2015: Week 6 and THE REVEAL”

  1. Great job Madeline! This turned out fantastic. I’m so happy that you got the sofa in time. It’s gorgeous. I really love the chairs- don’t change the fabric! I’m happy I found your blog and I’ll be reading along.

    1. Thank you Erin! But, barring the couch, I did this whole project solo. Bless my husband’s heart, this is not his thing and he usually recedes to the only corner of the house not covered in dust.

  2. Oh my, what a transformation! This turned out totally gorgeous! The couch is really beautiful. I have a blue sofa, too, and it’s one of my favorite things. Enjoy!

  3. Girrrlllll, it’s looking really, really good! I know that as decor-obsessed folk, we are never finished and we want to make excuses for those things that we don’t think are perfect, but you’ve done SUCH an incredible job in here in 6 short weeks! The sofa and light situation are everything and I love that you are keeping it real with the children’s books. (My daughter has the bottom 2 shelves of our built-ins in the formal now and I am just fine with those books being everywhere. Good on you!) I’m sure you’re anxiously awaiting the coffee table and sounds like some changes will happen on the walls, but be so proud. It looks fab!! (As are the adjoining spaces. Gimme that entry rug!) ox

    1. Tobe – Thank you so much! It is so easy to get caught up in all the details we see as unfinished. It has been such a blessing to have feedback on how other people view our spaces! I love your shelves and your new dining room looks so bright!

    1. Thanks! I just checked out your ORC reveal, painting that paneling made such a huge difference! Excellent decision.

  4. My far, my fave! I LOVEEEEE IT LONG TIME! Seriously, congrats on such a fabulous room that you worked very hard on. Also, I personally think the chairs go well just as they are with your couch and elements. I love the fabric and pattern, just overall beautiful room!

    1. Thank you Sarah! I’m so glad I waited that whole year until the right fabric came into my life. Your space turned out great!

  5. This is fantastic, I absolutely love the transformation! My project included west elm’s Mid-Century sofa covered in their teal luster velvet. It’s such an amazing color! I love how you balanced it with the simple, neutral elements in the rest of the room.

  6. Ooh, that sofa! It’s GORGEOUS! I also really love the pink pouf and throw! It’s all so pretty! I love reading your posts because you’re just hilarious! I can hardly wait to see what you do next! ?

    1. Katherine – that is so sweet of you! I was worried the Internet was going to kick me off once someone started reading my posts.

  7. I recently inherited a chesterfield that needs reupholstering. I LOVE the color you chose. It looks amazing in the room, but doesn’t overpower it. Great work.

  8. Wow this room looks great. I love that light fixture and really love the overall vibe of the room. happy i found ur blog via the ORC!

    1. Thank you Linda! I can’t thank you enough for hosting the event that finally got me working on the room. I hope to participate next time, also!

  9. Well you were certainly busy huh? What a transition….from…well nothing to a fun chic room! Great job….love those pink chairs and the white walls! Congrats!

    1. Thank you Sherry! All of it seems worth it when you receive such nice comments afterwards – and the room is no longer avocado green.

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