One Room Challenge Fall 2017: Procrastination is expensive and also my default setting

Welcome back!

To brush you up, the One Room Challenge is a bi-annual event that is hosted by Linda from Calling it Home which facilitates bloggers choosing a room in need of love and 5 weeks to share progress and then a reveal. It’s such a great opportunity to GET SHIT DONE, and there’s so much support from fellow participants. It gives me all the fuzzies.

As per my routine, I announced that I would complete this project in a short amount of time, then I went and did other things – not related to my project.

And there I was, minding my own avoidance business and I was like “Oh shit! The roman shades!”

You see, I purchased the last 4 1/2 yards of Rose Gold Regency fabric from Tonic Living (here’s the gold version) a few months ago, and then it sat in it’s packaging.

Sometimes (all the time) in my head, once I have made a decision about something in my brain, it’s done? But not actually in reality.

So I reached out to someone on Etsy about sending the fabric and having shades made, and the price was reasonable and I was like great! Then I went to purchase the listing and the estimated time was 6-8 weeks. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Some frantic emails and general begging/harassment later, and I was told she was too busy to rush my order, which is understandable. Unfortunately, this took some days, which cut into my time frame even more.

I reached out to someone else, and I got the quote and it was expensive. And a rush charge, and also, really expensive. For just the labor and lining.

I started emotionally sweating. I only have 4 weeks to ship the fabric to someone, have them sewn, shipped back to me and then hung.

And also, I am like real people poor. I am not like some people, with what-appears-to-be-infinite resources for home design. Not hating, just jealous.

No offense to the fabric, either, but it wasn’t going to be the focal point of the room or anything. So, did it seem worth it? Should I choose an alternative? That costs money too, and I already paid for the fabric.

On the other hand, I am also unwavering when I have made decisions.

So, guys, I bit that expensive bullet. I sent the fabric out yesterday, and I feel like it had better be sewn with angel’s tears or something.


After that whole sweat and stress inducing situation, I was like, Girl, you just spent all that money for roman shades and you haven’t done anything on those ugly ass fucking green walls. FOR SHAME ON YOU. AND ALSO GET YOURSELF UP THERE. YOU ARE SWEATY AND GROSS ALREADY. AND MAKE GOOD LIFE DECISIONS.

I went to inspect the walls. The faux finish added a weird texture and also made it hard to see any cracks in the plaster for repair. I grabbed one of those paint scraping tools and a big box of razor blades and started scraping.

idk who else’s ORC room literally shed its skin to reveal new walls underneath. So I’ve got that going for me.

Rare action shot!

It took about 10 hours to scrape off what I could. I plied my sister with a $4 bottle of wine and she helped! It gave me several blisters and claw hands, even still.

Somehow the faux finish protected the plaster from the drywall screws?! Miracles DO happen. They are in the best shape (pre-repair) of the whole house. Which is kind of a sad statement?

Next up will be patching! THEN PAINT!

I am exhausted just thinking about it. At least I have exciting weekend plans now!

In other productive updates, I ordered a light fixture for next to the bed. I ordered it from Greece though, so, it might not come in time? So that may not be a productive update? Why do I do these things?! Ya’ll, save me from myself.

I picked up a nice dresser off craigslist, which, I think I will refinish. If my body doesn’t have a violent reaction to the thought of more sanding.

I’m glad that I have something to show for myself and we aren’t sharing in my complete failure.

Make sure to head back to the link up for other rooms with likely more progress!


10 Replies to “One Room Challenge Fall 2017: Procrastination is expensive and also my default setting”

  1. LOVE your update, I kept finding myself nodding my head in agreement, haha. But atleast you have made some progress, I’m not quite to that point yet. And I seriously need to make a wallpaper decision ASAP! Want to help? haha.

    1. I chose my favorite wallpaper! And omg. I still have so much work to do and I really don’t want to.

  2. You can do it! It will be worth it and drink more wine. That’s how I get through.

    Those walls. They’re looking so much better!

  3. Glad to see others also buy things and then forget/abandon them. I bought $80 worth of yellow floral fabric to make drapes with in my daughter’s room, two houses ago….that room color scheme has come and gone but I still have $80 of fabric that doesn’t match anything else in my house. Good times.

    You have made so much progress! Clawhands for the win!

    1. It goes like that. I feel like so many things work in theory and then don’t in reality? I don’t even bother forcing it, ’cause nah.
      And bless your heart for saying I made so much progress. You sweetie.

  4. Girl, you made a crap ton of progress on those walls! Seriously. I remember how long it took me to do just ONE wall we had like that! And how exhausting. You’re on a roll in my book!

    1. I feel so far behind ?. I am STILL patching the walls and nowhere close to painting. Thank you for your kind words though ❤️

  5. Madeline,

    I cannot believe I just found you. LOVE your post and will be following until the end. Can’t wait to see this Roman Shade sewn with Angel tears!


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