One Room Challenge Spring 2016: Painting and chillin’

Welcome back! It’s week 4 of the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda of Calling it Home. If you haven’t yet, make sure to head over there and check all the other rooms’ progress. It’s amazing what these bloggers can do in 6 weeks.

To bring ya’ll up to speed, week 1 presented a horribly pink room with a ton of nail holes and cracks in the plaster. Week 2 wasn’t much of an update at all (shame), and week 3 had a lot of progress with patching/sanding/priming the walls.

The rest of the past week was spent fighting off the beyhive because I’m Becky with the good hair painting. Between this bedroom and my dining room, it was a total of 2 coats of primer on walls/ceiling, all the trim/doors, 3 top coats on the ceilings and 1 on the dining room walls. My body is beat – and I don’t have a lot to show for it in the ORC room.

But I apparently have a lot of words to describe very little. Brevity isn’t my thing. I always suspected that was the case, but writing blog posts about paint has definitely proved it to be true.

Since the ceilings are fairly low in here, and one side slopes due to the roof, I decided to go on ahead and embrace that by painting the ceiling black. The room is so bright (which is good), but the dark ceiling gives the eyes a nice place to rest. I likes it.IMG_1242 IMG_1243

Between some coats, I took the opportunity to swap out the light switches for dimmer toggle versions, and installed a ceiling medallion and my Lucent Lightshop fixture. I turned it on and the angels sang.DSC_1250

It’s always a hassle for me to install new light fixtures with this old house. I never know what the ceiling pan situation is going to be like, and the included screws don’t usually fit. It took two trips to my local Ace Hardware (love that place) to get the right length screws that would work with the pan/ceiling medallion – but I was determined to install it.

Rylie was like :’Ummm. You’re having a hard time with that.’

Thanks for that astute observation, sweet little child.

Pink paint color swatches are very deceiving in their paint chip form. I felt all sorts of betrayal.

I chose 5 samples, they all looked rather innocuous on their tiny little squares and in their paint pots – until I got them up on the wall.Valspar Angel's Sigh, Behr Prelude to Pink, Behr Sweet Roses, Behr My Sweetheart, Behr Pale Bud

L-R – Valspar Angel’s Sigh, Behr Prelude to Pink, Behr Sweet Roses, Behr My Sweetheart, Behr Pale Bud

Sorry for the terrible picture. It’s been raining the past several days.

I like My Sweetheart actually, but it went way too peach for this room. Angel’s Sigh is terrible, just terrible.

So – I did what any normal person would do. I deferred to the 5 year old. She chose Pale Bud, the one I had in mind, actually. That will be this weekend’s project. Yaaaaaay. More painting.

Once the painting is done, I can start bringing some things in.

I ordered a rug, this one by RugsUSA. I have my fingers crossed that the “off-white” color works with the paint and upholstered day bed (a craigslist find.) I ordered it when it was 70% off, and then an additional 10%. Woohoo.

The hanging chair arrived! Such a relief that it’s in my greedy possession. The box was too big to get through both my front and back house doors, so I had to take it out and I am pretty sure I heard neighbors laughing at me whilst I struggled. WhatEvs. They’re probably just jealous they ain’t got it like that.

And. The big box provided the kids a lot of entertainment in the back yard. Until they started squabbling over turf and I came out with a box cutter and broke down their house. Life lessons.

I learned a life lesson also. I don’t know how to measure for roman shades. For the depth, I thought it was the depth of the WHOLE window casing, not only the casing directly around the window. So, they are too deep. I’ll have to figure out to how to retrofit them without completely messing them up.

Things left to do:

  • Paint walls and trim
  • Scrub everything clean
  • Rug
  • Fix roman shades (FML) and install
  • Assemble day bed, brackets, wood slats cut down
  • Acquire mattress and bedding
  • Hang chair
  • Create storage
  • Make pretty

Not too bad, all in all! I’m actually feeling a little guilty, like this room was too simple for the ORC, compared to how much work other people are doing.

Yikes. I hope that I don’t tempt the fates to mess up my life with that thought.

I can’t wait to see all the reveals in a couple of weeks.


16 Replies to “One Room Challenge Spring 2016: Painting and chillin’”

  1. Ooooooooooooo. The black ceiling, the light fixture, the rug…I love it!! And love your writing style. Also girl I’m basically buying furniture for my patio for the challenge, sooo don’t feel too bad about the effort you’re putting into your room. You’re killing it compared to me. 😀

    1. You’re too sweet to say you like my writing style. I write like I talk, and, well, I can be a little much personality sometimes. Ha. I bet once it’s all done we won’t gaf how big/small our project was for the ORC – just enjoy that it’s finished. I know that I need a big challenge to get a small project done sometimes. Ummm. Most of the time.

  2. Love the black ceiling! And the medallion with the light fixture is too good. Life lessons often happen with box cutters. 😉

    1. Thank you for approving of my parenting technique! I mean, honestly, I probably would have been a better person if my mom came in and destroyed my make believe house every once in a while.

  3. LOVE the black ceiling! I’m planning that for our dining room. And you got a hanging chair?! I’m definitely more jealous than your neighbors.

    1. I liked it so much that I went ahead and painted my dining room ceiling Down Pipe like the walls! DO IT! You’ll love it.

  4. Love the black on the ceiling!! My ORC is all about black this time which is a big departure from the white walls everywhere else. I’m excited to see the finished room with the striking black ceiling and all that great light. It’s going to be amazing!!

    1. Thanks Marcie. I was worried that the idea in my head wouldn’t translate to real life very well. I’m relived that it did, I did not want to have to paint several more coats on the ceiling to get rid of black paint.

  5. Ohh loving it so far! Can’t wait to see more! That black really ground the room and is surprising how much you can use black without it looking to dark. Maybe you can take the blinds to home depot or a blinds store where they can re-cut it for you?

    Lauren | Lovely Decor

    1. Thanks so much Lauren! The Ace guy looked at me a little funny when I told him that the black was for my kid’s room, and I joked that she was like a goth teenager.
      I think I just need to unwrap the fabric, cut down the wood thinner and then restaple the fabric. Here’s hoping!

    1. Thanks Ellie! Now I only need to muster up the will and desire to spackle the nail holes and give it another coat of paint. I’m sure you relate. ?

  6. OH My!!! This looks amazing! The pink walls and ceiling are going to look so fab together!!!

    1. Thanks Stephanie! I hope so. Sometimes I worry that things in my mind won’t actually look even semi decent in real life.

    1. Thank you, Meg! I tend to agree with you on the black+gold+pink and has become a constant around my house.

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