Here I am in week 3 of the One Room Challenge Fall 2018 series, sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens. As you know if you've been following along, I'm redecorating my home office. To see my progress, check out my blogs about week 1 and week 2. In The One Room Challenge, 20 featured designers (and guest participants like me) will be transforming a room in six weeks, and blogging about it and sharing on social media. Visit the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge Blog for updates and more fun. Sooooo, this is the halfway point of the challenge! I don't feel halfway done. Let's see what I've accomplished in the One Room Challenge Week 3!
So one of the big changes I planned to make in this room was to brighten the dark wall color. Since the room gets only morning light, it made the room look smaller and harder to work in the space. Let's take a quick look at what the wall color looked like before the challenge:
In order to prepare the walls for painting, I removed all of the artwork and frames and curtain rods, and filled in the holes with spackle. Then I sanded those spots. I also removed the outlet covers off of the walls with a screwdriver and put them in a baggie so they were out of the way. Luckily, when we installed the new laminate flooring a few years ago, we had to remove and re-paint the trim pieces along the floorboard and windowsills. That will save me a lot of time -- not having to paint the trim pieces -- during this renovation process.
The next step was to tape off the areas of window and floor trim on which I didn't want to get paint. This was a tedious process and took me about an hour or more! I tried to get my husband to help me but since it was 10 p.m., he didn't feel like it, so I was on my own. Maybe if it was his office he would have been more motivated. I was going to let him use it... To be fair, he did help me unhook the computer and printer.
Armed with lots of cans of extra white primer from previous projects, I set to work the next morning on priming the walls. Since I am moving from a darker wall color to a lighter wall color, priming was necessary in order to cover up the old color. In many cases, the new paints on the market have built-in primer and this step is not necessary. To begin, I covered the floors with plastic and canvas sheets to protect from spills. Finally, I also brought up several paper towels and wipes for any unforeseen spills.
During the One Room Challenge Week 3, my two girls, Elaina and Evelyn, happened to be on Fall break. This means that they were home with me and bored out of their skulls while I was working on the office renovation. While the thought of moving boxes or files didn't sound fun to my oldest daughter, Elaina, painting the walls sounded like a blast. After several hours of begging, I decided to let her help me prime the walls. I figured she may need the skill someday when she's renovating a room. So after a quick tutorial, she set to work on the walls. I snapped a little picture of her in progress:
The night before, after spending more than an hour taping the room, I had a moment of panic: Our family was going to be leaving for a week's vacation in two days. How on Earth was I going to prime and paint this room in that amount of time, and entertain two kids and a puppy? I hadn't even started packing. My husband was not feeling well, and was dealing with his own, heavy workload prior to our trip. So I did the only thing that I could think to do at the time: I went to Facebook.
Then, I searched for recommendations for painters on my local chat pages and messaged a few of them...at 10:30 p.m...desperately hoping that one of them would respond. Luckily, several of them did! After getting a few quotes, I lined up a painter to finish the room, and he came as I was finishing up with the primer coat the next day. Whew! I felt like a weight was lifted off of me, knowing that I could get some things done while the room was in good hands. Sometimes, you have instances where you have to leave it to the professionals. I suck at painting, and would much rather pay someone else to do it. The professionals will definitely do a better job anyway. While it ate into my room budget, I had sold some things, so I did have a little bit of money already, and wasn't worried about the few extra dollars spent.
Since we have been slowly renovating and updating our whole house, we have been refreshing the paint colors to a more neutral palette. Our upstairs bedrooms and hallway are currently painted in a color called Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams. It's an HGTV Home color found at our local Lowe's Home Improvement Store. I bought two gallons of the paint the afternoon before, bringing the kids and dog along with me.
During week 2 of my Fall One Room Challenge blog, I had started the process of selecting furniture for the room. This process has continued during our vacation week, which will continue into week 4 of the One Room Challenge. Some of the finds I have discovered this week or have continued to consider from the previous week include: this sofa bed from Weekends Only:
Selecting a desk has been one of the toughest choices so far in the furniture selection process. I would really like to use my desk for multiple purposes. I see myself using it as a computer desk, a crafting station and possibly a sewing station. There are lots of white desks on the market, but most of them don't have adequate storage for my file folders. If you look at the photo below, you'll see that the space I have to work with has two windows. This makes it difficult to place a desk as I need to either center it in front of the window, or the window and the neighboring open space. Also remember that I have my sofa bed to the left that I can't run into. So I have my work cut out for me to find the right piece! I may have to add a separate file folder and use it as a side table or something.
For this wall in the middle of the room, which previously held a bookshelf, I plan on putting a storage console for files and home decor items. Above the console, we are going to install a spare TV on the wall for guests to enjoy, as well as for me to watch in the background while I'm working. I would like the piece to be close to 60 inches, which is the width that the wall is with the door to the closet open. A piece such as this, which mimics the mid-century modern lines of the sofa couch, might work:
I'll end this post with a few, fun accessories I found while shopping for the main furniture pieces. I know that the room I envision has to have some colorful pieces, since my walls are gray and the furniture is mostly white. So I'll be adding in these pieces as accessories. Once I saw this area rug from Wayfair, I fell in love:
The One Room Challenge Week 3 was a bit chaotic. Since I'm still on vacation, and limited to time, I'll be forced to work remotely and make some decisions based on dimensions that I've measured prior to leaving. Here are the things I'll be working on during week 4 of the One Room Challenge.
What do you think of the wall color? My plans for the room? Leave a comment below. If you're also doing the One Room Challenge, let me know how Week 3 went for you. Then head on over to the One Room Challenge Fall 2018 blog to see all of the other Week 3 participants' progress!
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Susan is a Midwest mom of two and lover of all things colorful in the home. She works with homeowners to find their unique style and color palette while keeping their budgets and lifestyles in mind. You can find her hanging out on Instagram at @colorjoyinteriors or Twitter @getcolorjoy, where she shares her latest colorful projects and inspirations.
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