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One Room Challenge – Week 3

Written by on 11th July 2012 in Blog POSTS with 11 Comments

Hi! And thanks for coming back to check in on my progress in the One Room Challenge (ORC).  (ORC is 6 weeks, 20 bloggers/20 rooms and Lots of action!!) If this is your first glimpse of my project you can check out weeks One and Two right here.  This past week I made my requisite trip to IKEA and showed remarkable restraint I might add!  I got some Billy’s and Benno’s per my measurements and then headed to the hardware store to pick up trim and crown molding. Here is what I ended up with:

And here’s where I started…

This bonus room is under my garage. It is dark and the lighting will be addressed in the weeks to come. I painted the back wall with Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore. My lovely nieces helped paint the backs of the Benno shelves but assured me that they have no aspirations toward design. They are strictly focused on becoming zoo keepers.  Well,…. okay then!

As you can see I have trimmed out all the fronts and where it meets the wall to give it a finished look.  I painted all the wood trim in Timid White by Benjamin Moore as it is a very close match to the white of the IKEA Billy shelves. I added a crown at the top too which seems like a preschool step compared to what Linda at My Crafty Home Life has been doing with her crown molding- so let’s be clear…she’s the reigning queen of crowns, and mine’s pretty good :)

I took a small Billy shelf and cut off the bottom in order to construct a bridge between my two stacks.  It started to sag a bit in the middle so I went back to the hardware store and got some small pieces of lumber which I painted in the wall colour.  These cleats are screwed into the studs and provide just the right amount of support for my hack!

So there it is. Not allot of pretty pics this week – but certainly lots of work!!  I might submit it as an IKEA hack when I’m done.  My desk Hack is here.  I feel relieved that this hard part is over and I’m looking forward to some good old fashioned decorating.

Next week the electrician and the drywaller will be here…that’ll be a gong show.

Below you can find links to the other Challenge Participants!! Check them out!

Julia – Pawleys Island Posh – Office

Beth - Chinoiserie Chic – Kitchen

Lauren - The Cottage Mix – Husband’s Office

Sherry - Design Indulgence – Living Room

Lindsay - Everything LEB – Bedroom

Barbara - Hodge:Podge – Living Room

Kim - Kim Macumber Interiors – Keeping Room

Lisa - Lisa Mende Design – Family Room

Tiffany - Living Savvy – Boy’s Room

Bethany – Powell Brower Home – Bedroom

Jessie - Mix & Chic – Master Bedroom

Linda - My Crafty Home Life – Master Bedroom

Alison - My Little Happy Place – Office

Danylle - Nana Moon – Master Bathroom

Jennifer - The Pink Pagoda – Family Room

Lindsay - The Pursuit of Style – Stairway

Emily - Rue de Emily – Living Room

Lindsay - Sadie + Stella – Office

Lisa - Trapped in North Jersey – Living Room

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  1. Not true, my friend. Power tools and moldings of any kind are a challenge. Well done…and let’s hear it for the child labor. Genius! My brother was a zoo keeper…no joke. Now he works on television and film making sure that the animals’ rights are being protected….only in Hollywood! This all looks fantastic.

    • Nicole says:

      I’ll have to tell them. The oldest one had to choose between movie star or zoo keeper and I’m sure she will be glad to hear that her career paths can meet up at some point :)

  2. Great project. I am an Ikea addict.

  3. Kelly says:

    The room is looking so good!! I’ll let the girls know they are on your blog today. Good work!!

  4. LindsB says:

    Looking good so far! That paint color is great, love how it looks with the white bookcases in front

  5. Kim says:

    You did a fantastic hack!! You will love all those shelves and since the space is dark … these white shelves will add such a nice pop of light for you!! You should be feeling pretty cocky right now with those skills!!!

  6. These shelves look great with all the added molding, it looks very custom. The color is great too. Can’t wait to see the finished room!

  7. These ikea shelves look fantastic! You’d never know! The trim does the finishing trick! And I love the dark color you decided to paint the back wall. This looks just great!

  8. Wow, Nicole, this is amazing! You girls that can use the power tools really impress me! I wish I could! Incredible job!

  9. You did that yourself and still have all 10 fingers? Wow – I am amazed! Looking good!

  10. This is going straight to my “bookshelves” inspiration board on Pinterest. LOVE how this came out!


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