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One Room Challenge – Week 2

Written by on 4th July 2012 in Blog POSTS with 8 Comments

Thanks for coming back to the One Room Challenge! To catch up on last week’s happenings click here. There are so many cool ladies and ambitious projects in the challenge this time!!…I better keep my nose to the grindstone.  I figured I would quickly recap where I’m starting from because I did get some work done on this basement bonus room over Christmas and in January.  Over the holidays we pulled up the last bit of nasty carpet in this house, had a guy come over and knock down a wall and then my mother-in-law and the hubs and I somehow connected the flooring to the next room in 3 hours flat! Bam! I love how seamless it is…so much bigger looking too. Yay!

Next,  the “wall breaking guy” returned after Christmas to frame and install some french doors which is pictured here. Yay!

The new doors are exciting and the stage was set  for much greater things to happen to the room….and then …. nothing happened. Wwah whwaw whaw!

But hey, this is precisely what the challenge is for right !?! …To get your butt in gear and finish that project that somehow took a back seat to the Real Housewives series and experimenting with that pasta attachment for my kitchenaid mixer…anyway…I’m getting off topic.

So the plan is to get bookshelves in the back wall and make it all look fab. I have to get an electrician in to do six little pot lights in the ceiling and a “drywall guy” to fix what the “wall breaking guy” left behind. Sigh.  I have measured and priced out Ikea for the shelves and this suits me fine. Here is the plan: (Shelves are Next week)

 The Table/Desk is actually the most exciting part for me and I thought it was the best thing to start with..you know get me all revved up to finish this thing!!   So here’s Table/Desk Evolution from Craigslist “Hello Yellow” Pine with 1000 layers of shellac on it to a toned down work surface I can love!

Out with Old…sanding that sucker

Hmm… sanding evenly is harder than it looks….Jacobean Minwax Stain…oh no too dark! This was a bad day…

Sand off the Jacobean ….re-apply Early American Minwax stain…ahhh much better…

Perfect DIY Project. I made mistakes, I learned and I got to use power tools!

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. Emily says:

    I am impressed that you sanded TWICE …my arms are getting tired just thinking about it! Loving the wood floors and the french doors…

  2. What a difference those french doors make. Wow, it opens up the space and looks beautiful. You did a fantastic job on that table. We should run a tally on how much Ikea will make during this challenge!

  3. Kim says:

    Love the transformation of you table … the new doors are perfect … can’t wait to see the shelves!!

  4. I LOVE french doors and what an incredible addition they are in your room! I’m just so impressed by the DIY skills you and other ladies in this challenge have. I can’t even imagine tackling the table job here, but you did an amazing job. It looks beautiful!

  5. Kelly says:

    Can’t believe that is the same table!! What an awesome difference some elbow grease and a fresh coat of stain/paint can make! Looking forward to see what you have for next week!!

  6. designchic says:

    Love the addition of the French doors and the table…fabulous!! Can’t wait to see more – happily following!!

  7. Love where you are headed with this Nicole! Can’t wait to see the shelving!

  8. wow, the transformation you made from knocking out that wall and adding french doors was huge! And that table restaining turned out great! can’t wait to see what the future weeks hold for the ORC. Good job! I found you through Pink Pagoda and am now a fan!


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