ORC Week 2: Demo & Design Plan

Hey y'all! I can't believe it's week 2 of the One Room Challenge already! We started "demo" on Saturday night (I use that term loosely, as it mostly means we emptied all the spaces and patched holes.  No sledgehammers required).

Not surprisingly, the laundry room & to-be office nook look huge now that they're empty of junk. But they're actually fairly small:  the laundry room is 35 sq. ft. & the office nook is only 4 ft wide & 18 inches deep.  This means less area to work on, but it also means we have to be efficient with our space planning.  I love the challenge of ensuring a design works as good as it looks, so this is one of the things I'm most eager to get to (& also what is keeping me awake at night). ;)

Removed all the junk & shelves, patched the holes, and now we are ready to paint!

 Monday night & Tuesday we started in on the actual work of putting the spaces back together.  So exciting!  There is still A LOT left to do, but seriously, just seeing new pulls on the cabinets in the laundry room & having an outlet installed in the closet office made me so happy, not to mention that the feeling of accomplishment from such simple tasks give me incentive to keep moving forward.

Below is my design board.  It's a little different from the ones I send to clients; this is more of an inspiration board than a true design board.  I'm taking elements from all of the images & giving them my own spin.  So, what you see here will not exactly be what you'll see in the end, as opposed to a detailed design that I provide for my clients.  But, it will keep me focused on not straying too far outside my ideas, something that can happen when I'm browsing my favorite antiques store, or let's be honest, each time I step inside Target or HomeGoods.

Clockwise from top left: Melinda Hartwright  // Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze // Schoolhouse Electric
Benjamin Moore White Dove // An Urban Cottage // Ladies Home Journal // This Old House // Boston Globe Magazine

And finally, our to-do list.  Phew!  Seeing how many things there are still to be done is a little overwhelming.  This is definitely going to be a 'take it one step at a time' process.

Install beadboard & molding // Paint & stencil walls // Install hooks on molding // New utility sink // Pulls for cabinets // New lighting ? // Replace drying rack // Install shelf above washer & dryer

Paint walls // New rug // New lighting

Repaint // Lower top hooks so shelf is more accessible // Add shoe storage // Add more hooks

Office nook:
Floating desk // Install outlet // New printer // Cubby holes/storage for mail, office supplies
Chalkboard or pinboard // Lighting

Please check in on our progress again next week!  Y'all are keeping me accountable ;)
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  1. Love your inspiration board!! I can't wait to see your stenciled walls! I plan to do this in my powder room (probably after the holidays)! It's all looking good!!

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  3. Holy cow this is ambition. I love your inspiration board! Can't wait to see how it turns out.