ORC Week 3: Progress??

Well, we're halfway through, and I cannot confidently say that we're halfway done with our work.  Ahh!! We've had a few setbacks, most notably time.  The baby had croup, and the hubby was out of town all weekend, so we are trying to make up for it by working late after the kiddos are in bed.  Coffee & I have always been BFFs, but now we are thisclose.

That being said, it's still pathetic how much we've gotten done compared to our normal project timelines.  Guess those Netflix marathons really do cut into productivity.

We painted the office nook Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze, & I love love love the dark against all the white in our home.  I've used this color before, mainly on our exterior doors, but I've never used it on walls.  Looks so good.  After a couple coats of the UB, I started coating a portion of the back wall with Martha's Multi-Surface Chalkboard Acrylic Craft Finish.  It has given the wall a slightly chalky/glazed sheen, but still looks fine.  I think the fact that the wall has so many imperfections and is in a dimly lit space helps; not sure how it would look in a sunlit area.

I started on the stencil work in the laundry room, and I am in love with the design.  I've never stenciled before, so the results have been imperfect, but I actually kind of like it better that way.  Hopefully, I'll finish it tomorrow so that we can start installing beadboard this weekend.

A little hint at the stencil work
Luckily, our only snafus so far have been minor.  I scored a great deal at HomeGoods, & found a light that is a little out of my comfort zone (which is laughable because it's so tame, but my style is farmhouse/cottage/classic & this light is a teensy bit industrial).  I think it will really make the space though, and add a little zing.  However, when I was removing all the stickers the manufacturer plastered it with, some of the finish came off.  And then the awesome vintage lightbulb I paid extra for popped in half when my husband (who would like acknowledgement for his obvious brute strength) pulled it out of the box.  But if those are our only issues, I will gladly take them!

There is still so much left to do, most notably installing paneling, building a free floating desk, and installing a new sink.  Check back next week to see how much more we've done, or if we've gone off the deep end.  Right now, it's a toss-up. ;)

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  1. Yay for Urbane Bronze! You're brave to stencil! I'd be a nervous Nelly!

  2. I've never done a stencil so I give you mucho kudos for trying this. And, I think with the stencil you chose, imperfect is fine….a little like block print. Do you follow william_mclure on IG? He did a stencil like yours in one of his rooms and it turned out great! Hang in there…..sending lots of coffee vibes your way!!

    1. Thanks, Fran! I was channeling block print in my mind ;)
      And I'll have to check out William McLure!

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    1. Thank you so much, Mary Ann!! I am a longtime follower & fan of yours :)

  4. Yes on that stencil! They're a bit tricky at first, but the finished look is so cool. Can't wait to see!