One Room Challenge Spring 2016: The built-ins are finished - but the painting may never end

Welcome to Week 4! For those of you just joining in, we are participating in Calling It Home's One Room Challenge, a 6 week revamp of one room in our home.  You can catch up with weeks 1, 2, & 3 to see where we started and how far we've come.

I am fairly sure that this time around, we will not be finished with our room when the clock stops.  And that's ok because we have made some major changes to the room, and as we are working with a tighter budget, I want to ensure that we (I) make the right choices, not pressured choices.

The most obvious change to the room are the incredible built-ins that my husband has worked so hard on.  It is so neat to watch someone that you know so well grow in a talent that they weren't even sure they had, only to find major success after challenging themselves.  The bookcases add tons of character and style to the room, not to mention much needed storage in our smaller home.

With one coat of tinted primer

We also have all new lighting in the room, but I was able to keep it all budget-friendly.  I purchased the sconces with gift cards saved from my birthday & Christmas (sometimes being a holiday baby comes in handy), and I simply switched the lantern in our breakfast area with the chandelier in the dining room.  It's a little unconventional to move a crystal chandelier from a dining room to a kitchen, but I'm a big fan of the contrast it provides to our kitchen's antique farm table.  And the lantern better fits my vision for the design for the dining room.

The custom shades for the sconces will most likely not make it here before the end of the ORC, but I'm sure they will be worth the wait.  Although when I showed my husband the design, he said, "I really like them.  They remind me of a Hawaiian shirt".  Definitely NOT what I was going for, but I'll focus on the part where he said that he liked them.  Here are some inspiration images to give you an idea of the direction in which I am heading:

Bunny Williams Home

This next week is going to be a hot mess of frantically trying to finish as much as possible while still searching for those "perfect" items that will make the room.  But unlike my younger impatient self, I am willing to settle for an unfinished room, and wait for the right time/chair/table/fabric to come along.

If you'd like to see how the other amazing participants are faring, check out callingithome.com. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Amazing. You accomplished all of this and entertained your in-laws, who were no help, at the same time. You are a talented and gracious woman.

    1. LOL. Thank you, anonymous. It's not every week you get to renovate a room while also hosting a beach-themed ball, complete with formal dancing & water gun fights. Keeps life interesting ;)

  2. Those built-ins look amazing! And I'm with you not finishing everything vs. rushing - maybe wisdom really does come with (a little) age? ;)