One Room Challenge Week 5: Calling "Uncle"

If you're new here, welcome! To my regular readers, thank you for checking back in! We are in the final countdown of the One Room Challenge, a 6 week event hosted by Linda of Calling It Home to makeover one room in your home (or someone else's. With their permission, of course).

We have made some amazing progress in some areas, and not so amazing in others.  After two weeks of the stomach flu making its way through our home, and losing a large amount of my budget to the unexpected expense of a new car, I have finally come to realize that we will not have a complete room next week.  It is what it is, and I am surprisingly okay with it (well, mostly.  There have been a few moments of frustration & one near tantrum, but overall, I'm satisfied with what we've been able to accomplish despite the challenges.)

The bookcases, which I shared last week, received even more attention after my post.  My husband decided he wasn't 100% satisfied with them, so he added more trim and detailing, and I am SO glad he did.  I thought they looked great before, but they truly look professional now.  One coat of primer and two coats of paint later, and they are ready for styling.  We also decided to paint the crown molding to match the bookcases.  I had initially been concerned that painting the molding gray would shorten our already low (8') ceilings, but it looks much more polished now.

Excuse the grainy photo.  Computer issues :)
 Our vintage federal mirror arrived, and I love the character it adds to the room.  I'm trying not to overwhelm the room/walls, so even though I had originally thought about a gallery wall for this space, I'm really happy with the quiet, clean look of the mirror on its own.  Plus, this is the main wall that my girls bang against as they run through the room during their daily races, so the less to be knocked down, the better. :)

We happened to have a picture light laying around in the basement from another project, so we added that above my girls' painting.  It gives the art an extra sense of importance, and my 5 year old thinks it is so neat to be able to turn on the "special" light so it shines on their painting.

Tune in next week to see our "finished" space.  And be sure to check out the other 200+ guest paticipants!


  1. Holly I adore the sneak peeks and I can’t wait for the reveal! I love the direction the space is going in. As a fellow ORC participant it’s been wonderful to gather some fantastic inspiration. I’d love for you to share your progress at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Our readers would love to see it. The gathering is at http://www.decortoadore.net

  2. Sometimes when we call uncle, even better things unfold.
    You are doing great!