Welcome to Week Five of the One Room Challenge! Somehow, we’ve made it this far. Can you believe there’s only one week left?! My photoshoot is booked for next Tuesday, because I am still waiting on several key pieces of my design to arrive- talk about pushing it to the last minute! Last week, I updated you on the details, like lighting and art. While I’m still waiting for a few of those pieces to arrive, I went ahead and knocked out all of the big stuff like painting, caulking, and more painting this week! Hence, the subtitle of this post. If you’re just now catching up, read about my progress thus far here:
WEEK ONE // WEEK TWO // WEEK THREE // WEEK FOUR
Like I mentioned above, I knocked out all of the little rigorous but necessary details this past week, like painting and caulking every inch of my apartment. These things seem frivolous, but make the biggest difference when they’re done correctly. And even though it’s not a big space, we still took on a lot of projects that needed painting and caulking. We added Metrie moulding to the mirror wall, the living room walls, the built-in cabinet doors, the crown at the top of the built-ins, and on a radiator cover. Every single inch of this moulding needed to be caulked, primed, sanded, and painted. As for the painting projects, I painted the walls, the built-ins, the baseboard, window, and door trim all the way around the room, and the bedroom door. It’s safe to assume that I only had time to put down the brush from my now-permanent-claw-hand just long enough to have my nightly goblet of red wine.
I don’t want to give away too much- gotta save it for the big reveal- but I will share some of the progress I made last week. Thanks to a head start by my husband, we were able to finish building, prime, and paint the radiator cover for under the window (reminder of the monstrosity that existed in its place before here)
You can also see how I we removed the plantation shutters from the windows and painted the entire frame with Farrow and Ball’s “Strong White” in full gloss below- crazy how different they look open and bright white (here’s the before to refresh/ repulse you)
The walls are “Simply White” by Benjamin Moore, but they needed to be completely repainted because of all of the scratches and scuffs we made while installing the moulding, and when my contractor drilled out for TV and sconce wiring. Here’s Max and my busty BFF Charles modeling the newly painted baseboard trim and completed wall moulding:
In order to paint the built-ins and allow them to fully cure, I had to move all of my books and decorative objects to other spots around the apartment. Here’s Max again, clearly showing his displeasure at my haphazard stacks of books.
But after those projects were finished, I was finally able to roll out my new Annie Selke rug to see how it would look in the space. This was the very first package I received for the ORC weeks and weeks ago, and I was so thrilled to finally unwrap it and put it in the space.
And if you give a mouse a cookie, she will open her new sectional and put together her new coffee table and put them in the room.
Now, it’s time to accessorize the built-ins, which have fully cured and are looking fabulous all dressed up in “Railings” by Farrow and Ball. (PS- how stunning is that Round Hill Bee Bowl by Jill Rosenwald? It might be my favorite thing in the room)
I am still waiting for custom roman shades from The Shade Store, art from Minted, a few vintage purchases from Chairish, an entry table from All Modern, and sconce parts from Lucent Light Shop. Sarah from Lucent has been SO great to work with, after I measured incorrectly and then my contractor told me the wrong size back plate to order- she is shipping me another back plate option that I hope will work. Fingers crossed that third time’s a charm!
Here’s an updated to-do list, if you’re keeping track:
-build and install fireplace -install wall molding -install mirror molding -prime and paint wall molding and mirror molding -install light fixture in living room -install light fixture in entryway -paint entry ceiling (in progress!) -install wall mural (in progress!) -prime and paint built-in bookcases -install crown molding on said bookcases -remove and update accent lighting inside bookcases -frame out cabinet doors on bookcases with molding -wire for TV and sconces -remove plantation shutters in preparation for new roman shades
-tile inside fireplace
-place furniture + hang art
So, not that much left to do, right?! Make sure to tune in next week for the big reveal- until then, I’ll be sharing sneak peeks on Snapchat (scsmith012), and waiting until the last minute to install things and write my post. I already have a date with MSNBC next Tuesday night as I write my post and watch the election results roll in- which kinda sounds like the best Tuesday ever, to be honest 😉
A big thanks to Linda for hosting! Check out the other designers sharing their updates today as well, and check back on Thursday to see the hundreds of others who link up!