Thursday, October 9, 2014

One Room Challenge: Week 2

Welcome to week two of the One Room Challenge! If you missed week one you can check it out here. I have four weeks left to complete my powder room and hallway makeover and I can already feel the pressure beginning to build!!

Last week I shared two different room plans with you and mentioned that I had a huge fear of commitment. Let me stop there and say THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of your kind words of support! You guys had no problem picking your favorite option. The overwhelming majority of you preferred the blue option over the black.  Unfortunately it's week two and I'm still not completely sold on which fabric to choose. Big shocker there. I have seriously been debating on black vs. blue for over a year. I have almost worked out a plan to have BOTH, but every time I think I' ready to pull the trigger I begin to second guess myself. Hopefully I will be able to get it all sorted out this weekend, like after a cocktail or three.

The good news is that I have nailed down a few of the other major decisions (WOO HOO)!! I have also started on the small construction aspect of the plan so I don't feel like I'm completely behind, at least not yet anyways.

I have decided to use Schumacher's Ikeda Bamboo Stripe grasscloth on the walls in the powder room. I have to admit that I wasn't sold on striped grasscloth at first, but when I calculated the amount of money I would be saving by using this particular grasscloth, I suddenly fell in love with it! It is seriously the deal of the century. I'm talking a savings of over $1,000 here people.

Here is an updated moodboard with the striped grasscloth. I actually feel like this grasscloth will pair nicely with either fabric, which is probably why I have no problem committing to it.

Floral fabric:  Lotus Lake Porcelain by Waverly
Botanicals by The Pink Pagoda

I removed the texture from the ceiling, I would like to point out that it may have been a small ceiling, but it was not a small task! Seriously, I almost reconsidered all of my negative feelings about smocked ceilings, almost being the key word there. I also patched and sanded the walls. There are not any glamorous pictures to share of either task but I will post a tutorial on how to smooth smocked ceilings in the next few days.

I also rescued my lovely bamboo mirror from the depths of hell my basement and tested it out in the space. The mirror is really heavy so I was excited to discover that the previous owners of our home used heavy duty anchors to hang the original mirror. Here is the unpainted mirror in the space...



What the what?!?! I was so disappointed that it didn't look just as I had planned. My bubble was totally busted. I guess I'll be removing those awesome anchors and finding another industrial strength anchor to secure my beloved mirror. Just one more thing on the to do list...

  • remove ceiling texture
  • paint or wallpaper walls (wallpaper ordered)
  • change light fixture 
  • change wall fixtures
  • window treatments
  • artwork 
  • lacquer faux bamboo mirror
  • possibly change out vanity
  • hang pictures in hallway leading to powder room
  • paint the remaining doors (black, grey, white?)

As if I don't have enough to do with this challenge, I have been working on a color scheme for my entry and living room (which will coordinate to my ORC powder room). I'm hoping that finalizing the whole color story will help me decide between the blue vs. black dilemma. Let me know if you are still swaying towards the blue fabric for the bathroom now that you have seen the "big" picture for my downstairs.

Gallery Wall: Dimples and Tangles
Botanical, Cheetah, and Pagoda print by The Pink Pagoda

Don't forget to stop by and check out the progress of all of these fabulous designs! You can check out all of the other linking participants here. I know I'll be spending a significant amount of time sitting at my computer checking all of these bad boys out this weekend; these ladies are seriously talented!! 



             



















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Thanks for stopping by!

Megan


21 comments:

  1. It's an awesome mirror - and will look great once at the right height! (Don't you hate those unexpected setbacks??!)
    Can't wait to see more!

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    1. Thank you!! Unexpected setbacks are the worst! I see your powder room is moving along quite nicely and that shade of blue is beautiful!

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  2. Such an awesome mirror, fingers crossed it works for you! :)

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  3. You're saving $1000 by using that grasscloth?! I really like it! I'm so excited you're using my prints. I love everything you're doing here and can't wait to see it all!!

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    1. Thank you!! I haven't decided which ones I'm officially going to use but they match the fabric so well that I will definitely be using some of your artwork. I'm posting the details of how I got the 5 rolls of the Schumacher grasscloth for only $75 on the blog tomorrow! It was a total steal!

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  4. Ooo I have the same mirror! AND I did the red version in a bathroom reno. At the correct height it will look very chic. Love that floral fabric. Seems like a winner to me.

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    1. Thank you! I'll have to check your blog to see pictures of it. I see that your TWO rooms are coming along nicely!! You are far braver than I!! ;)

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  5. I also have that mirror. A mistake I made when I painted it the first time was that I did not paint the back of the bamboo frame. It showed in the reflection of the mirror, so I took it apart and painted it again. This is looking amazing, and your list is long...good luck.

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    1. I'll keep that in mind when I paint it tomorrow. Thank you so much for the advice and encouragement! I hope to get a lot accomplished this weekend. It's tough to get anything done with my little man running around. ;)

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  6. I know people that hang things at weird heights...never understand that one! Love the mirror though! Good luck this next week :)

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    1. I'll never understand it either. Thanks so much for the support!

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  7. The high hanging thing always gets me...art and mirrors always always look better lower than you think they should be. I'm sticking with my original blue vote:)

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    1. Nothing annoys me more than artwork that is too high for a space! Thanks for again for your input, I'm leaning towards the blue as well. The marble you selected is absolutely stunning!

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  8. Still love the blue!! And I loooove grasscloth!

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    1. Thank you so much for your vote!! I'm leaning towards the blue...I think. haha. I can't wait to see what you do with your outdoor space, mosquito net included!!

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  9. It may go against the decorating grain, but the mirror height does not bother me at all. My husband, our son and I are all tall, and prefer not to have the tops of our heads "cut off" by the reflection in a mirror hung too low. Your fabric selections are beautiful, as is the mirror, however high you install it.

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  10. Adore the Waverly fabric and your color palette!

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  11. The grasscloth and that mirror are perfection! Still loving the blue and love your whole house plan!

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  12. I love the fabric and that grasscloth is gorgeous!

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  13. $75 bucks?! Absolute steal. Donzo. Loving it all.

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