So far, this week has not been nearly as productive with this room as last week was. But, progress is progress, right?!? I did manage to finish painting the bed and got all of the joint compound and paint off of the floor. Who out there do I send straight into a panic attack with my messy painting habits? 😅 Honestly, if I didn’t have my steam mop to fix all of my mistakes, I would be more careful. I have never been one to take my time and prep the area before starting 😬. Call it lazy if you want but when I get motivated, I just jump right in and go for it.
Besides painting the bed and cleaning up a horrendous mess 👇🏽
I did manage to take down the headache of a chandelier and returned it. I am ordering a new (different) chandelier for this room. I did learn that there is some logic to picking out a light fixture with consideration to size. What you want to do is add together the length and width of your room in feet and the sum is your total diameter in inches (This room is 16 ft x 18 ft) so, 16 + 18 = 34. My chandelier’s maximum diameter for this room should be 34 inches… This chandelier pictured above was 47 inches! It just made the room look off balance and I was NOT liking it.
My plans for this weekend include cleaning the garage so that I can finally finishing building up the bed into a poster bed and build a bench to go in front of the bed. I am using the plans by Nicole @hillhousediaries has in her highlights. It is adorable and I think will really tie this look together.
Okay, so I’m a week late at posting the Week 3 update. Sometimes, life gets crazy. I’m sure some of you can relate to that. This week was a doozy to say the least and we ran in to some complications with that chandelier. To start off, the chandelier arrived to Home Depot damaged, I looked through the box to see if it was salvageable and it all looked okay, so I decided to take it home and give it a go. The instructions were super vague so I was on my own with this one. The first problem came about with the wiring, every wire nut they sent with the fixture was made cheap and didn’t bite onto the wires appropriately. The second problem was the parallel wiring, which I had to phone a friend on because I had never heard this term before. But, it was simple, all of the black wires connect to the black wires, and all of the white wires connect to the white wires. The next step was to connect it to the power source….. This is where we struggled. The screws that came with the fixture to connect to the bracket were too short, so the nuts didn’t even come into contact with the screws. I think we made three different trips to Lowes as we were working on this to find better quality supplies. After three days of both my husband and I working on this light fixture, we finally got it up and working, except not all of the lights worked. Remember all of those loose fitting wire nuts? This is where they shined. Even after replacing the wire nuts that connected to each and every candle light, there were still five lights that did not work (Pictured below). This is where I finally came to terms with the fact that this fixture was junk and I should exchange it for something else. After all of the blood, sweat, and tears that went into this fixture, I just took it down and returned it. It ended up being too big for the room as well. In the end, I wanted to be in love with every detail in this room, and I just wasn’t loving it. We will try again with something else that hopefully we will LOVE!
Okay, so aside from the chandelier fiasco, Josh helped me finish and fine tune that GORGEOUS faux cement accent wall that you see there! It was not as difficult as you would think, time consuming, but not difficult.
Faux Cement Wall
You want to get three buckets to work from, joint compound, cement dye (Pictured Below) and a drywall taping knife. It mixes best with a mortar mixer attachment for your drill.
Divide the joint compound between the three buckets. You are going to want to have a light, medium, and dark color to blend. I reserved more joint compound for the darker color. It all depends on what look you are going for, I wanted a darker wall, so I used more dark than light. Important tip to remember, it will dry far lighter than you expect! Mix the joint compound with water and SLOWLY add small amounts of color until you get the desired color you are looking for. Mix each bucket for about five minutes. Now you are ready to tackle that wall! Start with your darkest color first and then blend in your medium and light coats before allowing it all to dry. This is where I made a mistake, I allowed my first coat to dry and then tried blending the other two colors… this did not work (Pictured below) It came out WAY lighter than I wanted, so I had to start over! The second time around, my husband Josh came in to help as he could see that I was VERY frustrated. Minimal light and medium were used to blend in with the dark coat to get a more natural look. You will want to keep your rough ridges, it adds to the effect.
Patience comes in handy with this project because you really have to wait 24 hours to allow this wall to completely dry before you know what you have. But after two days and two tries later, we ended up with something we truly love now. Just look at the detail below!! The picture is unfortunately not doing this wall justice.
Other projects completed this week:
Replaced all of the brown electrical outlets and switches with white
Replaced all doorknobs and hinges
Started painting the bed using matte venetian bronze and building the arms for the poster build up
Installed the sconces
Put together the new nightstands
Finished painting the walls
Finished repairing the wall with the TV mount with joint compound and knockdown
I think that’s plenty for one week, don’t you?!? Please be sure to check out all of the other incredible men and women participating in the One Room Challenge! http://www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog
Choosing a paint color has actually been one of my weaknesses. I can’t tell you how many times I have painted a room only to find out that I don’t love the color. I mean, I just painted my kitchen… TWICE within a few weeks and I still am not happy with it. Let me tell you what I have learned from my mistakes.
Let’s start off by talking about whether or not you should paint your ceiling white or a color. I am currently painting my master bedroom, as one of the many to do’s for this room for the one room challenge. I started with the decision to paint my ceiling white. Here is what I learned about how to decide if you should paint your ceiling white or not.
Painting your ceiling white has been first choice for decades because it is a safe option. Typically, you will want to choose a flat sheen for your paint, as this will help hide imperfections. Here are some simple rules to follow regarding painting your ceiling white:
If your ceiling is textured (like mine is) or has many imperfections. A white flat paint will help make your room look seamless and hide all of those imperfections.
If your room has low lighting or minimal natural light. White paint helps reflect light and will make it seem brighter.
If you are going for a simplistic main living space.
If you have a lot of contrasting or bright colors in the room. Painting the ceiling white will help tone down the color and you will avoid clashing with the other colors in the room.
I decided to paint my Master Bedroom with a flat white ceiling and the walls will end up being Alabaster by Sherwin Williams. One of my walls will be accented by a faux cement look (Step by step instructions will be coming soon!). Can you tell that I love my neutrals? I personally love that minimalistic style and will throw in small pops of color with my decor. Anyways, back to paint, if you do decide to paint your ceiling and walls the same color (this look works best if your ceiling is flat), it is typically best to paint your ceiling two shades lighter than your walls. If you do have a flat ceiling though, painting your walls and ceiling the same color will give you that seamless look and helps the eye focus more on the furnishings.
Choosing the right white
First off, you should know that there are three types of whites to think about here: cool whites, warm whites, and pure whites. Before picking between the three types of whites, I want you to take a good look at your room. What does the palette look like? Do you have cooler hues in the room, such as blues or greens? For rooms with these types of colors, you are probably going to want to stick with a cool white, as this will complement the colors in your room.
Does your room have browns, yellows, reds, or wood tones within the furnishings? If yes, then choose a warm white for that natural flow.
Finally the pure whites. Pure whites work well in those modern, rustic, or traditional spaces. Pure whites typically don’t have much undertone to them, so you can go right ahead and choose those bright and bold furnishings without the worry of it clashing with your paint choices.
Pictured above: Left middle is a “Pure white” I mean, its in the name!😅 The rest of the whites I selected are “warm whites”. This is where my mistakes in the past came in. Before I knew that there were pure, warm, and cool whites and how to select between the three, I would always lean towards cool whites. But…. All of my furnishings are warm tones 🙃. So its no wonder why I was never happy with my paint selection!I did not make this mistake this time, I only selected warm whites and pure whites this time.
I also like staying neutral because, well, we move a lot! No, we’re not military. I moved a lot when I was a child and never really felt settled and I think that has carried over into my adulthood. I’m a little nomadic at heart and have never really been tied to any one place. Because of this, I’ve learned that neutral homes sell faster than bright and bold colors.
Plans for the rest of this week and next week:
Finish Painting the Ceiling
Start painting the walls
Start on Faux Cement accent wall
Finish building the faux beams
Below is an updated plan/mood board for the One Room Challenge. Changes include the beams, sconces, nightstands, and light fixture. I priced out how much it would be for two pre-made faux beams… $1600!!! Um, no thanks! So I decided to attempt to tackle this on my own with using:
1 x 10 x 8’s and 1 x 6 x 8’s, I’ve already ran into issues, like the angles on the ceiling and making a spline to join these together. I am terrible at angles and I’ve never made a spline before…pssshhhh, I got this… I think! 😅. If I can figure this out, I will write up how you can do this too in the coming weeks.
I am so so excited to be starting this one room challenge (ORC)! I decided to enter to be a guest participant because:
Doing challenges gives me a deadline and helps me stay on task and motivated
Doing this challenge alongside others is so incredibly inspiring and gives me that sense of community!
I have been planning on renovating our master bedroom for awhile now but it was always lowest on my priority list. Not to mention, the water damage incident that we had back in October didn’t help the budget and set us back quite a bit. I am so ready to get this started… I may or may not be working on the laundry room still, but hey, can I even call myself a DIYer if I don’t have multiple projects going on at once? I will be doing this project by myself with my own two hands! My husband is very supportive and is ALWAYS willing to help, but I truly enjoy doing these projects alone. It is my hobby and my time to clear my head.
So a little information on the ORC: the ORC starts today, May 5, 2021, there are 20 featured designers along with guest participants that will have eight weeks to complete their room to reveal on June 24-27. So exciting, right?!? My room doesn’t look that bad in this picture, but I have a pretty big overhaul planned for this room. After doing the laundry room though, this shouldn’t be that bad! Let me show you my moodboard for this room so that you have a visual:
My plan for this room: replace the broken fan light with either a basket light or a cement light fixture… haven’t quite decided yet; painting walls and ceiling, I will be keeping my current bed but building on to it to turn it into a poster bed, adding faux beams, adding a cement accent wall, building a bench for the end of the bed, replacing the flooring, and adding new trim! Phew… Can we get this done in eight weeks?? Fingers crossed my friends. Let’s take a look at some before photos.
This photo was taken before we moved in. Pros: HUGE room to work with, we have 288 sq ft in this room! Cons: the flooring looks great in this picture but is in less than ideal condition. The color looks brighter than it is, it is that beautiful builder’s beige, so bring in the paint!
This wall will be getting the cement accent wall. I was very torn between the cement wall and a board and baton wall, and to be honest, I’m still second guessing myself. The surf board will be coming down and will be moved over the exterior door (Not shown).
As you can see here, I’ve already started painting and hung the TV here. I found that adorable console table on Overstock! Sorry folks, that elliptical isn’t going anywhere. I wouldn’t use it if it weren’t inside…
So, are you as ready as I am to just dive right in and get this started? Will this inspire YOU to tackle a project that’s been collecting dust on your to do list? I sure hope so! Be sure to check out all of the featured designers and the other guest participants: http://www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog/so
Please use proper safety precautions and do appropriate research when attempting projects. You are responsible for your own safety.
Isn’t she lovely? I’m talking about that laundry room! Just take a moment to appreciate everything here. Here is a list of what I did in this room:
Tiled the floor
Tiled the Backsplash
Removed the Fluorescent light and added a pendant basket light (Which I hand made!) and recessed lighting
Painted the cabinets Escape Grey by Sherwin Williams and added pulls
Built up the cabinets to the ceiling
Removed the old sink and countertop and added new Laminate countertop (You can get GORGEOUS laminate these days and you seriously can’t beat the price!)
Added a little sparkle with my champagne bronze faucet
Built a wall around the furnace and added closet doors for ventilation and easy access (Plus, no more eye sore!)
Built a built-in shelf with the left over countertop to the left over the trash compactor (I mean, why not? I can’t let that countertop go to waste, and its soooo nice having the extra space)
Replaced our water heater with a tankless water heater (okay, this I called a professional for because it required extra power and I wasn’t going to fumble along on something this serious) Side note on the tankless water heater, super nice but sooo many hidden costs with it, like hiring an electrician to run a new line to the breaker box $$$)
Currently: building a cabinet to go over the hot water heater so there will be absolutely no eye sore in this room
Built a shelf to go over the washer and dryer
Built a little tray to go over my sink with some scrap wood!
Removed the base cabinet next to the washer and moved it over to where the hot water heater was so I could have an empty space to store a roll out laundry hamper
Finally, added new trim
Now…. Let’s go back to the beginning and take a look at what we started with, shall we?
Yikes!!! This room would make anyone run for the hills and NEVER want to do laundry. I used to cringe every time I’d have company over or I would walk into this room. Can you blame me? The fluorescent lighting, vinyl yellow flooring, vomit laminate countertops, the stained utility sink, and walking in to see the furnace and hot water heater (hidden to the right). I know this is better than some laundry rooms as is, believe me, I’ve had worse. Like, a laundry room in a Michigan basement… now THAT is scary! But, I knew that if I just put in a little elbow grease, this room could be breathtaking!
You ask, “Who cares, it’s just a laundry room?” Well, I spend HOURS in this room every day, so mama needs a little glam! This room has been exceptionally challenging for me. I learned how to do things that I have NEVER done before… I hope knowing that I have never attempted most of this before, motivates you all to try doing this yourself! Because, if I can do this, literally ANYONE can! I won’t lie, this was a very labor intensive project and made my brain hurt thinking about the math that went into building the wall with a closet door and building up the cabinets. But, the satisfaction that I have now, knowing that I FREAKING DID ALL OF THIS, was WAAAAYYYYY worth it. I now have a sense of pride and confidence in myself that I did not have before. Plus, every time I walk by the room, I am seriously smiling from ear to ear.
Please use proper safety precautions and do appropriate research when attempting projects. You are responsible for your own safety.