February 27, 2013

one room challenge - week 4

We have arrived at week 4 of the One Room Challenge (you can catch up on weeks 1 - 3 here) and this week has been all about fumes. Paint, floor wax and stripping chemicals. Ahh the smell of progress.

Thanks to a well timed play date and some quality grandparent time, the hubs and I took advantage of an empty house and got painting.


Btw, I shared my progress on Instagram, and am now officially addicted. I know I'm late to the party but that sucker is just fun.

Now for those of you who are new, I'm a color girl. I need it the same way I need anything that Andy Cohen will put on TV. So I went with quite a radical choice for the walls. White.

I can hear the sarcasm in your voice, 'White?! That is soo daring.' Well, for me it is. This is only the second time...ever that I've painted a room white. (the kitchen being the other instance)

But you may have noticed from my board, that there is also another paint color listed. I can't go without color somewhere on the walls, so I went for the fifth wall - the ceiling. I took a cue from all of my Pinterest ceiling inspiration and gave the girls what they wanted. Pink.

Not bubblegum pink, or baby pink. We are going for Big Girl Pink.

My 5-year-old Amelia picked out this fabric (she's good, I know) and I used that pink/purple color as our Big Girl inspiration.



I matched up a swatch (BM Springtime Bloom) and slapped that sucker up on the wall.


I knew as soon as I started trimming out the ceiling that I loved it.

These girls' are not wallflowers and neither is their room. It is a really great color that looks different thru out the day. It is a great contrast against the white and it makes the room feel bigger. Win win.


Beautiful ceiling and walls, now on to the floor. I took advantage of the emptyness to get on my hands and knees and clean the crap out of that floor. Soap and hot water, elbow grease and then a coat of wax. I'll do another coat of wax and then buff it. (my mom is very proud at this moment)

The crib was then taken down (sad) and Eve's 'new' bed was brought up from the basement. The girls' have the same beds that were used by my sister and I, which I love.  With both beds in the room, we were able to move things around and I've nailed down where all the little puzzle pieces will fit. Sweet progress.


The paint fumes must have made us giddy because we also went ahead and put up the new light fixture. And in my final burst of weekend energy I took those drawers out of the dresser and started to strip. The drawers. I stripped the drawers.


As of this morning all the drawers are stripped and the base is half way there. More on that next week.

With all of that, I'm pooped. Let's check in on the list, shall we?

  1. Come up with functional floor plan
  2. Paint walls/ceiling/trim
  3. Paint dresser (new hardware?) Progress
  4. Update vanity (maybe some fun color or hardware) Progress
  5. Find curtains and add trim
  6. Add a rug and new bedding Progress
  7. Hang art and create some personalized pieces Progress
  8. Find/Install new light fixture (buh bye ceiling fan)
  9. Reupholster chair and possibly add comfy floor cushions 
  10. Find/Make lampshade(s) 
Now let's see how the others are progressing!

48 comments:

  1. Your girls must be jumping with joy over their Pink Sky!! I applaud your use of White. It is hard for me as well!! xo

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  2. You just brought a tear to my eye with that ceiling. I am in love. Way to go Amelia & mom. The girls must be so excited to be included on the process.

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  3. LOVE the ceiling!!!!! it looks awesome!!!!!! and can't wait to tsee the dresser!

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  4. You are adorable and so is that ceiling! Wells' nursery in Pawleys had a pink ceiling. It's adorable.

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  5. It's looking fab! Painting the ceiling was a bold choice but def paid off! I've said it before, you've got a little designer on your hands.

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  6. I LOVE the pink on the ceiling! So much fun and the fabric that your little decorator picked out is going to be gorgeous in there. What a happy space!

    I used Springtime Bloom in my daughter's closet that is open to her room (no doors)…..it was a little crazy to open that paint can but I LOVE it! So fun. wait a sec….here it is.
    http://www.shineyourlightblog.com/2012/01/come-on-lets-all-get-happy.html

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  7. This is fantastic. I adore painted ceilings. I love how this is coming together. Good luck with the furniture. I hate stripping!
    xo Nancy
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  8. You are making me tired. The pink on the ceiling is fabulous. What a wonderful choice.

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  9. I love the pink on the ceiling, beautiful!

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  10. You are rockin' the ORC! I love that pink ceiling-gutsy move sister!

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  11. I love painted ceilings! I nominated you for an award! Come over to my blog for the details! Yay!

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  12. Holy Cow! You have been so busy. Can I just tell you how much I LOVE the ceiling colour? Amazing. Amazing job girlie!

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  13. Love the personality and pizazz of that pink ceiling!! :)

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  14. Perfect. The fifth wall is too often forgotten!!! I loved the fact about the girls using the same beds as you and your sister!

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  15. Love the ceiling! Looking good, Elizabeth!

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  16. Incredibly impressive. How do you manage to get all of this done with 2 little girls running around?! The color is gorgeous...and that shows that your girls have inherited your eye for design!

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  17. Elizabeth, have you heard of this thing called sleep? Everyone needs it. I could move into this girls room myself and be totally at home. No joke

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  18. What the What?? I have no words here, just love. Major love! That ceiling is HOTNESS times ten. That is all.

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  19. Oh that ceiling is great! I can totally see how it would make the room feel larger. Pretty sure I'm going to have to try this sometime...

    How special that your girls have your old beds! I can't remember if you said you were going to paint them, but I really like the stained wood. The mix of the contemporary drum light with the vintage look of the beds is awesome.

    Good luck and looking forward to seeing your progress next week!

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  20. Yes yes yes to the pink ceiling and white walls! I love it! Oooh this room is gonna be crazy gorgeous with those vintage beds - I'm so excited - is that normal?? xxx

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  21. PS That fabric is insane. Your kid done good. She done GOOD!

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  22. Amelia picked the fabric!? She needs her own design blog...the tiny black door...maybe. I love it!

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  23. Painting the ceiling a color was brilliant! It will add so much to the room and I am definitely a fan of white walls so no need to convince me! Love the light fixture also.

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  24. OMG you are not kidding with this re-do! Good work! Love the paint color!

    xx
    Holly Foxen Wells
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  25. Loving it all! That ceiling paint is fabo! I'm about to paint my guest room white this weekend. Well correction, Abraham the painter is tackling it for me!

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  26. Fabulous ceiling!! This room is going to be amazing!

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  27. You've been busy!! The white walls with the pink ceiling is FANTASTIC! And the fixture is incredible. Your girls are going to have an amazingly gorgeous bedroom!

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  28. Seeing your To Do List and progress is just so great! LOVE your brave, fabulous ceiling. Trés beau!

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  29. Fabulicious my friend! Can't wait to see the rest!

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    1. looking great dear! What a daring ceiling color! love it!

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  30. This feels like soooo much work, you made me exhausted! Feel so sorry for you with the fumes! I like that you're a fan of color and can't wait to see how this all turns out!

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  31. Love that fabric! It will look great with the pink ceilings. This room is shaping up nicely!
    Isn’t That Charming.

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  32. Hooray for that pink ceiling - love seeing your progress on this. Keep it up girl!

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  33. Oh my...that ceiling, I have no words!! And the fabric?? Please hurry up and finish...I can't wait to see it all!!!

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  34. Wow, you had a busy week! I'm a color girl too, and I'm really considering painting all the walls in my living area white. Can't wait to see how your room turns out!

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  35. The pink ceiling is so fun! Love the drum shade! Can't wait to see more!

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  36. I am with you on the color and Andy Cohen sentence - except I can't stay up late enough to watch his show, I can only see it on reruns.

    I love the walls and ceiling, it looks very bright in there and the beds are adorable. It will be such a nice room when you are finished.

    You know Ben Moore has no VOC paint and that Mythic is no VOC {so no nasty fumes} and works very well? It would help you keep a few brain cells ;).

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  37. omg seriously to die for! love that fabric swatch and ceiling color! Love the pendant lamp. you girls are kicking ass! (meaning you and your four year old!)

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  38. YESSSSSS Love the ceiling. Perfection. So much better than pink walls.

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  39. looooooooooove the painted ceiling. and the light fixture. you go, girl!!

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