March 6, 2013

one room challenge - week 5

Week 5 of the One Room Challenge and we are in the home stretch people! (catch up on weeks 1 - 4 here). It is a good thing too, because I don't think the rest of my house can take much more of this. Isn't it crazy how work in one room makes all the rooms around it into chaos?

This week I finished the vanity for the girls' room. My mom bought them this sweet little make-up table a while back and they looove to use it for their morning primp sessions. (Sorry but this bad blogger forgot to take a proper before picture so this is as close as it gets.)


It had already been painted when we got it but it was just a sugar coat and there were several nicks and dents that needed to be fixed. So I filled in the holes with wood filler, sanded it down and took it outside to spray paint. Luckily this step was done before the weather turned on me.


Sorry Richard Branson, but you were on top of the recycling pile. Love that BeeGee hair thing you got goin though.

Once it was painted white I got out my navy craft paint and the smallest brush I could steal from the girls' art supplies and decided to paint a little trim around the doors and drawer.

I cut a piece of paper to size, measured out the size and length of the border I wanted and then cut it out with my trusty x-acto knife. A little lesson learned - don't cut out the entire border or you will essentially just cut a big square out of the paper. Then you'll have to re-measure and re-cut your template. And you'll get frustrated and cuss under your breath like an old man and forget to take progress pictures of the whole thing.

Do yourself a favor and cut out everything except the corners, thus leaving your center in tact. You'll have to free-hand your corners when you paint, but it's better than free-handing the whole thing. If that makes sense.


The template worked fairly well. I did have to go back and touch up in some spots, and the lines aren't razor perfect, but then again, neither am I. And thanks Linda for convincing me to trim out the mirror as well. Smashing.


I picked up the gold hammered knobs, or the 'sparkly knobs' as they are known to the 5-year-old set, at Hobby Lobby for the ubiquitous 50% off.


And as a final touch I painted out the inside using the left over ceiling paint.


It would be bad if I decided to keep this for myself right? Luckily for the girls its a tad small for me, so it is all theirs.


In other news, this is happening.


I wanted to be able to show you the finished piece but it is STILL not dry and instead spread out all over my living room floor. But it is looking good and hardware is in route. Next week my friends.

Makes me happy to see a list with so many lines thru it.

  1. Come up with functional floor plan
  2. Paint walls/ceiling/trim
  3. Paint dresser (new hardware too) Progress
  4. Update vanity (maybe some fun color or hardware)
  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) 
Let's take a look at what the others have up their sleeves.

36 comments:

  1. I just love that dress-up table. You did a fantastic job with the free hand painting. Poor Richard :). That dresser is looking great, and of course I love the pop of color in the drawer. Yes, re-doing one room trows off everything. That's why we should just do "whole house makeovers"....joke....I think.

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  2. this is so adorable. Love the black lines and the pop of pink. So stylish! I want that for my vanity. Oh wait, I don't have one yet. Putting that on my list!!!

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  3. Hahaha Richard Branson. Love the paint!! Looks perfect!

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  4. The table looks fantastic with the blue trim and what little girl (big girl) doesn't love a little sparkly in their lives!! xo

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  5. Go, Elizabeth, go! First I have to say that I was scared to "see" Richard Branson in the mirror...yikes. The trimmed out makeup table looks fabulous and I can totally see 2 little girls getting a lot of good playtime out of it.

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  6. how sweet is that vanity??? and totally you! and love the magazine you used- ha ha ha!!!
    and hello sneak peek, i love you already.

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  7. What a perfect little vanity for your two little girlies. I love that you painted the inside pink! It's coming along - almost there and looking great already!

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  8. I adore the pink surprise!! Darling!

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  9. So dang cute, Elizabeth ~ love the pop of pink! I hear ya on the stencil issue, remember mine from week 1, did the exact same thing. :)

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  10. What an adorable project. A great job.

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  11. I love the fun painted drawers! Such a cute little vanity for the little ones. Good luck getting all the rest finished in the next week!

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  12. Throw some stilts on that thing and you can use it too! I totally would hog that little thing, it is awesome!! and the inside drawers, LOVE!

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  13. That is gorgeous!! Absolutely good call on the trim, knobs and pink drawers...the whole damn thing really! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it all...

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  14. Wow, Elizabeth, I LOVE the navy stripe and the fun pink inside! Absolutely adorable and I want it for myself!

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  15. It turned out beautifully and that stripe just adds that extra touch (and the pink drawer!)

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  16. I really love little surprises. The inside of the drawers is darling and the hardware is the icing.

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  17. The vanity is so cute and I love the pink and navy touches!

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  18. NICE work!!! I love the surprise pink on the inside of the drawers.

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  19. That is so cute for a kids room! Great job. Good luck on the final push!
    xo Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  20. Adorable. My favorite thing is the pink inside. So fun!

    www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

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  21. That is the cutest little primping station Ive ever seen! Hmm That blue dresser looks awfully familiar...I might be having ORC flashbacks...call a doctor:)

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  22. You are so funny. Its nice to know that I am not the only one who swears under their breath during the DIY process. I love the pretty pink drawer insides.

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  23. Quick, inexpensive update to that sweet vanity - that's great. And I bet the girls love it.

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  24. BAM....that is a makeover and I am glad someone else cusses under their breath :) Ok...maybe I do it out loud since I don't have kids around!

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  25. You added so much class to that piece! I hope your girls enjoy it. :)

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  26. Amazing! I love the detail you put into tjhe vanity. The pink on the inside is gorgeous! I also can't wait to see that dresser- beautiful color! Don't worry- you are not the only one who cusses under their breath during DIY projects! :)

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  27. That pic of Richard Branson peeking out of the mirror is really disturbing. Part of me wants you to leave it like that though as a sort of weird artistic creepy thing. How you transformed it though is totally charming and adorable. :) Your girls are in for such a treat! I love the big brass knobs.

    -Lane

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  28. Love that you painted the inside. Lucky girls!

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  29. I am LOVING this! And love watching my girl get fancied up at her own vanity. Yet, not quite as chic as yours. Now you've got me thinking....

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  30. Adorable!!!!! I bet the girls will have oodles of fun on this piece!

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  31. so cute! The trim really makes the piece.

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  32. I love all the details, black white and gold is one of my favorite color combos!

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  33. I love the whole thing - but the pick inside the drawers…amazing.

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  34. I cracked up when I first saw that pic of Branson..hahaha. Adorable little transformation. I can't wait to see the blue dresser done with all its hardware. Terrific color.

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  35. haha the richard branson thing is hilarious. that looks amazing - especially with the pink inside the drawers it is too cute!

    http://itsthelittlethingsblog.blogspot.com

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  36. Richard Branson may not be happy with your makeover but I love it! So cute, I like the trim paint and the pretty pink drawers - you are so close baby and I TOTALLY relate to the entire house turning to complete sh*t when you are working on one room. Storm before the calm my dear ;) xxx

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