October 2, 2013

one room challenge - family room week 1

Sound the trumpets and let the stop watch begin, it is One Room Challenge time ladies! Whoop Whoop!

My dear friend Linda asked me to join in the fun for the second time and I am pumped and ready for some design action. Just look who I get to play in the sandbox with this time.
One Room Challenge

I know. Good, right?!

For those of you new to my blog, welcome and I look forward to getting to know you.

And for those of you who are new to this addictive series, here is the gist - 20 bloggers pick a room in their house (or the house of a client) to makeover. Every Wednesday for the next six weeks we will report on our progress, roadblocks and detours, ending with a big reveal full of oohs and aahs.

Six (short) weeks. Funny how six weeks sounds like a nice amount of time, until that clock begins and suddenly it seems like the snap of a finger.

This time I'm tackling our family room.


You might be thinking, "Elizabeth, you fool. That room looks fine to me."

But hold on with the name calling. I have a few good reasons actually.

First, those yellow walls aren't doing anyone any favors. They've been that way for five years now and I'm officially over them. While a happy choice in a lot of spaces, yellow in the basement just makes everything feel a bit jaundicey. (jaundice-like?) It's time for a change.


Then there is this saucy number. I found her at Goodwill for $20. She is in mint condition and after taking her vintage cushions for a spa day at the cleaners she is ready to rock the family (room). And green couch/yellow walls is not a good combo.


And the straw that broke the bloggers back was this little event. We had a really wet spring/summer. Not good. The only thing that prevented tears was the fact that I HATE that carpet. So I'm taking it as a sign of good things to come. I tried to convince the girls that we got water in the basement because they never pick up their toys but they didn't buy it.

So the plan is to change this room entirely. Something fresh, clean and most importantly dry. I'm channeling Anna Spiro and I'm going light, bright and colorful with a capital C.

One Room Challenge Little Black Door

The to do list is long. So very, very long.

- Rip up gross carpet (floor and stairs) and replace flooring
- Paint and plank walls and bookshelves
- Recover estate sale chairs
- Create some sort of art station for the girls
- Paint chairs and table
- Repair and paint coffee table
- Create toy storage that doesn't involve the words 'pink' or 'plastic'
- Get some art on those walls
- Find rugs
- New Lighting

I'll be referring to my Pinterest board on the regular, so feel free to check my organized brainstorm. And if you see a woman wandering around Home Depot with paint in her hair and a list in her hand, that's me. At Home Depot. For the third time this week.

Now let's check in with the others and see what great plans they have for us!


And don't forget that you too can participate in the weekly One Room Challenge Link Party every Thursday at Calling It Home.

So let's start our engines and get to work. Now, who knows the best way to rip up carpet?

62 comments:

  1. Eeeek! i love it! Your board is amazing, I can't wait to follow along. It's going to be gorge.

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  2. I can't wait to follow along on this one! That couch is amazing!

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  3. Honestly, this room looks cute already, but knowing you Elizabeth, I know your can make it look gorgeous! Can't wait to see, I'm linking up tomorrow with my son's room!

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  4. I can't wait to see your mad skills at work here. I love that you take sofa cushions for a spa day and I can't a more perfect sofa for your plan. The whole plan looks awesome.

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  5. Love that couch! Can't wait to see it all come together!

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  6. That couch is fabulous!! What a huge bargain. Looking forward to following along.

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  7. This all looks really exciting!!! I am redoing our frint room with a green velvet couch as we speak! It is so fun to decorate around this color! What a great deal too! I'm impressed! Can't wait for the progress updates! Great series

    Laura
    House Envy

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  8. Are you sure their lack of toy clean up didn't cause the water damage? Your board is amazing, and I have a feeling we are using a similar element. How funny! I love that couch and can't wait to see it in place. Thanks for joining in. I know you will bring it!

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  9. I have a thing for green velvet couches. What a deal. Can't wait to see it all come together.

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  10. That is a fabulous sofa! And I love your design board - really great. Looking forward to watching your progress!
    All best,
    Phyllis

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  11. woohoo! I love the One Room Challenge! So excited to see how your family rooms comes out!

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  12. AHHHH!!!!!! Love your plan and that couch, oh that couch!

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  13. Whoop whoop!!! I can't wait to see how this goes as your last one blew me away :) I have to object to the green sofa/yellow walls combo though but only because I've got it in my living room and it sounds horrific but actually kind of works (well, it's more olive/maize but close enough) ;) I will however, let you go just this once ;) Yay for green velvet sofas and what a bargain, it's awesome!! xxx

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  14. Wow that couch was the Goodwill steal of the year! So excited to see what you do to this space.

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  15. Looking forward to your mad skills in bringing this room to the next level ... that green sofa, um yes! xo

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  16. I just stared at the pic of that sofa, for, literally, 10 minutes. Absolutely gorgeous. Best bargain EVER! Looking forward to watching your progress! (I'll be linking up and working on our guest room. I need a plan...FAST! :)

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  17. Oh my, that couch!! This is so fabulous Elizabeth, can't wait for you to rock your usual diys!

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  18. You had me at the $20 couch. You are a girl after my own heart!

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  19. ooooh your colors and textiles- LOVE! can't wait to see this!

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  20. Oh, Elizabeth, this is going to be good! That couch is to die for!

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  21. Oh Elizabeth, I would never call you crazy! I am your newest follower and cannot wait to see what you do with this room. I see so much potential there, lots of great basics and they with your great style...magic!!! I am totally following along!

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  22. Love your design board...especially the creation corner!!! I want one.

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  23. Cant wait to see and read all about this adventure! Great design board...and love the green sofa like everyone else!

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  24. Great Plan! I will be checking in each week.
    What a great deal on that sofa!

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  25. Your plan looks super fun! Can't wait to see it!

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  26. That couch is AWESOME!!!!! I am so in love and can't wait to see your progress.

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  27. Great deal on that couch! A nice green velvet sofa for $20, you lucky girl! Finally, you are tackling your family room. I am sad you didn't implement my design for your family room (just kidding!). So excited for this room, it has great potentials and I love your plans! Looking forward to see your progress next week!

    P/S: Come by and enter my current giveaway for a chance to win a set of beautiful velvet pumpkins!

    http://www.mixandchic.com/2013/09/giveaway-gorgeous-trio-velvet-pumpkins.html

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  28. I remember that sofa! This new room is going to be awesome!

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  29. Oh dear. That's a long list of things to get done in six weeks! Such lofty goals are going to end up with an amazing space. Looking forward to following your progress, Elizabeth!

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  30. Could you have made your list anymore daunting?! I have faith in you though my crafty friend!! And please, please tell me how you score a couch like that for $20?! I'm linking up too...I'm scared!

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  31. What a fun room! Loved what you did last year & just know this year will be even better.

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  32. Whoa mamma...that sofa was a true find! You have a huge to do list....guess you will be real busy for a while!

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  33. I remember that sofa!! Love. It. All. Cannot wait to follow along!!

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  34. You have a lot of work to do but something tells me you know what you are doing and you will do something amazing with that room. Great plan!

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  35. Yes. I can imagine yellow with no natural light would not be good. You are doing quite a bit and I know it will all be incredible when you're finished. Can't wait to see it -- the board is GORGEOUS!

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  36. Elizabeth! $20 forr that cool sofa ! What!
    I know that you are inspired now and I will love following along!!

    Xoxo
    Karena
    Velvet Pumpkins Giveaway

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  37. I'm drooling over that green couch! Score for sure! Loving the depth of it too. At least it looks deep in the pic. Can't wait to see what you do!!!

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  38. Your design board is fab too!:-)

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  39. That couch is gorgeous!! Most definitely the steal of the century! I love your mixing of styles on the board...can't wait to see the outcome!!

    -Claire

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  40. Holy hell, I'm excited for you...perhaps selfishly for me too. I need some of that sweet, sweet inspiration that you give. That green velvet is the perfect foundation for a whole new life for basement family room!

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  41. Finally ORC is here!! So excited for this project! yeay....I do love that sofa...OMG 20?? I never find deals like that. I love your plan and look forward to reading more!

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  42. I am thrilled to be in the One Room Challenge with you. It is a much needed swift kick in the rear to get this home office of mine looking good.

    Cannot wait to see what everyone comes up with and the AFTER shots and your FAB new family room.

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  43. Oooo I love your plan!! AND that green couch- how in the heck did you get that thing for $20?!?

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  44. The plan looks awesome! Are those Crate & Barrel chairs? I spied those teal lovelies in the recent catalog and LOVE them. The overdyed rug is fabulous, too. Can't wait to see your progress. It a lot to accomplish in 6 weeks!

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  45. Wow that sofa!!!!! Why can't my Goodwill be that awesome?! Looking forward to seeing what you do!

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  46. If you get rid of the Keep Calm poster, I will take it for my Union Jack themed great room!

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  47. That couch was a fantastic find, and it's a great focal point piece. I'm excited to see what the finished room looks like!

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  48. seriously drooling over that Kelly green sofa! what a steal of the century!

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  49. The maps are going to look great in the space. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

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  50. I LOVE that sofa!! I cannot wait to see your transformation!

    XOXO,
    The Glam Pad

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  51. So happy to have found your blog via this challenge...that sofa was a find..and your inspiration images look amazing...can't wait to follow along...love your humor by the way...

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  52. Looks fab--can't wait to see the outcome! Would love to join in next time--any excuse to get things done quickly in my OWN house! --tessa {two inspire design}

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  53. That couch is such an amazing find!! Love the look with that rug in your board ;)

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  54. I am LOVING your plan for this room and that couch! Wow lucky can you get? Very lucky indeed!

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  55. Just popping in from Mimosa Lane after I read your comment! I'm so jealous of that AMAZING goodwill sofa find. Its literally perfect. It will look so good in the new room! I can't wait to see it finished.

    Marie H.
    www.progressionbydesign.com

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  56. Green and blue = good. Green and yellow = Funions. Or the Oakland A's. Take your pick. So, I feel your need to paint. ;)

    That COUCH! $20? Seriously?

    I spy Crate and Barrel dining chairs in the corner there -- have had my eye on them. So obviously, I love your entire plan, including those mystery stripes.

    I spy Crate and Barrel chairs

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  57. AMAZING post:) Im now following on pinterest...follow me back?

    Check out my blog today...divine royal bedroom inspiration:)

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis - inredning it's, Swedish for decor :)

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  58. Ooooh aaaaah...no wait I'm supposed to wait til the end of the 6 weeks for that, right? Oops my bad;) I've never heard of the one room challenge so this is going to be exciting! I loooove your insp board and that couch is yummy! Man this is gonna be good.

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