One Room Challenge: Week 1! Welcome to the jungle.

Happy one room challenge day, everyone!
The One Room Challenge is a blogging challenge hosted twice a year by Linda of Calling it Home. I am excited to be a guest participant. Make sure to check on Wednesdays for updates from the 20 insanely talented featured designers and on Thursdays for the updates from the also insanely talented guest participants (and me).
As someone who has been reading blogs for years, this feels like quite the occasion! I am psyched to be here. But wait, let’s ask my husband how he feels about bringing a room to completion in six weeks time…*chirp chirp*

Spoiler alert, he’s not as excited as I am. But that’s nothing new. I, as usual, have enough emotions for both of us. But onto the reason we’re here-the room! Let me to introduce you to my small, connected living and dining room.

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Yes our TV is resting on two chairs. Cute, I know.

Yes our TV is resting on two chairs. Cute, I know.

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When we first bought our house in the fall of last year, I took to calling this space the “Big Room.” But after we moved in in December and put in furniture, I quickly stopped. Hah. Although small, this space is the main hub of our house

The main entrance opens up right into what is our living room. This is our entertaining space and our relaxing (read: movie-watching) space. As such, I want it to feel and look as cozy and beautiful as possible.

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The area between the door to the garage and the entrance to the kitchen is our dining room. We only recently got a table in here so even though we are currently only using two chairs and the table now houses my plant collection, I am feeling pretty fancy!

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These pictures were mostly taken a few days ago, but it already has seen changes since we first bought the place. We already painted, ripped out the carpet, laid hardwood flooring, installed curtains, and set up some furniture. When I write it all out, it seems like we did so much. And all those late nights and Saturdays were so much! But even though it’s an improvement from where we were, we still have a long way to go.

We removed the upper and lower cabinets that divided the kitchen and dining room.

We removed the upper and lower cabinets that divided the kitchen and dining room.

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Woof. A reminder that you're making progress is always nice. I know that as a whole, our combined living space isn’t horrible. But it’s not great either. I long to bring some style and, dare I say, sophistication to this space. I’m ready for our central space, the place all our family and friends see and enjoy, to reflect my style.

So what’s on the agenda for the next 6 weeks? (You mean aside from running a marathon, celebrating family birthdays, having a yard sale, and remembering to feed myself and my husband?) Here’s the skinny:

TRIM - When we ripped up the carpet in this space and the hallway, we were hoping to find old hardwood floors. Unfortunately, no dice. We decided to lay new hardwood and refinish the bedrooms (which did have existing hardwood under carpet) to all match. We have yet to lay transitions to the kitchen vinyl flooring (a WHOLE NOTHA STORY) and install all the trim, door casings, and window trim. This is going to be the main task and a big one, too! We have never installed trim so we are depending a lot on both of our fathers, and maybe an uncle too. Thank God for family.

PAINT CHAIRS - The table we currently have is one that sat in my grandmother’s kitchen years ago. It is incredibly special for me to be able to have it in my house, especially since she passed away in January. That being said, I wasn’t crazy about the matching chairs. I found the current chairs at a yard sale this summer and bought them with the intention of painting them. Something to keep me busy until closing day when we can work in the house, I said. Oh past Bethany. What an optimist. Needless to say, the chairs have not been painted and they need it.

TV SITUATION
We would love to renovate the basement and turn a room down there into the media/lounging/TV room. But that is still a long way off (if it ever happens) so for now the TV stays here. I am open to a new furniture arrangement, but so far the current situation is what seems to work best. But even if it stays in roughly the same place, THE CHAIRS THAT ARE HOLDING IT HAVE GOTS TO GO. This set-up is looking extremely ghetto and so a new media center (ugh, doesn’t that just sound ugly?) is on the list. I am hoping to score a slim console table with closed storage on Craigslist for cheap. This is how the law of attraction works, right? All jokes aside, I am really interested in installing a Fauxdenza like Yellow Brick Home did (I’ve also seen DIY Playbook and Chris Loves Julia do similar things). However I am not sure if Brandon or I will feel up to this within the 6 week timeline, so we will keep our eyes peeled for the perfect piece.

CURTAINS, DECOR, AND STYLE
The curtains on the big bay windows on the front of our house are still the same short, granny-style curtains that were here when we moved in. Yucky. I have a curtain rod and curtains here, somewhere (#moving) I just have to hem to the correct length and hang.  Easy peasy, right? The other big decor decision is the blank wall above our couch. You might have noticed the framed inset box back here? Yeah I don’t know what that is about. My family guessed that at one point the owners had a window into the garage. My plan is to get a similar sized piece of art to hopefully balance the space above the couch.

Here's a very amatuer Olioboard of the direction we are headed...

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And just because I love a good list, here is the mother load:
TO - DO
Trim (install, sand, paint, caulk)
Paint door to garage
Paint chairs
Install new dining room light
Buy or make TV console table
Buy or make big art for back wall
Install curtains and curtain rod
Hem curtains
Style and make pretty :)

That doesn’t seem so bad, does it? Let’s do this thing!

* The One Room Challenge is a blogging challenge hosted twice a year by Linda of Calling it Home. I am excited to be a guest participant. Make sure to check on Wednesdays for updates from the 20 insanely talented featured designers and on Thursdays for the updates from the also insanely talented guest participants (and me).

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