Well, friends, I think there’s light at the end of the tunnel…or sort of anyways!
If you are just joining me for Week 5 of the One Room Challenge, Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4 will bring you up to speed on this project. Thanks for checking back and cheering me on in this fun, but sometimes hectic challenge! Deadlines are a very good thing, and unlike with clients where you have to do things in a timely manner, projects for ourselves can get put on the “low priority” shelf. I am very happy to have this weekly ORC blogpost for accountability, and it has really helped move things along.
A quick look back at Week 4’s checklist and the tasks still remaining:
- Order horse art canvas
- Order curtains for living room
- Have artwork framed
- Paint light switch to match chocolate walls
- Paint upstairs hallway/bedroom door
- Sand antique chairs
- Stain antique chairs
- Recover seats-antique chairs w/ Queens Velvet in Pink Coral
- Order Etsy French Quail pillow
- Style coffee table and dining room table
- Take antique gold frame to glass shop to have mirror added
- Paint bar cabinet in dining room
- Gold gilding to foyer bookcase and bar cabinet in dining room
- Change little black table with lady head bust to a French provincial small table-paint new table?? ( unsure if this will happen)
- Finish gallery wall
I got alot done, but conveniently, I still haven’t painted the 7 upstairs hall doors. It even crossed my mind today to call and beg my painter to work me in and do them for me. This week I did get alot of detail items taken care of, so I think painting doors over the next few days will be like working toward The Grande Finale. That’s what I’m telling myself anyways….
I found liquid gold leaf and it was a GAMECHANGER! So bright and vibrant like gold gilding, but so much faster- just paint it on.
Mark helped me measure and add the 2 modern black and white art pieces on either side of the velvet curtained window in the living room ( I still haven’t steamed the curtains yet):
I picked up the antique gold frame that I bought at the Country Living Fair and had a mirror added to last Friday, and love how the scale is so much better in the living room with it now. I might could’ve found one just a little larger, but I’m happy with it!
Sadie Blue decided those velvet curtains were really soft and she’s so thankful I bought them for her. Who am I to make her move?
I am really running into a few challenges with the large gallery wall in the dining room! I ended up having to buy several more large pieces for the top row ( 6 to be exact…), so my budget is getting slim. I created a few pieces of abstract and acrylic paintings to fill a few 12 x 12 spaces. The concept of this wall and dining area is a mix of traditional landscapes, nude sketches, lady portraits, modern, and rustic. We got the horse canvas hung and again…I am in LOVE. I can’t wait to share all the details with you next week!
Here are a few of the abstracts I painted, and I’m honestly not sure which ones I’m using yet. I found some simple, pretty 12 x 12 gold frames at Goodwill, so I will have the art cut, dry mounted, matted, and framed in the next day or so when my other artwork arrives. I love how gold frames and white mats add a traditional touch and instant elegance to even the simplest of artwork!
I shared on Instagram how I want to make some simple chair covers for both of the French armchairs, but so far I haven’t had time to make a pattern and try that yet. I’m starting to realize I might have to finish a few things after the ORC. Love my leopard pillows I found on Etsy!
And finally, I covered the seats for the 2 antique wooden chairs. The green naugahyde and the padding that came with the chairs were very old, but I kept the padding which was in pretty decent shape and added some foam for better comfort. These will be occasional chairs, and we will use them during the holidays or when we have company and need additional seating. I love the Queens Velvet Coral fabric from Ballard Designs! Velvet is very “in” this season and we’ll be seeing lots of it in interior design.
Make sure to check out the 20 One Room Challenge, Fall 2016 Bloggers Week 5 to see their progress and also the One Room Challenge Guest Participants, Week 5! Next week is going to be so fun and inspiring checking out everyone’s Final Reveals, so I know you’ll want to check back to see those. A big thank you to Linda at Calling It Home for hosting this event- it has personally helped me focus on our own home and spurred me along to do alot of things that have only been thoughts and wishes in my head until now.
See you next week!