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Master Makeover – ORC Reveal!

Hi everybody! It’s Week 6 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling it Home, and that means it’s REVEAL day. This was a project with plenty of challenges along the way, and you can catch up with every bit of it here: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5. Things had only just started to come together last week, and then I got the stomach flu over the weekend and had to do a lot of work in small bursts between longer periods laying on the couch. We made it, though, and I’m thrilled to show you the results. Have a look!

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Eclectic, loft-like master bedroom makeover.

Glam neutral bedding.

Vintage eclectic nightstand styling.

Vintage eclectic nightstand styling.

Vintage modern bedroom makeover with a loft-like feel.

Vintage modern master bedroom.

Vintage modern master bedroom styling.

Vintage inspired dresser styling with masculine elements.

Vintage Turner Manufacturing mirror

Layered bedroom makeover

Layered bedroom makeover

Vintage modern bedroom makeover

DIY jewlery organizer

Vintage bohemian bedroom makeover

And since the bedroom is also prominently a room enjoyed at night, here’s a shot of the ambiance when the sun goes down.


After spending a full five weeks doing the labor on this room, it felt pretty surprising to us how well and quickly the design came together and everything worked out at the end. Once the trim was all installed and we started bringing in the furniture, we were kind of walking around saying “wow” to everything. We’re really crazy about how it looks and feels. It’s so inviting, serene, and cozy, and we’re definitely looking forward to “moving in” (because I basically haven’t let anyone use the room yet). It’s been nice just admiring it too, though. 🙂

If you followed this room from the beginning, you know that the design plan started out with an accident–I bought the red rug thinking it was rust colored, and I kind of freaked out when it arrived because I hate decorating with red. So I formed a plan to balance the vibrant color with elements that felt more me. My exact vision was based on this photo and was pair the red with plenty of black, a contrasting color (like this gorgeous mint), and lots of natural elements. Though my original plan for this Hygge & West wallpaper fell by the wayside (that’s the sample framed on my nightstand), and we did not succeed in restoring the finish of the wood floors, I still stuck pretty much exactly with the essence of my design inspiration, and the result did not disappoint. And if you’re wondering how I feel about the red rug now–well, it’s #ruglove. I honestly barely notice that the rug is red anymore, but I think the bright color and middle eastern pattern bring the perfect unexpected element give the room a little bit of edge.

I can’t close this out without giving a tremendous shout out to my husband, Justin. He did an incredible amount of work on this room that I didn’t even cover in these posts. Tedious, hard, unglamorous work like scribing every baseboard to the lowest point on its wall so that we had even height trim and no gaps between the uneven floors. He’s the hero of this renovation, and I’m so thankful for his support whenever I say I want to do something really hard in a crazy amount of time.

Thank you all, too, for your support, interest, and feedback throughout this challenge. Your amazing optimism kept me going through the tough times. And last but not least, thank you Linda for hosting this wonderful event that brings us all together.

Now head on over to Calling it Home and check out the many other hardworking participants’ reveals. I can’t wait to go through them all over the next few weeks!

Sources: Bed | Duvet | Throw | Lumbar Pillow (similar) | String Lights | Task Lamps | Floor Lamp | Globe Wall Lamp | Curtains | Throw Pillow | Throw Pillow

Dresser set, nightstands, rattan chair, wicker stool, both decorative mirrors, poster, and trunk are all vintage. The black bench was DIYed.

Photos by Britt and Justin Kingery.

Master Makeover – ORC Week 5

Hi all! It’s Week 5 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling it Home. For those of you not familiar with the ORC, it’s important to know that it’s a 6-WEEK room makeover event across the blogosphere, meaning that this is the final update before next week’s big reveals. Just typing that makes me want to ribbon dance with joy and at the same time retreat into a closet somewhere with a large chocolate cake. We’ve run into a lot of roadblocks with this one, but after last week’s floor debacle (you may also want to catch up on Week 1 | Week 2 | or Week 3), I think we’re finally over the hump. It’s kind of like the moment on a long road trip when your destination finally starts appearing on mileage signs. The end may not be near, exactly, but at least you have some confirmation that it’s actually out there.

This week I’m happy to say that we have floors! We also have painted walls, an assembled and painted bed (after the floors ended up black, I decided to make the bed white instead), and about half our trim and baseboards installed.


Pardon the construction zone. There is obviously still lots of work being done, and this picture was taken last night with lighting that was less than glamorous, to say the least, but at least you can see that progress is happening! Our furniture is ready to go back into the room once the baseboards are complete, and most of our accessories, bedding, art, etc has been purchased. It’s kind of tough to have the stuff and not be able to move it in because of the mess we’re still making, but it will be really exciting to see the room come together quickly at the end (hopefully over the weekend).

The manual labor part of this job has lasted so long, I feel like I maybe haven’t done the best job giving you guys a sense of the pretty stuff that’s going into this room, but I promise, it’s going to be good.

Here’s a look at some of the accessories going into the room:

Accessories board

I’m also going to make a bench similar to this one I made for our downstairs bedroom:


And I have plans for this trunk I shared on Instagram a while back:


I hope you’ll come back and check out the reveal next week. It really is going to be a dramatic difference from this room six weeks ago.


Now head on over to Calling it Home and check in with the other linking participants! See you next week!


Master Makeover – ORC Week 4

orc wk 4

Welcome back to Week 4 of the One Room Challenge, hosted by Linda at Calling it Home. If you need to catch up on our makeover, check out Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3.

As for Week 4–well, in short, everything seemed to go wrong last week. By everything, I mean our hardwood floors. We were planning to refinish and re-stain the floors, which I repeatedly said were in good shape. I don’t know if I jinxed myself or was just being overly optimistic, but we found out the very hard and dirty way this week that the floors were not, in fact, in good enough shape.

Here’s how it happened. Friday night, we rented a sander to start refinishing the floors. We sanded all Friday night and most of the day on Saturday. From the beginning, there were signs that the floors weren’t going to turn out quite as planned. For one, the discolored areas where the old walls used to be were not sanding out. Also, the floors had been quite dirty, and when they started to clear, it was evident that the wood was much more blotchy, and in some areas, stained than we had realized. After about 3 hours, I was concerned. After about 6-8 hours, I was doubtful. We should have known then that it just wasn’t going to happen. But we wanted to restore these floors so badly that we forged on. It took over 12 hours to sand, condition, and stain the floors. We wrapped that up Saturday night. On Sunday morning, when I opened the bedroom door and saw the floors “finished” (minus poly) for the first time, I was crushed. Here’s a look at one corner.


I have to admit I had myself a couple pretty good cries on Sunday.

Then I had to remind myself, there’s no crying in the One Room Challenge. You have to keep going. I knew by this point that the only alternative was to paint. At first I thought white would be the way to go, but after putting down primer and getting a sense of how it would look, it felt like one of those dressing room moments when you look in the mirror and say, “It’s pretty, but it’s just not me.” So the floors will be black. High gloss black, because 1) I know from our green floors that polyurethane makes painted floors much easier to clean, 2) since we are going so dark with the color, we need a reflective quality to give back some of that light, and 3) drama.

Here are a few of the rooms that inspired the black paint choice.

Hus & Hem via Desire to Inspire (GO look at this tour–it’s gorgeous!)

via Old Brand New

via Milk Magazine

via Paige Morse Creative

The black is super chic, right? It can look stark (the pics of the room right now are still a little scary–hopefully I can share some sneek peeks next week), but with a lot of texture and natural elements, it feels cozy and inviting. With our large, colorful rug, plenty of other textiles, warm wood furniture, and a few plants, I think it will suit the room well. Had I known from the start the floors would be black, I might have gone with a straight-up white on the walls, but as it is, we are using a very light, warm gray (SW Icy Avalanche), and it looks good, too.

Possibly the worst news is that the failed stain job set us back about 5 days. Not only did we waste a bunch of time with the marathon sanding, but because we put down oil-based stain, we had to wait 2-3 days, then put down a oil-based primer before we could apply the floor paint. We will polyurethane the floors tonight, then we’ll have to wait a week before furniture can be moved in. It’s going to be down to the wire for us for sure.

Anyway, if you’re still reading this tale of woe, thanks for sticking it out. The design plan is going to stay the same generally, but in a way I feel the vibe of the room is going to be different than I had originally imagined. The wallpaper that everyone generously weighed in on last week (thank you for that!) is pretty much ruled out. I definitely think it would be over the top with the bright rug and dramatic floors.

Hoping to have happy news for next week’s (final–eeeeek!) progress post.

Now head on over to Calling it Home and check out the other participants’ progress. We’re getting close to the end, and I can’t wait to see how all these fab projects are getting on!

Master Makeover – ORC Week 3


In the ” worse before it gets better” trajectory of a renovation, we have so far been stuck in the “worse” phase of our master bedroom. If you missed weeks one and two, you can see the project introduction and before pictures here and the first week progress and mood board here. To briefly recap, we are doing a floor-to-ceiling reno of our master bedroom that has so far included scraping the ceilings, tearing out the carpet, and laying and patching some of the original flooring (more on that in a bit). Justin has said to me a few times  that “this is as bad as it will get,” and he may finally be right. After discovering plywood in both closets and several sunken or split boards in the floor, the patching is done, and the makeshift carpenter’s shop that popped up will soon exit the bedroom. We plan to sand and refinish the floors this weekend, and after that, things should start to get cleaner and more orderly. Fast! That’s the hope anyway.

Here are a couple of mess/progress shots from this week.


floor before

floor after

Very glamorous over here this week, you guys.

I also promised to breakdown the mood board for you in this post–which I will–but it took only since last week for the plan to change, or at least for a few question marks to crop up.

Here’s what I started out with:


  1. Pattern People for Hygge & West Forest Floor wallpaper – Early in the project I was really committed to putting wallpaper on the wall behind the bed, basically to emphasize the focal point and give some added visual interest since we aren’t using curtains. As the room is getting painted, though, I’m less and less sure about the wallpaper. I still absolutely love the design, but the plain wall looks so serene (remember it from last week?). My taste usually tends to land on the side of MORE but I’m wondering if that’s the right call here. It’s a dense pattern with lots of movement and really packs a punch, but I’m not sure whether I want this room to punch in that particular way. I figure I can always order it later if the room starts to feel lacking, but I know Justin would politely but firmly pretend to not hear me if I ask to take it down in 6 months. What’s your feeling? Wallpaper or no?
  2. Photograph of Positano – Lots of wall space for art in this room, and photos of the Italian coast have really been speaking to me as a (half) Italian girl. We also thrifted a large vintage poster over the weekend, so if I can sneak “build custom frame” onto Justin’s to-do list, it could also be an option.
  3. Glass lamp with cork shade – We’ve had these lamps and shades from Target (the smaller version of the ones linked) for a few years, and the cork works well with the “natural elements” aspect of my design plan.
  4. Broyhill Brasilia nightstands – These are our existing nightstands, and they’re so fabulous I would never really think of replacing them. We also have a mid-century dresser set that will be going in the room (you can see it in our old bedroom here).
  5. CB2 Alchemy Bed – Pulling a little bait-and-switch on you with this one. This gorgeous bed is actually not the one we’re using. Instead, we got the trusty Ikea Tarva bed, which I’ll be painting black (matte or gloss TBD, but opinions welcome). BUT, I needed a black bed for the mood board. The Tarva’s original natural wood just did not give the right effect, while this lovely bed is truly the stuff of dreams.
  6. Red Afghan Rug – My lovely red “accident” rug (see week one for more details) has grown on me a lot since it first arrived, and I can’t wait to see how it looks in the room. I bought it on eBay from this seller–just beware the coloring in the photos.
  7. H&M Cotton Pillow – I love these H&M pillow covers. They’re REALLY reasonably priced and nice, too! Ikea sells 20×20 pillow forms for like $6, so I’m going to grab a couple of those and call it a day for only about $30 for both.
  8. H&M Velvet Pillow
  9. CB2 Mint Lumbar Pillow – I’m not at all pleased to tell you that after 10 days of waiting impatiently for this pillow to arrive, I noticed in my order that it is backordered, and CB2 reports it will not be in stock by the end of the ORC. So, I’m going to buy only the pillow form and make the cover myself.

Wallpaper thoughts, PLEASE! I feel you need to be really, really, really sold on wallpapering before you hang anything, so maybe the fact that I’m second guessing it is my answer right there.

Also don’t forget to check out the rest of the linking participants over at Calling it Home!

Master Makeover – ORC Week 1


I’m pretty excited today, because I’ve been waiting for this day for 5 months. This is true. Pretty much as soon as we wrapped up our kitchen makeover for the One Room Challenge in May, I’ve been planning to participate in the fall edition and take on our master bedroom. And now the day has finally come to put my obsessive thoughts to work and kick this renovation off!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the One Room Challenge is hosted twice a year by Linda at Calling it Home. Iit’s a 5 week event in which 20 select design bloggers and as many linking participants who are crazy enough to take it on transform one room and share weekly progress. It was a ton of fun when we did the kitchen last spring, and best of all it helped us knock out a project that probably still wouldn’t be done otherwise.

Let me show you the space and  tell you a little bit about and our plans for it.




We haven’t touched the master bedroom since we moved into our house about 8 months ago (we’re using the downstairs guest room for our bedroom), and it’s time to make this a proper bedroom. It’s an irregularly shaped space for sure (the walls were most likely moved at some point), but it’s spacious and the trey ceilings help keep it feeling open.

In terms of changes, everything is going. The carpet is coming out, and we’ll either refinish the original hardwoods or paint them, depending on exactly what kind of shape they’re in. The popcorn ceiling is getting scraped, baseboards will be swapped for taller trim, and the walls will get paint (and possibly some wallpaper!).

The design plan started with a rug that wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be. I mentioned a few weeks ago on Instagram that this rug looked to be rust-colored in all the eBay pictures, but when it arrived, it turned out to be a super saturated red.


Red is definitely my least favorite color to decorate with, but I like the pattern on the rug, and my husband loves it–color and all–so I’m going to accept the challenge of decorating a room that is really me with a color that is really not. I found some inspiration that I think will help me pull it off.

(found on Pinterest, unable to track down original source–if you know it, please comment!)

The vibrant read really sings for me in this photo, so here’s what I’m going for: pairing the red with plenty of black, a contrasting color (like this gorgeous mint), and lots of natural elements.

Next week I’ll have a design board to show you more of my plan, and we’ll get a peek at what’s under the carpet! Keep your fingers crossed it’s good!

Now head on over to Calling it Home and see what other amazing projects linking participants are launching today!

House Tour on Maggie Overby Studios + The One Room Challenge Returns!

eclectic dining room

Hello and happy Monday! I have a few short updates today that make me really excited to start this week.

First off, I’m pumped to share that our house tour and a brief interview by moi are being featured today on Maggie Overby Studios! The tour includes all new, never-before-seen pictures of our dining room (with Pepper as your guide), and it has shaped up even more since I last showed it here. While you’re on Maggie’s site, stay awhile and check out some of her awesome projects. She has amazing vintage style and really envy-inducing collections of paint-by-numbers art and West German pottery. She also once slip-covered a sofa using blue velvet Ikea drapes (see that project here). Have you ever heard of anything more genius/fabulous?? I can’t wait to introduce her more in the future, but don’t wait for me–head on over and get to know her now ! Oh yeah, and check out our tour. 🙂

Secondly, you may remember those 6 weeks of madness last spring where we made over the kitchen for the One Room Challenge? Well, the One Room Challenge returns this week for its fall edition, and we are joining in again to make over the master bedroom.


We haven’t touched this space since we moved in, and it’s time for everything to go–the carpet will be coming out, the popcorn will be coming down, and the blue stripes will bid you all a fond farewell. Tune in starting Thursday for the mayhem. It should be a great transformation!


8 Great DIYs from the One Room Challenge

For the last week I’ve been working my way through all the One Room Challenge reveals and trying to take a look at every entry. It’s really been inspiring to see the changes people affected in their homes in such a short time. In addition to painting, demoing, shopping (and returning), styling, and shooting these spaces, a number of participants also found time include their own DIY projects, with some incredibly beautiful and creative results.

Here are my 8 favorite DIYs done by One Room Challenge participants. I wish I could find a place for all of them in my own home!

1. Sleek and Modern Buffet

Brit from House Updated built this ultra cool buffet for her dining room using a cabinet base, wood top, and a Salvation Army belt. It looks amazing!

You can see her whole gorgeous space here, and check out the DIY for her buffet here.

2. Insanely Gorgeous Copper Floors

Melissa from A Prudent Life made blew me away with these crazy beautiful copper floors in her GARAGE. They really are incredible!

She’s going to be posting the entire tutorial next month, but for now you read about the floors here and see her entire really jealousy-inducing garage makeover here.

3. Picture Perfect Built-in Bookcases

Sabrina from Pink Little Notebook created these FABULOUS bookcases out of nothing, and they are absolutely perfect for the space. They have integrated lighting, sconces, perfect architectural detail, and space for a window seat. They are downright dreamy!

See her serene and beautifully styled living/dining room makeover here.

4. Pinch-Pleated Dropcloth Curtains

Julia from Home on 129 Acres whipped up these simple pinch-pleated curtains that are the definition of casual elegance.

Her bold blue walls are also really inspiring me right now! Check out her lovely master bedroom makeover here.

5. Funky Mid-century Side Table with Pin-hair Legs

Erin from Whaling City Cottage made this easy but adorable side table to contrast with her son’s traditional bed. It’s simple enough to make in an afternoon, but it adds such a fun touch.

See the DIY here, and then check out all the details from her son’s adorable vintage-inspired room here.

6. Whimsical Potato-stamped Feature Wall

June from Nostalgiecat really made me smile with her beautiful, bright, and original makeover of her daughter’s room. It totally makes me want to be a kid again (only hipper this time)! June’s design was inspired by a Ferm Living wallpaper, which she recreated using a potato stamp. GENIUS.

I seriously want to do the DIY here. And definitely do not miss the full room reveal here. June did an awesome job! She made the lovely lantern light pictured above, too.

7. Glam Office Desk

Kimberly from Swoon Worthy transformed a common (and honestly not too attractive) office desk into a statement piece perfectly suited to her glam and gorgeous office. This one took some vision, folks.

See the desk makeover here, and swoon over all the details of her office reveal here.

8. Reclaimed Wood Valance

Jenna Sue of Jenna Sue Design Co. did so many DIY projects in her bathroom that it was hard to pick just one, but I love the simple wood valance she made with just a plank and a jigsaw.

I’m in total awe of this entire makeover. Even as stunning as this photos is, you HAVE TO see the befores to really appreciate what was accomplished here. Check it out immediately right here.

These are some really creative ladies, for sure! Which was your favorite, or would you be most likely to try in your own home?

I was considering taking a small hiatus to rest up after finishing the kitchen, but then I did some impulse painting in the downstairs bedroom, so it looks like I’ll be taking that on for my next project. I should have an update (and cautionary tale against impulse painting, which should really be self-explanatory) on that coming up for you soon!

Kitchen Update | One Room Challenge Week 5


All of a sudden it’s Week 5 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling it Home. When we started this project, Justin wished farewell to April, and I have to admit, it’s flown.

Thanks to everyone who commented and sent good vibes during our time of need last week–you propelled us over the hump, and we got SO MUCH done. I’m really excited to show you everything in the big reveal. Can Week 6 GET HERE ALREADY?!!

(PS – If you missed any of the other updates, see them here: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 )

Here’s some of what we accomplished last week:

New sun room lighting.

Affordable flush mount LED lighting

Our original plan called for recessed lighting to replace our tragic ceiling fans, but in the spirit of less cost, less mess, and less chance of disrupting potential asbestos (we have untested popcorn up there), we ended up going with a very low profile flush mount LED light. These puppies were only $30 a piece at Home Depot, and they look about 80% like can lights anyway. The ceilings in the sun room are kind of low, so I just wanted something to blend in, and these fit the bill. They’re really bright, too. Definitely a good substitute.

Plexi-glass cabinet inserts.

Installing glass front cabinets with plexi glass

Our two remaining cabinet doors (the ones that go on either side of the sink) got plexi-glass inserts installed. There are lots of good tutorials out there, but I used the one here at Confessions of a Serial DIYer. The plexi-glass was kind of tough to cut, but all in all the project wasn’t too bad, and the cost for two fairly large doors was only about $35.

Completed back splash installation.

Sheets of small subway tile

Justin took off work last Friday and spent almost the whole day finishing the back splash tile. I think I wrote before that these subway tile can be cut with nippers, and that is technically true, but I’m told it is also very laborious and annoying to do it this way. In the end, Justin ended up buying a small tile saw with a friend. It was $50 to rent the saw for 8 hours at Home Depot and only $100 to buy it, so the two of them split the cost and now have it forever for about the same amount. Pretty savvy.

Completed FLOORS!

Painting hardwood floors; green floors

We finished the floors, and yes–they look amazing. After lots of reading, I determined that priming your floors before painting is really only necessary if you are dealing with raw wood. So after sanding and cleaning thoroughly (for me this meant vaccuming obsessively with a shop vac), we put down two coats of floor paint and two coats of polyurethane. I ended up opting to use poly for three reasons–added shine, greater durability, and ease of cleaning. After seeing/feeling the difference from adding the polyurethane, I definitely think it was the right move. The pic above was taken before the poly. Even with a satin finish, the floors looked quite matte.

**An important note to anyone who might be interested in painting your floors: You MUST use a water-based poly if you’re using a latex floor paint. I didn’t see this information in any of the articles I read, but luckily the helpful dude at Sherwin Williams clued me in me. Apparently you can use latex-based paint over oil-based, but not the other way around.**

The one thing left on the project to-do list is to grout and seal the tile. Other than that, all we really have to do is move the furniture back and get the place styled up. I’m planning to move the desk that was originally next to the cabinets to the other side of the sun room and bring in a pair of these excellent vintage rattan chairs I picked up recently.
Vintage rattan chair; Albini style chair

With all the physical labor needed in the kitchen, I haven’t totally worked out all my styling choices, but I’m looking forward wrapping up the next week with some fun stuff.

Now get on over to Calling it Home and check out the other participants! And don’t forget to check back next week for all the exciting reveals!

Kitchen Update | One Room Challenge Week 4


Week 4 is kind of the hump week of One Room Challenge, and I can definitely say I started feeling some project fatigue last week. I notice myself getting tired of certain project tasks (NO MORE cabinet painting please) and nervous about others (will the recessed lighting fit in our current receptacles?). I’ve also started getting restless to go places that are not my kitchen and see people who are not inside my kitchen. I’m promising myself I’ll get out more when this whole thing is over–but with only two weeks to go, we still have a lot to do.

The tiling that I projected to be finished in week 2 is still ongoing, but we also effectively doubled+ the amount of area we’re going to tile. One exciting decision we made this week was to ditch our over-the-range microwave.IMG_6116-2-2IMG_6341

As soon as it came down, my first thought was, “I never want to put it back up.” So we’re not going to. We listed it on Craigslist, and Instead, we’re going to get a smaller microwave and store it inside a cabinet, probably directly above where the old microwave was. This probably wouldn’t work for everyone, and it will mean I have to use a small step stool or ladder to access the microwave, but I already need that to get to about half my cabinetry anyway, and it’s worth it to me to have the extra head room when cooking. The space feels a LOT bigger.

My mother-in-law also sold me hard on tiling the back splash behind the cabinets in the sun room.IMG_6101fotor

Initially I was on the fence because I thought the sunroom felt like a separate space, but it also had wallpaper up before, which marked it off from the kitchen. Now that both rooms are the same color, it makes more sense to emphasize their continuity. Plus, one is unwise to ignore the wisdom of mothers-in-law. 🙂

Beyond EVEN MORE painting and tiling, this was a week of research. I picked up a can of Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor enamel for the kitchen floors, so now I’m trying to pin down exactly what this paint job is going to entail.

Sherwin Williams Green Kale

At most, there are 5 steps to the process:

  1. Scuff sand
  2. Clean
  3. Prime
  4. Paint
  5. Poly

Everybody is in agreement about the necessity of steps 1,2, and 4. Luckily, we had the forethought to scuff sand the kitchen when we refinished the floors, so at least we saved ourselves some pain/mess there. There is some debate about the necessity of primer and polyurethane, though. Some wisdom (like that on the back of the paint can) says sanding and cleaning the floors is enough prep and the floor enamel itself is plenty durable without additional poly on top. The guy who helped at Sherwin Williams actually told me that poly would be “overkill.” I’m skeptical, though. I prefer to err on the side of overkill. There’s been a lot of interest in the floor project, so I’ll be sure to keep you updated with what steps we decide to use.

As a reminder, here’s what tasks we have left:

  • Put glass or plexiglass inserts into to the upper cabinet doors around the windows (almost done)
  • Finish installing a subway tile backsplash (both closer to and farther from done)
  • Paint the floors
  • Scrape the ceilings (this has been removed from the scope of the project for a number of reasons, though we’ll probably still do it eventually)
  • Replace the sunroom ceiling fan with recessed lighting.

If anyone out there has had success in floor painting–please give me tips! Also please send us luck and energy this week! Hoping to show you some big progress next time around.

For now I’m going to see what the other linking participants are up to! Check out almost 150 other awesome projects here!

Kitchen Update | One Room Challenge Week 2

kitchen materials

Welcome back to week two of Calling it Home‘s One Room Challenge! Last week I showed you the space and laid out the general plan for my kitchen makeover. This week I want to talk a little more about the materials I chose and some of the progress we made in the last seven days.

The goal of this makeover is to do bright, cheery, and modern for less than the cost of a fancy dinner. We want to replace the entire kitchen in a few years, so it wouldn’t make sense to blow our budget now or invest in finishes we may not be able to reuse. That’s why I’m giving myself about $300 to touch everything from floor to ceiling.


Valspar Woodrow Wilson Linen — We carried this color over from the adjacent living room. It’s a nice, subtle cream that’s neutral in natural light with some yellow tones in shade. I like that it keeps the room from feeling too stark and adds some contrast with the white cabinetry.

Valspar High Hide White — We used this in the last house and are using it again in this one everywhere we have white cabinets or trim. It’s a true white that goes equally well with warm and cool colors. Plus, because it’s a basic, untinted paint, it’s the same color every time, no matter how many different gallons you buy.


kitchen materials

White subway tile — Simple, classic, and at around $2.50/sheet at Home Depot, very cost effective! We chose the sheets of smaller tiles over the individuals because the scale was better for the small space we have to cover.

Satin nickel hardware — In my experience, Ebay is the only place to shop if you need a deal on hardware. I got 25 knobs, 6 cup pulls, and 58 hinges for only $85 in this shop (super nice people, too). This stuff is not low quality, either. In fact, you can buy this exact knob at Home Depot for $3 each (whereas I got them for $1 each).

Counters — Existing. I’m not super in love with these counters. They remind me of a mossy rock or a water reptile or maybe a drab fish. Thankfully they’re pretty neutral, though, so they’re easy enough to work around. I’m hoping when all is said and done they’ll be the last thing people notice!



I haven’t settled on a color for the floors, yet. I started out with the two test colors but decided they were too light (I did use the blue on the left for my dining room walls, however). After carefully studying my Pinterest board, I figured out that I much prefer a saturated color, so I’m going in a completely different direction and hoping my color is on one of those green swatches. My current favorite is Valspar Redstone Osgood Green, but Valspar Pine Green could become the leading contender at any moment. The more similar things are, the harder it is for me to choose between them, so I wouldn’t say I’m close to picking one for sure. I need to get some more samples and see how these look in real life.


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Not a whole lot of visible progress just yet–more has seemingly been undone than done in the kitchen this week. I’ve removed some cabinets to paint but have yet to put them back. The hardware just arrived on Monday, though, so I’m planning to go Tasmanian devil on the door painting this week (you know, this). I’d been holding off on removing too many doors before I had the necessary means of putting them back on.

Justin started installing the back splash, including heroically tackling the tedious job of wedging tiles into the small space between the counter and the window (the sill is off the window right now, which is why it looks funny). When we bought the house, it really bugged me that the splash guard wasn’t flush with the wall like it should be, but now I see the universe was doing us a favor by leaving a little room to slide this tile in and not have to cut it. And now the splash guard does appear to meet the wall, and there’s nothing more I can ask for in life.

Goals for the next week include lots of cabinet work, completing the back splash installation, and trying not to let any more bananas go rotten (did you notice them?–they’re destined for bread now for sure). Check back next week and see how we did! In the meantime, visit Calling It Home and check out all the progress by One Room Challenge participants. There are so many amazing projects in the works!