Thursday, November 6, 2014

One Room Challenge: Week 6: REVEAL 2-Fer

Well, here we are at last! Week six of the One Room Challenge™linkup. So many times I thought of quitting--because who cares about this dumb little project of mine?? But you all were so encouraging, and now I have a space that looks so much better than it did. So, thanks for keeping me going!!


My project was an entryway revamp. I was going for a midcentury modern glam vibe around our front door outside and in our foyer and small powder room indoors.


I wanted to, but didn't, remove the storm door. Eventually I can paint it or we will replace it with something better looking. For now, though, I added a 3M hook to the glass so we can hang a wreath on the outside of the door. I think this is a good-enough work-around. 

 


One of the absolute best things about the One Room Challenge is that the official participants are so engaged with the linking participants. Christine Dovey suggested the very idea I was thinking of in week three. It was as if angels sang! She, of Bijou and Boheme loveliness, proposed adding molding to the front door to add some architectural interest. Ba-bam!! I have a plan for that!


But for the time being, I've purchased this starburst knocker. It was as close as I could get to the star doorknob plates from my inspiration board. The instructions were super confusing to me and I'm still relatively nervous around power tools so it's not actually on the door yet. It feels very heavy and looks solidly made, though.

 
 

The paint on the urn got refreshed--it's amazing what a little  spray paint can do!--and I look like I got cut in bar fight from trying to re-pot that effing fern. I don't love how I have mounted the address plaque, but it's up on the wall. Until we know for sure it's not going to fall down, I still have the teeny little numbers above the door too. C'est la vie. My design plans for my own house are sequential. So first is plan a. Then, down the road, will be plan b. 


Speaking of plan b... I started to paint the stencil on the wall in our powder room. The handmade stencil I cut from a cereal box. Unsurprisingly, it didn't work that well. It was a little floppy and the lines didn't stay true enough. Also, I really wanted the look of a dark wall with some white accents, which would be the opposite of what I was doing. The paint color from the sample I bought at Target (did you know they sell paint now?!) also was not quite as much of a peacock blue as I dreamed. Since I knew I would have to re-paint anyway, I decided #YOLO. And I created this large feature block. I'm sure I've seen it as a solution elsewhere.


And if not, whatever. It works for me. It creates the amount of visual appeal I was looking for when you look into the powder room from the foyer. Without the hassle of having to paint the whole damn wall.


 
The room is also less dark than if I had painted the whole wall, which is great since it is such a teeny space. Although as you can see, there is one window and this is the fabric sample-turned-curtain on it. Easy peasy!


The budget was small to begin with, and then my husband told me not to spend any more money after week one so it necessarily got even smaller. I used some gift cards to buy a few things and bought other things while grocery shopping so it wouldn't count. Necessity is the mother of invention, right? Mostly this time around, the One Room Challenge was meant to test my DIY talents and that didn't require much money. Not too much money, not too much work. But definitely a different feel to the space now. Hopefully that's encouraging news to some reader out there.


I moved the garden stool from last spring's #ORC out to the foyer so we would have somewhere to sit when taking boots on and off this winter.


The colors in this photo inspired the moody vibe I was going for in the space.


With a little punch of color from this piece.


And my little blue & white collection contrasts with the green velvet wall-coverings.


And in my title, I mentioned this was a two-fer. Our kitchen renovation is now closer to being completed too! (minus a drawer and a lot of styling!) We opted to keep the cabinets that we had, moving a few around in order to accommodate new appliances including a dishwasher.

 I'm off now to see everyone else's rooms! Thanks to Linda @ Calling it Home for dreaming this idea up in the first place and inviting others to link-up last year. Long live the #ORC!!

20 comments:

  1. Wow! love the green in the draperies and the art is amazing!! looking good!!! xo congrats!

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  2. I LOVE the dark wall in the bath and urns & ferns are classic!! No project is ever too small, they are stepping stones to creating our spaces and you've conquered 3...well done!!

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  3. Beautiful transformation Carrie! I loved following you through this process and participating in ORC again with you! You're front entrance is so inviting and just goes show a little update goes a far away!

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  4. Oh wow, you have been busy, what fun and fabulous makeovers. Love the dark accent walls in the bathroom. Very chic.

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  5. Looks great Carrie! Love the blue and white with the green. One of my favorite combos!

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  6. You must be so excited by how much you got done and how good everything looks now! Love those moody bathroom walls and the fabric sample turned window treatment - so clever! And that star knocker is a stunner!

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  7. Looks great Carrie! The green velvet drapes are so luxe and the navy accent wall in the bathroom is perfect.

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  8. Great job Carrie! I love your door color and can't wait to see the door knocker on it!

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  9. Those drapes are my absolute favorite shade of green! Love it with the blue too!

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  10. This turned out great, Carrie! I too love the drapes :) Congrats on a job well done!

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  11. the powder room looks nice with that lovely mirror. and, that star door knocker is killer! great styling too. dana

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  12. Carrie, the outside is so inviting - such a pretty change trimming the tree and your house #'s. And the door knocker will be great, it is so much like your inspiration! Inside, I love the fun fabric you chose for the bathroom, and of course, the dark paint! Enjoy all your hard work!

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  13. Yay! The trimmed tree makes a huge difference. Fear not, power tools are your friend. Go hit up an obliging Home Depot employee to give you a tutorial, and then you will be off and running with that starburst.

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  14. So glad the tree is trimmed! Love the number sign too...and the green drapes with the blue and white. Totally fab! Congrats!

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  15. Ha! The "bar fight" with the fern totally made me crack up. I am impressed with how much you did by sheer ingenuity and effort. The drapes are awesome, and the dark paint. Yes!!!

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  16. LOL at the bar fight comment! You took on a lot of space for this challenge and everything looks great! I love the idea of adding trim to the door and the sunburst knocker!

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  17. Damn...you were almost as busy as I was! 3 areas! Love the color of the front door and trimming the tree made such a difference....Love the green curtains and those dark walls. I am inspired to get some dark walls in my house!

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  18. By the looks of it, I would say that lots of people care about your project(s). Love the front and it looks perfectly dressed for Fall. I must say that bush does have lovely change of colors. Great with the green inside. Well done.

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  19. Great job Carrie! Your inspiration art is gorg! I love your curtain fabric, and that block wall takes the cake.

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  20. Looks great Carrie ... you have a lot on your plate! Love the burst of GREEN! And the knocker ... and Christine's suggestion of trim on the door will change your world! Way to go!!

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Thanks so much for commenting! I love to read what you have to say. ~Carrie

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