One Room Challenge week 1 and 2 !?
I am a week late but…better late than never! I would love to be a contender in the One Room Challenge but for now I am putting myself out there as a Guest Poster. Maybe some day I’ll get that coveted invite! I am thrilled just to be a part of it at all! I love to see the before and afters as well as the progress along the way! Don’t you? Since I am joining a week late I am giving you the “before” as well as the one week progress! “Isn’t that special?!”
The Chosen One!
For my room I have chosen the Dining Room. I have many rooms that are set to be redone but this is the one we use most as we like to have friends over for dinners and drinks. It is hard for me to do one whole room due to the way I bargain shop. I buy whatever Decor or DIY materials I happen to find, at a smoking price, when and where I find them. This means I am working on the whole house at once. I may find a deal one week on kitchen pendants that I have been coveting and the next week it may be bathroom tile. I have been saying to my husband “Let’s get one room completed…can we?!” This competition is great incentive to do just that!
This is what the dining room looked like when we were looking at the house before purchase. When we moved in I could not wait to get rid of the 90’s cranberry red! So I painted it the first thing I could grab that was not beige! Have I told you how much I dislike Beige?
Funny huh?……Home Stager…Hating on beige……Go figure!
Below is the Gray that I happened to slap on the wall. It looks violet in reality. It has to go!
The Entrance Shot
The Left and Right Respectively
I love the juxtaposition of having a modern look with a rustic element thrown in. An example of that is my home in Corpus with this tumbled stone fireplace in the midst of a very contemporary home you can view here. I am not going to extremes in this room though. Some up to date contemporary pieces mixed with a traditional sensibility.
Let There Be Light
One of the first things we had to do was to move the Lighting Box to the middle of the room. It was all the way over to the slider. Who does that? I hat un centered chandeliers. It is a peeve of mine to say the least. Here is how the ceiling was set up when we purchased. That round plastic electrical cover there for the chandelier……did not even have an electrical box! Can you believe someone would just run the wires with no box? Good thing my “Project Manager for Commercial Electrical” Husband has a “Journeyman’s Ticket” in his pocket(as they say in the trade). He made it all nice and safe and centered for us! The other two square lights made for very poor lighting but we could not find replacements and had to retro fit them but all that “to do” is another post. You will see what we did to these here also.
My Husband moving the wiring (can’t say electrical box, cause there wasn’t one!) To the center of the room.
Such a mess!
The square lighting fixtures with covers removed.
This is the finished electrical box after husband placed one for the existing open wiring.
I of course get the fun job of sealing and plastering all these holes. Don’t worry, the ceiling will not look like this mess when finished! I have a ceiling treatment coming up in one of the next few posts! Stay tuned!
This is what was the square recessed lighting fixture (one of two) in the dining room. Now made round to accommodate a round retrofit LED fixture.
That is nearly all we have done in the first two weeks but you would be surprised how long it really took. All those unexpected trips back to the hardware store to fix all the unexpected issues you find in a 57 year old home. (no electrical box? really?)
Oh well……we did paint! Do not ask me the color as I had it tweaked soooo much to get it right that it is now “a custom only, better make sure you save the paint can lid or you aren’t matching this puppy..ever! Kind of color!
A Vignette I put together for Insta!
What do ya think so far????
Follow along for the next five weeks and see my progress as well as the progress of the other contestants as well as the nearly 300 guest Bloggers designing their own rooms in a six week time frame.
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