Thursday, April 9, 2015

ONE ROOM CHALLENGE {WEEK 2}


Welcome, friends!  Well, that was probably the fastest week ever!  I'm a first-timer, but I have a feeling participating the One Room Challenge makes time fly by even faster than usual.  A big thanks to Linda at Calling it Home for organizing this big party, and motivating us to get moving on a space in our home!



Well, I feel like I'm off to a slow start, but we have accomplished a few things.  Knowing that I'd be tackling my bedroom one day and having a vague idea of the direction I was headed, I've been hoarding Craigslist finds for a while.  Although I didn't have a sure plan for them until recently, I had some basics on hand when the room plan started coming together.

Let's start at the top... Over a year ago I floated the idea to my husband of getting rid of the ceiling fan.



We used it every night, but I knew a chandelier would be so much prettier.  I told him I'd be totally ok with using a standing fan (I can tuck it away if needed), and he agreed!  So, after keeping a constant eye out, I turned this 80's $20 Craigslist find



into this!  



Next week I'll share all of the details on that transformation, including the surprising first life of the ceiling medallion.

Inspired by something similar I saw at a local Show house a few years ago, I've been working to transform another Craigslist find.  These stools...



became green beauties!  I'm about finished with the basic upholstering, but am trying to decide how to finish them off.   Plain, ribbon trim (remember, I'm accenting with pink and orange), or ribbon and nail head trim.



I think I know which one I'm leaning towards, and if you know me at all you can probably make a pretty good guess which one it will be. 

I didn't really talk about it in my plan last week, but there's plenty of room for us to create a sitting area in the room.  Once again, Craigslist turned up a pair of these vintage wingbacks.  They have a slim profile and are Ethan Allen.  So, although old and not perfect (one foot was chipped and I think they'd been stored outside), they're heavy, sturdy, and well made.  



I've been working to get them stripped down and ready to re-upholster.  A yucky job that is not fun at all, but my upholsterer discounts about $50 per chair if I do the tear-down, so it's worth it to me.


I really went back and forth on the new fabric to choose.  Part of me wanted to do a great patterned fabric, like the Jamil leopard that I'd like to use somewhere in the room.  In the end, though, I decided to go neutral on the upholstery.  I can add some great pillows, and I knew there would be plenty of other patterns going on in the room.  This is the fabric I ended up choosing.  It's classic and neutral at a glance, yet close-up has that wonderful herringbone pattern and texture.  I saw it made up on a sofa at a local fabric shop, but found it online for a few dollars per yard cheaper.  Every little bit helps!


Richloom Olson in Cement

I've got a few deliveries on the way that I'm VERY excited about, but I need to keep plugging away at the DIY projects.  I know these weeks are going to go by so quickly!


To Do: 
(this list is stressing me out just to write it!)

DIY Upholstered Headboard
Bedding- Duvet, Bedskirt, Pillows
Make drapes
Switch out white blinds for bamboo shades
Update and paint nightstands
Ceiling Light
Find and install lamps and other lighting
Choose Rug
Refinish armoire
Add molding, prime and paint fireplace
Mount TV to wall
Sitting area gallery wall
Reupholster ottoman stools (almost done!)
Choose chair fabric and have reupholstered
Choose artwork/mirror for headboard wall
Add molding and repaint doors to bathroom
Accessories


If you missed it last week, remember, this is the plan:


You can check in on al of the other participants linking up here.  See you next week!


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64 comments:

  1. That Light! Those stools! No surprise I love everything

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  2. Katharine HillmannApril 9, 2015 at 6:09 AM

    Obsessed with your lighting transformation!! And those stools are amazing! I think you made a great choice on the wingback fabric- love the herrigbone. xo- Katie

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  3. I absolutely love those stools. The fabric is amazing and the chandy turned out so pretty. This is going to be such a gorgeous room.

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  4. Beth @ designPOST interiorsApril 9, 2015 at 7:00 AM

    I am very curious about the fireplace in your board!! You are going to be a busy bee the next few weeks!!

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  5. Lisa @ Shine Your LightApril 9, 2015 at 7:02 AM

    Jennifer!! I love how you get stuff DONE!! That chandelier, the stools???????? I love love love. And I can guess which way you'll go with those - hmmmm - nailhead trim and ribbon?? Your chairs are going to be fantastic too, can't wait to see your progress next week!

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  6. You are doing great!! That chandelier is fabulous!! I think I saw those same stools a few years back and I remember thinking of you!! They are going to look great - as is everything else!! Keep up the good work friend!

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  7. Love that chandelier! I convinced my husband to forgo a ceiling fan in our room and I'm so glad he went for it! I'm sure we will miss it a little this summer, but I'm looking for the perfect decorative fan that I can leave out on the dresser or something. Those stools look so good! You are one talented lady!

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  8. Wow, the chandelier is stunning! Beautiful fabrics and colours, can't wait to see more!

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  9. Mallory, it's mutual! Wish we could shop together!

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  10. Thank Katie, we're loving the "new" chandelier, and we can actually SEE in there now! The fan light was always so dim. I'm happy with the fabric choice, too. I think the chairs will be really pretty and versatile.

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  11. Beth, I do need to discuss that a little more, huh? Maybe next week's post! ;)

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  12. Lisa, good guess! ;) You do know me. Trying not to be overwhelmed and knock one thing out at a time!

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  13. Yes, on Craigslist? I've had them for a while, so probably so! It's just nice to have one or two things checked off the list. Thanks Denise!

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  14. Well, we have a beautiful (NOT) white oscillating fan out right now, but it's easy to throw in the closet if we're having company or not using it. I do need to find one that's a little nicer looking, even with just us looking at it. So glad he agreed to the swap! Thanks, friend!

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  15. oh that light fixture! i love it!!!! amazing! we have a fan in our room but i can't live without it. :)

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  16. Cannot wait to see how it turns out!

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  17. I wondered, but we really haven't missed it! Thanks Cassie!

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  18. Jennifer@TheChroniclesofHomeApril 9, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Oh my gosh, it's looking so good! That chandelier! That CHANDELIER!! Beyond gorgeous. And man do I hate stripping old upholstery - I hope you are wearing a dust mask, it is some nasty work!

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  19. Love the chandelier!!

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  20. Gabbi @ Retro Ranch RenoApril 9, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    That light fixture is BEYOND stunning!!! I'm so smitten...it makes me almost want to get rid of our fan! ;)

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  21. Thanks Gabbi! It was a fun makeover and we really haven't missed the ceiling fan! Glad that we can tuck the floor fan away when needed.

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  22. Thanks Jen, Gotta love a good CL find! Yes, I had to make a special trip to pick up some masks. These were especially dusty and even a little mildewed. Ewww... got them all cleaned up, though!

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  23. Ok, it's official, you and Pam have the best Craigslist luck ever! You worked some serious magic on that chandelier...love it!

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  24. That room is going to be gorgeous! Can't wait to see the final product!

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  25. Oh my goodness ... that chandelier is STUNNING!!! Can't wait to see how the rest turns out!!!

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  26. Brett Barnes MeagerApril 9, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    you are a Craigslist machine! These are such great re-dos, I bet each piece would give you a big hug for the beautiful remodel job you have done with them! Can't wait to see more! (((and stools - nailhead trim all the way!))) xx, b @ being-bianca.com

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  27. Jennifer - that chandelier is gorgeous! Wow! And i love the green fabric for those stools! I bet you're going with ribbon and nail head trim?! You made great progress this week.

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  28. Jennifer, just wow! What an amazing transformation! That chandelier looks so lux!! The one in our master is not my fav, but would love to do something like this! I am excited about your upholster chair DIY and might be inspired to jump into mine for my ORC office makeover instead of investing in another furniture piece. Keep it up, let's do this! Sarah, Sarah Sofia Productions

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  29. that chandelier is so great! I can't stand to have a ceiling fan blowing on me while I'm trying to sleep anyway, so I'm always all about tearing them down ;)

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  30. Pam @ Simple DetailsApril 9, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    LOVE your chandelier, those bulbs give it the perfect modern vibe! I know you'll have that list whittled down to nothing in no time ~ have fun! :)

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  31. Wow, Jennifer! You have been so busy! It's going to look fantastic!!

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  32. Love! I'm looking for drapes in that exact fabric! Are you making them or did you purchase? Will you share where you found the fabric/drapes? Thanks!

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  33. Gah!! Love the green/blue combo you have going on and that light fixture looks KILLER!! Love it!! I'm so impressed by all the DIY you are undertaking - wish I could do some simple upholstery - tried it once and hated it so leave it to the professionals lol xxx

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  34. Holy crap that chandelier makeover is insane!! I can't wait to get the details on that one! :)

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  35. Jenny WilliamsonApril 9, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    I think that's pretty spectacular progress for a first time ORC'er! I'm ***way*** behind by comparison! Love the chandelier!

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  36. I love the chandelier! I feel for you on stripping down those chairs, such hard work! I love the ottoman stools in the malachite fabric; I've been trying to figure out where I can use that same fabric in my home! You've accomplished A LOT for the first week!

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  37. Jean from GeorgiaApril 9, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Wow, cannot wait to see this room. For the ottoman I would go with nailheads and no ribbon. I have an ottoman that I am studying at present and that is my plan for mine. We will see!!!

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  38. Oh it all looks beautiful! I LOVE color as well and looking at your pics makes me salivate (really!)

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  39. Lookin' good girl!! That chandy! I'm always up in arms about whether or not to lose the fan. I use it every night too but I would so much rather have a chandy!

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  40. I'm so impressed!! Those stools look amazing in that malachite fabric!! And that chandy is so fabulous! I'm so glad your husband agreed to get rid of the fan...a chandy is so much prettier! I look forward to following along.

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  41. Frances @ Improvement ListApril 9, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    We have a couch that is covered with a similar herringbone fabric. It's a great neutral but still has a pattern to keep it from being boring. Can't wait to see it used in your room. And that light fixture is just stunning. I will tune in next week for more info.

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  42. I love that I am not the only one kinda freaking out about my to-do list! Already looking so great, looking forward to the follower weeks of diys and inspiration! xo

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  43. The light is great! Can't wait to see it finished!

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  44. I live in the OKC area. Who do you use to reupholster your furniture? Thanks :)

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  45. THAT CHANDELIER. Wow. You have inspired me. I have a black glass chandelier in my home office with a medallion that I painted the same colour as the ceiling. You have just inspired me to paint it black. :)

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  46. I've been working Craigslist so hard and cannot find a thing! I'm looking for a chandelier, too! You're having fantastic luck! The colors you're using are my favorites -- this will be gorgeous!

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  47. This is going to be amazon…love the chandelier and the colors…fabulous!

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  48. Kris {Driven by Décor}April 9, 2015 at 11:07 PM

    You're a lucky girl - I was never able to talk my husband out of our ugly ceiling fan! Love the new fixture and all of your great finds!!

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  49. This is going to be soooooo good! Can't wait to see it all come together Jennifer!

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  50. Hey Lauren, shoot me an email at dimplesandtangles@att.net and I'll send you her info!

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  51. Such incredible transformations!! I envy your bravery and talent in redoing some of those pieces. Nice work!

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  52. $20??!!! Shut up! WHAT A FIND! Love it's new look Jennifer and those ottoman stools are fab, of course I love the fabric dear ;-) Can't wait to see more, good luck with that chair!

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  53. I Love what you did with that light fixture, Jennifer! I can hardly wait to see the reveal of the entire room!

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  54. Tricia @ Suburban BitchesApril 10, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Welcome on board Jennifer! That chandelier is crazy good! I got a free chandelier from a remodel last year & it was so fun to restore it and use it in an ORC last year. I say the middle photo for the ottomans. Can't wait to see which way you go. Good luck with that killer To Do List. :)

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  55. Jennifer I know your room is going to look stunning...can't wait to see more!!

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  56. tara // by design co.April 13, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    i love all the DIY you are doing....and i can't wait to see that chair!!

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  57. Love where this is headed! Love the chandelier transformation!

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  58. I totally need these light bulbs for my dining room chandy that I spray painted a few years ago. You are so very clever my friend!! LOVE it all!

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