So I decided at the last minute to go ahead and participate in the Fall 2017 One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home. Have you heard of it? Basically, you commit to makeover one room in your home in 6 weeks, and you share the process on your blog. Sounds simple, right?
The thing is, now I actually have to makeover a room. Nothing like a challenge to start a fire under my butt! For this challenge, I chose my dining room because it makes me crazy. I mean, it’s a beautiful room, it’s just blah. Here’s what it looks like now:
Not bad, right? Just blah. I haven’t done anything in this room besides hang shelves and arrange furniture because I have so many other projects to get to and the dining room is definitely one of the more challenging rooms I have to work on. But I signed up for this challenge so I might as well go big or go home! I have a feeling that (1) my husband is not going to be a fan of this challenge (sorry, honey!), and (2) this next 6 weeks is going to fly by!
Anyway, here’s the plan as represented by a moodboard:
ORC Dining Room Plan
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1. Paint the room. The plan is to use Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore. We will see how I like it once I get the samples up, though. Picking a paint color for this room is one of the main reasons I’ve put this project off!
2. Add DIY board and batten. I’m not yet sure if I’m going to remove the chair rail around the room or use it as part of the board and batten.
3. Order a rug. I’ve chosen an Ivory and Silver Vintage Distressed Rug by Safavieh in a 9X12. I’ve been eyeballing this beauty for quite a while now and I can’t wait to get it in my dining room!
4. Order and hang a new chandelier. Our current chandelier is a giant boob light which, if you’ll recall from this post, is the bane of my existence in this house. I hate the giant boob and it will soon be replaced with this GORGEOUS Rustic Wire Chandelier from World Market.
5. Replace the white blinds in the windows with these bamboo blinds. I feel like these will add a bit of warmth and I love that they filter light without blocking the light. I’m a lover of light in my house so these will be perfect!
6. Add accessories like these giant tobacco baskets and a magnolia wreath. Another touch of warmth and some texture. I love adding natural wood tones to every room and if there’s a place to put a green wreath, you know I’ll do it!
7. If there’s time, I plan to make a few slipcovers for my dining room chairs, but we’ll see how much steam I have left after all of this is done. My idea is to break up the darkness of the table and chairs since we can’t afford to buy a new table right now. Work with what you’ve got, am I right?
Phew! I’m exhausted just thinking about all this work! Hopefully, I can find a way to bribe hubby into helping me out. Chances are good.
Check back in with me next week and I’ll update you on what progress we’ve made. I’m excited to see what happens over this next six weeks and I’ll need y’all to keep cheering me on!