We are back in full swing as we enter week 6! You may noticed the absence of week 5, as the One Room Challenge team decided to take a pause for several days, in honor and respect for #blacklivesmatter.
WHAT IS THE ONE ROOM CHALLENGE
The One Room Challenge™ is a biannual event every Spring and Fall and is currently in its seventeenth season. Each round, twenty design bloggers take the challenge and transform a space. Every Wednesday, the designers document their process while sharing their sources and professional advice over six weekly posts.
This season, due to the sheltering in place orders, the ORC will span eight weeks to give us all extra time to complete our spaces while staying safe at home.
The ORC has teamed up with Better Homes and Garden to bring you this highly anticipated event.
MY PARTICIPATION IN THE ONE ROOM CHALLENGE
This round will complete my seventh season as a guest participant of the “ORC”. So many other talented people are also participating as guests, please check out their spaces HERE.
You can check out my all my prior reveals in the links below
- Painting the Exterior Brick of Our Home
- Dining Room Renovation
- Home Wine Cellar
- Basement Bar Remodel
- Modern French Country Kitchen Renovation
- Master Bathroom Renovation
What Space Will be Transformed this Season of the ORC?
As announced in week 1, we will be transforming the foyer of our home. The space is in dire need of a make over, as you can see from the pictures below. This is what the foyer looked like when we moved in three years ago 🤦♀️ Where do I even begin?
Foyer Renovation Progress to Date
- Week 2, I shared my inspiration and photos for the new design of our foyer. This is a very tough space to work with, as it is huge and has so much going on.
- Week 3 highlighted my initial design board, which has since changed quite a bit. This is a very fluid project and changes often, especially during these difficult times and limited resources available.
- Week 4 was all about removing heavy curtains from the large foyer window and getting rid of a carpet runner. A fun part of the project was to see the new painted risers on the stairs that look amazing!
These past two weeks have focused on painting the walls and ceiling. Let’s take a look at the before pictures.
So I actually don’t hate the textured black and gold toned ceiling inside of the tray.
But I do hate the white trim and brown walls surrounding it.
I thought long and hard, is there a way to keep the black and gold and bring the space up to date?
Probably, but it’s not going to happen now. In the end, I decided to just get rid of the textured ceiling and paint over it. The dark ceiling is heavy and dark, the space needs to be brightened up. Sort of a shame as it looked very expensive to create. I imagined someone spending hours on scaffolding with a small brush and a painful crick in their neck. I assume they were standing up but maybe there were lying on their back? Images of Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel briefly come to mind…..😉
Any way you look at it…this mess must be resolved and quickly! Those brown walls and super white trim are so outdated. Lightening the walls will tone down the trim and open the space up immensely, and get rid of the heavy feel.
My painters spend the entire first day, covering everything with plastic wrap.
And since we are painting the ceiling, the chandeliers need to be protected from paint drips.
Ok, so the first layer of paint in applied to the ceiling. Um…yea. So that color looks pretty WHITE….like stark white! 😳
Hmm….the color on the ceiling was not the exact white that I had in mind…….
But I love the color of the walls! The space is already feeling more open and brighter! But I’m going to have a discussion about the ceiling color with my painters 😬
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