Today’s the day! Calling it Home‘s spring 2016 edition of the One Room Challenge™ has kicked off, and I’m so excited to finally tell you what space we’ll be transforming. For those of you who are new to the blog, I appreciate you stopping by, and I hope you’ll stick around – like all of our renos it’s sure to be a wild ride! This blog is about the things that I make, but the last year has predominately been spent making our 1980s colonial our own. I’m a stay-at-home mom of two, married to a contractor who builds McDonald’s by day and helps me renovate our home by night.
We took a break last summer to enjoy lazy afternoons poolside, but since November my husband has rarely had an evening to himself. It all started with the front room turned library and now we’re wrapping up the biggest renovation we’ve tackled yet: our kitchen. From the gut job to the cabinet installation, the tile work to the electrical, my husband with a few really great family members and friends has done 90% of the work himself.
When I was asked to do the One Room Challenge, I knew we’d be coming off the kitchen reno we’re so close I can taste it. I knew the right thing to do. If I wasn’t going to give Micah a break the man literally spent Christmas and Easter renovating, the least I could do was give him a room. This house is full of character and wonderful details for being built in the 80’s. From half-moon windows to pocket doors, 10′ ceilings to stained glass…every space has something special. Well, every space except this one…
The basement. It’s certainly not what sold us on the house. We can pretty much always see potential, but this part of the house felt like a total miss. There is a functional guest room, an unfinished area for storage and then this space. From the 7′ ceilings you read that right and the many soffits covering pipes and HVAC, to the poorly finished details and lack of windows, this room is a doozy. There’s not an ounce of interest or a glimmer of beauty, but it’s not a blank slate either. It’s filled with blemishes that need help.
It’s called a challenge for a reason, right? Well, this will be just that. But I’m determined to make it a space Micah will love and I’ll be proud of. My style is traditional bones with modern elements and pops of bold color. Micah loves a more modern aesthetic, so fairly modern this space shall go. The Makerista will make her mark too, and at the end of the day all Micah longs for is a place to sprawl out and play Call of Duty or watch the Royals win another game in peace. Heck, when this is all done I may never see him again!
I’ll be back next week to show you some of the plans and discuss some of those eyesores. In the meantime, don’t miss the other participants befores. So many good friends and admirable designers are taking part – I know I can’t wait to follow along!