It’s week 2 of the One Room Challenge, and we’re plowing away over here on our sunroom. You can see week 1 here. First and foremost, that popcorn ceiling had to go. We get rid of it in every room we renovate, and while this might not seem like an obvious detail to some, it’s one that makes a huge difference to me. If you want to undate your space smooth walls and ceilings are the way to go and completely worth the investment. We tackle the scraping ourselves. Paying someone to float and sand is usually only a few hundred dollars for a space – completely worth it.
Our main level has 10′ ceilings and requires scaffolding to work on it, where the upper floor’s 8′ span is reachable with a scraper on the end of a short paint pole from the ground. I usually do the scraping myself, but because of my growing belly Micah helped this time around and between me spraying the water (here’s how we do it) and him scraping the popcorn we were able to finish in around an hour. Prep and clean up – taping plastic down to catch all of the mess and hauling it away- seem to take just as long as the actual process.
We also took down the chair rail and had our drywall guy float the walls where that was installed. Even though they’ll be covered in wallpaper, it’s still just as important that the walls are prepped to a smooth finish. After the ceiling was finished Micah painted it, put a quick layer of fresh white on all of the vents using a can of spray paint, and installed the new lights. We’re going from a centered ceiling fan with two cans to a centered can with two lights, so this required Micah to get up in the attic and do some switching of electrical and components. I’m constantly impressed by all the things he’s learned to do throughout our renovations. Below is a peek at the lights. They cast the most beautiful shadows at night. Next we’re onto trim, and I know it’s going to make a huge difference in the feel of the space.
I thought I’d also show you the sources and stories behind some of the thrifted pieces today. Practically every room I put together is a combination of newer splurges and older steals. Saving here to splurge there is a design philosophy I swear by, and it also helps create a really great mix. Because this will be my office for the long haul, a desk was the first thing on my mind. I’ve never had a space where I could really sprawl out, and as a creative that is important. But big desks usually mean big money. A dining table can easily function as a desk, and secondhand ones are often reasonable, but I really wanted some storage. You can’t believe my excitement when I stumbled upon this at my local Red Racks this summer.
Not only was the size incredible, the shape clean with a bit of detail, and the drawers ideal storage…it was $30. The thing is solid and Micah was thrilled to go pick it up. Sarcasm. We’ll be painting it and adding some shiny hardware to really give it new life.
You can’t just have a standard desk chair with a desk this big. I knew I needed either a pair or something large. I loved the idea of a big wingback for several reasons. Something comfortable is ideal when you sit in front of a computer for any length of time. I prefer to sit with my legs up in a chair, so width was important too. And then I wanted a wingback for some help with noise. The spiral staircase connects the two sunrooms in our house, and yes, there is convenience being right above the kids, but the noise that travels up that thing is so amplified. A wingback would muffle some of that. I came across this mauve, velvet chair for $25 on Craigslist and the upholstery is in perfect condition. The wood needs some love, but that’s such an easy fix.
It was nice that the room had cabinets for storage, but they weren’t anything special. I liked the idea of bringing in some wood, and this wardrobe I found on Craigslist will fit perfectly between the new blush sink I picked up at ReStore for a few dollars and the staircase.
With some cleaning and a pretty faucet, that sink will sing against the wallpaper. Now that I’ve shown you some of the items that are one-of-a-kind, here’s a look at where you can get some of the other elements I’m planning to incorporate into the space.
I had my 36 week appointment and sonogram today and baby is in a favorable position and measuring perfectly. We’re praying they stay comfortable even though I may not be for a while longer. A lot is happening this week, so I can’t wait to bring you up to date next Wednesday! In the meantime, follow along on Instagram stories and Snapchat @themakerista. Want to catch up? In case you missed week one you can see that here. And be sure to check out the other participants updates…