In case you missed the first few weeks, you can catch up here, here, and here. Up until this point, much of the work has been mental or visually less pleasing. We’ve planned, prepped, roughed in, removed what we didn’t want from the space goodbye popcorn ceilings! and this last week has been the start of adding in what we do want. Along with the casings and trim, Micah’s dad and I laid out the wall treatment Saturday morning.
Micah and I liken renovation to marriage counseling, but when it comes to laying out wall treatments we need my father-in-law there to keep the next world war from commencing. John used to mediate Micah and I, but this go around Micah quietly prepped the space while John and I worked. I think we’ve reached a breakthrough! Along with the walls, Micah did the same treatment using Metrie moulding on two bifold doors that will function as the new closet doors. He laid this one out on his own, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out – you’ll have to stay tuned to see the final result!
Last week I started to get pretty nervous about the work we had left. Between prepping, priming, and painting the room, wallpapering the ceiling, painting the beds, shortening and painting the desk, electrical installation…the DIY list was very long and the hours in the day with two hands free were very few hello mothering an 11-month-old. We love to DIY, and if I can save in those areas to splurge somewhere else, I prefer it. But the reality this time around is I can’t.
So I called up my neighbor and with all of my fingers crossed asked if he had any room on his schedule. I haven’t showed you the after on the blog just yet, but Chris has a painting company and his guys did an AMAZING job on our wood room. I’m talking the best job ever. They are not the standard when it comes to tradesman; they are the best of exceptions and they were kind, hardworking, and went above and beyond with everything they touched in that space. When one of the painters, Brian, had mentioned that he knows how to hang designer paper, I knew I wanted him to not only paint the room but hang the paper.
As of last night the walls are primed and Brian will be caulking and spraying the color today. Hopefully by week end he’ll have the ceiling and closet papered and we’ll be moving on to lighting installation and furniture placement. I’m hopeful that a day will come again when I spend hours upon hours DIYing. There is nothing more satisfying than completing a project with your own two hands. But some stages of life require help if you want to see projects like this get done. So, as I shared this past summer, I’m chalking this one up to a season of grace and grateful help is available. And speaking of grace, the participants as a whole are getting a big ole dose of it.
Due to the magnitude of natural disasters over the last few months, many of the featured designers have experienced setbacks in their spaces, from work deferred to shipments delayed. Linda, the challenge’s creator, has decided to do something that has never been done before and give us an extra week to complete our spaces. !!! While I was pressing ahead to reveal on time, I am thrilled for an extra week! Other than feeling a bit less pressure, I am hoping to have more time to really hone in on the styling portion. So now the reveals for the featured designers will happen on Wednesday, November 15 with guest participants sharing their spaces on the 16th. Don’t forget to check in to see where the other designers are at…
Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | IBB for DWD | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha *