Did you think I bailed on the One Room Challenge already?
I didn’t … I’m just super late with my post today because of sleeping ‘issues’ in our household last night. We seem to be going backward with the ‘sleeping through the night’ thing. Last night was a hot mess, lemme tell you, which is why this post was not written (and also why all three are tired and napping as we speak). Night owl Ben was up until 11:30. Molly (see’s the dog, if you’re new) was having some issue with her ears and was shaking them non stop right next to our bed for like an hour straight. Matt took her downstairs to keep her from waking up Ben. Next, Charlie thought there was a snake in his crib, and thus ended up in our bed with me (first time ever … let’s hope it’s not a trend). And I learned that he prefers to sleep sideways with his feet on my head. I told you it was a hot mess …
Where were we?? Oh, the One Room Challenge Progress Report!!
Let me start from last week. The ‘challenge’ is brought to you by Linda at Calling It Home. I’m joining in with 96 other linking participants (bloggers) to challenge ourselves to finish redoing one room in SIX weeks. We chose to finally finish up Owen and Charlie’s Big Boy Room (read more about that HERE) and, since we’re the slowest DIY’ers on the planet, this may prove to be quite the undertaking. But I’m all in, so here we go!
Let’s review … here’s the mood board for the room:
And here’s the room before:
I’ve created an OFFICIAL to-do list (because I love lists), and here she is:
Now … on with the real work, eh? We DO have lots to show you this week. Lots of mess, but that just means progress, right?
We started by removing a couple pieces of trim to see what we were getting ourselves into. The old trim basically crumbled to pieces (no hope of restoring it), and the ancient plaster walls behind the trim were not looking so great either. Aye … the downfalls of having a 150 year old house …
I’ve come to absolutely hate plaster walls. I could go on and on about my issues with ’em, but I’ll save the complaining for another day … Just know if not a fan.
Discouraged by the bad shape of the trim and the walls behind the trim, Matt decided to take out his aggression on the carpet before continuing with removing all the trim …
We pulled all that stained carpet up to reveal some not-so-bad looking wood floors underneath (picture taken pre-shop vac’ing … obviously):
The dark brown color of the floors was pretty, however not our favorite, and it did have quite a few areas of splattered paint on it (from who knows how long ago):
With the help of a radio, we got back to ripping off the rest of the trim around the room:
The trim around the doors may prove ‘interesting’ to replace. For some reason, the trim is flush with the walls around the door. When removing it, we caused the plaster to crack in chip in several places. Repairing the plaster will be necessary here. The question is, however, will it need to be a professional job or can we DIY it?? Stay tuned …
Other than that, we removed the closet/nook/wall combo, removed the light fixture, and have purchased the new trim. We are going to have our ‘go-to’ handyman install the new trim (for various reasons … is that cheating???). We’ll be able to show you the new installed (and painted?) trim next week (hopefully)!
Let’s revisit the checklist with this past week’s progress checked off:
If you stopped by from the One Room Challenge Link Up Week #2 … Welcome Back (or welcome for the first time, if you missed last week’s)! I’m thrilled and so excited (and a little nervous) for you to follow along with us as we finish this room up. In the meantime, check out some of other bloggers participating and their WEEK 2 progress reports HERE.
Thanks for stopping by, and any words of encouragement, advice, recommendations, etc ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!! We need all the help we can get here, folks!