ORC Progress Update: Week 4

Well, the week I was most worried about – Week Four – has all but come to an end…and I survived….cue Cool and the Gang! Truth be told I wanted to do the floors first. You know before the board and batten went up and the walls were painted in Valspar’s Cathedral Stone and Ultra White? I lobbied hard for the floors first too. But the first weekend of the One Room Challenge we had company staying with us that had never been to our home so it wasn’t exactly the time to introduce them to the concrete floors, our allergies and our indecisiveness over how to best proceed with our flooring dilemma, you know what I mean? So, we had to do the walls first because that was the least disruptive thing to do. For a while it worked out as planned until we couldn’t move the king size bed out of the bedroom and then the treadmill wouldn’t fit through the door without having to take the door frame apart or the treadmill apart. And since we’re doing this in real time which means in the early morning, at night after work and on the weekends, we’ve had to work around them both. Not fun but doable…kind of…until you’re getting ready to stencil the floor. Here’s a look at the progress we’ve made on Week Four of the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home.

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Thursday found me ripping out the rest of the existing carpet from the bedroom.

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Ripping out the carpet was not super hard, it was just time consuming and the cleanup was time consuming too. Especially since this big pile had to be moved from the front lawn to the gate. Crazy right?

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On Friday, we realized the contractor had left big piles of paint or some sort of substance on the floor before kindly covering them up with carpet. We had to spend a good portion of the day sanding down and scraping all of those spills and then cleaning the floors so we could start painting the concrete. You can read about that whole crazy process here.

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Saturday morning found us at Lowes and Starbucks buying supplies again.

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We were able to get the floor painted with Valspar’s Floor, Porch and Patio paint in Ultra White which is the same color as the board and batten. I can’t believe how big this room looks now!

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I stenciled the floor a few hours each day on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Do you want to know why? You guessed it… we had to wait for each section to dry before we could move the bed and treadmill from one section to another. I can’t even talk about why the treadmill is STILL in the room. What the what already!

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But look at this floor, right? Totally worth it! This is the Lisboa Tile Stencil from Royal Design Studio Stencils and we couldn’t be happier with the results. On a side note my stomach was in total knots when we had to move the bed across the stenciled floor the first time. It held up just fine though.

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On Wednesday, while I recovered this ottoman…cue Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors… my bestie S was installing crown molding. I’m hoping to share both projects with you soon.

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We also put the chairs that have been sitting in our entry for a few weeks together and finally made a decision about what color the nightstands and armoire should be painted. It’s a last minute change but one that’s important to the overall aesthetic of the room. While I love, love, love the look of the weathered nightstands  – the stenciled floors just changed everything, you know what I mean? The weathered nightstands were too rustic farmhouse as opposed to elegant farmhouse and it made the rest of the elements in the room seem just a bit…off somehow.

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I’m meeting my mom today to shop for accessories, linens, artwork and pillows. She’s bringing a large jute rug that will anchor the seating area and a mirror I’ll be painting in General Finishes Lamp Black to match the dresser. I think it’s all going to be really pretty. This a jute runner I had on hand just to see how the textures would work together…

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My plan for Friday and this weekend is to work on putting the quarter round down on the floors, finish the crown molding, address the threshold issues (going into the bathroom it’s tile, going into the breakfast nook it’s hardwood floors) and fingers crossed I have a few pieces of furniture I need to paint still. If all of that gets finished somehow, it will finally be time to start moving the furniture back into the room. And you know what that means we’ll feel like we’re getting our house back from the construction zone state it’s been in since the beginning of April. I know it’s a lot to try to achieve in just three short days but I need to start thinking about Mother’s Day and my sweet little Talladega’s birthday…she’s going to be 17….she’s all wake me up when the construction is over!

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See you guys back here tomorrow. I’ll share more behind the scenes pictures of our week and share some of my favorite things from around the web.  Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.


Many blessings,



    • says

      I really appreciate it, Stacey! They’ve both changed the entire look of the room. It’s going to be fun to finally get out of the construction zone phase and ready for the fun stuff. Hugs, Coco

    • says

      ha ha I’m dying, Linda, that is so funny! I’m kinda thinking the treadmill might share that same fate. It’s a total beast. Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments and encouragement throughout this process. You’re amazing to put this all together for us and very much appreciated. Hugs, CoCo

    • says

      Thanks so much Karen! We have been amazed at the difference in how much bigger the room looks now even though it’s the exact same square footage as before. I would definitely do the board and batten again. Those floors are crazy, right? It was a lot of work but I’m so glad we stuck with it. I can’t wait to check out your progress this week too. We’re almost done, yeah! Hugs, Coco

  1. says

    I totally love the stencil! The colors are fab, too. Sad to hear of your troubles prepping the room, but my oh my!! This is going to be some room! Can’t wait for May 11. XOXO Susie from The Chelsea Project

    • says

      That stencil was so much work but totally worth it, Susie! It’s really been fun seeing how everything is coming together. I can’t believe we’re almost finished! Hugs, CoCo

    • says

      Oh my gosh, Tricia, we felt the same way! It was like where did all this square footage come from ha ha. I would definitely do stenciled floors and board and batten again. It was totally worth it. Hugs, CoCo

  2. says

    The room looks great! I think the stenciled floor is totally worth it. I feel your frustration with the process, but you are killing it. I’m looking forward to seeing the reveal!

    • says

      I really appreciate your encouragement, Stacy, thank you! I’ve been watching your progress on IG stories and I can’t believe all of the things you get accomplished in one day! It’s seriously impressive. Sending you big hugs for a strong finish. I can’t wait to see how everything comes together next week. Hugs, CoCo

    • says

      I appreciate that Jennifer, thank you! It was so much work but definitely worth it in the end. It totally changed the look of the entire room. Big hugs, CoCo