Today, we’re excited to celebrate Week 6 and the finale of the One Room Challenge by sharing our pantry and kitchen makeover reveal!
As always, a special thank you to Stencil Revolution for sponsoring our pantry makeover, to Linda, creator of the One Room Challenge and to media partners Better Homes and Gardens and the Home Love Network for hosting this event.
If you had asked me, even a week ago, if I thought we would finish the One Room Challenge my answer would have probably been no. And to be perfectly honest, had it not been for so many people helping to rally us to the finish line the pantry and kitchen makeover reveal would not have been completed in time.
I knew when we started the One Room Challenge, trying to finish both a pantry and a kitchen makeover in just six short weeks would create a tight timeline. But given neither the pantry nor the kitchen needed a major overhaul, it didn’t really seem like that lofty a goal.
Weeks 1, 2 and 3 found us working on the pantry and looking back, it probably went through the biggest change of all. We painted the walls in Valspar’s Bistro White.
Then we stenciled the walls with a French Bee Trellis Stencil from Stencil Revolution which made for such a fun change.
We framed the window and added a $3 thrifted window pediment I picked up while we were at the cabin over the summer
and we changed out the builder grade light for a new chandelier as well.
We also repurposed an old stock cabinet from Lowes into a pet feeding station. We had previously been using a nightstand as a pet feeding station, but it was really too short and too small to fit our daily needs.
The new and improved pet feeding station made a huge difference almost immediately.
Once all those pieces were in place, we started the process of decluttering and reorganizing the dish side of the pantry, the dry goods side of the pantry and the party drawers too. Here’s a look at the dish side of the pantry before…
Here’s a look at the dry goods side of the pantry before…
The party drawers have been organized as well.
We didn’t start working on the kitchen makeover until the end of Week 3. Other than planking and painting the walls, painting the kitchen cabinets and painting the hardware, we were essentially keeping everything else about the kitchen the same given the foundational pieces were all still in good shape.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure if planking the walls would make a difference or not considering we were going to paint them in Valspar’s Bistro White anyway.
But the minute the planks went on the wall, I knew we had made the right decision.
Planking the walls added a layer of texture we wouldn’t have had otherwise and even though it was a ton of work, I’m so glad we did it.
Everything seemed to be running smoothly and on track, until Week 4, when we had to quickly shift gears from working on the One Room Challenge to making the house wheelchair accessible for my bestie S.
The morning our Week 4 post went live, I was called to the ER because S had suffered multiple broken bones as well as tendon and ligament damage so severe the orthopedic surgeon told us the injury was consistent with someone that had fallen off the top of a ladder or a small building.
S is a big part of Team Crowned Goat running all aspects of our website and helping with all the projects we undertake as well. Needless to say, losing S during the One Room Challenge and during the busiest time of the year has been an enormous loss. Thankfully, she had surgery on Tuesday, so it finally feels like the healing process can begin now.
As you can imagine the days that followed S’s injury were overwhelming at times. The house was in complete disarray and it’s so hard to let people see you at your worst, you know?
We somehow found a way to soldier on though and one by one people came to help us finish the One Room Challenge. My Dad did everything from build us wheelchair ramps to bring us groceries to help finish projects around the kitchen.
My Mom helped to source last minute materials, give the kitchen desk a makeover and upholster the desk chair too. She brought us lunches and listened to me talk about the same worries over and over again.
In fact, nearly every day since the injury we’ve had people join Team Crowned Goat to help alleviate big worries and small ones.
From bringing us meals to installing equipment to help make S feel more mobile to mowing the grass and helping with other yardwork to painting to making sure we got home from the hospital safely to getting to all our surgical appointments safely to watching over the pecan grove to wrangling a snake to offering words of prayer, encouragement and support.
When there is so much to do and no time to do it, it feels like you’re walking in a fog. We needed a lot of help and at the same time, it was hard to articulate specific tasks that people could help us with. And yet, people came anyway.
It melts my heart every time I think about it.
Truly, this whole experience has been exhausting and awe-inspiring all at the same time.
I know the road to recovery is going to be a long one, but it’s our sincere hope we can host everyone who played a part in helping us finish the One Room Challenge for a big dinner when it’s all over.
And while it might be impossible to repay every act of kindness we’ve experienced over the past few weeks, we definitely plan to try.
Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.