ORC Week 3: Progress Update

Today, we’re sharing a progress update for Week 3 of the One Room Challenge!

As always, a special thank you to Linda, creator of the One Room Challenge and media partners Better Homes and Gardens and the Home Love Network for sponsoring the 2018 Fall One Room Challenge.

We’re about halfway through the One Room Challenge and for the first time, I can honestly say, we’re weary. While we’ve made a lot of progress over the past three weeks there are still several big projects left to finish and I’m starting to panic a bit.

Just to refresh your memory, we decided to start working on the pantry first because all the contents had to be completely taken out, so we could paint the pantry in Valspar’s Bistro White

and stencil the walls in Valspar’s Cathedral Stone. I plan on doing a full post and tutorial about how to stencil textured walls but for now, here’s a sneak peek.

After the walls were stenciled, we installed our $3 window pediment, trimmed out the sides of the pantry window, installed a new rug and hung a new chandelier too.

Last week, we shared our pet feeding station and although we’ve only been using it for a week, it’s already made a huge difference!

There is still work that needs to be done in the pantry, mostly organizing everything but we’re in great shape as far as the pantry goes. Here’s a look at what’s left to complete…

ORC Pantry Makeover To-Do List:

  • Paint the pantry walls in Valspar’s Bistro White
  • Stencil with walls using the French Bee Trellis Stencil in Valspar’s Cathedral Stone
  • Hang extra shelf in the pantry
  • Add trim and pediment to the window
  • Reorganize & declutter party drawers
  • Reorganize & declutter dish pantry
  • Add new rug
  • Create new pet feeding station from stock cabinet
  • Paint pet feeding station
  • Hang chandelier
  • Add baskets to make pet feeding station more organized
  • Replace chalkboard tags with luggage tags holding dry goods
  • Replace containers to make dry goods more organized

Given the progress on the pantry has been pretty steady, last week and this week we’ve turned our attention to planking the walls in the kitchen. My parents were so sweet to pick up the wood for us and then cut all the planks in my Dad’s workshop at Bliss Barracks. It was definitely a happy day when they delivered everything last Friday because I’ve wanted to plank the walls in the kitchen for about two years now.

I spent most of Saturday morning sanding all the boards while my bestie S was busy inside marking all the studs with a stud finder.

By the time we actually got to planking the walls, we were only able to get two walls completed. There is just SO much to cut around from the outlets to the door frames to the cabinets. In one day, we literally had to use a scroll saw, a circular saw, a table saw, and a jig saw several different times. We’ve been working late the night each night but you guys, the progress could not be s-l-o-w-e-r.

We still have to fill in the nail holes, paint and caulk both the 7-foot wall and the 13-foot wall AND install the planks on the 23-foot wall and repeat all the above-mentioned steps. We’re supposed to be painting the kitchen cabinets this week so now you see why I’m getting a bit panicked. Painting the kitchen cabinets is going to take a long time too.

Here’s a look at what needs to be finished in the kitchen…

ORC Kitchen Makeover To-Do List:

  • Install planked walls
  • Fill in nail holes
  • Paint planked wall in Valspar’s Bistro White
  • Caulk planked wall
  • Repaint kitchen cabinets
  • Add X’s to the kitchen island
  • Update kitchen hardware
  • Update island pendent lights
  • Repaint kitchen desk chair
  • Upholster kitchen desk chair
  • Restyle and accessorize kitchen desk
  • Add greenery
  • Hang ironstone or brown and white transferware plate wall
  • Keep “Where Trouble Melts Like Lemon Drops,” sign
  • Keep upholstered bar chairs
  • Add new rug
  • Add new artwork

I know, right? I kinda feel like stopping to eat a pint of ice cream just looking at this list and realizing after three whole weeks, we’re not able to cross not one thing off this kitchen makeover to-do list yet. Let’s face it though, there’s no time for that kind of craziness.

Right now, I need to get this chair for the kitchen desk repainted and upholstered so at least it will be right ready to go once the planks have been installed and finished.

I’m starting to get really nervous, you guys! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. You two are amazing!! Love the planked walls. It’s going to look so pretty! 🙂

    1. You’re sweet, Patty, thank you. We worked all weekend and finally got the last coat of paint on the walls last night. I swear I thought it was going to take a weekend and it’s taken an entire week. Thankfully, the last big project will be repainting the kitchen cabinets and then we’ll get to all the fun stuff. Sending you big hugs, CoCo

  2. This progress post is why people think you’re a machine CoCo. Stenciled walls AND planked walls would take most people a month. Just saying.

    1. You’re giving me the giggles, Bonnie. Believe me, I was not feeling like a machine this weekend. I was feeling like I needed some wine and a vacation. Things are definitely coming together now though and I appreciate all your support. Hugs, CoCo

  3. I can’t believe how much you guys have gotten done in 3 weeks. You’re doing a great job. Keep it up

    1. I appreciate your support, Sarah. It felt like we were making really good progress until I started looking at our to-do list then the panic set in ha ha. I’m hoping this week will be another productive one too. Hugs, CoCo

  4. Everything is looking great. Can’t wait to see the finished project!

    1. Thanks so much Lizzy, it’s definitely been a lot of work but things are starting to come together which makes it exciting. Hugs, CoCo

  5. CoCo – To-do lists can overwhelm most people, but we KNOW they are your super power! The planked walls look fabulous. Just hold onto the vision of how you are going to feel when the kitchen is completely done. Team Goat can accomplish anything! Especially with ice cream and donuts. Much love!

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