One Room Challenge Week Six – Talking Trimwork and a Big Pile of Bricks
One of the unexpected bonuses I discovered during my first One Room Challenge was the chance to connect with designers and DIYers with different styles and experiences than mine and it’s one of the reasons I continue to participate each year. Last week we all took a pause in support of Black Lives Matter, but also in support of the voices of the amazingly talented community of Black Designers and DIYers who have historically been under-appreciate in the design world, including in the One Room Challenge. This week before I get into my own work, I’m asking you all to put aside time to get introduced to some of the many, many talented women from that community who are participating as both featured and guest participants this spring. Read and comment on their blogs, follow them on Instagram, share their work on social media, and listen to them tell their stories.
Homemade by Carmona | Scots Hill House | Home on Poplar Creek
Katrina Blair | Neatly Living | Shavonda Gardner|SG Style
Dwell by Cheryl | Simplicity for Designs | Stacie’s Spaces
As for me, I’ve been moving along at what feels like a snails pace and (I know I say this every year) but more than ever I feel like I’m not gonna finish in time…..I’m actually OK with it though because I am so happy with how my bedroom is turning out. At least I’m not sleeping on the floor anymore so that’s a step in the right direction.
Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4 /
Week 5 / W/one-room-challenge-week-six-the-extra-details/eek 6 / Week 7 / Week 8
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I feel like every week I’ve talked about one major job after the next, and this week is not going to be an exception — starting with the trimwork which I laughably thought was going to be one of the easier projects this time around.
I originally thought I was going to do a simple board and batten similar to my guest room, but as I got further along I quickly realized that it wasn’t enough to balance out the wallpaper pattern. After playing around with some options I came up with a twist on tudor paneling.
Unfortunately that added about 7 extra steps to my process (I’m still not completely done btw.) to get as seamless a look as possible, but it’s definitely worth all the extra work.
One of the most stressful jobs was carefully caulking and painting the trimwork that bordered the wallpaper and this delicate surface painter’s tape was my secret weapon to getting a thin crisp line.
Of course my other secret weapon is my Handy Paint roller cup which makes moving from the floor to the ceiling and switching between my flat and semi-gloss paints super easy.
Before we wrap up Week 6, I would like to introduce you to where I will be spending the next two weeks of my life…..dealing with this giant pile of Old Mill bricks that will hopefully magically turn into a fireplace.
My plan is to write a follow up tutorial on this project when I’m confident that it actually worked out how I was hoping, but I started out by using this tutorial from Chris Loves Julia – which was what convinced me that adding an electric fireplace to this room was totally possible and the solution to masking the ugly return vent that lives on this wall.
The design I came up with was to wrap the brick around the wall to basically create a giant faux firebox. I built a wooden framework to extend that wall slightly and then covered it with cement board before I started adding the thin bricks.
The hardest part was figuring out what to do with the mantel since I wasn’t in love with the ideas of adding anything to thick or too thin, so what I decided to do was to create supports out of some cheap paver bricks that could hold a small wooden ledge (I really only want it to hold Christmas Stockings anyway). So far it seems like it’s going to work but I won’t know for sure until I finish grouting — which we’re not going to talk about right now because I am DREADING IT. Oh and we’re also not going to mention that I still need to build a bookshelf in that empty space.
But I don’t want to leave on a down note so let’s go out on this pretty picture of the new curtains and the new light fixtures that are making this construction site feel like a real room. Until next week, I’m going to see if anyone else on the One Room Challenge blog is feeling the pressure like I am!
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Finally……A huge thanks to the companies that sponsored products for me to use in this project, Handy Products and Miss Mustard Seed. I’m so grateful to be able to use their amazing paint products to make my vision come to life.
I have been following from the start, watching you transform this room, and WOW! Its so beautiful already! I hope you are incredibly proud of yourself! Can not wait to see it all come together!
Thank you so much for following along and for your super sweet comments! I really am proud of how this room is coming together and am super excited to start putting in the final details!
Your room is looking great!! I’m so excited to see the finished product.
I am currently working on board and batten in my entryway. Your posts hit my IG feed at the perfect time to prevent some rookie mistakes I was curious why you chose to paint the trim in semi-gloss and the wall in flat. I had planned to paint it all in semi-gloss the same as my current trim. Would you suggest doing it differently?
Thanks for taking the time to help this newbie.
Hi Jess! Happy to help – so since I was just using the drywall as my backdrop I went with the flat paint because it hides brushstrokes a lot better whereas semi-gloss shows every streak. I used semi-gloss in my guest room and it worked OK but it definitely took longer to get a solid coat of paint. The only way I would use semi-gloss is if I was able to use a paint sprayer in the space which would give a much smoother coat
It will work – just keep telling yourself that! Looking forward to seeing the finished room in a couple weeks. It looks great so far!!!
Thanks Bridget! Just gotta keep pushing forward and keep the energy up and I’ll get there – appreciate the support!
Love this. Thank you for the shout out as well ❤️. Can’t wait to see how the fire place turns out.
Thank you so much Torie – I can’t wait either because it’s gonna look crazy if it doesn’t work LOL….and you are very welcome — i’d love to also share the post you wrote earlier this week on Racial Injustice Allies if you wouldn’t mind? It was excellent
Stunning! I love love love the added detail to your board and batten. It’s those details that make such a difference! More work, indeed. But so worth it! And I can’t get over the addition of the fireplace. Gorgeous!
Thank you Amie! It really is worth it in the end and something I’ve learned over the last few years! And so glad you like the fireplace because I sometimes think I was crazy for dreaming it up
Oh Erin this looks amazing!! all your trim work and that fireplace … now I am jealous!! can’t wait to see it all done in 2 weeks!
LOL thank you so much Tim!! Don’t be too jealous because I have about a week of grouting in my future
Holy cow Lindsey this is bananas!!! The trim may have been a ton of extra work but so well worth it. It’s gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the fireplace.
Thanks Brianna! It definitely feels Bananas LOL – but I’m so glad you like it!
Wow Lindsey! You’re the MVP! Your project is turning out real good!
You are too sweet Gbeke!!! Thank you so much for the support – I’m gonna need it to cross that finish line
It’s been so fun following along on this space!
Awww thank you Jenna! I can’t wait to share the reveal with you
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