It’s week 3 of the One Room Challenge! Hump week! Wait, that just sounds all wrong!?
If you missed out on all the excitement from that past two weeks of the One Room Challenge, you can check out the Week 1 post and Week 2 post before diving in mid-challenge. This for all you people who would never skip ahead in a book to find out what happens. You’re welcome.
But for the rest of ya, lets get real about week 3, shall we?! I’ll be honest, this week ‘real life’ was a bit too crazy to do anything major with Jackson’s room. The boys and I took a “little” road trip, with “little” equating to 10 hours of driving over 3 days to visit family, while Dad stayed back to work on some projects at our summer place. So between that and coming back on Sunday to host Easter dinner at my house (because I neglected to make Easter Brunch reservations in advance, NEVER again) I was pretty booked solid with good old life.
But…will all that, I was still able able to get a few things checked off the list – primary in the form of shopping. But who can complain about that!
Here’s the current state of the “To Do” list (new stuff in bold italics):
- Paint Walls Done in advance! Yay!
- New Carpeting Done! Yay again! It’s really just a happy accident that it was scheduled to be done during the ORC
New Bed and BeddingNew bed delivered and assembled, picked up bedding at IKEA
New Deskand Chair and BookcaseNew desk assembled, bookcase arrived, need desk chair (forgot to source!)
- Add Storage through Shelving (DIY)* – working hard on shelves!
- Under Bed Storage Crates with Wheels (DIY)* – might nix the DIY here as I think I found a good pre-made item
- Install a new Fan with light and remote – sourcing (see below)
- Add Lamp Lighting and Sconce Lighting – sourcing (see below)
- Hang new Curtain Rods and Curtains –oops kind of forgot about this one!
Chairand Rug to create the ‘Chill Zone’ area – have chair and sourcing rugs (see below)
- Add Artwork, Hanging Poster Frame (DIY)*, Décor and Accessories throughout to personalize – picked up a few frames at IKEA, decor shopping will happen later on!
A little side agenda of my road trip was to make a stop at IKEA in Minnesota. Since I don’t have an IKEA anywhere near where I live, I usually take any opportunity I can to pop in and burn some plastic when near one. I planned to make a “quick” stop there to pick up a few essentials for Jackson’s room. And when I say quick, I mean as quickly as I could get through the store with two restless boys who would rather be anywhere else than IKEA. Let me tell you, the experience was PURE JOY. IKEA is best experienced slowly…and alone. But amidst them crawling onto almost every bed setup throughout the store, and me trying really hard to pretend they weren’t my kids, I managed to grab a few essentials.
Jackson and my younger son, Cooper, both wanted one of these figurine thingys. I’m not sure why because I kinda think they’re a bit creepy (sorry, IKEA). Is it just me?
While all this stuff is a good start, I still have a lot of shopping left to do. So to help finish this task and avoid last minute ordering stress, I started sourcing out some options. I’ll be honest, I tend to take way too much time making decisions. There are just too many options, or (more often) the option I want is out of budget. Darn budget. So, to limit my endless searching and debating, I source out three options for some of the major purchase still left on the shopping list.
Here’s what I’ve pulled together (disclosure: this post contains some affiliate links):
Lighting is one of those things that I could spend hour, upon hour, upon DAYS trying to decide on. I really love lighting, and there are so many amazing options that it makes it so hard to choose just one. For this project though, since Jackson probably won’t appreciate any special lighting in the way I do, I decided to keep it simple (and inexpensive).
I want to incorporate at least one fun accent pillow for Jackson’s bed to make sure it balances out some of the more grown up elements of the space. I seem to have an strange obsession with animals wearing clothing, so I narrowed it down to these three options from Animal Crew’s Etsy shop. I’ll probably let Jackson pick which one he likes best, and maybe I’ll scoop up a second one for Cooper’s room too. Just because that’s how much I love them (the pillows…and my boys).
A new fan has been on the list since we attempted to replace the light bulb in the current fan a year or so ago with no success – no lie. The light dome on the fan was on so tight that when we tried to open it, it just wasn’t happening. In the process, we threw the balance of the fan off, and now on occasion the one remaining working bulb won’t turn on. I’m sure it could all be fixed somehow, but I’m just done with the thing. Plus, I want a fan with a remote control option now– so time it time to just replace it.
The rug I originally picked out when I did the design boards didn’t come in the size I needed (oops), so back to the drawing board. These options are all from Urban Outfitters and are all really reasonably priced. Problem is, I love them all!
I originally didn’t plan for a side table for next to the bed. Even though there will be a ton of other storage areas in the room, I decided it would probably be necessary to have a small bedside table to place miscellaneous items on. The side table will go between the bed and new chair, so it can serve a dual purpose for either area. While all these options are pretty neutral, I might still try to look for something with a bold color to bring a little pop into the space – I just wasn’t finding much online that struck my fancy. I’ll have to do some old fashioned shopping in the stores for that I guess.
Suggestions on which of any of these to choose to help me avoid indecision paralysis are more than welcomed! I need to make decision on most of these selections this week in order to make sure everything arrives on time. Wish me luck!
I did manage to work a bit more on the shelving project too. I stopped at Lowe’s last week to find some wood that would fit into the IKEA shelving brackets. I discovered that finding wood to fit the true 1″ wide bracket is not as easy as I thought. All of the traditional pre-cut wood boards were too small in depth to fill the bracket tightly. Luckily, we came across stair treads that saved the day! The depth of the wood fits perfectly into the bracket with no gap, and the width will only need to be cut down about 1/2″ or so. The treads are only 48” long, but that is actually the length I need for the shelves above the desk area, and I’ll only need to cut them shorter for the “Chill Zone” area to accommodate the length of the wall there.
The stair treads come in pine and oak options. The pine is way more affordable than the oak ($9.97 vs $21.97) – so I grabbed a pine tread to see if that would work first to try to save a little cash.
I tested out a few stains to see if I could emulate the look of the weathered oak finish on the desk and bookcase. Here are the results:
I’m really not lovin’ any of them to be honest. The pine is so yellowish to start with that it’s hard to get the white and grey undertones I need to emulate the weather oak look. I’m going to try a few more samples on the pine board with the stain I have, but I’m thinking I’ll have to grab a oak board and give that a run with the same stains too. I’m making 5 shelves total, so with oak priced at $22 a board, it won’t completely break the bank – will just be a bit less than ideal for the budget. Darn budget again! No matter what I end up using, I need to make a decision soon and get them stained in time to go up on schedule.
I’m not gonna lie, I’m feelin’ the pressure to get decisions made (eek!) and get stuff done! Maybe it’s because I was strapped for time this week and not able to get as much done as I’d like…so hoping to knock out a bunch this week and relive some of that pressure. Remember to head over to Calling It Home and check on the progress of all the other One Room Challenge participants too!