So close! The finish line for the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge is in sight and I’m hustling as hard as I can! It’s Sunday evening and despite telling myself I was going to get ahead of the game this week and get linked up early, it didn’t happen. I was too busy working and it’s kind of hard to stop and change gears once I get going. Ya know?
I have done SO MANY THINGS since Week Four. First of all, I painted and stenciled the floor with my Royal Design Studio Starry Night Stencil and it looks glorious! I’m contemplating doing a DIY post on how to stencil tile floors. Make sure to comment below if it’s something you’d be into learning about. I know I’ve learned a lot in the process! I still need to seal it, which involves four days of sealing and then waiting in between, so I decided to save that for last and cover up the floor in the meantime so I can TCB.
LOTS of things came in the mail in the past week too! My Mitzi Abigail pendant, for one, and it is absolutely beautiful! I also got the mirror combo I’m going to rig (for more on that, see Week Four), the penny tile for the backsplash and shower insert, the brass Schluter edging for the backsplash, the sink cabinet handles, and the new matte black toilet handle and shower head.
Sink cabinet door fronts.
In the past few days, I have started the backsplash tile, hung the pendant light, built the new IKEA sink and cut the wood pieces for the door fronts to snazz it up a bit, and mapped out the wall moulding. I also ordered a few things to use to style the sink area and painted the rest of the shower grout white.
What still needs to be done? I need to finish tiling behind the sink area, but I’m currently twiddling my thumbs while I wait for a patch to dry where the vanity light used to be. I need to put a few more clear coats on the fixtures I painted, hang the wall moulding, touch up the wall paint, seal the floor, and put everything back together. Then, finally, the fun part – styling and photographing! I’m particularly excited to hang my Art to Frames acrylic frame!
Stay tuned my friends! I can’t wait for the big reveal next week!
If you haven’t followed along up until this point and would like to get up to speed, check out my posts from Week One, Week Two, Week Three, and Week Four. You can also check out the other ORC participants here.
GOOD GRIEF!!! What a week it’s been! I started off the week work, work, working to make some sort of progress on the bathroom project (eh hem, and my bedroom floors) I’ve been working on for the One Room Challenge and then my family and I got sick midweek.Nothing kills one’s momentum quite like the stomach flu. Ugh. It actually only lasted a day, but it was BRUTAL. Anyway, I’m happy to report we’re all completely better now, so let’s get to it.
I’ve devised somewhat of a new plan. I guess it’s not really a new plan, but a tweaked version of my old plan. First of all, I don’t think I’m going to do the void in the tile above the sink. Sure, it’s a cool idea and all, but you can’t really beat a nice floor to ceiling backsplash. I think I’m going to have enough going on in the room that’s of interest to where I won’t necessarily need that little detail. Plus, I’m afraid it won’t look quite right with the penny tiles I decided to go with. Yeah, it may have been possible to cut all of those teeny tiny little round tiles in half to get a nice clean line on both sides of the open space, but it probably would’ve been laborious and I don’t want it bad enough to bother with it. That means I’m either not using the blush paint or it’s going on the ceiling. I’m not quite sure which yet.
So what have I actually done? Well, quite a lot actually, even though it doesn’t really look like it. All of the fixtures and hardware have been taken down, bead blasted, and painted matte black. I still need to put a couple more coats and a few clear coats on all of it, but I’m getting there. Since I’d already cleaned the grout in the shower, I started painstakingly scraping all of the gray caulk out of the joints in the corners and up at the ceiling to make way for the white caulk and white grout paint. I’m about halfway done with it and hope to finish it up tonight. I’ve also patched, sanded, and painted the walls black with my Clare paint!
Other than that, I decided to take the white penny tiles from the floor to the ceiling behind the sink with brass Schluter on either side and swap out the existing sink with a different one that will match the style of the room a little better. I found THE BEST handles for it! I’m getting a slightly different mirror than what I’d thought I’d use before too. I’m going to do a frameless round mirror and put this one from UOHome above it to add to the Deco flair I’m going for. I’m also pondering some basic wall moulding, but other than that, everything else will be the same!
In the next few days, I’m hoping to have the shower sitch finished up with all the fixtures put back in place so I can start stenciling the floor with the Starry Night Stencil I received from Royal Design Studio Stencils. Once that’s finished, my husband will put the new sink in and then it’ll be a matter of waiting on the brass edging for the backsplash so we can tile and finish things up. I’m also super excited that my Abigail pendant from Mitzi Lighting will come in the mail tomorrow! I’m hoping that I can get everything done by next weekend so I’ll have time to photograph it for the big reveal. Cross your fingers for me!
If you haven’t followed along up until this point and would like to get up to speed, check out my posts from Week One, Week Two, and Week Three. You can also check out the other ORC participants here.
You guys! My dining room is officially done! I can confidently say it’s now my favorite room in the house by far. Don’t get me wrong, my dining room was really nice before and I’m so thankful that we’ve had the opportunity to flip a house and turn it into a home. However, liking and loving a room are two different things. I think this is my favorite space I’ve ever had up until this point! I’d like to give a shoutout to my friend Emily Brownell, owner of Gilded Hearth and designer for Homepolish LA. She was so helpful in creating this space with me. If you’re looking for affordable e-design, Emily is for sure your gal. Her ideas are epic. I also have to mention that my mom helped me execute the design we dreamed up by painting the faux marble on the upper half of the walls and I’m SO happy with the way it turned out! Thanks Mom!
In case you didn’t catch my last post about this project, I started taking down the shiplap that used to be on the walls in my dining room on a whim one morning. It all began with plans to build a new dining table using Pretty Pegs table legs. When I first found Pretty Pegs, a Swedish company that makes replacement legs and hardware for IKEA (and any other) furniture, I fell in love with their Ellinor legs. Fast forward six months and I was designing my whole dining area around them. I contacted out local lumber mill to order an ash table top, which I fashioned after this West Elm one. I knew I wanted light wood and a luxe midcentury vibe. I think the interesting shape of the table top paired with the Ellinor legs in black with their braided leather detail fit the bill and then some! And once I realized how amazing the table was going to look, I started thinking about new lighting and new chairs.
So the dilemma became whether or not my ideas would work with the existing shiplap. My gut was saying “noooooo,” so I asked Emily what she thought. When she told me she couldn’t get past the shiplap when trying to envision what I wanted for the space, I started taking it down. Boy, was that a job! You can read about it here. Emily and I started bouncing ideas off of each other and this is what we came up with: brass statement lighting with a black ceiling medallion; blush pink faux marble on the upper half of the walls with modern wall moulding à la Kelly Wearstler on the lower half; pink curtains; and, OF COURSE, velvet upholstered dining chairs to match the vibe of the table.
After searching for days, I ended up finding the perfect light for over the dining table. I’ve been a huge fan of Mitzi Lighting for some time now and when I first laid eyes on their Estee chandelier, it was love at first sight! I think it goes without saying that when you have a chandelier as jaw dropping as Estee, you can’t leave “meh” lights in the rest of the room. So the remodel ended up spilling over into the kitchen as well.
The first thing I did was swap out the simple bare bulb pendants over the island for Mitzi Milo pendants. Seriously, if you think they’re stunning in the photos, they are so over-the-top stunning in person! Initially I made a rookie mistake and didn’t look to see how big they are before ordering them. So when I pulled a 14” cylinder out of the first box I opened, I panicked a bit. I decided to try them out anyway though and was floored by the outcome. SO GOOD! Over the sink I chose the Mitzi Ellis flushmount with a frosted shade that has a similar silhouette to the globes on Estee. The cylindrical detail at the base mimics the disks on the pendants and also has a similar effect to the ceiling medallion I used with the chandelier.
I will also mention that all of the lights I got from Mitzi are not only gorgeous, but also top notch in terms of build quality. My husband, who’s a machinist and notoriously critical about those sorts of things, went on and on about them! And if he’s impressed, I’m definitely impressed! Seriously, these lights took this whole space from casual cool to ultra luxe and I’m loving it SO much! Sitting at my island feels like I’m at the bar of a swanky hotel with these Milo pendants hanging overhead. They give off the softest vintage feeling glow. It makes me think of some of the places leftover from the Golden Age of Hollywood that we’d find ourselves in from time to time when I lived in downtown Los Angeles. Back then, most of them were crumbling, but you could still get glimpses of the old opulence of their heyday. I’ve always been drawn to an early 20th century Deco style and these Mitzi lights helped me to really nail down what I was going for in here.
The lights aren’t the only thing I changed in the kitchen though! I didn’t feel like the brushed nickel cabinet hardware was really doing the space justice anymore with the fancy new black and brass lighting, so I refinished them in matte black. I painted the brushed nickel shelf brackets matte black as well, which was somewhat tricky because I couldn’t take them down. I ended up taping them off and using a SUPER soft paint brush to apply Valspar satin black enamel to them. Since they never really get touched at all, I didn’t bother priming them. I did clean them with a degreaser and put about five or so coats of the enamel on though. Other than those things, I restyled the open shelves and there you have it! What do you guys think? I’d love to know!
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A big thank you to my sponsors, Mitzi Lighting and Pretty Pegs. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.