One Room Challenge Spring 2022 – Week Six

Well this is going to be a short update for Week Five of my One Room Challenge because there isn’t one!

I had a very busy week and got next to nothing done in our home office. I will be honest and I did panic a few evenings when I’d be so tired and all I wanted to do was go to bed instead of try and get something small done in the office. But I actually, get this, cut myself some slack. It’s been unseasonably hot and my motivation levels have been really low, so I didn’t push myself. I know certain weeks I can have a massive drop in energy [and enthusiasm] levels, followed by a huge boost of productivity where I’ll get loads done in just a few days. It might seem like I’m putting too much pressure on my future self, but I know my energy will come back.

Head over to the ORC website to check out the other Guest Participants here, who I’m sure actually did something this week. Unlike yours truly.

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One Room Challenge Spring 2022 – Week Five!

I will admit I don’t have a huge update for this week’s One Room Challenge. My MIL arrived from Ireland this week, so leading up to Week Five I got next to nothing done in our home office. A few things arrived that I had ordered online, so that was exciting! Here are a few of the things that came in …

I ordered a magnetic doorstop and holder from Lee Valley for the back of our bathroom door. Since our house is old and hasn’t been level of plumb in about 50 years, the door to our upstairs bathroom will flap open at a strange angle. Up until now I had been using a gift bag [full of nail polish] so keep the door wide open when it’s not in use. Instead of doom scrolling one evening I started looking into some alternatives to door stops and I came across magnetic doorstops and holders.

I installed the magnetic doorstop and holder up quite high toward the top of the door. This was so, a) no one destroyed their ankles when walking by it, and, b) I overthink things and I was terrified Zelda might unscrew the magnet and then eat it somehow. So I placed it way high up.

The other order that came in this week was our EKBACKEN white marble effect laminate countertops from IKEA:

I got the idea from Christine Dovey when she updated her son Malcom’s bedroom to include a desk, which she created by adding a countertop on top of two drawer units. Pretty amazing if you ask me. So we’ll be working off of a similar vibe in our office, except I’ll be reusing the legs off our old dining room table [painted black this time around] to aid in supporting the desk [along with hidden support along the walls]. I will of course detail that process as soon as I’m finished it [which I’m excited and nervous to start].

Because I didn’t get much ORC stuff done this week, I feel I should share what I did do to kind of prove that I was super busy?

THINGS I DID THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ORC:
– Painted the hallway
– Painted the main staircase
– Painted the skirting boards, doorframes, window frames and doors throughout the house
– Paint the kitchen
– Wet vacuum / deep clean the sofa
– Painted the 2nd hallway
– Moved all of Zelda’s furniture into Cora’s room
– Rearranged Cora’s room to accommodate both girls
– Set up Zelda’s room with a double bed and furniture for my MIL

As for the ORC, below is where I stand at Week Five, and as usual you can catch all the Guest Participant’s Week Five progress here!

ORC SPRING 2022 TO-DO LIST:
– Skim coat / patch ceiling
– Skim coat / patch walls
– Paint ceiling
– Paint walls
– Replace / upgrade banister at top of servants stairs
Update and reinstall handrails
– Repaint stairs [not super necessary, but I might as well]
– Install desk system
– Update secondhand tufted office chair
– Source chandelier / remove the boob light
– Source storage cabinet[s] for office items
– Possibly source and hang curtains [not sure though for either window]
– Decorate / hang artwork / overkill the space

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One Room Challenge Spring 2022 – Week Four!

Oh my god Week Four, we are half way through the One Room Challenge! It is with absolute unbridled pleasure for me to type that I am FINISHED PAINTING OUR HOME OFFICE. In case you missed some of the drama that unfolded last week, I bought the paint for our office in the wrong finish [eggshell instead of a matte / flat paint. Please refrain from asking me why because I do not know] and all the lumps and bumps I tried so hard to hide by repairing the walls during Week Two were just made very obvious via Kardashian-levels of dewy looking eggshell walls.

So. many. imperfections. being absolutely highlighted by the eggshell paint. I had purchased a large tin of eggshell Army Green paint by Sico paints and wasn’t about to waste it all, so I soldiered through and painted 3 coats of eggshell across the office and down the kitchen stairwell. Once that was finished, I lightly sanded one wall, wiped it down [let it dry fully] then painted the matte / flat finish paint on top. And it was a massive success!

I don’t have any photos of the matte goodness yet [since it was getting pretty late], but as you can see in a lot of the photos, the eggshell paint was way too shiny and no for this space.

My MIL will be visiting us next week for the fist time since we moved to Canada, so my to-do list has been significantly longer than just my ORC list [paint two hallways, paint both stairs, paint all the skirting boards, doorways, doors and windows]. To say my hands are tired from painting would be an understatement. Yes, I am my own worst enemy, but I feel I’ve gotten over the worst of the ORC as the walls [and ceiling] were giving me the most gruff.

It really doesn’t seem like much has been struck off my to-do list this week, but it’s been the worst of it. Now the fun stuff begins! Make sure to check out all the Guest Participants this week over on the ORC link-up.

ORC SPRING 2022 TO-DO LIST:
– Skim coat / patch ceiling
Skim coat / patch walls
– Paint ceiling
Paint walls
– Replace / upgrade banister at top of servants stairs
– Update and reinstall handrails
– Repaint stairs [not super necessary, but I might as well]
– Install desk system
– Update secondhand tufted office chair
– Source chandelier / remove the boob light
– Source storage cabinet[s] for office items
– Possibly source and hang curtains [not sure though for either window]
– Decorate / hang artwork / overkill the space

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