We are back for Week Two of the Spring Edition of the One Room Challenge. For those of you not in the know, the ORC is a biannual blogging event where designers and decorating obsessed folks sign up to redo a room and document the process on their blogs. Oh, and we only have six weeks to do it. On Wednesdays, the twenty featured designers show their stuff, and on Thursday the guest participants (that's me and about 200+ more people) will share their progress.
This week has been all about adjusting the plan. The bedding I had originally wanted isn’t going to happen and the window treatments are way out of my budget, which I knew. So it’s time to get creative with those two things. I’m really disappointed with the situation with the bedding, which I’m not going to get into, and realistically, custom window treatments for a rental house isn’t the best idea. Oh, and the headboard we ordered got stuck in a winter storm and shipment was delayed almost a week. Thankfully, it was delivered and it’s super cute. Here's a little teaser:
Since the fun, pretty things like the bedding and draperies have to be rethought, I figured I would switch focus to the more utilitarian parts of the design. The closet and storage. First let’s discuss the closet:
It’s a decent size for a room this small. There are a few dead zones, but nothing to really take away from the storage space. The entire top shelf isn’t being utilized as it could be. Most of the boxes you see are toys that can be donated, and the sheets are for a queen bed that we no longer own. The second shelf is what I’m thinking of tweaking. Ideally, I would shorten that shelf and add four drawers at the end where the angle starts, since we are omitting the dresser from the actual room. My son does not have a large wardrobe (that’s by design) so we don’t need much room for hanging clothes. The drawers would house underwear, socks, pjs, and pants. I found this drawer system that I thought was perfect...
...and then I read the reviews. For over $50 per set (and I’d need two sets) I expect a little more. So again, back to the drawing board. That seems to be the theme with this challenge, ha. I went to The Container Store this week to scope out some other closet systems, and honestly I wasn’t impressed. I didn’t realize the Elfa system that everyone loves is more or less bins with a facade. So that’s out too. Still thinking about what to do about that.
Another major thing I need to nail down is paint color. I swore after painting my office that I was officially retired from painting myself. Hiring it out is not in the budget so my klutzy ass will have to now paint a carpeted room, which hasn’t happened in about seven years. I’m leaning toward a warm white. I’m toying with painting the inside of the closet navy or charcoal, but I don’t know if I will.
sually week four is when people start panicking. I am already there and we are only two weeks in! I’m hopeful that things will start to fall into place so the room will be finished on time. Wish me luck, apparently I’m going to need it!