One Room Challenge – Week 2!

Alright y’all, buckle up! I am officially participating in the Spring 2022 One Room Challenge. I’m so dang excited to get going, especially since I am a week behind the other participants, and I already have so much to share!

But first, let’s talk about the One Room Challenge:

The One Room Challenge is a bi-annual event (hosted in the Spring and Fall) to showcase designers and influencers. Anyone can enter as a participant and the challenge is to focus on ONE ROOM from start to finish, within 8 weeks! If you’ve been here awhile, or know me at all, you’ll know my focus jumps all over the place. Actually, as I started this challenge, we are in the middle of our basement renovation, but that’s all Bej right now.

So, for the next 6-7 weeks I will be hard at work in our playroom. Taking it from boring and disorganized, to bright and inspiring. And I am so freaking excited!

Before we get into all that, let me show you where we are starting:

Before Pictures

Here is our canvas:

The worst part of this is definitely the green wall. And let me just say, I love green! There are so many gorgeous shades of green but this one just happens to be one of the few thats just terrible. If it had been a forest green, or even an emerald green, I probably could have worked with it. But as it stands, this wall makes the whole room feel dark and closed off. And that is not the vibe I want radiating from a play space for the kiddos.

So let’s get to work!

The Project Plan

As you can see, this room is pretty plain right now. Well, except for that awesome green wall. As I sat down to plan out this project I knew one thing: I wanted to attempt a mural. I drew up design after design for this wall, searched through Pinterest for my favorite ones already done, and finally settled on a mountain scene with a sunrise/sunset.

Here are some of my designs I filtered through:

But the mural wall is just one part. The coolest part, but only one part. So, what does the entirety of this project look like?

  • Mural Wall
  • New Paint
  • Toy Organization (Ikea Hack?)
  • DIY TV Console Table (+storage)
  • New Curtains
  • Decor

Now that you know where we’ve been, let’s see where we are!

Week 1/2

As I said earlier, I started this a week behind. That being said, I busted my a$$ to make sure I got somewhere before the week 2 “deadline” (today).

From the plan you’ll know that the mural wall is the first step. And the first part of that was covering the awful green wall. To do this I used One Coat White from Pittsburgh Paints and Stains. Absolutely love this paint and it does a kick ass job. I ended up needing two coats because I was trying to stretch the remnants of the can I used in my dining room. Pro Tip: don’t do that. I did two coats on the top half of the wall, and didn’t bother with the bottom half. That will be covered by my mountains.

Next up, sketching out the mural.

For this I used a tape measure, a level, a pencil, a string, and an eraser.

I had Ben help me measure out the center point between our two windows. I tied my pencil to my string and drew a half circle. This meathod worked well, but I should have used a thumb tack or something to hold the other side of the string instead of my own finger. I couldn’t do one singular motion, but it still worked!

Then I measured the sides of the wall. I picked out 4 colors for the mountain silhouettes, and brought those up 6′ on the wall. Starting at the bottom I measured up 18″ (1.5′) and marked each side of the wall.

Next, I used the level to mark out a line starting from the center of the wall, and going out at a small angle. Probably about 30. I didn’t want all of them to come to the center point, but still follow a focal point.

I did try to get a picture of this, but it didn’t go well. I got a kind of half picture.

Then it was time to paint. This is going to take me a little bit of time because I want to make sure each section dries before moving on. So far the sun is done and I’m already obsessed.

How freaking good does that gold look?

I am always so unsure and worried about paint colors but man, I must have an eye for this. This is exactly what I was picturing!

Sun Color:

  • Pittsburgh Paints and Stains
  • Eggshell Finish
  • Honey Bunny

Like I said, I am so darn excited about this project and I hope you enjoy watching the progress. Make sure you are following me on instagram to see daily updates including timelapse videos of me working (they’re so satisfying). In the mean time, go peruse the other participants rooms, they are all so inspiring! You’ll be picking up a paint brush in no time!

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