Living Room Remodel: Week 1

I am super excited to announce that I am participating in my very first One Room Challenge as a guest participant! For the next six weeks, I'll be documenting the progress of my living room remodel for all to see, ending with (hopefully) the final reveal!

As someone who thoroughly researches before diving into something new, I checked out a number of other "week 1" blog posts from past challenges to see exactly what bloggers talk about, other than "here's a before pic." I found a plethora of design plans, mood boards, and the occasional layout drawing.

Ah. Well.

There's something you should know: I'm not a design blogger. I've never made a "design plan" in my life. Mood boards confuse me. I regularly search "how to decorate a bookcase" because I legitimately do not understand how, despite reading every blog post ever on the subject. Instead, I'm a DIY blogger. I build things. I transform furniture. I refinish floors and tear down walls, and basically, do anything that needs to be done to make my home a better place. If it looks good at the end, well that's nice, I was trying for that, but it's certainly not a guarantee.

So why join a design challenge? Because I'm, slowly but surely, remodeling my entire house room-by-room, all by myself. A nice six-week challenge to finish my latest room seemed like a great way to hold myself accountable and actually get something done.

To catch you up, my living room started like this:

Living room before photo 1
Living Room before photo 2

Despite the couch, it wasn't much of a living room, and was mostly used as a mini-workshop. But I would like a living room someday, so here we are.

I've done a few projects already, so you do have something to look at this week! My living room currently looks like this:

Empty room with wainscoting on bottom half of wall and burlap on top half.

I added vertical shiplap wainscoting to the bottom half of the walls using 1/4" plywood. The top half of the wall got covered with burlap (yes, normal JoAnn's burlap,) for a textured-wallpaper feel.

Transformed fireplace with spray painted fireplace insert and shiplap top half.

The fireplace also got a big makeover. Since I had some 1/4" plywood leftover, I shiplaped the top half of the fireplace as well as spray painted the brass insert black. Frankly, I think it looks fantastic, and it is by far my favorite part of the living room so far. Since it's also the major room feature, I suppose this is a good thing.

Empty room with wainscoting on bottom half of wall and burlap on top half.

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The windows also got curtains! I DIY'ed the curtain rods, but the curtains themselves are Ikea Lenda. I hid the tabs when I added a liner, if you're thinking they don't look much like Ikea's picture!

Empty room with wainscoting on bottom half of wall and burlap on top half.

And that's where I am! I've finished all of the big home improvement pieces, and will be focusing on furniture and decor for the period of the challenge. Given that it's a design challenge, that's probably the perfect place to be! Plus, I'm a big fan of flipping thrift store furniture pieces, and that can be time consuming. Six weeks to furnish and decorate the room sounds (hopefully) achievable!

I'm also super excited to see all of the other room transformations in the one room challenge. Make sure to go check them out!

See you next week!

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