Hey everyone! Welcome to my little corner of the One Room Challenge…week 2! Make sure you check out the week 1 plans I shared last week. Want to check out everyone else’s week 1 work? You can do so on Calling It Home’s blog!
As a reminder, here is the before space.
I’m working on a multi-use space that serves two purposes: my office nook and our dining area. We live in a narrow townhouse, and this is one side of our main living area. The kitchen separates this space from the living room, which is roughly the same size as my ORC space.
For the first week of the ORC, I set out to replace the lighting and paint. I absolutely love ceiling fans, so now that we own our home, I want as many ceiling fans as possible! This space came with a light fixture that I couldn’t wait to take down. Luckily all I had to do was pick a ceiling fan since the space was already wired. You can see the light fixture in the back of the photo here…
But of course picking a fan was not as easy as I’d thought it would be. Since we’d also planned to put a ceiling fan in the living room area, I did a lot of research on ceiling fan styles in August and September. (You can see the full post about that here!) I really wanted a matte black ceiling fan, but I was undecided on how many blades I wanted and whether or not we needed a light.
Here were the top 3 fans I was considering:
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MERWRY 52 IN. LED INDOOR MATTE BLACK CEILING FAN
MONTE CARLO VISION 52 IN. RUBBERIZED BLACK CEILING FAN
HAMPTON BAY 60 IN. BLACK INDUSTRIAL CEILING FAN
I loved the last one, but I ultimately decided to go for a fan with a light since there is no other lighting in the space. So I sprung for the second one, the Monte Carlo Vision 52-inch Rubberized Black Ceiling Fan. When I was researching the fan, I was shocked to see it listed on Home Depot’s website for $438! That was way too expensive for me, but on a whim I checked Amazon and saw that it was listed for $~230. That was still a bit more than I wanted to spend, but I absolutely loved the look of this fan, so I went for it! (Sadness, it’s now back up to $400+ on Amazon.)
Here’s my dad, the unsung hero of the blog, taking down the light fixture that came with the home! He’s a general contractor, so I decided it would be best for him to handle any job that could end in electrocution.
And here’s the new fan!
I am so happy with this choice, and it looks sooo much better than the light fixture that was there before. I love how it isn’t completely flush the with ceiling and has a bit of a down rod. This came standard with the fan. I knew I wanted a down rod, but the ceilings aren’t high enough to warrant that much of a down rod, so this one was the perfect length. Also, when we installed the fan, we realized that the light was also on a dimmer, which is an extra perk that I wasn’t planning on having. It looks so sleek and is way more functional for us–I have the fan on almost every day.
Now for the paint…
You probably noticed the painted walls in the last picture. They are completely painted and looking absolutely amazing! I ended up doing with Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black and Repose Gray for the space. The contrarian in me didn’t want to use Repose Gray because it’s such a popular color, but it’s a popular color for a reason: it’s the perfect neutral light gray. It doesn’t have any blue undertones, which is exactly what I wanted.
We ended up using Tricorn Black for the office nook area:
As for the rest of the room, I wanted to do a light gray. Here were the contender colors, all of which I’d considered for the living room space:
Blizzard Fog (Valspar), Icy Avalanche (Sherwin-Williams), Repose Gray (Sherwin-Williams), and Tempered Gray (Valspar)
Repose Gray looked a little darker than what I wanted, but I ended up going with it. And I am so glad I did. Here is what the walls looked like before and after the Repose Gray:
It really does make such a difference, even though the switch from light beige to light gray isn’t that dramatic. Here is a view of how the Repose Gray looks up against the Tricorn Black, plus a peek at my desk! This is a desk I’ve had for a while now; I didn’t purchase it for this room makeover. But I love how it looks against the black wall!
What do you think? It’s so amazing what a little paint can do to transform a space. I am also so happy with the accent wall in the office nook. It really helps to separate the space from the rest of the room, which is so important for a smaller multi-use space!
Here’s a recap of the next few weeks:
Week 1: Select paint colors and paint walls; replace light figure
- Week 2: Find and install blinds/shades; find & hang curtains; decide on rug (reuse or buy?)
- Week 3: Find & install sliding glass door solar shade; buy new office chair
- Week 4: Paint plant pots; re-pot plants; plant stand makeover
- Week 5: Finalize and hang wall art; DIY additional shelving if necessary; re-finish desk top
- Week 6: Done!
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