It’s the fifth week of the One Room Challenge! Wahhooo.
Make sure to check out the work from all of the other guest participants here, and here’s a quick recap of my progress:
First week: Plan
Second week: Paint & Lighting
Third week: Curtains, Curtain Rods, Shades, Rug
Fourth week: Painted Pots & Greenery
And here we are at week 5: I’m focusing mostly on furniture and wall art this week.
Let’s talk wall art first…
I’m not putting much up in this space…only two things. Earlier this week I shared the full DIY tutorial for my abstract gold leaf canvas art, which I love in this space!
And remember the faux taxidermy I put on my original mood board (plus my post about 15 amazing rooms with faux taxidermy)?
Well he’s here, and he has a friend. Allow me to introduce you to Templeton and Ophelia (their actual names, I didn’t name them, I am not that crazy), my new White Faux Taxidermy babies:
And that’s it for the walls! The space has so many windows that there isn’t really room for much else without it feeling too cramped. I thought about putting something on the smaller black wall that’s adjacent to the wall Templeton and Ophelia are on, but I ultimately decided that I wanted them to remain the focus. They are so cool.
And now for furniture:
We used almost all furniture that we already had, and it’s all from Ikea because we’re fancy like that.
- Bar top table (no longer available, but this one is very similar) with Ingolf chairs
- Molger open shelving unit, which is actually from the bathroom section
- Satsumas plant stand from my week 4 post
- Gerton desk top with white Finnvard trestle legs
In addition to the furniture we already had for the space, I treated myself to this cute new desk chair, which, you guessed it, is from Ikea. 🙂
Here’s Henry enjoying it.
My desk top also needed some major TLC, so I refinished it with a semigloss polyurethane. See that full how to post here, including tips on choosing between polyurethane and polycrylic to protect your furniture!
(Psst, that’s my super easy DIY monitor stand…check out the tutorial here!)
This is a multi-use space that we’ve designated for both dining and my work space. My biggest concern was (and remains) the fact that most of the furniture is up against the walls, leaving the middle of the space a bit vacant. The room is really designed to be a dining room only, with a table in the center of the room under the light fixture. However, we don’t have a dining room table, and even if we did, it’d be super cramped with my desk in there. We also don’t have the room to designate an entire room to my work space. But that’s okay! We think we’ve found a way to fit it all in here without being too awkward.
We designated the “black space” as my office space. My desk goes into a nook, which you can kind of see above, while the bar top table goes on the other side of the space near a window. We put the shelves next to the dining table and filled them with plants. The rest of the space is filled with plants on the perimeter. Here’s the bar top table:
Maybe one day we’ll decide we want to get a real dining room table and have to reevaluate, but for now a bar top table suits our needs just fine. I’ve always loved the idea of dual-purpose rooms and working with small spaces, so we’re happy that we’ve been able to make the space work for our needs!
Here’s a recap of what I’ve done:
Weeks 1 & 2: Select paint colors and paint walls; replace light figure Week 3: Find and install blinds/shades; find & hang curtains; decide on rug (reuse or buy?) Week 4: Order sliding glass door solar shade; paint plant pots; re-pot plants; plant stand Week 5: DIY art piece and remainder of wall art; re-finish desk top;install solar shade
- Week 6: Done!
Swing back next week for a final reveal of the entire space! I cannot WAIT to share everything!
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