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One Room Challenge Week 2: Paint & a Sleek New Fan

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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.

One Room Challenge Week 1 A Blank Slate

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…

One Room Challenge Week 1 A Blank Slate

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. 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.

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.

One Room Challenge Week 2 Paint and a Lighting Upgrade

And here’s the new fan!

One Room Challenge Week 2 Paint and a Lighting Upgrade

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:

One Room Challenge Week 2 Paint and a Lighting Upgrade

One Room Challenge Week 2 Paint and a Lighting Upgrade

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:

One Room Challenge Week 2 Paint and a Lighting Upgrade

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:

One Room Challenge Week 2 Paint and a Lighting Upgrade

One Room Challenge Week 2 Paint and a Lighting Upgrade

One Room Challenge Week 2 Paint and a Lighting Upgrade

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!

One Room Challenge Week 2 Paint and a Lighting Upgrade

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!

Like this? PIN IT! It's week 2 of the One Room Challenge, and I'm tackling some painting and a lighting upgrade! See how I transformed my walls using Sherwin-Williams paint in Repose Gray and Tricorn black. Plus a super sleek matte black ceiling fan. We're making some progress!

One Room Challenge Week 1: Office Nook & Dining Room
It's week 3 of the One Room Challenge, and I'm focusing on window treatments and the rug!
One Room Challenge Week 3: Curtains, Shades, Rugs


Wednesday 19th of October 2016

Wow I love that fan! Especially with the feature wall...gorgeous!

[email protected] Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

Wednesday 19th of October 2016

Love the gray with that black wall! Looks so nice!

Katy {ashadeofteal}

Sunday 16th of October 2016

Love the fan you used, and the new paint on both walls looks great! It's coming together!

Rachael @ This is our Bliss

Friday 14th of October 2016

I love so many things about how your space is coming together!! That black wall for starters!! We just did all of our interior doors black and I love them! And even if you are second-guessing opting for a fan - it looks GREAT!

Brittany Merth

Friday 14th of October 2016

I thought about telling my husband I want to paint the powder room door on this floor black (the wall around it will be Repose Gray once ORC is finished!), but I think he has had enough of painting for the time being! And thank you!!

Kyla @HouseOfHipsters

Friday 14th of October 2016

So now I want a black wall really, really bad!

Brittany Merth

Friday 14th of October 2016

Run out and grab a can of Tricorn Black ;) It's the best black, or at least that's that I'm telling myself after agonizing over it for weeks.

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