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One Room Challenge Week 5: Furniture and Wall Decor

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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:

One Room Challenge Week 1 A Blank Slate

First week: Plan

One Room Challenge Week 2 Paint and a Lighting Upgrade

Second week: Paint & Lighting

It's week 3 of the One Room Challenge, and I'm focusing on window treatments and the rug!

Third week: Curtains, Curtain Rods, Shades, Rug 

One Room Challenge Week 4: Painted pots, gold accents, and lots of greenery!

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!

Make Abstract Black and Gold Leaf Canvas Art

Make Abstract Black and Gold Leaf Canvas Art

And remember the faux taxidermy I put on my original mood board? 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:

White Faux Taxidermy on a Black Wall

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.

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. 🙂

Ikea SKRUVSTA chair

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!

Refinishing my Ikea Gerton table top with Polyurethane, plus the pros and cons of polyurethane and polycrylic!

Refinishing my Ikea Gerton table top with Polyurethane, plus the pros and cons of polyurethane and polycrylic!

(Psst, that’s my super easy DIY monitor stand…check out the tutorial here!)

Arranging everything…

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:

Ikea bar top table--great for small spaces

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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It's week 5 of the one room challenge! Check out the progress I'm making on my modern multi-use space--this week I'm talking wall art and furniture!

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Make Abstract Black and Gold Leaf Canvas Art
Make Abstract Black and Gold Leaf Canvas Art
Ikea Gerton Table Top Desk: Polycrylic vs. Polyurethane to Seal

Katy {ashadeofteal}

Wednesday 9th of November 2016

Love your new desk chair, so cute!


Wednesday 9th of November 2016

Love the art piece on the wall, the beige & black colors blend nicely with the green plants.

Looks good!

Brittany Goldwyn

Friday 11th of November 2016

Thank you!

Meg @ Green With Decor

Monday 7th of November 2016

Love the black and gold! And that chair looks so comfy. Can't wait to see the final reveal!

Annie Thompson

Sunday 6th of November 2016

I love how it looks Brittany! That gold leaf abstract art is amazing! I love how light and bright it is! I think I will be doing my home office for the next ORC, let's just say it needs a LOT of work!

Brittany Goldwyn

Monday 7th of November 2016

Thanks Annie!!

Tricia @ Suburban B's

Saturday 5th of November 2016

I'm absolutely love everything about this space! Good luck with the last week!

Brittany Goldwyn

Saturday 5th of November 2016

Thanks Tricia!! You too!