Welcome back to the tiny family room One Room Challenge makeover, also known as holy moly there are only two weeks left in this challenge! If you are new here, you can find week 1, week 2 and week 3 just below this post or through those lovely little links.
Let’s get right down to it. This week, I did not get anywhere on my plan for the family room. The painters came to paint the rest of the house, and lucky for me, painted my little family room as well. It is REALLY hard to pick the right white paint and boy did I get lucky. This paint (Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace) made a huge difference in the feel of every room in the house.
But back to our little family room. I spent a lot of time waffling. I returned two of the three rugs that I had ordered during week 3.
I searched Craig’s List for furniture. I wandered through several local antique and thrift shops for furniture. I bought no furniture. Instead, I bought a fourth rug at Home Goods and decided not to paint the floors the color that I had previously picked out.
Let's be honest. This rug might end up in my office if I ever get to that.
To be fair to myself, I may not have mentioned this, but our whole house is a construction zone right now. I’m not actually sitting around on my duff. Maybe there is a bit of fake work going on here. When I signed myself on to this challenge, I should have selected our bathroom as my room of choice, but I thought there was no way that we would even get to the bathroom before this challenge ended. Plus, completion of the bathroom was dependent on other people’s schedules. I was shocked and amazed when the day after I posted week one of the challenge, I discovered that my bathroom had already been gutted and our contractor needed decisions on bathroom fixtures, finishes, and contents as soon as possible. Nothing like planning a bathroom in two days.
This is why a six week challenge is such a good idea. Without the deadline, artificial or real, you waffle. And you talk yourself into sitting on the floor and not really needing to finish the room. Every time you go into the unfinished room, you cringe. You begin to avoid the room. Except in this situation, we have nowhere else to sit. Remember how I said in week two that we moved to Houston with nothing? Once we move into our house, it will be empty except for our mattresses, a temporary table with folding chairs, and this room. I think I had better finish the room.
Here is the list of things that need to be done over the next two weeks:
1. Floors need to be prepped and painted. Oh, and see that lovely missing molding? That needs to be repaired.
2. Blinds need to be found for four windows and they need to be cheap. We get good sun in this room, and I’m really not a curtain person, but I think some sort of window covering will prove necessary for movie night. Also this room looks right at the garage, which is not scheduled to be painted until phase 2 of our home update. However, we don’t know how long this room will remain functioning as our family room (we are hoping at some point to finish the attic as a bonus space, which will require use of this space for the staircase), so I don’t want to invest a lot into good blinds.
3. I need to find some furniture. Specifically, we need:
a. a TV stand (preferably with storage),
b. a wall mounted table or slim desk or coffee table that the kids can use for legos, arts and crafts, etc.,
c. stools for the desk/table (unless we go with a coffee table),
d. a shelf for the corner nook plus baskets for toys.
These are the high priority items. I’d also like to have the room feel and look finished. This means that I need to find some fun artwork, colorful pillows, a throw or two, and a pendant lamp. I’ve got to stop typing and get looking. I sure hope the other ORC participants are doing better than I am with this challenge. Check them all out here. (And P.S. to Linda? As much as I have left to do and as much as I'm stressed out about doing it, this is really a fun challenge. Thanks for creating this!)