What’s the One Room Challenge, or ORC, as it’s affectionately called by us DIY bloggers? The ORC, a twice-a-year event, is a gathering together of 20 insanely talented bloggers who each commit to transforming one room in six short weeks. Crazy, right? But oh so fun! To include the rest of us,there is a linking participant event every Thursday for the next six weeks – that’s where I come in!
If you’re visiting from Calling it Home, it’s so great to meet you! My small family of seven (ha!) moved into this house about nine years ago. The first few years we spent most of our time keeping everyone alive – five is a fair number of kids. After being relatively successful with that, we decided to tackle a few DIY projects. Since then, little by little, we’ve been making this home truly our own! I hope you’ll stay and look around. You might enjoy a few details about our home, or if you’re so inclined, please check out the myriad of projects in the project library.
This is not my first ORC. It is the most excruciating, equally frustrating and exhilarating, intense and gratifying experience.. and I loved every minute of it when I took on the challenge last April to make over our dining room into a more multi-purpose space – specifically a playroom/dining room combination. After that, I never thought I’d be uttering these words again, I’m excited to say that I am signing up once again!
As time has gone on it’s become less useful as a classroom. As much as I loved having a dedicated space for homeschooling, the inconvenience of running up and down the stairs after my son between lessons became a little impractical. As a result, we’ve moved most of our learning out of this room and down to the kitchen table, with the school supplies being housed in the office, which is much more efficient. The room upstairs that was once a classroom is now more of a catch-all – of junk that is – than of anything else, although it does still contain an obscene amount of crafting materials!
My goal is similar to that of my first ORC – to create a more functional space that our whole family can enjoy. I still need a place to hold my crafting supplies – that’s important. But more important, our kids are reaching a point where they need a place to hang-out with friends, and we need a place to entertain. The bottom line, we would like to have access to the beautiful pool table that is currently buried under a mountain of just about everything – Someone call Hoarders Anonymous.. for real!
And so the challenge becomes apparent! The challenge, my friends, is to create a space that the whole family can enjoy. This space has to include our buried pool table, a media area, an area to house crafting supplies, all that will allow for a comfy place for an occasional guest to sleep, in a 21ftx13ft room, all with a teeny bit of Art Noveau flare! A piece of cake, right?
So how my going to accomplish all of this? Well, for that answer, you’re going to have to stop by next week. For now, here is a bit of a sneak peek of some of the ideas I’ve been having!
Let the games begin! I’M SO EXCITED!
Update: Wondering where to start? The best place is always the beginning!
If you’re looking for more ORC fun, you might want to take a look at these!
|Spring ORC – Dining/Play Room – Week 2|
|Spring ORC – Dining Table|
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