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A Dining/Play Room – Painted-over wallpaper blues – One Room Challenge Week #2

Posted in DECOR, DINING ROOM, DIY, MAKEOVER CHALLENGES, PLAYROOM
on April 14, 2016

Hello, hello! Welcome back for week #2 of the latest round of the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home

Thanks for all of the love last week during week #1 of this crazy challenge. Survival is key and always so much easier with support. You all offered that in abundance! To all of you that may be new to Knock-it-off Kim, welcome, and please consider following along on this crazy ride! 

Let the pretty begin! Plant | Picture frame | Duck – Ayden’s! 

In case you missed last week, I’m trying my hardest to turn my formal dining room, currently being used as a poorly designed playroom with dining room furniture, into an actual playroom with dining room potential – aka a multi-purpose room! 

Idea board – built-ins | lighting | table | chair | bench | pouf | storage cart | toy storage | rug

I’m happy to say we’ve survived the week, although I can’t say that everyone came through unscathed. Shay and I work well together.. until we don’t. Still, after a few bumps early in the week, we managed to make some progress!  

Rug

Last week, we talked about some of my inspirations, and I shared my idea board, but I remembered after posting that I hadn’t shared a project list! So, without further adieu, here is what we’ll be trying to get done

built-ins || these will be along the main wall and visible from all angles
table || build a restoration hardware table with a fold-out top
storage/dining benches || benches that will work for dining and toy storage
new dining chairs || side chairs useable as dining chairs 
artwork || something fun but appropriate for a dining room
mobile storage cart || this will work as the primary book storage for the playroom
paint || a neutral color that reflects natural light and a colorful feature wall
rug || pattern, texture, and color
lighting || less “chandelier” like overhead, table lamps and recessed lighting 
window treatments || updated and cordless
So, now that we got through that, what DID we get done? Well, although we worked our tails off, it doesn’t seem like a lot because we didn’t complete very many things! There was a lot done, just not a lot done, you know what I’m saying? 

Let’s talk about the good news first, which is all about the pretty! 
I’ve been picking up some great accents on my travels.

The rug came in, and we love both the texture it provides and the color. I think I could put pretty much anything against it, and it would pull the color, which is excellent for a fickle one like me who is constantly changing things up. It’s also unbelievably soft and cozy to lounge on! 

Rug
I was beyond excited to receive this box in the mail from my gracious sponsor LampsPlus! I’ll keep you in the dark on that one for now.. see what I did there?.. but be prepared to have your socks knocked off when I share what’s inside! 

The bases for the built-ins are in, secured and painted. I plan to do a complete post on the built-ins early next week, so for now, just know they are well on their way! Not so much for the cabinet doors – why does it seem like there always one more door to paint?  

Now onto the other news. We’ll call it the “blistering paint project.”

We were so excited to get to painting as this was the last room painted in what we like to call nicotine beige. I think in another home with better natural light, we’d have liked the beige our entire home had been painted in, but without the natural light, it just looked dirty. 

The last strip of nicotine beige

To brighten the space, we went with a lovely greige neutral, Glidden’s ‘Smooth Stone’ in an eggshell finish, for greater washability. 

I think I mentioned last week that we ran into a bit of a problem when we went to paint. The previous owners had painted over wallpaper. Painting over wallpaper honestly is fine, provided the wallpaper underneath is firmly affixed to the wall, and there are no tears or bubbles. This is not the case in our home. This is the second room we’ve run into this problem with where randomly, large air bubbles appear in the paint signaling that moisture had gotten under the paper, causing us to have to remove the paper along with the painted surface. So not fun. 

This wall was even a bit worse. The paper, which wasn’t vinyl, by the way, had been applied to an unprimed sheetrock. When we were stripping it, the only way to get it off was to remove the layer of paper from the sheetrock itself. It was an enormous mess!
At some point, we ended up abandoning removing the paper – it wasn’t coming off with a heat gun, it wasn’t coming off with water or fabric softener. It wasn’t coming off. And, trying to remove it was doing more harm than good. Eventually, we applied mud over the paper that remained only to have the remaining paper begin to bubble and blister. 

So, what did we do? Well, we removed what we could, and re-mudded, since we had to remove some of the mud applied along with the wallpaper. 

We let it dry, painted it – paint hides a lot, and we wanted to focus on what couldn’t be hidden – and re-mudded over the paint. Sanded. We repeated this about 3-4 times, using very thin coats of spackle, and sanding well after,  before we finally ended up with an acceptable surface. 

Finally, we got to the painting, which is where all this began and finally, we have a fully painted room!  


Here is where we stood at post-time. 

He’s moved in – toys or no!

And, here is what our list looked like! 

built-ins || these will be along the main wall and visible from all angles
table || build a restoration hardware table with a fold-out top
storage/dining benches || benches that will work for dining and toy storage
new dining chairs || side chairs useable as dining chairs 
artwork || something fun but appropriate for a dining room
mobile storage cart || this will work as the primary book storage for the playroom
paint || a neutral color that reflects natural light and a colorful feature wall
rug || pattern, texture, and color
lighting || less “chandelier” like overhead, table lamps and recessed lighting 
window treatments || updated and cordless

At least something was crossed off! So, there is a bit more painting to do and there are still a few things to come in that are on order. We’ve got to get cracking on the building of the table and completing the built-ins. I also still need to find artwork that I love. I’m seriously considering the purchase of a paint sprayer in the coming weeks. Maybe Santa will gift me early! Oh wait, my birthday is coming! Wish me luck! 


The best place to start is at the beginning

Be sure to take a peek at the all of the other participants as well! There are some AMAZING designs coming out of this challenge – you don’t want to miss it!  

A Dining Room/Playroom – the Plan : One Room Challenge Week #1

Posted in DECOR, DINING ROOM, DIY, MAKEOVER CHALLENGES
on April 7, 2016

Hi Cuties! I hope you had a chance to stop by yesterday to ogle all the yumminess at You Link It, We Make It. The pineapple bars I made this week were so good that I may or may not have had to send them out with my husband before I ate the whole batch, and my co-host April made this amazing beer battered fish that I can’t wait to try out myself!  

But today is another day. A day that I’m beyond excited about! Today is the first day of the latest round of the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home!  


What is the One Room Challenge and why is that so exciting you ask? The One Room Challenge – or ORC as it’s affectionately known – is an online event that brings together 20 bloggers with a love of design, and challenges them to transform a room from start to finish, while documenting the process along the way. All in six weeks. Yes. That’s right. Six. Weeks. 

I’m so excited about this because I’m participating for the first time as a linking participant! I’m thinking I’m a little crazy to take this on, and sure I’ve bit off way more than I can nibble on – for example, it took about five times longer for me NOT to complete our master bedroom – but I’m also exhilarated by the thought of all of that crazy! Anyone who knows me knows I thrive on that kind of pressure!  If you’re new here, follow along by subscribing! You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram, and Twitter, along with many other social media platforms that I always forget I have. 

Although I had a few rooms to choose from, the one that will be getting all of our love is our dining room. Our current dining room, although considered a formal dining room, is not exactly acting as a dining room. It’s acting as a playroom, albeit not a great one. Not to mention, a make-over is seriously in order! Stat! 

What it sometimes looks like

What it mostly looks like

My plan is to design a multi-purpose space that can function as a dining room when needed, but will primarily work as a playroom.  

Dining Room Layout
Playroom Layout

I’ll do this by using versatile furniture, sophisticated enough for a dining room, yet durable and casual enough for a playroom.  When the time comes that we no longer need a playroom – although I’ll believe that when it happens! –  we can quickly switch to a full-time dining room layout. 

Idea board – built-ins | lighting | table chair bench | pouf | storage cart | toy storage

I’ve been very busy gathering inspiration from many sources all around the web and have come up with some great ideas. There are elements in each that I find appealing, and many of those elements will end up in my completed room. 

Thrifty Decor Chick
Delightfully Noted
Delightfully Noted
villanova-dining-room-2
Design Manifest 
Rooms Interior Design

I hope you’ll stop by next Thursday to cheer me on – or heckle me! That works too. Just be kind. You know, kindly heckle – and I’ll have a full list of all I hope to accomplish in this room, PLUS a progress report! I’m as nervous as I am excited about pulling it off! Eeek!! Here we go! 

Have a great Thursday! 

Secret Santa Thrift Flip

Posted in DIY, HOLIDAYS, MAKEOVER CHALLENGES
on January 29, 2016

Hey, There! Yes. You read that title right. I did say Secret Santa. In January.
If you’ve been to these parts before, you may remember around Christmas when I was asked by the lovely Sara of ShabbyGraceBlog to participate

along with a group of some of my most favorite and admired bloggers, in a Secret Santa gift exchange

My Secret Santa, Amy, from My Life from Home, sent me the most adorable Christmas tray, salt and pepper shakers, and various other Christmas fun – I was SO excited to open that box, and it was a ton of fun sharing my gifts with you!

But what you didn’t see that ALSO came in that box was the surprise thrift item, full of upcycling potential, that was included in our packages for all of us girls to show to you later! Later is now, and this was my thrift flip – cute!  

I’ve had so much fun putting my personal spin on what was already a sweet little piece. Here it is now – I like to call it “An upcycled hanging bud vase”! 
To get this look, I started by disassembling the shelf and removing the apron from the bottom. It was very easy.. no glue involved at all, I just simply removed four screws, popped the panes off the back, and it was in pieces.
Next, using a hole saw (a bit used to drill doorknob holes) and my drill, I created a large hole in the center of the shelf. 
After a quick coat of white chalkboard paint, that I forgot to take pictures of, ample drying time, followed by a light sanding on the edges to lend just a touch of shabby chic, I reassembled the shelf using the original four screws and added anchor hooks to the middle of the window pane edge.
After taping off the ends to prevent fraying, I then threaded jute twine through the anchor hook and then through the hole originally intended for the heart skirt I removed, tying off in a large knot on the underside of the shelf. 
Next, I prepared the vase. The vase was a simple dollar store bud vase. I attached a doubled-row of hemp twine around the middle to act as both an accent, as well as a stopper preventing the bud vase from falling through the hole. 
The rest was as simple as placing the bud vase in the hole and hanging the shelf, and adding fresh daisies! 
Can I just say I hope I’m invited to participate in the Secret Santa/Thrift Flip again next year?! I mean how fun is it to have just a little bit more Christmas cheer in January? 
For more Thrift Flip fun, please be sure to stop by and visit all of my Secret Santa friends! I’m excited to see what they all came up with, too! 
Thanks so much for stopping by – Let’s talk soon! 

Thrift Collage1. The Dean’s List Blog // 2. Pretty Practical Home // 3. Casa Watkins 4. The Twin Cedars // 5. Our Crafty Mom // 6. Twelve on Main // 7. Creatively Homespun // 8. My Life From Home // 9. Hobnail House // 10. Domicile 37 // 11. Beauteeful Living // 12. Knock it off Crafts 13. Pocket of Posies 14. The Weathered Fox // 15. Shabby Grace Blog

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