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!
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:
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!
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!
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.
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.
Here is where we stood at post-time.
And, here is what our list looked like!
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!
A Dining/Play Room in transition – Week #3
Let there be Light – Week #4
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!