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One Room Challenge – Week {five} – Game room or bust

Wow! It’s November. I may or may not have been thinking about Thanksgiving this week. It’s hard to keep one’s brain in the here and now when things get so hectic! It’s been a busy week, and I’m so looking forward to the weekend. I think this might be one of only a few weekends we have with no pressing plans before the craziness of the holidays begins. Oh, wait, that’s not true – it’s the last week before the One Room Challenge BIG reveal! So, scratch that.

Quick recap – We are a willing and excited participant in the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home. We are feverishly making over what we hope will be an inviting and dramatic – in all the best ways – Game Room. For those of you who are new here and visiting from Calling It Home, welcome, I’m glad you’re here!

In week one we shared our ideas for making over our room. Week two, we talked about our plan to bring a little bit of bling and drama to our 22’x13′ space.  Weeks three and four we spent a good deal of our time opening and finished off an attic space directly off of the room we are working on, complete with a hidden door.
This week, we were able to tick at least a few things off of our list, starting with this gorgeous wallpaper that I talked about last week during our Wallpaper Makeover blog hop! Check out the how-to here. The paper went up like a breeze – or would have had someone with some wallpaper experience been hanging it – and looks exactly as I’d pictured it. It adds drama and depth. It’s the perfect transition between the stark white of the walls and built-ins and the black gloss of the ceiling. I might love it a little bit. Huge thanks to Stephanie at Casa Watkins Living for organizing such a fun blog hop!
wallpaper - hanging wallpaperfor dummies

We also finished building the shelves over the bench seating.

 

We’ve finished the board and batten – finally! We used our handy-dandy Wagner Flexio Paint Sprayer, which by the way, I’ll never, ever let go, to get one coat of paint up. I didn’t estimate the amount of paint I’d need very accurately – womp womp. Protecting our new black ceilings and gorgeous wallpaper was a necessity, but now I know what ET felt like, buried under all of that plastic! #ETgohome

 

Today will be the pool table move. I can’t tell you how buried this thing has been because it was honestly too embarrassing to document on film, but imagine everything you can see in the general vicinity of the table now was on TOP of it last week. Maybe the lawnmower wasn’t on top of it.. but EVERYTHING else. That will give you an idea. I am 110% sure I’ve found my next organization project!

 

I still have to finish off our snack bar, along with some of the other smaller projects that I’ll share early next week.
There are still some deliveries coming this week, such as.. well.. Pretty much everything except the pool table! No biggie. Everything is always delivered on time with no issues of receiving the wrong product or color. Said no one ever.
It’ll be okay. Really. Right?
At least I can say there are fewer things on the list than before.
1. Built-in storage bench seating with bookshelves
2. Add a built-in snack bar with wine and spirits area
3. Add a built-in Media cabinet for a TV and other components
4. Create an organized craft-supply closet
5. Bold geometric wallpaper  

 

6. Board and Batten wall trim throughout

 

7. Dart Board

 

8. Black Gloss Ceiling 

 

9. Convertible sofa or sofa bed
10. Move and re-felt the pool table
11. Finish attic space to act as storage and a fun secret hide-out
Eeek! See you next week, with what’s left of my sanity!

One Room Challenge – {Week Three and Four} – Flowers in the Attic

Hey, lovelies! Thanks so much for all of the love on my simple DIY Halloween shirt. How is it that Halloween is just a few days away?!

Time is flying by.. especially in One Room Challenge land! I can’t believe we are in week four! Ahhh!!

Although we’ve been working our hineys off, or maybe because we’ve been working our hineys off – and because we celebrated not only our anniversary AND hosted our annual Halloween party – I’m a week behind in sharing my progress! I’m playing catch-up this week with progress from week three and four!

In case you missed week two, we are once again a willing and excited linking participant in the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home. We are feverishly making over what we hope will be an inviting and dramatic – in all the best ways – Game Room. For those of you who are new here and visiting from Calling It Home, welcome! I’m so glad to meet you, and I hope you’ll take a look around! #wave

In week one we shared our ideas for making over our room. Week two,   we talked about our plan to bring a little bit of bling and drama to our 22’x13′ space.  The past two weeks we started putting some of our plans into action! Finally!
Although the room is hardly looking complete, We’ve made a good start on many things. We spent a good deal of our time last week opening and finishing off an attic space directly off of the room we are working on. The attic space is quite large – about 22’x 10′ – and has a window in it. It’s always bugged me to no end that we had nearly an entire room in our house on the other side of the wall that we couldn’t use!
Too, we have to go in there every year, and to date, it’s been a bit challenging. With no floor and the door a size that would make even a Smurf have to duck not to hit his head, it’s always an adventure to put out the wreaths on our windows every Christmas!
That was the first order of business – enlarging the door. My design called for Board and Batten trim on the walls, and I wanted to hide the new larger door within the wall treatment.
After cutting a larger hole in the wall. The size being determined by the board and batten trim plan, I popped inside, balancing on the joists and went about planning where and how I could put up some useable storage. To cut down on costs, I decided to close up half of the attic, blocking it so that no curious monkeys could explore the length of it and end up falling through the ceiling. The other half would receive a basic floor and wall paneling to cover the insulation. I’d planned to leave the trusses running across the attic and just work them into my plan for shelving, but it was going to be a bit difficult to move around in there. Difficult or no, I was willing to do what needed to be done to find a place to house our various monopoly and operation games. Imagine my surprise when Shay commented with “You know.. I bet we could just move those trusses and put a support beam in. They aren’t supporting the roof, just this wall.” Squeal!

We got to work, removing three trusses and relocating them on the other side of the door. We added a support beam to ensure the integrity of the ceiling. Next came the floor, light with a pull-cord, and finally the paneling. Our doorway is still relatively small, and we did end up having to cut our panels for both the flooring and the walls before putting them through, but not until after we’d gotten them good and stuck.

You can’t blame us for trying.



The new door was made with a piece of 3/4″ plywood, with basic brass hinges. To ensure the door would be hidden within the board and batten, I added a spring-loaded magnet closure. The closure was inexpensive and just perfect for what I need!


I’m so happy with how this little-unexpected project turned out. We didn’t know how much we needed the storage until we had it!


In other news, we’re working our way around the room, installing the board and batten trim.

We’ve added the built-in, something of a floating console table, over and behind where the sofa will eventually be.

Speaking of couches, the sofa is hopefully going to arrive in just a few days! I hope!

The snack/wine bar is built and will be installed tomorrow.


I finally got a chance to try out my new paint sprayer graciously given to me by Wagner. I think I’m pretty much in love and-and beyond graceful for their sponsorship. Just thinking of painting all of that trim by hand is enough to make me want to eat an entire batch of cookies.

All in all, it’s been a productive few weeks, despite the fact that I didn’t cross anything off my list – at least not something that was on it originally! Ah well, I’m going with it. Here is where we are at:

  1.  Built-in storage bench seating with bookshelves
  2.  Add a built-in snack bar with wine and spirits area
  3.  Add a built-in Media cabinet for a TV and other components
  4.  Create an organized craft-supply closet
  5. Bold geometric wallpaper
  6. Board and Batten wall trim throughout
  7. Dart Board
  8. Black Gloss Ceiling
  9. Convertible sofa or sofa bed
  10. Move and re-felt the pool table
  11. Finish attic space to act as storage and a fun secret hide-out

Historically, this is the week that I start to panic and fall apart a bit. I’m pretty good in stressful situations – at least until I find myself in multiple stressful situations at the same time, which is the case these days. Calgon, Take me away!

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

 

How to Transform your Bonus Room to a Game Room

We are participating in the One Room Challenge, making over our bonus room! See the before and find out what we’re hoping to accomplish with the makeover. 

Bonus Room Make-over Ideas

bonus room makeover ideas pin

Wednesday was the first official day of Calling it Home’s Fall edition of the One Room Challenge. 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! There is a linking participant event every Thursday for the next six weeks to include those of us not in the 20 group. 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 satisfied 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. Here are a few things to get you started:

A few details about our home  

Project Library

This being my second ORC, I can tell you it is the most excruciating, equally frustrating and exhilarating, intense and gratifying experience ever. 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, but here we are. So why would I take this all on again you ask? Well, with great challenge comes great reward. Apparently, I thrive on madness with a side of stress. And luckily for me, my husband loves me a lot which helped me to convince him that this is a good idea. So here we go!

THE BEFORE

I’ve decided to make-over the bonus room over our garage. This room has had many lives and purposes in the nine years that we’ve lived here. It began as the shared bedroom of our younger girls. When they became old enough to move into their rooms, it then morphed into a classroom/craft/media room.

gameroom - before

game room makeover - before classroom

As time has gone on, the inconvenience of running up and down the stairs after my son between lessons became impractical and we’ve used this room less and less for a classroom. As a result, we’ve moved most of our school work down to the kitchen table, and all of our school supplies to the office, which is much more efficient. The bonus room is now more of a catch-all – of junk that is! There are a few useful things in there, like an obscene amount of crafting materials!

Game Room Before 2

My goal is similar to that of my first ORC – to create a more functional space that our whole family can enjoy.

Game Room Before 3

And so the challenge becomes apparent! With all of my 13’x21′ space I must overhaul our bonus room within the following criteria:

  1. An area the whole family can enjoy.
  2. Includes our buried pool table, a media area, and an area to house crafting supplies
  3. Carve out a comfy place for an occasional guest to sleep
  4. Must have: 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!

 

Rec Room Plan - with yellow sofa
Option 1

 

Rec Room Plan - Plan B
Option 2
Rec Room Plan - Option 3
Option 3

Let the games begin! I’M SO EXCITED!

Update: Wondering where to start? The best place is always the beginning!

 

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If you’re looking for more ORC fun, take a look at these!

 

ORC Dining Room Makeover
Spring ORC – Dining/Play Room – Week 2
Dining Table DIY
Spring ORC – Dining Table

 

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