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Fall 2016 One Room Challenge – Reveal – Game Room

Today is the day! Today is the day! I’m SO excited to be sharing my Game room ideas with you and showing you our completed room! Just writing that statement helps me breathe just a wee bit better – who knew I’d been holding my breath for the entire past six weeks of the Fall version of the One Room Challenge?
All I can say is get ready for eye candy galore as the 20 participants, and the 200+ linking participants all share the results of their sweat and tears! It’s going to get crazy!
A quick review for those of you who may be new here; We’ve been willing and excited participants in our second round – we made over our dining room into a multi-purpose space in the first round –  of the One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home. We have been feverishly transforming our over-the-garage bonus room, with dormered ceilings, from its most recent use as a classroom and media room into an inviting and dramatic – in all the best ways – Game Room.
If you’d like to catch up on our journey, in all its drama and glory, from the beginning you can start here:
I can’t even begin to tell you all that I learned during this challenge, and am incredibly proud and excited every single time I walk by the doorway to what is now my favorite room in the house!
Enough talking! On to the ridiculous number of pictures!


This game room seating transforms into a full-sized sofa bed

Tiffany Stained glass tyle Art Deco Decor Lamp
All designs are inspired by something. This lamp inspired the design for this game room. It was my mother’s, and I’ve not had a home for it since the day I brought it home. I’ve always thought it would be perfect in a game room. You may say that I’ve been planning this room for over 10+ years! A little bit art deco with a whole lot of glamor, I’m so happy this lamp has finally found a home!





To say this room turned out exactly how I’d hoped would be an understatement. It is precisely the vision I had in my head after I finally made up my mind what I wanted, and I can’t be more excited to call it mine!

Let’s not forget the before –

– And our to-do list with everything. Crossed. off. I know. I don’t know how it happened either, but let’s just go with it.

  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 hideout

Thank you for all of your support through this past six crazy weeks. It’s been a journey full of a genuine labor of love, way too much take-out and not nearly enough laundry getting done! Your comments and encouragement helped more than you know! I’ll be back next Thursday with a complete source list where I got the green sofa.

Now, I’ll give my usual end of ORC speech and then I’m off for a nap!

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Special thanks to Wallpaper Boulevard and Wagner Tools for their support!


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** Photos by the lovely and talented Shannon Nuckols. You are the absolute best! To my husband, and partner in DIYing – sometimes by choice – the most love and thank yous for your unending and tireless pursuit of making my dreams come true. You’re crazy – not only do you buy into my ideas but you participate in them. That’s why you’re my favorite! And to my dearest April of Uncookie Cutter – for the endless calls, texts, face times during this project and many others – what would I do without you to call names and speak obscenities with? Thank you. You make this whole blogging thing a whole lot of fun! 

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!

How to Hang Wallpaper for Beginners

Happy Halloween to all of my favorite ghosts and goblins! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend full of all of the great things Fall has to offer. For our part, we spent a good deal of time in what will be, in less than two weeks, our new game room!
geometric wallpaper - how to wallpaper

Today, I’m participating in a Wallpaper Makeover Blog hop, hosted by Stephanie at Casa Watkins Living, and am here to talk to you about hanging wallpaper, especially if you are a beginner. First, why use wallpaper? Simple. It’s durable, washable, long lasting, comes in an unlimited amount of colors and styles and can bring instant depth to any room, large or small. In our case, wallpaper is being used to add a dramatic element to a very large room that would just not be possible with paint alone.

black wallpaper - how to hang wallpaper
This post has been graciously sponsored by Wallpaper Boulevard. All opinions, views, and other ramblings are entirely my own. 

You might remember this gorgeous wallpaper that I was gushing about at the beginning of this room make-over from Wallpaper Boulevard. I love the tiny bit of sparkle and the all-over geometric pattern. The paper indeed provided just what was needed in the large room!

I’m no expert on wallpaper hanging. As a matter of fact, this project took me quite a while, and I think I might have been wearing nearly the same amount of glue as the walls were! The first few pieces were the most difficult to apply, but after that, I quickly got into a groove. Here are the five lessons I learned that I hope you’ll find useful if you are taking on a wallpapering project of your own.

1.  Prepare your walls by repairing any holes or cracks. Use a Spackle and a putty knife and sand smooth before applying any paper. Those little bumps and lumps will not only show through the paper; they will make it near to impossible to smooth the paper without tearing it. Don’t ask me how I know this.

home wallpaper - wallpaper hanging supplies

2. Determine if your paper is prepasted or unpasted. Check the paper manufacturer if you are not sure.  Gather your supplies. I used the following supplies for my unpasted wallpaper.

  • level
  • tape measure
  • Wallpaper glue
  • paint roller, tray and paint brush
  • utility knife
  • Sponge and Plastic smoother – I used a putty knife
  • A bucket of clean water
wallpaper for walls - simple way to hang wall paper

3.  Determine where to hang your paper and prepare your first piece. I was only hanging on two walls, so I was able to start in the corner by measuring the width of the paper minus half an inch. I used the level to draw a line from the ceiling down to the crown molding line. If you were wallpapering an entire wall, you would also start in a corner but would draw your line from the ceiling down to the floor.  If you are doing an entire room that you will want to do this every time you start a new wall to make sure that your wallpaper remains straight as you move around the room.  Then, measure the length of your wall +6 inches and use that as your measurement to cut your first piece of wallpaper. Matching any patterns cut a second piece of paper matching after the first. Put the second piece aside and lay the first piece you’ve cut out on a flat surface, face down. You’ll want always to have two pieces on the go – one to be pasted one, one you’ve matched, waiting.

Cheap Wallpaper - hanging unpasted wallpaper
wallpaper direct - how to book wallpaper

4. Prepare or “book” your wallpaper to be hung by activating the glue. My paper was on paste it, and that’s what I will be talking about here.  Using a paint roller apply and even coat of wallpaper paste to the back of the first piece to be hung. Fold the bottom into the center and the top into the center without creasing the paper. Allow the paper to rest in this position until the glue becomes fully activated. The amount of time required for this will be noted on your directions for your wallpaper.

new wallpaper - hanging wallpaper

5. Unfold the top half of the strip and apply the paper to the wall letting some of the wallpaper overlap the ceiling and they are joining while using your line as your guide.  Using a wallpaper smoothing tool gently smooth the paper into place removing any air bubbles and being careful not to tear the paper. Unfold the bottom half and smooth into place. Then smooth the entire strip from top to bottom and the center out, working diagonally. Use a sponge or o’clock and clean water to remove any excess glue, then trim, using a long putty knife as a guide and a utility knife, trim any excess paper. I find it easiest to cut above the putty knife to keep the paper from pulling and tearing.

.. and repeat until done!

wallpaper - hanging wallpaperfor dummies


beautiful wallpapers - how-to-hang-wallpaper

Now, wash the glue out of your hair and enjoy the new look of your room!

I LOVE the look of my new paper from Wallpaper Boulevard. If you’re in the market for a paper of any style, be sure to check out their selection. Their prices are fantastic, and the customer service can’t be beaten! Thanks so much for dropping by and be sure to check back here on Thursday for a Game Room update!

For even more wallpaper inspiration and tips, check out these links!


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