It’s week 2 for the One Room Challenge, and I’m giving you all a very bad example of how this process should go. Why? Because I’m doing it all out of order. I’m basically decorating and styling, knowing very well that we will be removing everything to redo the floors in the next week or two. So don’t do as I do, instead be smart and get the big messy remodeling done before you bring in the new rug and rearrange the furniture.
I’m determined to spend very little money on this room. Partly because we have already spent plenty on new flooring (we are DIYing all the Stuga wood flooring in our home and have already completed our upstairs and the playroom), a new rug (got a great deal on it though!) and the not pretty but really important new chimney damper. That means most of the furniture, art, decor will be DIYed, shopped from my house, and my shop, Domov.
This week we did finally get a new damper on top of our chimney! We may have to relocate the wire hook in the firebox when we get an electrical insert, but otherwise it’s done. We hired out for this and I think its making a big difference. I have an extremely sensitive nose and unfortunately the previous owners didn’t take good care of the chimneys- they obviously enjoyed many wood burning fires, but maybe never bothered to clean them. With the poorly sealing damper, I was smelling smokey burnt smells any time I was near the fireplace. We even had it cleaned and it did little to stop the smell. Then we learned that the poorly sealing damper was actually creating pressure and pulling air in through the chimney into the house causing the smell to disperse. So while there isn’t a pretty after pic to show, this was an important part of the room.
The rug came and I really like it. It is a loloi rug, the printed kind, so not fluffly or really soft, but we added a pad and I’m someone who enjoys this style of rug. The colors are lovely, and I know it will look great with the new floors.
I have decided to repurpose our coffee table, which is too small as a coffee table for the space, as a low large side table. It works well for the space between both couches. I put up the new curtains and love them! They are super long and I really should hem them, but I may not get to it. Our blinds are battery operated with a remote, which we LOVE, so they are what we close and open, the curtains are just for decoration, but they add so much.
And now the fauxdenza. We have had this guy for over 10 years now. Back in the day when blogging was everything, Anna of Door 16 shared her fauxdenza made from ikea cabs and we made one too. This one is made of ikea kitchen Akrum cabinets (their old kitchen line prior to sektion) with Veddinge doors and wrapped in stained plywood. It has been in every home and survived so much abuse from the kids and all our moves. Now as much as I love this piece and its durability, I’m not sold on it in here, but remember I’m trying to shop my home… so I removed the mid century legs that we had on it and replaced the knobs. None of it feels right yet, so more changes will probably come.
But the coffee table struggle is real- I believe I have had this issue in most every home. Other parents with young kids probably get the coffee table struggles too; it needs to be DURABLE, not too sharp or dangerous, and take up just the right amount of space for kids to move around freely. The other big hurdle, I refuse to pay a lot right now. And “a lot” is relative, but under a couple hundred dollars is my budget. So I’m checking facebook marketplace and nextdoor, and thinking of hacks or DIYs. Don’t get me wrong, I have found plenty of gorgeous perfect ones, besides the price and finish durability. There are some great options out there right now. But I would cry if I spent $900-$2000 on a table that my kids scratched up after the first week.
So thats where we are this week. Next week we will be starting on the floors!