I survived the first week with only a few splinters. Some are still lodged in my hands, not sure if they will ever come out. Oh well, it’s all in a days work for a diyer! When I first decided to join the One Room Challenge, I was not sure what to expect. Would I feel the dreaded imposter syndrome that can creep up at any time? Would the other particapants be welcoming or would it be crickets in my DM’s? Well, imposter syndrome has not made an appearance, as of yet. Unfortunately, you never know when he will come knocking, but I’m trying to keep all my doors locked! As for the participants, I could NOT be more pleasantly surprised. I have met so many supportive and super talented diyers. They have reached out with the kindest messages. I now can see why everyone loves the ORC. The renovation is fun, it’s what we all love to do, but the community of the ORC, past and present, is what keeps everyone coming back!
Week One Progress
Of course, I feel like I should be further along, but sometimes life happens, and that’s ok! I did get all the faux shiplap up and primed. The cabinet, counter top, and cabinet doors got primed, as well. I did do two coats of primer, because I did not want any of the grain or knots to come through after the painting process is done. I filled all the nail holes with wood filler and caulked all seams. TIP: Always keep baby wipes handy. They are great to use to wipe down caulk lines and to clean up holes that are packed with wood filler. Then you don’t have to worry about sanding and all the dust it creates!! I know that most diyers will agree with me on this, the finishing work is what most of us complain about having to do, but it’s what makes the BIGGEST difference in a project. If you don’t believe me, start looking around in places like, restaurants, stores, or other peoples homes, and tell me what you see. Do you see, thick over done caulk lines? Or maybe, door trim that has nail holes and seams showing? If you didn’t know, all seams should be sealed up with caulk. It makes a huge difference in the overall appearance of the project, and is pleasing on the eye of the beholder.
The last thing that I did this week was fix the trim around the hearth. I built the fireplace during Christmas 2020 and I have been staring at that trim wondering why it bothered me so much. It took me almost a year and a half to figure out the fix. Now it looks so much better and it’s the way it should of been in the first place. So, what’s left to do? A lot, we just got started! Lol!
List It, So We Don’t Miss It- The Fireplace Wall
- Paint- shiplap, cabinet, countertop, cabinet doors, and hearth
- Build, stain, and ploy floating shelves
- Sand, prime, paint baseboards
- Build cover for cable box
I would like to have that finished in one week. Do you think I can do it? I’m not sure, either, but I’m going to do my best to get it done!! Wish me luck! If you missed the Living Room Plan, you can catch up by clicking HERE. Remember, you can always follow along with me and what’s happening with the project, HERE! If not, I will see you here next Wednesday, with a week three update.
Thanks for reading and God Bless, Annice