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Well, reality officially set in at the start of the weekend when I realized we were only a few days out from our One Room Challenge reveal, but that we were rolling into Friday night with all of the major tasks still left on our to-do list. This led to me quickly instituting Operation Finish the Playroom. If any of those tasks weren’t finished by the end of the weekend, there would be little chance of this project getting completed in time because, well…toddlers. We have two. And they are the sweetest most divine little creatures, but they are also walking, talking time bombs ready to explode at the slightest sign of stickers running out and always ready to destroy any well-laid plans in their paths. So, my only hope for completion was begging my husband to sacrifice 48 straight hours to wrangle the crazies (aka the children) and become handyman for my ridiculous list of DIY tasks.
I am relieved to report that we hammered out almost everything and I think this project is back in business again. So here’s what the to-do list looked like at the start of the weekend…
Figure out the awful electrical situation. Source and order new light fixtures if the proposed layout is workable. Settle on a rug. Order kids activity table and chairs. Order two accent chairs, side table and lamp for adult reading area. Pick out fabric, order custom drapery and order a curtain rod for the bay window.
Sew drapery. Please send help.
Order a rug pad. Plan out gallery wall and order additional pieces to fill in blank spaces.
Hang said gallery wall.
Send B's dress away for framing Settle on a bookcase/credenza for storing all.the.things and order it.
Pick out and order baskets for bookcase/credenza and organize and store everything.
Bring some life and character to the play kitchen.
Order chalkboardand hang mini cleaning set and art for play kitchen area.
Build a play market for the imagination nook.
Plants, plants and more plants to accessorize the space and add some life. Always more plants… Pick out and order throw pillows for the adult chairs, kids chairs and teepee. Pick out and order pouf for reading nook.
Hang white curtains in two doorways to add coziness to the space and a way to close it off when we don’t want to see the mess!
Unveil the finished space to the girls and document the joy on their faces!
Take pictures and share the before and after!!!
And now, as we lean into Sunday night, we finished hanging all drapery rods, one set of curtains (still needs hemming), built the market (still needs installation) AND sewed 3/4 of the bay window floral drapery (need more supplies)! Everything went oddly smoother than I expected too, which leaves me with the strange sense that I’m overlooking something…but I think we’re actually just in really good shape!!
Side note, we got the electric bid back and it came in at a steep $1250 to add six recessed can lights and one pendant in the ceiling, which is kind of what I expected, so that goal was quickly nixed off the to-do list. I think we’ll reassess upgrading the lighting in a few years when the girls outgrow the playroom and we transition the space into an office to meet with design clients.
Ok, now can we talk about this sew-your-own-drapes thing? I woke-up this morning dead set on finishing them but also terrified that everything would go wrong in the process. Husband was assigned kid-duty and I disappeared into the playroom to work. And here’s where I’ll stop to point out the real beauty of signing up for the One Room Challenge… the motivation that comes from knowing that utter shame awaits you after telling everyone your audacious plans and possibly face planting publicly on all of it in the end if you come nowhere near the finish line. I can honestly say, after feeling as exhausted as I am right now, that I have no doubt I would have found a million reasons to save this project for a later time and we would be no closer to having this space ready to hang out as a family and for the girls to play and dream and imagine (and hopefully be entertained for hours on end so I can work). So thank you One Room Challenge, the timing for this fall’s event was almost serendipitous and I am so excited and thankful that this project looks to actually be coming to life and for having an awesome community of support througout it as well.
Well folks, the sun is going down and my husband is in the garage finishing up some more details on the play market awning and I still have a fair amount of hemming to do, so this is where I’ll leave you this week. Next time I pop in, it’ll be to share the final reveal of our Cheerful & Youthful Playroom and I CAN’T WAIT!!