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Things are trucking right along over here and I think we’re maintaining a pretty good pace at the halfway mark of the One Room Challenge. Only three more weeks till this little playroom design is unveiled (hopefully to the utter delight of my two tiny sprites)!! Every now and then I’ll just hang out in the room to feel out the vibe and see what little corners still need some love. Implementing a pulled together, finished feeling in a space is all in the details so I want to make sure nothing gets overlooked…
Last week, I broke down all the steps needed to complete our playroom design, so I’m sharing those again and crossing out what’s done so you can get a feel for how things progress throughout a room makeover. I forgot to mention three big things last week though… (1) The lighting situation in the playroom is in dire need of a facelift, (2) I’m giving my budget a boost by pulling in pieces from various other places in the house that would be better suited in this space (namely the big yellow rug, kids activity table set and baskets I used on my moodboard), and… (3) I’M SEWING MY OWN DRAPERY. Yes, it’s true. I sewed drapes once years ago and I’m attempting it again. Why? Budget. I really wanted a fabric that would tie the pink chairs and yellow rug together and I fell in love with this Robert Allen print. Fabric isn’t cheap and customizing drapery - which I do think is a great investment in a room - is expensive and definitely not in our budget this time around. Plus, I like to keep it really interesting around here…ha! Anyways, here’s the updated to-do list…
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 chalkboard and 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.
Figure out padding to make the floor of the teepee more comfortable for lounging.
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!!!
As for the light sitch in our soon-to-be playroom, there are no fixtures in the ceiling or walls just one lone switch that can turn on some lamps plugged into the electric sockets. It’s completely perplexing to me why anyone would design a room this way. I’m guessing based on a lot of other clues in the house that the builder took the cheap route where he could and this was one of them. When we remodeled our kitchen/family room last summer we had to completely rework the lighting. We replotted the recessed lights in the ceiling to make the ambient and task lighting more functional and added a pendant over the sink, a chandelier over the island and a sconce in our beverage nook to create some focal points. The difference in livability of our remodeled space is light years above the old one. Good lighting is imperative to well designed spaces.
All that electrical work adds up fast, but I believe it’s well worth the cost. No matter how much money and time you invest in designing a beautiful space, it all goes to waste if you can’t SEE any of it. Also I see it as a safety issue. Especially when toddlers are involved. Those rascals are already keeping me on my toes nonstop and I don’t need anymore opportunity for accidents to happen around here. Plus this playroom is going to be seeing alot of action at night and throughout the grey days of winter so we definitely need to work some solid lighting options into our design plan. Good news is an electrician is coming on Monday to check things out and confirm if my electrical plan is even doable. Bad news is I’m fairly certain it’s going to cost a lot. But, this is one expense I’m not including in our budget because I see it as more of an investment in the house over the long term, but we’ll see just how bad the news is come next week.
Ok, so there’s some pretty big to-do items left on the list but I’m not getting too nervous yet. We’ll see if I’m singing a new tune as we’re rolling into Week 6… What do you think about everything left on the list? Think I’m going to crash and burn on the deadline for this playroom project? We’ll just have to see about that… XOXO, Rach