Well, a week has passed already.
We’ve had a big project on the go around here that has taken up many extra hours and it hasn’t been my ORC project. I’ll be back to share the details (on that project) tomorrow, but for now let’s talk a little bit about how things are going on the One Room Challenge front.
Have you heard of the One Room Challenge before? It is a blogger challenge hosted twice a year by Linda, formerly at Calling It Home and now at the Official One Room Challenge website. Bloggers try to makeover a room in their home over six short weeks! And really, it’s four weeks, because the first week is where we share our plan and the last week is our reveal.
If you aren’t sure what I’m rambling on about, then you can also check out my “before” post and plans over here.
In a nutshell (which I just might find myself hiding in during this ambitious project), we are giving our youngest son’s room a makeover. Part of that is figuring out storage and organizing solutions for his new bedroom, because right now he doesn’t have good places to put things… which leads to a LOT of clutter. Another side of this makeover is the style side. We’re going with a surf style bedroom design (I shared all kinds of inspiration here), and the biggest projects are installing some beautiful Metrie Complete Pre-Painted Shiplap along with a big wave mural.
This week I…
1)Sourced some adorable bedding from HomeSense.
I love the crisp blue plaid white the touch of yellow in it, which ties in with the curtains and throw pillows we are using. The grey shark sheets are Finn’s favourite!
2) Started to plan the gallery wall, and had some photographs from our recent trip to Hawaii printed up in large size at Costco…
I’m so excited about pulling together this gallery wall but haven’t decided exactly how I want to frame or hang it yet.
3) I ordered this cute shark head from Etsy! Isn’t it perfect with this scheme??
I ordered it from here, and am totally thrilled with the quality! I can’t wait to see it up on the shiplap walls!
4) Finally, I played around with his room setup…(I shared all these on my Instagram stories)
The original layout had his bed sticking directly out from the wall perpendicular to the window. The thing we don’t like about this layout is that it makes the closet difficult to access because the bed is quite long in this small sized room.
As you checkout these layouts, please keep in mind that the walls will not stay as they are with the pegboard – that is all going to be shiplap and the wall perpendicular to the window is going to have a large wave mural (details here).
So we flipped it around, and tried the bed against the wall…
The thing we don’t like about that layout is that if feels a bit odd with the curtains behind the bed frame. The positive of this layout is that there is a good amount of space in the middle of the room and it feels quite open.
Lastly, we switched it around so that the head of his bed is against the hallway wall…
The desk went under the window, which is always nice for the light and view, and the bookcase is tucked beside the closet. Ignore the half-removed vinyl sticker… it used to say “good vibes only”, though I suppose “goo vibes” is pretty suitable for a seven year old boy.
This scenario leaves less open space for play (though he has a whole playroom for when he has friends over), but I can really visualize the wall behind the headboard with the sharks head above it. Hmmm… Finn also says he likes this final layout the best, but we may still try again. There are only so many ways you can rearrange a small bedroom with an enormous elephant bed. Maybe we should sell that bed and try something else?? (though my Dad did build it so we are a bit sentimental about it…)
Anyhow, that’s Week One around here. Not a whole lot happened. Here’s to hoping this week is much more productive, now that the OTHER big project is done.
Tell me which layout you think is the best in the comments below!