ONE ROOM CHALLENGE™, Fall 2019, Week 2: Clean Slate, Fresh Paint

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Hello darlings! Welcome to Week 2 of the One Room Challenge™! It has been a productive one considering I snuck away for a much needed four day visit with family in Florida.

If you missed out on the Guest Room Design Plan revealed in Week 1, you’ll definitely want to check it out!


Before I set off for the Sunshine State I went full throttle on this guest room: All fixtures, outlet covers, curtain rods and shelves were removed, holes were filled and walls were prepped for their perspective treatments. If you’re following along with the day to day progress in Instagram Stories, you might have witnessed the ultra satisfying (albeit backbreaking) pleasure I had of ripping out our nasty carpets.

Seriously. What is this?

Can I just come clean with ya’ll about something right now? I have a major aversion to carpeting. It totally grosses me out because I just know that cooties, boogers and skin flakes are stacking up between the fibers. I couldn’t pull it up fast enough. The tack strip and staples have been removed and the OSB is officially ready for our big flooring project whenever we are. (Fingers crossed we can tackle that this coming week!) For now, the carpet and pad are still in the room, cooties and all, to help minimize tracking dust around the rest of the house.


Speaking of the new floor, I am referencing this Vintage Revivals tutorial as a guide throughout this plywood floor project. I’ve tried to find a pattern I love more than this one but alas, it’s my favorite. Can you blame me?

Image Credit to Vintage Revivals

I’ve made some minor changes to the tutorial in both the material I’m using as well as size of the pattern, and those small changes have resulted in BIG mathematical challenges for my Language Arts loving, creative Right Brain. Firstly, we are using 1/2″ birch ply in 4 x 8′ sheets rather than 1 x 6’s because the floor that transitions into the room from the hallway is just shy of 3/4′. Secondly, we’re aiming to create a larger version of this pattern since we’re installing it in a larger space. We’ve been playing around with different triangle sizes to see what will give us the look we want, however I have been stretching my math muscles far beyond capacity trying to figure out how wide to make my initial cuts (6, 7 or 8″) in an effort to squeeze as many 120/30/30 triangles as I can out of each full sheet of Birch Plywood.

Each sheet of ply is approximately $46 so its important to cover as much ground as possible. Literally and figuratively. I called in the big guns, my sister in-law, ‘Liz the Math Wiz,’ and together we worked through a solid plan (read: she told me what to do and I’m going to do it); I cannot wait to get started. I’ll save the tedious details for a long winded and complex tutorial about Pythagorus and his Theorem for another time because, let’s be honest, math is boring. Also, I clearly have a lot to learn. But here is some footage of our actual text conversations and our super official plan. My brain feels concussed. (UPDATE: DIY Geometric Plywood Floor Tutorial Posted Here!)


Enough about math. Let’s chat paint! For the ceiling I chose Sherwin Williams ‘Jaspar,’ a dark, delicious, moody green, in matte finish. When I cracked open the can, I let out a little squeal. It’s so good!

But once I got a couple of coats up on the ceiling, Jasper threw me for a loop. It is presenting WAY darker than I had anticipated; So much so, it looks nearly black. Can you believe the difference between these two photos?

Crown molding means no taping off ceiling lines!

That said, my current light fixture projects no upward light so my plan is to keep it as is until I have a chance to install the new light fixture. If it still feels too dark, I’ll mix some white into the remaining half gallon and simply try again. #ItsJustPaint.

Here’s Jasper Green in a living room
Image Credit to Sherwin Williams


The last project I pounded out this week was the shower curtain wall treatment installation. If you’ve been following along in stories you know the sitch: I fell in love with the color and pattern of a fabric shower curtain and wanted it to be wallpaper so bad.

But like the Stones once said, “You can’t always get what you want.” (Psh. Clearly Keith Richards never met my dog.) Anyway, they also said, “If you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need!” Well fellas, I need this shower curtain to be wallpaper mmkay?

Removing creases with a wallpaper smoothing tool.

One spray bottle, a paint roller, and 4 quarts of liquid starch later, that shower curtain is officially up on the wall. It’s ‘drying’ as I type this so the jury is still out on final results. Stay tuned as to whether or not I knock this out of the park first try, and let it be known that this bullheaded Taurus with stubborn German roots won’t go down without a fight. (UPDATE: Fabric Wallpaper Tutorial Posted Here!)

“Get what you need” supplies.


Alright babes that’s all she wrote. There is a boat load of todo’s on the agenda this week including purchasing all of the lumber and installation of board and batten, plywood flooring, molding and trim and that’s just the tip of this six-week iceberg.

Here’s where the project list stands today:

  • Clear out room
  • Patch drywall holes
  • Remove baseboards
  • Remove Carpet and pad
  • Pull all carpet tacks and staples
  • Color match fabric with paint
  • Repaint ceiling
  • Paint walls
  • Paint closet (?)
  • Spray Paint Window (?)
  • Install fabric wall treatment
  • Install Crown Molding
  • Install new light fixture
  • Purchase lumber
  • Install Board and Batten
  • Determine Plywood floor pattern
  • Cut all flooring
  • Lay all flooring
  • Reinstall baseboards
  • Rehang curtain rod
  • Resinstall sconce(s)
  • Thrifted nightstand options
  • Accessorize
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