Wednesday, October 9, 2013

One Room Challenge: Week 2


Week 2 of the Library/Dining Room:  Goodbye orange floors! (before below)  I decided to get rid of them.  They weren't doing the space any favors and I realized that if I really wanted to change this room I needed to actually make some major changes.
Before

We rented a belt sander and my sweet husband spent his Saturday afternoon sanding off the finish.  It happened to be 90 degrees that day and we turned off the AC so the dust wouldn't be dispersed - needless to say it was like being in a dusty sauna.

After 

Next I'll be cleaning off all the dust and painting the floor with one coat of Benjamin Moore Simply White OC-117 followed by 3 coats of Minwax clear polyurethane.    My inspiration is the gorgeous floors of the uber talented Sherry of Design Indulgence.  Sherry was kind enough to give me info on what her floor guys did - which included just the one coat of paint so it would sink into the wood.  You can read more about her floors  here and here. (I know you know she's a veteran of the ORC and is transforming her sister's living room this go around.)



Since the room is a clean slate I've decided I won't be bringing back the danish modern walnut buffet that was my parents. It was a bit too orangey as well and wasn't working against the FB Calke Green (it's in the living room now)  So I emptied it out and put my china into the built-in cupboard.  If you read my Death by Accessories post you may recognize that some a bunch ended up in here as well.



After the floors, it will be time to turn my attention to the drapes.  I bought this floral fabric (which really isn't like me) last winter for this room but let it sit.  I had cold feet.  Well, I'll be going ahead with it after all.  At least I won't have to feel guilty anymore...


After buying the fabric I came across this image from Julia Reed's New Orleans home via the Wall St. Journal  here.  My fabric is similar in look to the Claremonts Georges Le Manach Montefontaine Gris that is on the arm chairs.  Love how it looks against the green. (photography by Paul Costello)





The twenty-two 1 1/4 in. unlacquered brass curtain rings from Rejuvenation also arrived.  You don't see unlacquered brass for curtain rings very often and these come with an eyelet that turns freely. They're beautiful - can't wait to show them to you when the drapes are ready.

So to recap:  floors sanded and yet to be painted, decision made to use the previously purchased floral fabric for the drapes, and the brass curtain rings arrived.  (if you missed Week One you can check it out here)

Things to do in the next week:  paint and finish the floors, finalize furniture plan, possibly refinish dining room table, get the ball rolling on the drapes

Be sure to also check out the Week 2 progress for the other 19 bloggers in the One Room Challenge and the ORC Linking Party on Calling it Home on Thursday. The last time I looked Linda had 72 amazing participants!

Calling it Home
Chinoiserie Chic
Classic Casual Home
Cottage and Vine
Design Addict Mom
Design Crisis
Design Indulgence
Design Manifest
The English Room
The Green Room Interiors
Henhurst Interiors
Little Black Door
Maddie's Nest
Mix And Chic
Pawleys Island Posh
The Pink Pagoda
Shelter
Simple Details
The Vault Files

37 comments:

Julia | Pawleys Island Posh said...

Such a fun plan! You're making such good progress!

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

Big decision to paint the floors! Bravo!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

The floors look amazing!! Great work!

Beth Connolly said...

I love the F & B wall color and the curtain fabric. Bring back florals!

Carla Aston said...

Sounds exciting! Can't wait to see your final result.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

those curtains will be so quirky, and will look great especially with those white washed floors. I can't wait to see it! And CHEERS for unlacquered brass!!!

Jessie said...

Love the direction you are going. Looking forward to see more next week!

pam {simple details} said...

What a great idea to paint the floors, such a major transformation! Don't you love it when you find inspiration that validates your choice ~ the fabric will be gorgeous!

therelishedroost said...

Cant wait to see the floors, and With Mario Buatta's new book out, you are one step ahead with a floral chintz pattern!!
Best,
Karolyn

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

You're painting your floors??!! That is huge! I love that look, and can't wait to see. Very exciting!! :)

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Michele, I am just loving this plan. I think brightening the floors is the best thing you could do. I am a fan of floral fabrics so I am really excited to see the curtains hung.

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Love that fabric...cant wait to see next week...

The Pink Pagoda said...

Wow, your husband is awesome!! The floors will be beautiful -- cannot WAIT to see! And your fabric is lovely!

René said...

I have floor envy! Looking forward to seeing the transformation.

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

LOVE THE FLOOR!! Your room is going to be beautiful, Michelle.
Looking forward to see the finished room.
Teresa
xoxo

Holly Phillips @ The English Room said...

Cannot wait to see those floors finished. I love the inspiration pictures.

a breath of fresh air said...

Cant wait to see the floors, we are just ordering oak floors for our cottage, hmmm wondering if we need to go paler !
Annie

Ashley said...

Wow, wow, wow. Stripping the floors make such a difference.

An Urban Cottage said...

I'm waiting patiently to see the floors. I've loved Sherry's bedroom floors and she inspired me to plan something similar in my kitchen. I have wood bleaches, white wood fillers, stains and paints all lined up to experiment with. Do these floors butt up against another flooring? Just wondered what that transition will look like.

cindy hattersley design said...

I had the same orange floors in my room...that I had lived with way too long! I love the idea of white floors!

Henhurst Interiors said...

I absolutely love those floors and am determined to do exactly what you are the next time around. They are gorgeous! Can't wait to see it finished.
All best,
Phyllis

stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs said...

Wow! floors are super cool!

SHERRY HART said...

White floors are going to be incredible with the wall color. I am so glad you are using that floral cause I love it! Seriously this is going to be stunning!

alison giese Interiors said...

Our floors have that "patina'd poly" orange color, too. (We recently moved to NOVA!) Nice to see what a transformation a little sanding can do.
Knew that was F&B paint before you even said it - you just cannot beat the finish/color.
This is heading in a very lovely direction!
alison g.

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

omg what an undertaking with those floors. and im DYING over what they look like sanded. what a hard decision it mustve been to leave them, limewash them, or paint them. i love sherrys floors so im sure yours will be equal in fantasticness. and i love that inspiration room. almost feels a tad Downton Abbey -- my favoritest thing everrrrrrrrr

Kimberly Lemmon said...

Super love your fabric and the direction this room is taking. Looking forward to seeing those floors painted up!!

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

I am so impressed! We re-did all of our 1920s hardwoods last year when we remodeled and it was such a huge job for professionals. I am feeling like a total slacker over here. I love the floral and your color choices....this room will be fabulous!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Your husband is a great sport. I love the look of Sherry's floors and can't wait to see how it comes out. Your floral will look beautiful in your new space. I remember your accessory post. You have an ambitious list, good luck.

Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

love that "after" of the floor! can't wait to check back next week! love it! i'll be posting my week 2 of my guest room tomorrow as a linking participant! come check me out! cheers

Karena Albert said...

Michele I am thrilled to see what you are doing! It is a lot of work (and I bet you husband wont take on that challenge again! Can't wait to see the curtain panels.

Xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

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Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

Your floors are going to be stunning. Simply white is my fave.

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

Your floors are going to be stunning. Simply white is my fave.

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niartist said...

Can I just say I'm so excited to see this finished, and I am IN LOVE with Julia Reed's New Orlean's home. Gorgeous!
xoxo,
A

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