Wednesday, October 30, 2013

One Room Challenge - Week 5 & Changes

Week 5- ok, things are getting serious, there's only one more week left to pull it all together.  If you happen to be new to my blog, I'm participating in the One Room Challenge - 20 bloggers, 1 room, 6 weeks, created by Linda of Calling It Home.  (previous four weeks here.)

So here's a larger view of the painted white floors.  I didn't show them last week because the floors made the baseboards (which hadn't been painted in 10 years) look terrible.  So all the trim has been updated in BM White Dove.


The dining table has been refinished but still needs polishing.  It is less orange (this pic isn't the best) than before - however my plains to stain it walnut didn't happen.  See all those terrible black splotches below - I "made" them by trying to remove the last bits of gummy stripper off with hot vinegar and steel wool.  Major no-no! - it reacts w/the tannins in the wood and creates iron stains.  I was able to remove the stains with lemon juice and salt but it just left me thinking I shouldn't push my luck.  My husband hand made this table when we were newly married and although he didn't say too much, I could tell he was just sick when he saw those stains.




I've also decided to give up on trying to keep the desk in this room.  The two rectangular shapes just didn't work so I've brought this round table in.  It will be the "library table' with books, etc.  I know, it looks orange too.  I'm going to glaze the top of it with a gray wash to tone that down.


Another change in plans - no layered mirrors.  No matter what angle I place any mirror at, it reflects the ceiling fan!  Has to do with the angle of incidence = the angle of reflection  which equals ugh!!  Dan and I had a pretty good laugh over that.  He thought when I pulled out the mirror I would have known this would happen.  (My B.S. is in Biology, his is in Physics...) 

Here I am toying around with 3 spheres on the mantle.  I've also decided not to make a screen with the marble paper but instead to create a herringbone wood insert for my faux fireplace.  Let's just say I'm glad it's Daylight Savings this weekend - I'm going to need the extra hour!




Be sure to check out the Week 5 progress for the other 19 bloggers in the One Room Challenge and don't forget  the ORC Linking Party on Calling it Home on Thursday.

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

30 comments:

Beth Connolly said...

I really love that F&B wall color and the fireplace styling is wonderful. I'm looking forward to next week's reveal.

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

I am looking forward to this reveal. That table mistake must have been heartbreaking. I hope it has a happy ending.

Ashley said...

I think you're keeping a fantastic attitude towards this challenge, adjusting as needed. It looks amazing so far--the floor, the wall color.

And I'm still jealous of your Nate Berkus HSN brass stools. Should have ordered them when I had the chance!

Boxwood Terrace said...

The room is looking great, Michele. Enjoying these posts so much (and loving the wall color).

René said...

You've put lots of thought into all those little details that make the biggest difference. The herringbone fireplace is going to look fabulous! Looking forward to the reveal!

therelishedroost said...

Soo Cool!!! Love the color and the accessories!!

pam {simple details} said...

I love the idea of the round table, it will be gorgeous in a gray wash! The herringbone in the fireplace is a great idea! Good luck this week! :)

Julia | Pawleys Island Posh said...

Okay, I'm loving where this is going and can't wait for the big reveal!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

So sorry to read about your table. You sure are great at making organic solutions. The floors are stunning. I had no idea about that mirror angle thing. The herringbone floor idea sounds great. Good luck this week.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Can I tell you how much I love your wall color. So damn good. And love the herringbone idea. It is going to look great. I can't wait for next week!

Nancy {at} powellbrower at home said...

Wow Michele, this is so fantastic. I love the idea of the fireplace insert, that will completely make that wall! Your floors and paint are amazing. Great job and best of luck!
xo Nancy

niartist said...

I love the green color of your walls, and the new white floors, but when I look at them, they just cry out to me ... tell her I need a Mary McDonald paint job! :) You know, something like her old Brentwood grand foyer, concentric circles in black with a border ... I don't know - uber chic, but I'm sure it's a real pain in the @$$. Also love the round table in the room now as a library table. I think your dining room table is skirted, right? So you wouldn't want to skirt this one - but if it wasn't you might be able to buy some time and skip your happy self over to Ballard Designs and pick up one of their 108" round tablecloths for $59, and plop that puppy down there. Pile those books up, and maybe a few candle sticks. Done! Approximate time saved: 9-hours! (enough to do that floor!!) At this point, you're probably saying: "Artie, shut the hell up - and go fix your own house." LOL! I'll leave you with this: It looks great! Can't wait to see it finished!

erin williamson said...

Whoa... can't wait to see this herringbone insert in action!

Laurie from Laurie Jones Home said...

I love this so much and chosing the herringbone is a great idea, I think it's going to bring a lot of texture and life into the space! Can't wait until next week!!

Jessie said...

The white floors look great! I am excited to see your herringbone fireplace, what a great idea! Looking forward to see your room next week, I know it is going to be fabulous!

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

Loi Thai, Tone on Tone said...

I can't wait for your reveal next week. That herringbone is a great idea, Michele! x Loi

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

LOVE the idea of a herringbone insert. Go for it!!!

Holly Phillips @ The English Room said...

It is looking so great especially the paint color. I have loads to do before I rest. Cannot wait to see the final reveals next week!

Kimberly Lemmon said...

The white floor is superb, and I love the idea of the herringbone insert in the fireplace. I'm having an orange problem in my kitchen - when I papered the walls green my butcher block counters turned orange. And I don't know how to fix that.

home before dark said...

Damn! I was looking to you to solve the mystery of hanging a mirror on a mirror!

Karena Albert said...

Love, love the idea of a herringbone wood insert to accent the fireplace.

xoxo
Karena
Review "Fifth Avenue Style"!

SHERRY HART said...

The white floors with the green wall is so classic. I like the mirror over the mantle because it gives some different angles to the space. I am curious as to how you will put together the insert for the FP....so sorry about the table. That is a bummer. On another note it will probably all work out fine.

Henhurst Interiors said...

You have really got me thinking about that white floor. I just love it. And regardless of what you went through, the table looks fabulous now. Nice work.

Kim said...

I love the green walls, the herringbone and the white floors ... looking beautiful!! xo

An Urban Cottage said...

I'm really liking the floors. And love the idea of the herringbone in the mantel opening. Great idea.

Stacey said...

That herringbone in the mantel is going to really pop against that luscious wall colour! Love, love the floors! Everything looks amazing! Looking forward to your reveal!

cindy hattersley design said...

The herringbone is a great idea! It will make it will make it look more authentic.

The Pink Pagoda said...

Your painted floors look beautiful. And I love the mantel styling. Your fireplace insert idea is genius. This is all going to look sooooooo good!!!

Mary Jo said...

Your walnut table is gorgeous, I hope that you can stain it and even out what happened. I have a feeling it will end up okay :) Also loving that little round library table with those 2 fab stool!

Mary Jo
http://MagicalMined.blogspot.com

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