It’s week 4 of the One Room Challenge and I’m seeing why they call it a challenge… Hold that thought for two secs and let’s gaze at something nice instead. The vision…
And the goals:
- An updated space that makes a nice transition from my preppy pink and colorful family office to the rest of the main level. This little powder room gets a lot of use and opens onto the main downstairs hallway AND the family office.
- A neutral and timeless foundation with accessories that add pops of color and can be changed out as tastes change. I have mostly used this philosophy throughout my home. Neutral walls, neutral floor coverings and neutral furniture. I want to do the same here, but layer touches pink (to tie in the office) and turquoise (to transition to the rest of the house.)
Okay, now back to the update. Should I give y’all the good news or the bad news first?! How about the good news.
The box for the light fixture has been moved from the wall to the ceiling. Yippeeee!!!!!!!!!!! This makes SO much more sense and will allow my nice big mirror to really make the most of the wall space. The chandelier is now hung and I couldn’t be happier with my choice.
You can also see in this pic that Honey painted the ceiling a pale blue!! YAY! It’s the same color that I used in the office and on the front and back porches. It’s Quiet Moments by Benjamin Moore.
Thanks to Honey, the vanity has now been painted. Wahoo!!! I went with a color called Luxe Gray by Amy Howard. It is supposed to only need one coat (two max), but Honey is on coat three and the doors still need another. Hmmmm…. All those layers of paint aside, I love the color!!
Here you can see it with the wallpaper peeking in. It’s going to be GOOD! As for the hardware, in a moment of weakness (THANKS Mother and Sister), I splurged on the satin brass and lucite pulls that match the towel bar from Lux Hold Ups. The shipping states 2-3 weeks. EEK. I sent them a message begging pretty please with a cherry on top to mail them out in the 2 week time frame rather than the 3 week time frame. I got no reply… SO, the towels may be folded on the back of the potty in my big reveal. haha.
I also decided to keep the faucet I have, despite the old no mixing metals rule. I love it and it kind of disappears into the counter now, which I don’t mind at all. Thanks to everyone that weighed in on that!
I’ve been crushing on some marble shelves from quite some time now, but not only are they $60 a piece, but they are also now on back order until December. SO… the girl and I trotted off to Home Depot to devise a plan b. We left with four corbels and one stair tread that we had cut in half. Fingers crossed this isn’t a total bust.
So that was all pretty good, no? Well, here we get to the bad. The wallpaper installer sent her helper out to remove the existing wallpaper on Tuesday. Well, the lady calls me in after a while and says that her scraper is shocking her every time she touches the wall. I go in there and stick my bare hand on the wall and am completely SHOCKED (literally and figuratively). At first blush I thought it might be something wrong with wiring after moving the light. The walls were really wet from the solution she uses to scrape the paper off also. She beats a path to the door and bestie P and I go in there to poke around. Lo and behold if she hadn’t SOAKED the wiring with her solution. This pic is upside down (I still can’t figure this out) but you can see how the caps on the wires were FULL of fluid. ALL of them were. We cut off the power and drained the water out. The electrician can’t come out until later today to make sure everything is okay so we haven’t had power in the office, den, foyer or powder room since Tuesday. UGH.
The walls currently look like this. Partially stripped with glue dried in strange places. I think I’m done with that installer and have called around for another. Of course I’m being quoted almost double. BUT you get what you pay for, I suppose. This also throws a wrench in the timing because I haven’t got confirmation that anyone can even come out in the next two weeks. I have no doubt that it will eventually get done, I’m just not sure that my big reveal will be possible two weeks from today :-)
After all that drama, I couldn’t help but laugh when P raced to her car and came back with Gigi’s cupcakes. She said she knew this day was not going to be the best as soon as she woke up so she proactively stocked up on cupcakes. She’s the best.
Here is my to-do list:
- have wallpaper hung – find new installer
- patch holes from old light, towel bars and tp roller
paint ceiling – this weekend rug mirror
- hang mirror
- soap dispenser
- paint cabinet (can you believe I, Amanda of Dixie Delights, am going to paint wood? ) – one more coat on the doors
- cabinet pulls – ordered; must install
towels monogram towels art
- figure out frame for art
- shelves – assemble, paint and hang
- towel bar- ordered; must install
- style shelves
- shop the stores and house for accessories
have light box moved to ceiling & hang chandy chandelier
So, it seems like I’ve done a ton of thinking on the easy things and not a lot of doing or thinking on the hard things. Yikes!