Spring 2022 One Room Challenge: Finale

We did it! Another One Room Challenge down. To say I’m blown away by the room transformations I’ve seen in the maker community is an understatement. Go check it out for yourself at the One Room Challenge Blog.

You all know that I’ve been working on my dining room. Let’s take it back to the beginning of this makeover to see how far this space has come.

It started with a punch as I demoed acoustic ceiling tiles, took out an ancient light fixture, and hung drywall. Then I spent hours taping and smoothing the drywall, adding a wood art feature and painting it pink. Don’t remind my arms of those weeks, I think they’re still mad at me for how much work I made them do.

Dylan helped me hang my dream chandelier, and beautiful neutral beaded one. This whole ceiling, art, chandelier is probably the biggest transformation of this space, and although I wasn’t planning on it taking so long, I’m really glad I took the time to do it. I learned new skills, and created something original out of one of those crazy ideas swirling in my head. Other creatives may relate to the feeling of having constant project ideas in your head.

Next I completely overhauled the coffee bar. I applied a concrete coating to the top, and made my own library style built-ins from scratch using dado joinery, so no nails or screws holding that piece together. I built doors for the coffee cubbies, added remote controlled library lights, and you all helped me style the cubbies.

That brings us to the final week. In the final week I finally painted the lower half of the coffee bar to match, and added the same hexagonal gold hardware that I used on the top. I added ceiling trim around the built-in and caulked, filled and painted it. I knew that if I left any of these tiny 5% details unfinished, I honestly probably wouldn’t go back and finish them after the challenge was over, so I pushed myself to get them done.

Last I added some yarn art that I had made a year ago on the wall, and put together some mid-century chairs. I was originally going to make my own chairs out of wood, but let’s be honest. The pace of One Room Challenges is great for finishing a space but it can be grueling at times. I had spent most of my creative & physical energy on the ceiling and built-ins. Plus with the cost of wood right now, building chairs would’ve been at least double the cost. So I went with some from Amazon that had good reviews and easy assembly.

This space is really important to me because it’s a gathering place. I wanted to create a beautiful place to slow down, to check in with one another. To share coffee, play board games, laugh to tears, & talk about long days. We’re all guilty of business, but creating spaces for slower moments just might help heal us.

Thank you to the One Room Challenge & Apartment Therapy for hosting another amazing challenge, and congratulations to the wonderful community of participants. I love creating with you!

Published by Bonitabyrachel

I'm Rachel! An avid DIYer, crafter, & maker. I love diving in and trying new things. I live in Indiana with my husband Dylan & our sweet dog Hoss. When I'm not building, you can find me caring for my plants, cooking a yummy meal, or painting some watercolors. Thanks for joining my DIY journey!

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