Thursday, November 5, 2015

ORC Week 5- Shirtless DIY... I Wish

How is it Thursday already? And how are we almost finished up with the One Room Challenge?! So last week was a flop on my ORC post, between design midterms, witnessing childbirth and throwing a kindergarten Halloween party, lets just say that life got in the way. But the good news is we got stuff done this week! The accent wall is finally completed and I couldn't be more thrilled with how it turned out. Here is our step by step on how we went from blah to tah dah.

Step 1: Measure & Cut
We knew that we only wanted our accent moulding to be 3/4 height of the wall itself. We have this weird little HVAC drop down interfering on the wall you can't see in this picture. It really drives me crazy and I didn't want to draw more attention to it, so we measured accordingly. Our squares are 24"x 24" and I think what makes them look so seamless is the longest cuts being continuous and the horizontal cuts setting flush in between. I tried to get Tom to take his shirt off for these pictures, but unfortunately he just ate a rather larger cheesesteak and was not in the mood for shirtless DIY pictures. Bummer

*Always remember, measure twice cut once!*
Step 2: Nail & Seal
Once all the pieces were measured and cut we obviously had to nail them in place. My only tip for this step is to resist the urge to nail the crap out of your wall. You want to be able to cover all the nail holes with caulk without the wall looking to banged up.

Step 3: Caulk and Sand
No matter how well you measure and cut you are bond to have some seams that are further apart than others. Especially if your a newbie at this whole DIY thing. But fear not caulk can hide all errors. Even if you don't have big old gaps in your squares, it is safe to caulk them just to make sure things don't fall out of the wall onto your child's head.

Step 4: Paint
My husband thought I was seriously cray cray when he came home with white paint that was "THE WRONG SHADE OF WHITE!" Yes there are literally thousands of whites on the market right now. I wanted a cool white since the rest of the room was gray. I went with Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace and it looks amazing day and night.

Step 5: Enjoy and watch your baby eat crayons
The kids really do love this space now that it has almost reached completion. And I have to say I find myself wandering in the playroom at night just to admire all of our hard work. It really is great to have a space that not only reflects your own personal style but once your whole family can enjoy!

Now all thats left is to refinish the old play chairs, hang the art work and get ready for final reveal week! This has been so much fun participating in and I can't thank Calling it Home enough for opening up the challenge for other bloggers like myself to enjoy! Until next week my friends:)


  1. What a lovely room! You two got lot done this week.

  2. Thank you:) Chantilly Lace makes me want to paint the whole house white!



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