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One Room Challenge | Week Three


It is Week Three of the One Room Challenge!  If there is one thing I have learned during my home renovations, it is that I typically don’t get it right on the first attempt.  Or the second.  Or the third.  I find myself running all over town purchasing items, shipping items back, and returning them to purchase what I should have purchased in the first place.  I did get started on a few projects for the room this week and I made some big decisions!

Find all our One Room Challenge posts here – keep updated on our Playroom Makeover!

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 (you are here!) | Weeks 4 & 5 | Final Reveal!

Updates on Our Ikea Kitchen Makeover

First, I got the Ikea kitchen makeover going and CANNOT wait to share it this week!  Our Ikea kitchen got a fresh coat of paint, subway tile backsplash, carrara marble countertops, and brass hardware.  As I type this, the final protective coat is drying.  Tomorrow, I hope to “install” the countertops (aka contact paper).  You do NOT want to miss this next week and I plan on sharing on time for once!

Update: See the finished product here!

The empty frame of our IKEA play kitchen, ready for it's complete makeover!

Spray painting the "hardware" - cabinet handles, sink, and fixtures - of our Ikea play kitchen with gold spray paint.

A look at the countertop of the Ikea play kitchen and the new faux subway tile backsplash contact paper we installed

Our Ikea play kitchen makeover in progress! The play kitchen has been updated with new paint, fixtures spray painted gold. and a new faux subway tile backsplash

Painting the Playroom Walls

Second, if you follow my Instagram stories, you will remember me talking about the possibility of painting the navy walls.  You guys were ON THE FENCE!  When asked if I should keep the navy walls, 53% of you voted YES and 47% voted NO.  Way to help an indecisive girl out, ha!  I made the decision to paint the walls.  The room is so dark with the navy walls and when I brought in new furniture and a darker rug, it just did me in.  It looked like “farmhouse style” and while I love that style, it is not a good fit for my home.  So this week I will be painting.  Again!

A screenshot of an Instagram story - an image of a half white, half navy blue wall with a voting poll asking if we should keep the navy blue.

Painting the walls of our playroom! The all white walls are taped off and primed, ready for painting.

Big Shopping Done for the New Playroom!

Finally, I chose an area rug AND art.  Again, in my stories I shared the difficulty of choosing a natural fiber rug.  Is it soft enough underfoot?  Does it smell?  Does it pull more warm or cool tones?  Our floors are a honey oak color and I have to be very careful with undertones.  I finally found the perfect braided jute rug.  It is a sand color and compliments our wallpaper in the adjacent bathroom.  As for the art, I chose a landscape print by Emily Jeffords.  I had a credit and coupon for Minted, so I ordered one of her retired styles.  It is LARGE and will be the perfect statement piece for the room.

A brand new braided jute rug sits on the floor next to the tan couch.
Buttery yellow rug that did not work in our home.
A close up look at the gorgeous details of our new braided jute rug, and how well the sandy color compares with our dark oak hardwood floors.
My rug choice in “Silver,” a braided jute rug from Celadon.
The baby and the dog are testing our the new playroom rugs!
Comparing undertones in the natural fiber rugs.
A gorgeous abstract landscape print by Emily Jeffords for our playroom.
Emily Jeffords print from Minted

As a recap, we decided to paint, found a rug and art, and we have an adorable kiddo kitchen renovation coming your way this week!  Be on the lookout, I hope to post the kitchen reveal on Thursday!


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  1. Love how your room is coming together.
    I did this same type makeover about 5 years ago. The dining room is small, 10 x 12; so made the unused formal living room our dining room and the old dining room became the playroom. At the time our grand-daughter was 18 months old and the toy collection had begun to grow ????
    I have the old ikea Sandby loveseat, in white slipcover; a round ikea coffeetable and a herringbone jute/chenille rug from West Elm in there. The loveseat has held up great, even chocolate washed out; and lots of books have been read sitting on it. ❤️
    Grandbaby #2 arrived this past July, a boy; so some updates to the toy collection is needed. Hahaha. The kitchen will still be enjoyed by him I’m sure.
    I have a Ballard Design secretary type desk in the room so we can keep the laptops, etc close by but enclosed and contained.
    Looking forward to next weeks installment.

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