Wow, what a week of back and forth, decisions, and measurements. I am an indecisive person and it took a lot of browsing, selecting items, and returning said items, to start narrowing down ideas for my One Room Challenge. Sometimes the best of of ideas come together as a mess in real life. Although I feel like I didn’t accomplish a lot this week in labor in the room, I did accomplish a few things. Hoping this next week will be super productive as items start coming in.
What I accomplished this past week
First, I sold most of the items from our dining room. I am working with a tight budget. I am hoping to spend no more than what I made from selling the furniture. I will give you final price amounts in the last week. I kept a few of the pieces and moved them to different rooms and I love their new spots.
Second, I narrowed down rug choices. At first I had BIG plans to place an oushak rug on top of a natural fiber rug. This idea consumed half of my budget but I was willing to make that sacrifice. However, I brought the oushak rug of my dreams home and placed in it the room. It did nothing for me. I left it for a few days and nothing. I didn’t have those warm and fuzzy feelings that I get when I decorate and get something right. It just didn’t sit right in that space. So I returned it and my budget became realistic again. I will get an oushak rug one day. This is just not the project for it.
Third, I went against EVERY thing I had said just one month ago. Remember my curtain fiasco from Ikea? I SWORE I would NEVER, EVER, EVERRRRR shop at Ikea again. Well, I quickly realized that I need a few Ikea products to make this project work and keep it within my budget. I got over my grudge with their customer service, loaded my cart, went to check out, and BOOM! A measly $199 shipping charge was added to my bill. Really? I can do a LOT with $199. So I started searching frantically for someone going to Ikea this month. I had plans to make a day trip and drive 7 hours to make it work. Then I found out a dear friend has plans to drive through North Carolina this weekend and she offered to take my huge SUV and make an Ikea run for me. I am beyond thrilled about my order!
So here is the little red disclaimer to my playroom / entertainment room. If you have been on Pinterest, you know that Ikea hacks are nothing new. Some of these ideas have been used in several rooms. I do not want to take any bit of credit for using some of these ideas. However, I hope to make it original to my style and my home. I will share additional links to blogs and tutorials as I use them!
In the end, this week I am sharing NEW idea boards and plans for something SUPER exciting. The biggest accomplishment this week? We have an actual plan! I have started making orders and items are coming in. Samples are arriving. THIS IS HAPPENING!
I can’t wait to start putting items together and share them with you in the upcoming weeks! Happy Thursday friends!