One Room Challenge: Week 3 – Ups, downs, and plans for the week.

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It’s week 3 of the Fall 2021 One Room Challenge and today I’m getting you up to date on everything that’s happened in the last few weeks. If you missed any of my previous posts be sure to check them out.

Here’s the GOOD that happened this past week

Tile Demolition

The first DIY I ever completed in this home was installing long subway tile in my kitchen. Now, 4.5 years, I’ve later I ripped it all out. It was bittersweet tearing out a project that I was so proud of but I’m excited to upgrade this backsplash in a few weeks to the Riad tile from The Tile Shop.

Cabinet Box Removal

My goal for this space is to open up the room a little bit. To do that, I removed one of the upper cabinet boxes that will ultimately be replaced with three open shelves.

Cabinet Box Build

I’ve never loved the fact that my cabinets have a 12 inch gap below the ceiling so I’m taking on the challenge of building a second level of cabinet boxes that will bring the uppers all the way to the ceiling. I’ve gotten 3 of my four boxes built so far!

Let’s talk about the BAD

Flooring

Last week I fully planned on pulling up the wood flooring in my kitchen (that also extends to my entryway and bathroom) and when I attempted to pull up the floors I realized that they were glued to the plywood subfloor and not nailed. That really was unexpected — an unexpected issue that will take me additional time to resolve, but also an unexpected expense. The first quote I received to have the flooring removed came in at $2,500. Thankfully I got a second quote that seems much more reasonable to me, $1,250 plus a small additional cost to repair any issues, if any, in the subfloor. As much as I want to save the money and do it myself, I’ve decided to hire out for this step and I’m honestly looking forward to having some time to rest my body from all the work I’ve been putting it through.

What to expect by week 4!

Cabinet Boxes, Face Frames, and Cabinet Doors

This week I’m focusing my efforts on finishing up the upper cabinet boxes. I still need to rebuild the final cabinet box, add the face frames, and fill in any gaps and open areas leftover from the cabinet I removed.

If I can get all of my upper cabinet boxes sanded and primed, that’s a bonus!

I also feel as if I’m falling very behind with my cabinet doors so If i can get a few more of those put together I’ll feel much more comfortable with where I am with the kitchen progress.

Lighting

My electrician is scheduled to come out to install new Kichler lighting and rewire some of the exsisting electrical to new areas. I’ll be adding in a gorgeous sconce above the sink and will also add in matching pendants. I plan to replace the two recessed lights above my kitchen table with a single black chandelier.

Don’t forget to check out all of the featured designers participating in the Fall 2021 One Room Challenge! Check them out below to see more of shat they’re tackling this fall.

Albie Knows| At Home with Savvy | Beth Diana Smith | Eclectic Twist| Erika Ward Interiors | From House to Home| G. Lebron Interiors | Goldalamode | Home Made by Carmona| Impeccable Nest | Jeweled Interiors | Joyful Designs Studio| Joy Street Design | Our Fifth House| Peony & Honey | Pinch Plate Party | Rebecca Propes | Reem’s Design | Saudah Saleem Interiors | Whitney J Decor

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One Room Challenge: Week 2 – Moodboard, Fixtures, and Finishes!

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It’s week 2 of the Fall 2021 One Room Challenge and today I’m sharing all the fun little details that you’re going to see come to life over the next few weeks. If you missed my week 1 blog post, make sure you check it out by CLICKING HERE.

Designing this kitchen has been an emotional labor of love. Because I’m keeping the original kitchen footprint and making only “cosmetic” upgrades, I wanted to make sure this transformation is as purposeful and impactful as possible with the limitations I have in place.

After weeks of combing through inspirational photos and drafting a variety of ideas, I finally settled on all the finishes and fixtures for this moody and cozy kitchen!

Physical and Digital Moodboard

My digital moodboard really guides the direction of my design. Although I can visualize spaces well in my head, having a place where all my designs come to life really helps me commit to my final look. For my digital moodboard I pull together images and lay them out to mimic the room as best as I can. Although the colors of these cabinets is a little off, and I don’t have the exact paint color for the wall, I do believe this is still a great visualization of my goal for this space.

One of my most favorite days in a room transformation is when my samples and items start arriving. It’s when you get to determine if everything you’ve dreamed up in your head works together in real life, in your space, and with your natural lighting. There’s nothing quite like that special moment when what you’ve dreamed up in the digital realm begins to become tangible.

Fixtures and Finishes

Cabinet Doors

I started with the cabinets because I personally believe that they tend to be the focal point of most kitchens. I knew I wanted to stay away from white and natural wood and ultimately settled on shaker style cabinets that I’ll be building myself and painting my favorite green color, Fig Tree.

Wallpaper

I never thought I’d say this, but I love that wallpaper is really having a moment right now. Wallpaper can be bad but it can also be VERY good and I was determined to find a moody wallpaper to add a little fun and sophistication to the kitchen.

I’ll be using Eloise Short’s county flowers wallpaper from her collection with Milton and King. Her designs embody a grandmillennial style and I felt it was so fitting for a warm and cozy space. This vintage floral pattern mixed with the deep green background is a nice mix of old and new.

Tile and Flooring

I want my kitchen to feel cozy, calm, and welcoming and I felt one of the best ways to do that is to ensure that the tile and flooring embody those emotions. I’ll be using The Tile Shop’s Riad Tile in White for the kitchen backsplash and will be laying The Tile Shop’s Madera Luxury Vinyl SPC Floor Tile in the color Miel.

I’m sure you think it’s interesting that I would assign an emotion to tile, but the reality is that all fixtures and finishes in a home evoke emotion, whether we realize it or not.

The Riad Tile looks handmade and will add an artisanal feel to the space. Each 4″x4″ tile has a blend of tones and also bosts a variety of color and texture variations.

The Madera Vinyl SPC Flooring is a going to bring a warm color to the space while also providing us with the flooring durability our home has been lacking.

Lighting

Our kitchen is full of mid 2000’s can lights and really lacks any type of layering. I knew from the start that I wanted to add in layered lighting and I’m so happy that I’ll be adding in Kichler lighting which includes pendant lights, a sconce over the sink window, a chandelier in the dining nook, and LED tape light under the cabinets. The scone and pendant have an antique gold finish and the chandelier is matte black.

Cabinet Harware

It’s amazing to think how much time I spent picking out cabinet hardware but it was SO important to find the right knobs and pulls for the cabinets.

After searching through an unhealthy amount of knobs and pulls I came across the egg knobs and spindle pulls by Emtek and I immediately knew that they were exactly what my space needed. I was looking for a gold that wasn’t “too” gold and Emtek’s french antique finish that I’ll be using matches perfectly with my lighting.

Counters

My dream for counters is soapstone! Would it even be a “Pinch Plate Party” design if it didn’t include black somewhere? I love the look of soapstone and I love that it ages well. I’m still finalizing all of my countertop details and plan to share them with you soon.

Be sure to check out all of the other featured designers below and make sure you follow along with their progress too.

Albie Knows| At Home with Savvy | Beth Diana Smith | Eclectic Twist| Erika Ward Interiors

From House to Home| G. Lebron Interiors | Goldalamode | Home Made by Carmona| Impeccable Nest

Jeweled Interiors| Joyful Designs Studio| Joy Street Design | Our Fifth House| Peony & Honey

Pinch Plate Party | Rebecca Propes | Reem’s Design | Saudah Saleem Interiors | Whitney J Decor

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One Room Challenge: Week 1 – Say Hello to My Room!

Today is the official start to the Fall 2021 One Room Challenge and I’m excited to finally share the space I’ll be transforming as a featured designer. I’ll also go into some details about how I begin the design process for a space and where I’m drawing my inspiration from.

Before I share the space, I want to give you a little history of how we ended up purchasing our current home. We were in the market for a home at the beginning of 2017 and the housing market in Smyrna, GA was HOT. Houses were flying off the market. Homes were going up for sale and going under contract the same day. After losing out on an offer for a home we put an offer on our current home, sight unseen. The house was listed around 8 AM and we had an offer in (multiple thousands of dollars above asking price) before lunch time. We didn’t even see the house until hours after we had an offer in. Obviously we ended up getting the house but there was one room in the house that I wanted to renovate from the moment I laid eyes on it, and it was the… Kitchen.

I’ve been dreaming of transforming the Kitchen for 4.5 years and I think it’s time! So I’m happy to share that the room I’ll be transforming for the fall 2021 One Room Challenge is the KITCHEN!

Current Room

Our home was completed in 2003 and there’s a lot in the kitchen that’s original to the house including the cabinets, flooring, lighting, and some of the appliances. The previous homeowner replaced the cooktop, tile, counters, sink, and cabinet hardware. Since moving in we’ve re-tiled, and replaced the dishwasher and refrigerator.

Design Process

Inspiration

The first step in my design process is seeking out inspiration. I’m in the process of really transofrming the style of my house and I know that the direction of my home will be shaped by my kitchen since its central to our living spaces.

I combed through photos and videos of kitchens to pull inspiration from. Some things that really stood out to me were soapstone counters, green cabinets, gold hardware, natural colored floors, and square tiles. I used those pieces of inspiration as a jumping off place for my own designs.

Brainstorming

After finding inspiration the next step in my design process is brainstorming the project. I do my best to evaluate a variety of fixtures, paint, hardware, fabric, and other materials. I think through the layout of a room, and the emotions I want someone to feel when they walk into the space.

I want my kitchen to give anyone who steps into the room the following feelings:

  • Warmth
  • Coziness
  • Comfort
  • Relaxation
  • Safety
  • Happiness

Moodboard

Once I determine the look and feel I want I create a moodboard. They typically start off very simple (like the photo listed below) and change and evolve into something much more beautiful over time. The purpose of the mood board for me is to visualize how pieces go together and to make sure there’s cohesion.

My design and moodboard has changed quite a bit since this one and I can’t wait to show you my full mood board and materials more in depth next week.

To Do List

This kitchen project will be jam packed with hands on decorating, designing, and DIYs. Some of the upgrades include:

  • Extending the upper cabinet height to the ceiling
  • Building new cabinet doors and drawers
  • Adding in open shelving
  • Replacing the window treatments
  • Replacing the flooring
  • Adding in additional lighting
  • Replacing tile backplash and countertops
  • Wallpapering some of the space

Be sure to check out all of the other featured designers below and make sure you follow along with their progress too.

Albie Knows| At Home with Savvy | Beth Diana Smith | Eclectic Twist| Erika Ward Interiors

From House to Home| G. Lebron Interiors | Goldalamode | Home Made by Carmona| Impeccable Nest

Jeweled Interiors| Joyful Designs Studio| Joy Street Design | Our Fifth House| Peony & Honey

Pinch Plate Party | Rebecca Propes | Reem’s Design | Saudah Saleem Interiors | Whitney J Decor

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