One Room Challenge – Weeks 2 and 3: Plywood Floors and Wallpaper

Last week time got away from me and I didn’t have a chance to get you an update on the One Room Challenge. So I figured today I would give you a full update!

Last week I spent the majority of my time focusing on the floors of the living room. After doing a TON of research on ceramic tile and vinyl tile I realized I didn’t want to drop a few hundred dollars on flooring. So instead of spending a majority of my laundry room budget on floors I opted for a cheap (yet beautiful) alternative.

I decided to use quarter inch plywood as my flooring! I visited my local Lowe’s Home Improvement store and had them rip plywood down to 6″ strips. I used a hammer and nails to attach the wood flooring to my underlayment, and in just a few hours I had beautiful flooring that only cost me $25!

In the coming weeks I plan on painting a checkerboard pattern on the floors and then sealing with polyurethane.

This week I spent the majority of my time doing a hand painted accent wall that gives a nod to herringbone wallpaper. To create the “wallpaper” I taped off the wall in 5″ increments and then used a paintbrush to brush on an alternating herringbone pattern. I pulled off the tape and “ta-da” — hand painted wallpaper!

My favorite part about this week’s addition is the peg rail with hanging laundry hamper! I hand made the pegs and attached the entire peg rail to the wall. I purchased these over the door hampers (that only cost $14 each) and hung them on the pegs. I’m excited about a laundry organization that gets our dirty towels off of the floor!

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One Room Challenge Week One: Moody Laundry Room – Design Reveal

I’m so excited to announce that I will be a guest participant in the Better Homes and Gardens Fall 2020 One Room Challenge. Although we’ve been in our home since 2017, I’ll admit that I’ve been lazy with home design and upgrades. Like many people, that all changed this year when we started spending more time at home.

If you’re not familiar with the One Room Challenge, it is a 6 week design event that provides community, structure, and encouragement to completely transform a room.

The Room: Laundry Room

Our laundry room is always a mess. It lacks any type of organization and it’s turned into a landing spot for towels, shoes, and anything else that doesn’t have a home. The laundry room is the perfect room to tackle for this year’s one room challenge! I believe that every room in a home is important and the laundry room is often overlooked.

Our laundry room is roughly 98″x64″. Although it’s not huge it defintely is enough space to transform into something more functional.

Design and Mood Board

My goal for the space is to provde a utility room that is cohesive with the rest of the house. I plan on adding in texture and depth by painting a checkerboard pattern on the floor, handpainted wallpaper, and adding plants for color and life.

My plan for storage includes doing an IKEA hack to create a floor to ceiling cabinet that’s anchored to the wall and sits on top of a small bench seat. By adding in the bench I will have additional space for under steating storage (aka a place to hide laundry baskets). I also plan on adding in a heavy duty peg rail to add in additional wall organization (similar to the peg rail I did in my guest bathroom refresh).

DIY is what I do best and I want that to be front and center during this process. One DIY I’m most excited about is a fold down drying rack. Currently I just lay out sweaters on top of the washing machine to dry. It will be nice to have a custom and space saving drying rack. I will also create a natural wood shelf to replace the white one that’s currently in the room.

At the end of the day, I want a beautiful space that is functional, organized, and well designed.

Progress Updates

Over the next few weeks I will share my progress on instagram and here on the blog. Make sure you follow along at instagram.com/pinchplateparty and check back here weekly for updated details on the project.

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A WFH Office Refresh

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I never would have believed you if you told me I would spend so much time in my office this year. But of course we had a pandemic and like most people, I’ve spend a LOT more time working in my home office.

It’s been a little over two years since I turned one of our guest bedrooms into an office and it was about time to make a few updates.

For my office refresh I added a few extra plants, swapped out my cowhide rug for a chindi rug my sister was getting rid of, and added in a new chair and desk!

I was gifted the Flexispot ergonomic chair and standing desk and these items are exactly what I wanted for the office. I needed a chair that provides better support and I’ve really wanted a standing desk for those days when I need to stretch my legs.

My original office makeover was in early 2018 and I have to admit, I’m still LOVING the black and pink colorblocking. I like to pat myself on the back sometimes when I see that painting my walls black was actually on trend.

I’m excited to have a slightly more functional office space and hope I don’t have to make any more updates for a while.

Interested in some of the the products I used in my office update? Click the linked images below to view.