Already into Week 2 of the one room challenge…sadly I don’t have a ton to share. This week was filled with planning, organizing, finding tools, etc. If you are just catching up we revealed working on our dining room in this Week 1 review here.
Modifying the Banquette
We started the week off with the big blue banquette in the dining room, which I would have used “as is” had the height of the backrest not completely blocked the window (shown below). When I moved it into this spot I wasn’t sure it was going to be a permanent fixture…but it quickly became my kids favorite spot for meals and playing legos. I forgot how functional a big cushy bench would be at the tulip table. This determined my resolve to keep the seat portion and modify the backrest to fit in this new space. Plus by keeping it I saved hundred of dollars, which was a win win.
First things first, I pulled out my tools and went to town cutting the backrest down. Then I lowered the top portion so that it was mid back height. Perfectly located to rest the top of one’s arm. Even with the food and crap on the table you can see its so much better already!
Next up on the agenda for the week was recovering the seat cushions with my new Perennials fabric. I chose a beautiful taupe/cream chenille like swatch. If you have been following on Instagram you probably saw me rub beet juice all over these sample pieces of fabric. This stuff is amazing and pretty much cleans up with a sponge and soap. There was no way I would use a light fabric on a seat cushion that is exposed to non stop messes unless it had been hardcore tested. When the beet stains wiped right out I knew it passed the test for our family. Plus I love the monochromatic feel of the fabric against the marble and new banquette color.
Speaking of colors…I had a long running debate about painting the base of the banquette a dark green, dark blue or black. The white was not holding up to everyone’s dirty feet :/ Out to my garage I went to sort through buckets of leftover paint samples. I stumbled across the BM Gray we used throughout the kitchen and baseboards. Since the kitchen is right next to this area I loved the idea of building the banquette into the wall and having it feel seamless. So an idea was hatched and I went ahead and painted the banquette to see how I liked it:
It complimented the floors, chairs and dinner table…from a distance the fabric almost looks like an exact match to the paint color. So I decided to keep it and am moving forward with the monochromatic color scheme.
Moving Into Week 3
Typically I have a more concrete design plan in front of me as I work on spaces (I.e. a moodboard or materials selected). This time around I have some loose ideas that have been bouncing around in my head for some time and a lot of leftover design items and construction materials that need to be used. So I am trying to be creative and use what I have. After out last move I realized how much “stuff” we have accumulated and/or not used throughout four major renovations. I’m hoping to clear some of these things out and put them to good use.
So that was my week – not counting a normal job, solo parenting and a family member having a hospital stay… Even thought I didn’t make the progress I had hoped I am trying to focus on the positive things I did.
Hopefully week 3 will be a little less hectic and I can get a lot done and write a better blogpost than this one! Some weeks it is so hard to keep up with progress posts – between the design plans, ordering, DIY, the actual job that pays the bills, feeding children and all the other life commitments it zaps ones writing creativity. Are you other DIY bloggers feeling me on this one?!?! How do you make the time, give me answers?
Hopefully you are following along with others, who actually write good posts, over at the ORC link up page. There are so many great projects to follow this round, I’ve been enjoying picking a few faves to keep an eye on.
See you next week friends!