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One Room Challenge: Week Five

There is one thing I know for sure.....I am so unrealistic in terms of how long it takes to complete a project. Haha. :-) You'd think after all of the projects I have worked on over the years and the fact that I renovate homes for a living, that I would have this type of thing down to a science but I never learn it seems. And so the case went this week on the progress for the One Room Challenge. While I had hoped to have all of the trim wrapped up and everything painted, I missed the mark just a bit but here's what I was able to knock out.....

First, I did indeed finish ALL of the trim. While last week I reported that I finished all of the picture molding and shoe molding, this week I worked on a couple of the special projects - trim around the fireplace, trimming out the doors for the niche under the stairs, and the new corner shelves beside the back door. The good news is that those items 100% complete so now all I have to do is caulk (my best friend), prime, and paint. The bad news is I still have half of the walls and trim to finish painting, but hopefully I can dedicate one full day to knocking that out.

Secondly, I finally got around to finishing the stairs and landing that lead to the attic stairs. Luckily, these just took a light sanding and then they were ready for stain. Truth be told, I had second thoughts after putting on the first coat of stain because it just didn't look great. I gave some serious consideration into painting them instead but ultimately chose to adjust the stain color followed by polyurethane and now I love them. I still have to paint the risers white or add a decorative touch here. I'll make a call on that at the last minute I'm sure.

And last but least, I threw up some of my picture frames to see how the picture ledges would look and am so happy that I chose the ledges over a gallery wall. It would have taken me forever to get the pictures arranged just right! These are really old pictures so I've ordered new prints and can't wait to arrange this wall because as you can see below, there's no rhyme nor rhythm to what's up there. It also helped me make the decision as to whether or not to add a third ledge which I felt would be too busy. Instead, I pulled out an old piece of vintage dental molding trim that I've held onto and love how it finishes off the space.

So now it's crunch time. I always work better under pressure (or at least I keep telling myself) so I've got a lot to wrap up this week. With that being said, I'm so glad I signed up to participate in the One Room Challenge because without some type of accountability, I'm sure I would never finish this room. In fact, I'm considering gathering together some folks to do another similar challenge next month to finish up another room so that I can finally get my own home finished up sooner rather than later. During this upcoming week I'll be posting the final reveal of this room so I hope you'll return to check it out and be sure to head over to the One Room Challenge's website to see all of the other great projects and their progress. Have a great week and I'll see you soon!

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