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One Room Challenge: Week Three

Welcome to Week Three of the One Room Challenge! In case you're just now joining us, this is a six week challenge that happens twice a year in the fall and spring. Twenty designers along with a couple hundred guest participants choose a room in their home to remodel and document the process each week. It's a lot of fun to follow everyone's progress so be sure to visit their website to check out all of the projects.

I announced during Week One that I will be finally finishing my den/study and revealed the design plan during Week Two. While I had hoped to have made more progress over the past week, some of the drywall repairs and trim gave me a little more trouble than I had anticipated. So simply put, this week's update will be short and sweet. :-)

Over the weekend I had the chance to tear out some of the drywall that had previous water damage. The roof was replaced last fall so the water problem has already been solved but unfortunately the damage to the drywall was more extensive than I had anticipated. I had to chase down the damage tearing out as I went until I found a good stopping point and then have gone back and repaired all of the areas which takes several coats of drywall compound and lots of drying time in between coats. The good news is that I just finished up the last coat (I think) so hopefully I can sand soon and then get to painting.

While the mud was drying, I switched up to finish installing the picture molding and missing baseboards. For all of you who work on historic homes, I was reminded today that the picture molding they sell at the home improvement stores is slightly smaller than the original trim. Because over half of the picture molding was already in place, I had to work hard to find enough salvage pieces to finish the space. I'm still one piece short but am pretty sure I can steal some from another house I'm working on. Fingers crossed.

One design decision made was to move forward with the picture ledges rather than a gallery wall. All of the materials have been purchased so I'll be putting those together this week and installing on the wall behind the couch.

So that's about it. Here are a couple of pictures with the trim installed and hopefully next week everything will be painted and the room will FINALLY start to take shape. Have a great week!

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