First things first: If you’re new to FOXYOXIE.com, welcome and thanks for stopping by! My name is Oksana, and I am a designer, blogger, wife and first-time mama to two-month-old Mila.
Yes, you read that correctly. I am joining the ORC with a newborn. Have I completely lost my mind? Only time will tell.
Back in July of 2015, the mister and I bought some property – read about that oh-so-hilarious (not!) story here. The properly included nearly seven acres of land and an abandoned, crumbling bungalow. Originally built in 1930, it was left to rot for the last 20 years before we came along and thought, “This looks like a fun project!”
The One Room Challenge – for those who are unfamiliar – is a six-week challenge where hundreds of bloggers and designers make over a room and blog about the fun (and sometimes not-so-fun) adventures in real time. Besides being a great opportunity to work with sponsors (it’s a highly anticipated event in the design world, so lots of brands want that extra exposure), the ORC is a great motivator in tackling home projects that’ve been put on the back burner for one reason or another.
Before you think I’m insane enough to tackle ten room makeovers in six weeks – with a newborn, no less – let me explain.
I am joining the ORC for the third time. In the fall of 2016, we transformed our living room. Then in the spring of 2017, we completed the nursery. This round, however, I’m doing things a little differently.
At this point of our bungalow renovation, most large-scale DIY projects have been completed, and we don’t have one specific room in need of a massive renovation. What we do have, however, is ten rooms with lots of smaller, unfinished projects. My goal for the next six weeks will be to cross off as many of these projects as possible – quite the feat when you consider that I’ll be doing all of this with a two-month-old baby.
Here’s my list of projects, by room.
ROOM 1 | Master Bedroom:
- Source a rug, blackout curtains and white bedding.
- Address the empty wall behind the headboard.
- Install a wallpaper accent wall behind the bed.
- Possibly replace the table lamps with adjustable wall sconces.
ROOM 2 | Master Bathroom:
- Paint, re-glaze and install the vintage claw foot tub.
- Tile the backsplash.
- Paint the mirror frames black.
- Install curtain rod.
- Source curtains, a shower door, toilet paper holder, towel hardware and possibly new vanity sconces.
ROOM 3 | Guest Bedroom:
- Sell the unneeded furniture that is currently stored in the room.
- Source a new headboard, bedding, curtains, mirror, rug and lamp.
- Clean out and organize the walk-in guest bedroom closet.
ROOM 4 | Entryway:
- DIY an accent wall.
- Source and install a gallery wall.
- Layer a bigger rug under the current, small one.
- Replace the acrylic console table with one that has storage.
- Source a lamp for the console table.
- Style the console table.
- Paint the door.
- Possibly update the lighting.
ROOM 5 | Dining Room:
- Source artwork, curtains, possibly a new chandelier and dining table.
- Install curtain rod.
- Paint, install new hardware and style the credenza.
- Possibly replace the current mirror with something more contemporary.
- Source accent chairs to place on either side of the credenza for additional seating.
ROOM 6 | Mudroom:
- Clean out and organize the mudroom closet.
- Address the lack of shoe storage.
- Source and install a full-length mirror.
- Hang the mirror.
- Paint and update the hardware on the chest of drawers.
ROOM 7 | Laundry Room:
- Install shelving.
- Organize cleaning supplies.
- Source a second laundry bin.
- Install countertop.
- Tile the backsplash behind the washer and dryer.
- Source a trash can for the room.
ROOM 8 | Kitchen:
- Install footboards under base cabinets.
- Install filler pieces next to the walls for a built-in look.
- Extend the cabinets to the ceiling and install moulding.
- Install under-cabinet lighting.
- Source and install Roman shades on the window.
- Exchange the current flush mount fixture with something a little more classic.
- Add personality to the all-white color palette.
ROOM 9 | Living Room:
- Source fireplace tools, a screen and decorative birch logs.
- Address the empty corner.
- Replace the current curtains with lined ones.
- Possibly replace the cowhide with a new rug.
- Consider an alternative layout.
- Paint the fireplace, as it currently only has a layer of primer.
ROOM 10 | Hallway:
- Install artwork or a gallery wall.
Wow, that is one massive to-do list… I better stop talking and get to work!
Don’t Want to Miss the Next Update?
I will be sharing our progress every Thursday, and I hope you’ll tune in to cheer me on and see how it all unfolds. You can also sign up for the FOXY OXIE newsletter or follow on Instagram Stories, where I plan to share lots of behind-the-scenes peeks and unboxing videos.
Which room are you most excited to see finished? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section, below.
Huge thanks to Linda from Calling It Home for organizing the One Room Challenge. To see the other bloggers’ transformations, check out the “One Room Challenge” linkup.
About the One Room Challenge
Twice a year, 20 featured designers along with hundreds of guest participants are challenged to transform any room they so choose, but they must complete the entire project in six weeks.