It’s time for me to check in with my progress for The One Room Challenge (a 6 week room makeover challenge hosted by Calling It Home). Just to recap, the space I’ve chosen to makeover is my dining room and my plan is to give it a boho, jungle, global flavor.
So some things have gone wrong.
I’m still waiting on the lighting, spray paint, art, rug and wallpaper to arrive. I don’t start ordering supplies or make plans in advance for this challenge so this is a hiccup I always run into.
Here’s where we’really at:
And, the story that really causes self pity is the story behind why we still don’t have a dining room table. *insert crying emoji*
Week 3 of the challenge, where I’m making over a dining room and I have no dining table. I’m a mess, I swear.
So I was looking on Craigslist for a table and nothing I wanted was coming up in my area. Somehow I ended up on a different city’s CL and a table and 6 chairs popped up for 30 freaking dollars. It was going to be at least a 2 hour drive 1 way but with the 6 week deadline and no hope nearby, I sent an email inquiring about it.
I received a reply pretty quick. The seller said that if I could come out next day, I could have it for free. FREE. I though, “dreams do come true!”
So Saturday morning I loaded my kid, dog and husband into the old truck and we headed for Fredericksburg. It took 3 hours with some bad traffic but we got there.
When I spoke with the owner of the set (she sells made over furniture out of cute sheds) and told her why I was there, she said, “you’re the one here for the table? You’re never going to believe it!” Apparently a couple had been there just before us and said they were there for the table.
They stole my table, I tell you what. I cried for a good hours on the way back empty handed. You know, I work full time, Monday through Friday. So I don’t get a whole lot of time to spend with my family. Wasting away most of a Saturday and gas money blew and it was an emotional roller coaster for me.
But, the good news is that I’ve overcome that grief and I have a new plan. But that doesn’t make the next few weeks easier. Because now the To-Do list looks like this:
Built a dining room table
Find new chairs (like, 6 matching chairs)
Wainscoting on lower 2/3 of walls with 1 feature section above fireplace
Replace trim around windows, doors and baseboards
Resize fireplace mantle and surround I’ve had sitting in the garage.
Paint lots of things
Install new lighting
Probably going to cut it really close. But that’s OK! I’m certain I’ll get most, if not all, of this done before 6 weeks is up.