Raised in California and transplanted to Utah. Married my college sweetheart from Montana, and we are raising 4 nuggets together. I love all things DIY projects and doing them on a budget. I don’t mind messing up and am ok with the 90/10 rule - nothing is perfect over here and it’s fine by me! Encouraging all ‘wanna-be’ DIYers to just get out there and try it! You will be so glad you did.”
For quite some time I have watched as participants of the One Room Challenge create their spaces during the 6 weeks course, being fascinated by the transformation that takes place.Â I have always wanted to try it too.Â Then last week I decided “I can do it!”Â I jumped the gun and registered as a guest participant.Â I was nervous pushing that SUBMIT button, because once I did I knew I would be all in.
So here I go.Â Today is my first post and the start of MY ONE ROOM CHALLENGE.Â I am so grateful to Linda Weinstein, who started her own personal challenge in 2011 with some online friends.Â And seven years later has helped blossom this decor challenge to inspire so many of us to do the same.
So here’s my project:
My living is cute but it really needs a spark, a face lift, an energy boost.Â I have saved $500 to get to me through the project – so that is what I will be working with.Â Each week I will be taking my readers along my journey in creating this new space.
Want to see what I have in mind?!
I will be adding shiplap to add depth to the back wall.Â I have a shiplap tutorial here that I wrote last year on the process.Â I can’t wait to do it again.Â This is what my first attempt at shiplap looked like (before and after):
I love what it did to my entry way!Â It was very inexpensive but added so much light to the area.
I love the way shutters look and have always wanted to build some.Â I will be following some tutorials from BeneathMyHeart.net found here to help me learn.
These guys will hang on the side of my large family photo on my mantle.Â I also made this frame for the photo on my own and for next to nothing.Â Below is an example of an additional one I made.Â You can read that blog post here called Do It Yourself Wall Art.
I will be adding hanging lights or lanterns to the shutters for depth.Â Farmhouse hooks and battery operated lights will be in the mix.Â I found a chunk of ones I love that are in budget right here (make sure to check out that post for links to lots of lanterns!).
Some of my favorite DIY sisters have the coolest idea for window treatments.Â I have wanted to add them for along time.Â You can find their tutorial here that I will be following.
I can’t wait to come up with some ideas of how to spice the place up.Â It will all depend on what I have left over from my $500.Â So stay tuned for all the details on this part!
I hope you will follow along on my journey over the next six weeks to finish my ONE ROOM CHALLENGE.
Happy Building friends!