4.09.2014

One Room Challenge - Week Two



Hello.  Thanks for coming by to catch up on Week 2 of The One Room Challenge™!  To refresh, I have chosen to do the eat-in portion of my kitchen.  For the back story, inspiration, and overall plan, click below to begin at Week 1.

WEEK 1 - Plan & Inspiration

I was playing all coy with you last week, what with it being our first online date and all, only showing you a few small snaps of my kitchen.  You know, sort of make a good first impression with my tight spanx-cinched shots so that you couldn’t see the rolls and ugly stretch-marked truth underneath.
 
Well, now that we are on to date numero dos, it’s time to show you everything, warts and all.  Let’s take a look at my kitchen’s various stages, starting with the tragic browntown bachelor phase.  At least my mister had enough good sense to enlarge the kitchen by removing an interior wall that created a separate tiny dining area from the kitchen and reconfigured the layout to a galley kitchen.  Too bad his choice of materials was predominantly brown.  Why do men refuse to paint cabinetry?  So I battled bachelor browntown with some decidely feminine and rather hysterical choices that all amounted to a lipsmacked pig.  Finally, after waging a 4 yr War of the Vs, the mister finally let me paint those cabinets.  Let’s take a look and just get this awkward intimacy phase over with…



 






So to recap, browntown, Johnny Cashville, the land of too many tables and dishes on the wall, working girl co-op, bright cabinets big city, deluxe banquette in the sky sans the doorman and the super.  That pretty much brings us up to current 'before' state.  Now let's get some stuff done, m'kay?

As to progress, we removed everything from the kitchen and attacked the floors.  These floors are meaningful as they were taken out of my husband's family’s old farm house in which he grew up.  Go here for a little bit about that story.  But they were showing some serious wear after 9 years so it was time for a refinish.  What a nightmare to refinish your own floors.  As if I didn’t ingest enough dust from my bedroom redo.  But hey, if you can wield a hand sander and are willing to watch a few youtube videos on handling the bigger floor sanders, then you too can do it.  We rented the big sanders from Cincy Tool Rental, where we rent most of our bigger equipment, and I purchased my stain and polyurethane from my local Sherwin Williams store.  Both places were super helpful throughout the process with expert advice and tips.  I’ll let the pictures tell this part of the story.  Let me know if you guys are interested in a more detailed rundown of the process.











photo courtesy of Amy Elisabeth Photography

photo courtesy of Amy Elisabeth Photography


And then I forgot to take a picture of the floor after it was polyurethaned.  What is wrong with me?!










So let's recap my progress...



Well, there you have it for this week’s ORC update. Now go check in with everyone else for their updates.


A special thank you to the following sponsors and supporters of Chez V and The One Room Challenge that are graciously providing items to help me bring my vision for this room to life:


Love ya, mean it.

All photos and styling by Emily Vanderputten unless otherwise noted

kisses,  mrs. V

45 comments:

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

I am so impressed! Yes, you are fabulous and need a show.

Christine Dovey said...

Your posts are amazing to read- you're a fabulous writer my friend...I laughed out loud a whole bunch of times:) And you've made amazing progress- tackling floors is large and in charge and you did it like a boss. Can't wait to see that banquette!

Cathy Wall said...

Oh my word, you guys have been busy! Impressive work, I love that you made it a family affair. Can't wait to see all of the fun come together in here!

Linda Pakravan said...

Kerry is right, you need your own show.

Julia | Pawleys Island Posh said...

Such a fab recap and plan!!!

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

Holy smokes you are doing a ton of work. It's going to be so flipin amazing.

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Wow!!!!! I am so captivated by this room renovation. I'm kind of bummed the post is over. Already looking forward to next week's episode. Floors look amazing already!

House of Pemberley said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again...you're an effing rockstar. Looking good, E, looking good!

SHERRY HART said...

AYFKM? I mean seriously you did all of that? You are serious about this ORC....winning. Your color plan...shut the front door.

SHERRY HART said...

Oh yeah...about busted a gut when you posted the picture of the cord:)

pam {simple details} said...

Oh my gosh, you two have been SO hard at work!! You are knocking this out of the park and it's only week two!! LOVE your entire plan and that banquette is going to be killer!! Gorgeous floors, too!

kate@willowinteriors said...

Somebody's been busy!!! Love that the floors have family history! They look great! If you have a second that you are not doing major construction work, I would love to know where you got your greek key trim...I'm currently pricing some out for a client. :)

Tricia said...

WOW! You got some serious work done. Man you are making me want to stay home and not go to the RH outlet, Ikea & Anthro. I need to remind myself that all of this will help me make progress on my room. But.. do want to ditch my guest room ORC and get going on my banquette. So love all the fabrics you chose!
Tricia // Suburban Bitches

Rebecca { MyDarlingHouse} said...

Woman!!! You got some serious work done! I desperately need to refinish my ugly orange floors, will be pestering you for tips when I'm ready! Can't wait to see the banquette cushions, fabric is gorge!

Erin | Holtwood Hipster said...

What a job! But I'm sure it felt good walking into that kitchen on those newly sanded and stained floors! Love the teamwork on this room. Can't wait to see it get the pretty treatment in posts to come.

aquahausblog.com said...

You did that in a week? Wow. You need an HGTV show.

My Notting Hill said...

That's a ton of progress. Love those newly stained floors!

Eris @ The Pink House Reno said...

You are totally putting me to shame... ONE week to do those floors and all that other stuff?! Incredible. I bet you don't want to see a sander again for a good long while!

Jessie said...

Impressive work and great progress! You have accomplished so much in week 2. Lovely fabric choices. Can't wait to see more progress next week!

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

Andrea said...

Such an improvement already with the white paint! And I love the fabric selections you have made!! So exciting!

XOXO,
The Glam Pad

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

WAO!! This is serious hard work over here! What great progress and I love that you are all so hands on. And that you upholster too. Jack of all trades. So impressed with you!! Love the fabrics!

Stacey {steward of design} said...

You've been a busy girl! What great progress.

Abby M. Interiors said...

Wow! That's all I can say. We did floors in our first house and it is SO much work. Absolutely LOVE all your fabrics and can't wait for next week!!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

whoa, overachiever, quit making me look bad. Awesome progress so far. And what's with Men and their questionable tastes??

Ashlina Kaposta said...

you are so good.
that light fixture. bangin.
its gonna be good!!!!!
xo

therelishedroost said...

You are moving along so quickly- that is fabulous!!!

erin williamson said...

I am in awe of your diy prowess. Whoa. Feeling like a total wimp!

Reichel Broussard said...

Impressive, impressive DIY progress my friend. Bowing down to you!

Tiffany said...

Gah! I didn't want it to end. Those fabrics!!!! I've sanded a floor before. Sucks balls. Nice job!

home before dark said...

You crack me up! Seriously if you get tired of DIY, you could do stand up. Or maybe combine the two. Floors are a major PITA. I expect the dust to outlive me.

PS, don't forget to change your HVAC filters more often until the dust "settles". You will be horrified what you'll see trapped in that sucker!

Beth Connolly said...

That's impressive progress. I love the fabrics you've chosen.

Krista @ Goodwill Glam said...

Love all your fabric choices and I can't believe you did all that in a week! WOWZA! Seriously impressive!

XO,
Krista
www.goodwillglam.com

alison giese Interiors said...

OMG, woman! You're KILLING it! Wait, that might come across wrong - NOT killing the floors, they're looking so, so great. Wish this ORC thing had a voting mechanism for most awesome job done - my vote would be in your column!
Xo,
ag

Kimberly Lemmon said...

WEll its too bad you guys aren't willing to put any effort into this makeover. Seriously. Such an ambitious project. Sanding floors is serious business! I like your fabric choices. Pretty is good.

alison giese Interiors said...

P.S. - Our bébes DO look alike!
ag

Tobe | BIA said...

ummmmmmmm whoa. you just put me to shame. what a MAJOR week you had! floors are a huge undertaking (you didn't need me to tell you that). go, you! ozoz

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I still can't believe that you did the floor over yourselves. Seriously a ton of work. Your cabinets look amazing painted white. I am dying to see what you do with the wallpaper and seating area.

Holly said...

Damn girl! That's a lot of work - big kudos to you for taking this one. It's going to look so good when it's done. And loving the fabric preview.

Charmaine Nunag said...

You did all that?! Wow! You go girl!

Kim said...

You are making me feel a little lazy! Way to go and thank you for keeping it real and making me laugh! Love the fabrics and cannot wait to see what you do with them!! xo

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

Wow! you have been so busy! You got a lot accomplished. That fabric palette is amazing! Love it

Mallory said...

Geez you've been busy and you are a better woman than I for gettin' after those floors! Mine are trashed too and I just look at them...then go pour a glass of wine :( Dying to see those fabrics in place! xo

Krystine @ www.KrystineEdwards.com said...

Are you kidding me?!?!? Holy moley you are ROCKING it, with a baby in tow!!!! I CANNOT wait to see more!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

You work harder than none other my friend!! You deserve a big cheers for all of that manual labor. Its looking great. Now I'm off to drink in your honor.

The Pink Pagoda said...

Wow. You are clearly younger and have a much higher energy level. Sooo impressed with all you're taking on, and this image with your fabrics and whatnot is to die for. It's going to be AMAZING!