Formal Living Room : One Room Challenge – Week 7

Formal Living Room : One Room Challenge – Week 7 - roomfortuesday.comAnnnnd just like that, we’re into Week 7 of the One Room Challenge… well technically, it’s not really the ORC anymore because we’re a week past the reveal ‘due date’ and it has officially ended, but that’s ok- I’m rolling with it until we’re totally finished! We’re chugging right along and have made good progress this week. Click through to see what’s new. Spoiler alert- there is a sneak peek of the furniture in this post and it’s very exciting! 

If you found me through the ORC site, hi there! I’m Sarah, a designer & blogger located in Salt Lake City, UT. You can see my current home renovation here, as well as my previous home tour here. My husband, Emmett, and I are renovating our third house. Join us as we tackle the formal living room. In case you missed previous updates, don’t worry! Catch up here: Week 1 (before images, floor plan, and design plan), Week 2 (demo), Week 3 (drywall), Week 4 (fireplace and lighting), Week 5 (sneak peek of furnishings), Week 6 (built-ins and flooring).

Formal Living Room : One Room Challenge – Week 7 - roomfortuesday.comFirst up, the built-in is looking pretty different. Last week, Emmett built the doors and this week they’re painted and installed! He took them to his work and painted them in the spray booth and it’s probably the most professional one of our paint projects has ever looked. It really makes me want to buy a pro model sprayer and set up a booth in our garage or shed. They look SO nice. We’re lucky to be able to use the facilities at his place of employment from time-to-time.

Formal Living Room : One Room Challenge – Week 7 - roomfortuesday.comIf you’ve been following along on Instagram, you already know we’re using a slab of leftover soapstone (my favorite material!) for the built-in. I need to age it once more, but I love the high contrast it adds to the room. If you’re curious why soapstone is my all-time fave, check out this post and this post. I shared all the info you need to know about this magical material.

Formal Living Room : One Room Challenge – Week 7 - roomfortuesday.comWith the face frame on, the built-in looks much closer to being finished. Although, we still have to add millwork and lighting… baseboards, crown, cove moulding and a few decorative filler pieces.

Formal Living Room : One Room Challenge – Week 7 - roomfortuesday.comWe brought the furniture into the space to not only double check my floor plan, but to see where the floor outlets need to be installed. Emmett ran electrical for my floor lamps that will live in the space and we’ll be using floor outlets to make plug-in easy and less noticeable. I hate seeing and tripping over cords and this is the best solution. It’s a good thing we did a test run because our taped boxes were definitely not in the right spot. Problem solved and Emmett will be cutting the floor for them this week!

Formal Living Room : One Room Challenge – Week 7 - roomfortuesday.comI’ve already been getting questions about the furniture, so I’m going to drop a slider with links below, but I can’t wait to see it on a rug, styled out, and looking more finished & cozy. It already looks really amazing and my vision is slowly coming to life. We’ll move it back out of the room this week (or maybe tarp it) while we finish the remaining construction items, millwork, and painting. I thrifted the oval coffee table and the shape and size couldn’t be more perfect! I actually found three exact replicas on eBay, if anyone wants the exact one…

Formal Living Room : One Room Challenge – Week 7 - roomfortuesday.comBig thanks to my better half (aka, Emmett) for snapping these progress images for me! I’ve been busy wrapping up our mini laundry room makeover that will be on the blog soon! If you missed the ORC reveals last week, check out the featured designers here and the guest designers here. There were so many beautiful spaces- I was seriously impressed! I’ll link them below too:

Formal Living Room : One Room Challenge - Week 1 -

linked below…

At Charlotte’s House | Design Addict Mom | Erika Ward Interiors | Erin Kestenbaum | Girl & Grey

Gray Malin | Hommeboys | I Spy DIY | Jewel Marlowe | The Learner Observer | Making it Lovely

 Nicole White Designs | Old Brand New | Oscar Bravo Home | Place of My Taste | The Rath Project

Room for Tuesday | SG Style | Undecorated Home | Veronica Solomon | Media BH&G | TM by ORC

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  1. Brittany R. says:

    What an elegant and cozy room! Good job, guys!

    1. Thanks so much Brittany! xo

  2. Everything is looking SO amazing! The geometry of the space is really captivating me. Intersecting lines, angles, ovals, circles and curves! Love it. I’ve always thought outlets in the floor were super smart, but figuring placement and cutting into your beautiful new floor has got to be a nail biter! And I say a spray booth in the garage sounds like the perfect Christmas gift! (JK If I got a power tool for Christmas, I’d be all kinds of unhappy.🤣)
    Are you getting so anxious for this wonderful space? The progress is exciting!👏🛠💪

    1. Thanks Peggi! It definitely is a nail biter. Cutting the holes for the register vents were equally as stressful. haha! I’m just ready to finish up so I can decorate for the holidays soon! Living in a construction zone is too normal at this point and I like to have things buttoned up during the holidays before guests show up.

  3. It’s looking so good! The balance of the room is so much better.

    1. Thank you Paige! In person it flows soooo much better than it used to. I’m glad we removed a portion of the wall. It just makes more sense now and feels more spacious. xo

  4. Wow that built in is already so beautiful 😍 Way to go Emmett!!! You two make quite the team, the dynamic design duo 😉 Love the furniture choices too…..That coffee table is an oldie but a goodie, definitely a classic. Are you sure you want to put plugs in that gorgeous floor? I mean I get it but do you really need to? I’ve never seen that before, is it a special kind of plug?
    Looking forward in seeing the mini-makeover in the laundry room. My laundry room is a disaster and I need some cool ideas. And well cool ideas are your specialty 😜

    1. Thank you Colleen! So appreciate that :) I agree about the coffee table- oldie but goodie, for sure! Just wait until you see the floor plugs ;) They’re brass and beautiful! It is a special flat plug. They’re really nice, I promise. haha! Also… the laundry room is taking forever, it might be tomorrow or Monday before I finish the floor. Sorry to falsely advertise the post for tomorrow. Oops!!

      1. No worries……Good things come to those that wait ☺️ Looking forward to the laundry room post whenever it may be!

  5. All the heart eyes for the built ins! You both make a dynamic team! Still in love with the fireplace & floors. Your eye for design is amazing. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s reveal!

    1. Thank you Danna! I’m really excited with how it’s coming together. The laundry room might be another day or two- so sorry for falsely advertising that for tomorrow. The floor is taking me wayyyy longer than expected. I’m trying to hurry though :) xox

  6. Would love to know if you end up getting a pro sprayer. I have no idea what they cost (probably more than I’d like) but I’m really curious about owning one. Have you used other paint sprayers in the past? I haven’t bought one yet because I heard most of them don’t leave a smooth finish.

    I would be SO nervous about cutting into that floor for the outlets. You guys are brave! 😬

    1. I’ll definitely let everyone know. They can range from $2k – $8k… crazy, but it might be worth it based on how many projects we paint. We have a small cheap sprayer that does leave some texture, but it’s great for outdoor projects.

  7. Loving how the room is coming along! I am curious why you wouldnt hide the floor plugs under your couch? It seems like you will be left with long cords you need to hide. Just curiouse what your thought process was! Keep rocking it! 💗

    1. Thank you, Allie! They will be hidden under the sofa :) We had the tape in the wrong place, which is why we added the furniture to the space to double chew (whew!!). xo

  8. Great idea for placing furniture in the room first to check out plug placement–I will definitely use that tip for our house we are building. I have lived in a home with floor plugs and it lends to an open floor plan and placing sofas not against a wall. Emmett is a talented carpenter and the 2 of you make an awesome team!

    1. Thanks Beth! So appreciate that :) xo