Guess what? We’re STILL in the thick of our One Room Challenge renovation, despite the fact the challenge officially wrapped up a couple weeks ago. That’s ok though- we’re moving right along and progress is a good thing, my friends! I’m just trying to embrace our process and pace, knowing the formal living room will turn out exactly as I had pictured in the end. Slow and steady wins the race, right? That’s what I’m hoping anyway. Kudos to those of you who are still following along with us- we appreciate you! Emmett has been working on millwork and the baseboard & casing is basically finished. Click through for this week’s progress report. One other thing to note- given the time change, I only had time to photograph our progress during the evening hours with my phone, so if the images are dark and not flooded with natural light this time around… you know why! I guess that’s real life and this is about as honest as it gets, folks.
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), Week 7 (built-in and furniture placement).
Alrighty- as I mentioned, we’ve been focusing on millwork this week. Baseboards are in! That means it’s my turn to help out… I need to fill the holes, sand, and paint the base. Emmett has also installed the door and window casing. He just keeps getting better at millwork and mitering. I’m so impressed! Lots of you were asking about the miter clamps- they’re a must and make millwork SO much easier to install. I’d definitely recommend getting a set if you’re planning to install trim.
I decided to use the same millwork profile we used in our guest bathroom. It was the first room we renovated in this house and I think the consistency will be nice. I also like how beefy it looks!
Once we finish the basic millwork, we’re going to move onto panel moulding and the coffered ceiling. We’re honestly a bit intimidated by the coffered ceiling because it will be the first one we’ve ever built. I also think it’s going to be time consuming, because of course… I designed it with lots of detail. Is anyone interested in a DIY tutorial for that? Let me know!
The built-in hasn’t really changed much since last week, but I did bring the hardware and lighting upstairs. Those are the next steps for this wall… add the lighting, hardware, and remaining millwork.
The cabinet door hardware is going to look really great and I’m eager to see it installed. That’s on our to-do list this week as well! I opted for a simple and classic antique brass knob from Emtek.
Lastly, my drapery came in from my seamstress a couple days ago and I’m over the moon about it! I went with a sophisticated ticking stripe from Fabricut. I had my seamstress sew triple pinch pleat drapes for me. These will be installed over the french doors from wall-to-wall. We won’t be able to install these until after the coffered ceiling is finished, but I’m just happy to have them in my possession.
If you missed the ORC reveals, check out the featured designers here and the guest designers here. As I mentioned, we’re a couple weeks behind, but I can’t wait to add our final reveal to the mix sometime soon! Thanks again for sticking with us in real time.