Formal Living Room : One Room Challenge – Week 9

Formal Living Room : One Room Challenge – Week 9 - roomfortuesday.comIt’s Week 9 for us in the “One Room Challenge” because we took a week off for Thanksgiving. I also say “One Room Challenge” lightly these days since we’re wayyyyy past the deadline. Ha! I am happy to report, I can FINALLY see the light at the end of the tunnel (for real this time). We’ve regrouped, changed our game plan, shaved off a bunch of time, and are planning to wrap things up in the next week or two. Click through for the latest update and cross your fingers we can share the big reveal before Christmas- that’s my personal goal… operation move the christmas tree into the living room before December 25th. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, check out yesterday’s Holiday Home Tour!

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), Week 8 (millwork).

Formal Living Room : One Room Challenge – Week 9 - roomfortuesday.comOk, where to start? This is what the room currently looks like… like a scene from Dexter. Plastic, tons of masking tape, and paint prep materials.

Formal Living Room : One Room Challenge – Week 9 - roomfortuesday.comWe splurged (like $2k splurged, yikes) on a professional paint sprayer on Cyber Monday and are going to use it tonight for the first time on the built-ins. Wish us luck! We’re actually pretty excited about it. Once the built-ins are painted, we can install the picture lights, and I can begin wallpapering. It feels like a pretty big milestone.

Formal Living Room : One Room Challenge – Week 9 - roomfortuesday.comSpeaking of milestones… Emmett and I were both planning the coffered ceiling- which was a design MUST for me. After estimating the timeline, he guessed it would take him at least another month to build and complete. At this point, I’m feeling pretty frustrated living amongst a construction zone during the holiday season and also feeling sooooo far behind the other designers who completed the challenge a month ago. I just couldn’t fathom another MONTH of construction. I also wasn’t willing to part with my ceiling dream, so we brainstormed alternatives, and eventually compromised. The solution?

Formal Living Room : One Room Challenge – Week 9 - roomfortuesday.comThe solution is sitting right there in all of those boxes. Any guesses? I thought ordering pre-assembled millwork would be our best bet to save time and give me the architectural element on the ceiling I was hoping for.

Formal Living Room : One Room Challenge – Week 9 - roomfortuesday.comIt’s not my dream custom coffered ceiling, but these beams will add warmth, texture, and the grid pattern I was looking for…. plus, it will be easy for Emmett to install. So that’s the new game plan- wood beams on the ceiling instead of a coffered ceiling.

Formal Living Room : One Room Challenge – Week 9 - roomfortuesday.comI opened one, hoping for the best, and it was not the color I had in mind (pictured online). Since these are actual wood beams, we’ll be able to stain them… that will just add one more task to our to-do list. I’ll be sure to share the DIY process with you when the time comes for staining and installation!

Formal Living Room : One Room Challenge – Week 9 - roomfortuesday.comOther little details we’ve been crossing off the list include the floor vents. These will also get stained the same color as the floor. I like that they’re totally flush, feel traditional, and will blend nicely.

Formal Living Room : One Room Challenge – Week 9 - roomfortuesday.comEmmett has also been cutting some finishing pieces that frame the mantel, creating a seamless look between the hardwood and limestone. We’re chipping away, guys! Are you bored with this renovation yet? I hope not… this is the time when things start to get fun!

Check out the featured designers here and the guest designers here. Thank you AGAIN for sticking with us in real time- even though we’re a month late to the party…

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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

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  1. Congratulations on your paint sprayer! (A sentence I never imagined typing…) All of Emmett’s fine carpentry deserves its best finish coat, and I’m into the whole Dexter vibe.😀 Your new ceiling plan sounds smart and beautiful; I really am excited to see your vision completed. I bet you’re anxious to whip out that wallpaper! The level of detail and quality that you guys achieve takes time, and you do realize that your timeline appears lightning fast to us mortals, right? I know it sounds corny ( and sometimes isn’t my best thing) but… enjoy the journey! That’s why we’re here.💖

    1. Haha thank you!! We’re pretty pumped about it. I am SO ready to whip out the wallpaper. I love your insight and reminders… thank you for putting the timeline into perspective :) I probably needed to hear that. Hope you’re having a great week! How many days until Christmas break?

      1. 10 class days.👏💪

        1. YAY!!! You’re SO close.

  2. Your on the homestretch 🤗 Yay! With all the renovating you two do that paint sprayer will pay off in no time. And wood beams…….Hurray! They are going to be gorgeous. Loving all the fine details that make a big difference like the wooden in floor heat registers ooh and can’t wait to see the floor plugs for the lamps I’ve never seen that before. This room is going to be stunning!

    1. Yay!! Thank you Colleen! I’m ready to wrap this space up. Here’s to hoping we can accomplish a lot this weekend. xo

  3. Good call on nixing the coffered ceiling! My husband has been working on our custom kitchen coffered ceiling since last March! As part of a total kitchen renovation, including totally removing the ceiling and taking down the wall between the kitchen and dining room to expand the kitchen, we opted for a custom ceiling. It is turning out beautifully but is taking forever! Part of that is due to the size of the room, and part is due to working on it while also working around the rest of life- work, job change, family time, and the schedules of a teenager and a middle schooler! Your home is beautiful and I love reading your blog. Keep it up!

    1. They’re soooo time consuming- but no doubt, beautiful! It will all be worth it. Your kitchen sounds lovely :) xo

  4. Your paint sprayer is like our fancy ladder we got! Love having it for all the things it can do but it doesn’t get the recognition like the elements in the room (furniture, flooring, etc). Beams on the ceiling…can’t wait to see it! I’m curious about the coffered ceiling you were planning. Do you have a picture or diagram? We have one in our bedroom. They are very popular here in Texas.
    BTW, I am proud of you for not rushing it and completing it how and when you can. Great job you two! Happy Wednesday!

    1. Did you get a Little Giant ladder?! Should I share a post on the coffered ceiling dilemma? What my original design plan and layout looked like, and how it evolved? If you think that’s interested- I’m happy to share! Thank you so much for that last little note- I really appreciate that. I feel a little defeated with the timeline of this one since it was for the One Room Challenge, but I know we’re staying true to ourselves. Whew! Thanks again Danna :) xo

      1. I’d love to see a ceiling explanation post with designs and changes (and some inspo pics to better visualize what you had & now have in mind)! Could fit in with your beam unboxing post I think :)

      2. Would love to see the original design plan and how it evolved. YES! I can hardly wait to see the beams too!

        1. I’m planning that post for this week :) stay tuned!!

  5. Bored?? Never! I love the wood beams compromise and am excited to see it all come together. Good luck, too, with your new “toy”! ;-D

  6. Your and Emmett’s attention to detail is beyond impressive and the results always speak for themselves. This room, like all others you two recreate, will be stunningly beautiful with maximum functionality. Cheers, Ardith

    1. Thank you Ardith! I so appreciate that. I’m looking forward to the fun part of the renovation- styling and pulling everything together so we can enjoy it :) xox

  7. Allison Taylor says:

    Hi, do you have a source for the stainable wood floor vent covers? Thankyou so much!

    1. I believe we used Vent Covers Unlimited- you can choose the species, size, style, etc. There are also some similar websites that sell those type of products!