Nothing like waiting for the last minute to decide on something! After overthinking participating in the One Room Challenge this Spring, I decided I should just go for it. It’s such a great way to get inspired about your home and encourage others to do the same.

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Last Fall I joined for a few weeks and then dropped out because I had too much going on at home. This time I’m determined to complete the 8 weeks and finish our living room in the process.

We’ll be making over our somewhat awkward Living Room/Music Room. Right now our living room/music room is functioning as storage (don’t let the pretty photo below fool you, the rest of the room is scary) and that needs to change.

Our living room is a long rectangle with an open stair case and has a high two story ceiling. My goal is to make it a place where all five of the kids congregate. This will be a challenge because our kids range from college (at home for the Summer) to kindergarden, but we can make it a place for all of us.
brown paper flooring

A year and a half ago we tore out the old worn carpet with plans to replace it someday. Instead of laying down new flooring right away I wanted to experiment with the super frugal idea of brown paper flooring.

One of these pieces is getting a special makeover!
One of these pieces is getting a special makeover!

We laid down contracter paper, adhered it will glue, painted it several shades of taupe and grey then sealed it. It’s been a great floor and cost a whopping $50 for all the supplies. At this point we’re now ready to invest in freal flooring and excited to get started. Although we are just finishing a major floor renovation in another area of our home, which I will share later, I know we can take on this project as a family. We have a plan and the skills to make it happen. 

Our living room is a long rectangle with an open stair case and has a high two story ceiling. My goal is to make it a place where all five of the kids congregate. This will be a challenge because our kids range from college (at home for the Summer) to kindergarten, but we can make it a place for all of us. 

Ours plans are to:

  1. Replace flooring. (Thinking of a checkerboard pattern in laminate.)
  2. Replace fireplace tile surround. (Water damage and children have damaged it.)
  3. Add a large bookshelf. (We homeschool and have so many books.)
  4. Add comfortable seating. (Hopefully, I’ll be able to find a great couch in perfect shape on facebook marketplace.)
  5. Window treatment. (It’s been 10 years and it’s only now occured to me!)

Ok, we’ve got 8 weeks. Let’s get to work!

xo Maria