One Room Challenge: Week 4

First of all, thank you so much to everyone who stopped by the last few weeks and commented! Your words of encouragement are so thoughtful and motivating.  This is my first time participating in anything like this in the blogosphere and I am amazed at how supportive everyone is–what a great experience!

In case you haven’t heard, I am participating in the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda at Calling it Home.  Please click here to check out the other 83 very talented and hard-working participants.   If you want to see my progress over the last three weeks click week 1, week 2 and week 3.

We’re in week 4–two weeks to go from the final reveal!

I’ve started to look for small decor pieces.  I particularly like the chicken wire baskets that you can find almost anywhere now.  These are a few I found at Walmart.

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I like the first picture (although I would spray paint them black) but they come in three and I’m not sure I need three chicken wire baskets.

Originally I thought about getting the all white floating shelf from IKEA, but now I’m rethinking this and wondering whether the I should go with the silver one.  Hmmm…any thoughts?

This will meet my shelving needs (believe me I don’t need much more in our laundry room).

I also found this decorate flower pot from the Superstore that looks just like the IKEA Skurar one, but for a fraction of the cost.  Who would have thought that you can find something cheaper than IKEA?!


Lastly, I used an old skid plank we had and mounted three hooks to it.  I plan to use this to hang the ironing board from.

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The hooks and the plank haven’t been installed onto the wall yet, but please come back next week and check out my progress.  And don’t forget to check out what the other participants have going on over at Calling it Home


Spring Fever {Flower Planter}

I thought with this nice weather finally coming around (mother nature I’m talking to you!) and my tulip buds slowly starting to bloom, wouldn’t it be great to build a planter? Or rather have my fiancé build it and I would just paint it (have to give credit to where credit it due).

My inspiration came from the LANTLIV plant stand from IKEA.  I almost bought it if it wasn’t $69.99.  A little too expensive if you ask me…so naturally I thought why not try to make it.

I thought about using some of the skid pallets I have lying around in the garage from my last project (Skid Shelf), but not all the pieces are in great shape so off to Home Depot we went.  We bought four 2×4’s and six 1×4’s.

It took a couple of hours to build and lets face it it doesn’t exactly resemble the IKEA plant stand, but it’ll do.

After a failed staining attempt–it came out way too dark for what I was going for, I decided to paint it a solid colour instead.  Since we’re completing our laundry room at the same time we have a lot of primer left over, so I decided to first paint the completed planter all white.  Once it dried, I painted most of it with a colour we picked up earlier at HD called Spring Morn.  Once that dried I lightly sanded it down to give it a beachy/aged look (also very spring-like).