Spring 2020 One Room Challenge // Weeks 5 + 6

By Kylee Niederhauser

Last week, the One Room Challenge team made an announcement that Week 5 would be cancelled to honor and respect the #blacklivesmatter movement. They shared:

“We stand in solidarity over the racial injustice and murders of George Floyd and the many other victims of police brutality and racism. To both honor and respect these victims there will not be a Week 5 of the ORC and posting will return next week. The ORC team will use this time to better educate ourselves to be the best possible allies.”

I’m in complete support of the decision of the One Room Challenge team, and many of us designers appreciated the opportunity to quiet our own voices so that we could better listen, learn, reflect and grow. I’m easing back into the challenge this week with a fresh perspective and a new appreciation for the opportunity to renovate a room in my home.

If you’re new around here, welcome! I’m Kylee and I am an interior styler and property manager specializing in vacation rental properties. I’m most often working on other people’s homes, but during the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge I’ll be making over a room in my own home in Mission Beach (San Diego), CA! Follow along as I transform my three-year-old son’s bedroom over the next few weeks and stay tuned for the final reveal on June 25th!

If you’re just tuning in to my Spring 2020 One Room Challenge, you can catch up on past weeks here:

week 1 | week 2 | week 3 | week 4

To start off my week 6 recap, here’s another look at my project to-do list. As you can see, I’ve decided to nix one of the tasks altogether. More on that later!

Art Project Display

Nash LOVES art projects (as I suppose most 3-year-old’s do), but we didn’t really have a place to display them. The go-to spot has been the back of our kitchen door but the small space would quickly looked cluttered, plus they would fall off and eventually end up in the trash.

There were a few things I wanted the display area to accomplish. First, I wanted to be able to rotate artwork in and out easily. Second, I didn’t want it to look cluttered like a bulletin board. In the end, I decided on clip boards!

Hanging was easy, I just used two command strips on the back of each board. What do you think of the final result?

DIY Basket Planter

When I first made my mood board, I knew I wanted to include some plants into the design, but I hadn’t specifically picked out the woven basket planter shown here. I figured I would purchase something similar, but then I realized I had supplies in my garage that I could use to make one instead!

The basket portion of the planter is actually a bathroom trash can! It was in the bathroom at Palo Verde but, close to the shower, the bottom was starting to get ruined from water damage so we replaced it. The wood stand used to hold a faux plant that broke but, when flipped upside down, was the perfect set of “legs” for my planter.

Two zip ties later and the basket was secured to the legs. Super easy! Because I wanted height but didn’t have much of a diameter for a large pot inside of the basket, I decided to go faux and purchased my go-to faux snake plant from Amazon. Et voila! The easiest DIY Basket Planter.

Chalkboards

Sometimes design ideas just don’t work out the way you intended. For the ORC, that was my chalkboard idea. I had purchased two of these chalkboard panels from Ikea a while back with no real plan in mind for them. Impulse buy, ya know?

Then one day during quarantine I got them out for Nash to try and he had so much fun! I thought, “I should build a frame around these chalkboard panels and hang them in his room!” Seems like a pretty cool addition, right?

To test out what height I’d want to hang the frames, I hung the chalkboard panels on the wall in his room using painter’s tape. A few days later, Nash asked to draw with the chalk again and I quickly realized the BIG problem with my idea. Chalk is a freaking MESS.

Within minutes, there was a pile of orange chalk dust on the floor and the top of the baseboard. Nash ultimately missed the memo that he should only draw on the panel and extended his squiggles over the edge of the panel and onto the white wall. I now need to add “touch up wall paint” to my ORC to do list… yikes!

I didn’t want to give up on the idea and turned to google to find a workable solution to the dust, but I’m pretty confident there isn’t one. The reviews for “dust free chalk” were pretty terrible and the chalk markers are PERMANENT on certain surfaces, like walls. I might as well hand him a multi-pack of sharpies. Bye, bye, chalkboard idea!

Next Steps

Next week I’ll be tackling a major eyesore in the room – internet cables and our WiFi router. Unfortunately I can’t move any of these items, they have to live in this room AND they need to be elevated in order to reach the rest of the house. It’s a bit of a situation.. but I have a few ideas to try and camouflage it all.

I also need to touch up some areas of the accent wall where the paint bled underneath my taping. During week 4 I was scrambling to finish my weekly ORC to-do list and, running out of time, I skipped the “clean paint lines” trick. I knew that, by skipping this step, I was going to have to go back and touch up some spots. But I didn’t realize how much touching up I’d end up having to do. If you learn anything from me during this ORC, let it be this – DON’T skip the “clean paint lines” trick, guys!

Have a great week, my friends! Come follow along on Instagram and definitely go check out some of the other ORC projects in the works here!