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dark + moody: ORC w5

Hi there! And can I just say that this week was a turbulent test of patience, endurance and persistence. There. I said it and now I can move on! But, with adversity comes opportunity and we found a second plumber and tile guy who are going to get us back on track!

Drywall has been fixed, sanded and painted along with deciding to rip out the 100+ year old stairs and brand spankin' new put in. The old ones simply didn't hold up through the sanding situation making them super uneven and somewhat underwhelming so Nick took it upon himself to tear them out (after a trip to Home Depot to get some tools) and I am repurposing one of the old boards as my two floating shelves above the toilet! What color to paint them, I'm thinking about that one, but the paint colors have all changed since the last post. More on that, in a few!

Now, the two steps leading into the powder room are light and bright and will soon get a beautiful coat of AF-650 (Caponata) on them to tie in the window dressing that is being made as we speak! We found trim for the stairs that will give them a bit of pizazz and am re-thinking how we are going to create a handrail down the right side of the stairs, which I feel like it really needs.

We have added the cut panel of brick to see if we like it and I gotta say, I love the vibe it gives off. I want to paint the brick and just have the texture come through and see the placement of where the true brick lies in the space. So cool! We changed up the paint color for the walls since Benjamin Moore wasn't able to mix gallons in the sheen I wanted in Black Emerald from Sherwin-Williams. The change up was updated to Salamander by Benjamin Moore. After one coat, I can say it is as dark as I would want it so I am glad we weren't able to get the darker color. Yes! SO, the walls are eggshell and the trim will be super slick and GLOSSY in the same color. I cannot WAIT to see the two working together in perfect unison!

Coat #1

I also decided to add this lovely color to the ceiling as well and after the first coat, this color is SO RICH AND GORGEOUS!! Speaking of gorgeous, we took the kids to the pumpkin patch and man, it was a PERFECT fall day! Here's the view in West Virginia...not too shabby, huh?!

We fed animals, ventured through a corn maze and got to enjoy some quality family time together!

So, the plumbing is a bit slower than I thought but is happening on Saturday with the flooring soon to be installed after, then our countertop can be templated. Whew, I feel like we are going to be racing to get all of the endless things done but after plumbing and flooring, it is merely aesthetic which, as a designer, is where I truly am the happiest!

We have all of the decor and final pieces so we are simply waiting on this Saturday to happen so we can get things moving! Our sponsor, Milton & King is one of my sponsors for the ORC and I just can't wait to see how this fabric and wallpaper add so much life to our space.

To recap our One Room Challenge up to this week, take a look! Wk1 | Wk2 | Wk3| Wk4

Here is a shot of all of the goodies that will make an appearance once the flooring and vanity are installed with the new toilet. I love the greens that will all work together and the blend of colors that will play off of the amazing fabric for the window treatments.


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