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Week 5 ORC Update: Hello Coral!

Well, Hello Coral! Where have you been all my life? I get that you’re related to Orange, and Orange and I don’t really get along..but you Coral, you’re entirely different.

You’ve got just enough pink in you to make you bold instead of brash, inviting instead of ‘in your face’. You don’t invade my personal space like Orange tends to.  Truth be told, you are just flat out luscious.

And you are just that needed oomph to my otherwise neutral office. You’re that one person at the party who makes the party a success…without you it’d be a little drab…a little boring.


So yeah, I have a little crush on you…but it’s not an Orange Crush…let’s just be clear about that.

I painted this little chest that I stole from my son’s room (Or…as I explained it to him, it’s not really stealing if I bought it in the first place. I’ve just let him borrow it for the past 16 years and he should be thankful!) in your loveliness (also known as Benjamin Moore Habanero Pepper) and I have been giddy with excitement ever since.

Week 5 of the One Room Challenge and I'm showing off the beautiful coral colored painted chest and coral ottoman in my office.
Week 5 of the One Room Challenge and I'm showing off the beautiful coral colored painted chest and coral ottoman in my office.

And then, as if it couldn’t get any better…you brought an equally enchanting sidekick to the party!

Week 5 of the One Room Challenge and I'm showing off the beautiful coral colored painted chest and coral ottoman in my office.

Your ‘mini-me’ on the opposite end of the room could not be any more perfect if he tried. He’s the perfect size, the perfect color and perfectly useful too! 

Week 5 of the One Room Challenge and I'm showing off the beautiful coral colored painted chest and coral ottoman in my office.

And just wait until that Framed Print from Minted arrives. What up until now has been a really lovely party will turn in to the hippest party in town. We’ll be swinging from the chandeliers! (Well, we would be if there were chandeliers in here.)

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So, back to the nitty-gritty…this chest is laminate and before I painted it I primed it with HomeRight Finish Max


If you ever need to paint laminate furniture, I highly recommend this stuff.  It provides the ‘tooth’ that paints need to adhere properly. It really works, but it does have a VERY strong chemical odor. Definitely use it outside or in a well-ventilated area.

I also used my HomeRight Finish Max…if you paint furniture (or doors and walls for that matter) this is a must-have tool.

After years of leaving brush stroke no matter how hard I tried not to, this tool is a dream come true.

So, if you’re just tuning in and wondering why I’ve dedicated this post to the color coral…let me fill you in. This is the 5th installment of the 6-week One Room Challenge, the twice a year event that has 200 bloggers making over rooms at a breakneck pace. You can view Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4 to see where I’ve come from and where I hope to be going. 

So, what’s left to do?

  • Reupholster club chair 
  • Paint Walls
  • Stencil Walls
  • Prime and paint chest
  • Make a pillow for chair
  • Make ottoman out of that gorgeous, to die for, coral fabric. 
  • Paint trim (this may or may not happen. It needs to be done but …we’ll see)
  • Find lamps 
  • Make skirt for counter (I’ve got almost all the ‘parts’…which was half the battle)
  • Find or make and frame artwork (it’s on its way…Thanks Minted!)
  • Find a rug Ordered
  • Figure out what to do with bulletin boards. I’ve figured it out, now I just need to do it.
  • Recover bulletin boards.

So, we’re clicking right along. As it often happens, I could really use a couple of extra days, but since that’s not gonna happen, I’ll just really bust it over the next week.


Well, except for the 4 days I’ll be gone as I head back to my alma mater with 3 of my college girlfriends to do the whole college football weekend thing…and I am so very excited!

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  1. Lynn, I love the pop of coral in this room, and I can’t wait to see the final reveal, especially with the new artwork that’s coming! Hugs to you!

    1. Thanks Ruthie…I’m loving that coral too. It really makes me happy. I am almost there and hope you are progressing well too.

      Thanks for swinging by today.

      Hugs, Lynn

  2. You know I’m not much of a bright colour fan, but this coral is so beautiful and I love how it stands out against the neutral toned armchair!

    1. Thanks Katrin. I did really try to go neutral, but I just couldn’t do it in the end. I need some color. I do love that color and so glad I happened upon it. It makes me happy.

      Thank for swinging by today.

      Hugs, LYnn

  3. Hi Lynn,
    I would agree that coral is absolutely what you needed to make this room pop. It looks amazing!!! Can’t wait to see how you made that darling little cube. Your room looks fabulous and I look forward to next weeks final reveal!!!

    1. Thanks for visiting my friend. I’m slowly working my way back home after a wonderful football weekend with some college girlfriends and am so ready to dig in and finish the room.
      My artwork is supposed to arrive today! Yippee!!!!

      Have a great week

      Hugs, Lynn

    1. I Know! Right? It’s such a great color…obviously I’m a bit smitten given my coral homage!

      Thanks for swinging by today.

      Hugs, Lynn

    1. I am chomping at the bit to get home after this long (but wonderfully fun) weekend to finish up the room. My artwork is supposed to arrive today…can’t wait to see how it works. I still have a medium-sized project to finish before the reveal..but I can do it!
      Thanks for swinging by today my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

    1. I love that coral and am chomping at the bit to get back home and finish that room off. My artwork is supposed to arrive today and I just have one more project to do to wrap it up…nothing like waiting until the last minute. But hey…can’t turn down an opportunity to hang with my girls.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Hugs, Lynn

    1. Hi Rachel, I’m loving that coral as well…it is such a gorgeous color and really adds some ‘oomph’ to the room. I know you are as glad as I am to have this behind us…Phew! Hope you are enjoying the weekend (post ORC).

      Hugs, Lynn

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