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Week 6 ORC: The Final Reveal!

Well my friends, I made it. I may be gasping as I cross the finish line, there may be unidentified odors emanating from my refrigerator, which is shocking since there is very little food in my home, and the laundry may be piling up, but I made it! As in…I.JUST.MADE.IT! But…I am very happy with my ‘new’ office and without the push from the One Room Challenge, I wouldn’t be writing this post while sitting in all the prettiness that is my new office. But before I share the final reveal of my office, let’s look back at where I started.

I am grateful to Minted for sponsoring this post.While they provided me with a piece of beautiful artwork, the piece speaks for itself. I can further attest to the wonderful selection that Minted offers (a challenge for someone likes me who has a hard time making decisions), the ease of making the order and the quick turnaround time.


So this is a longish, narrow room (8 feet at it’s widest and 16 feet long), which among other things, makes taking photos a bit of a challenge.

This ‘before’ photo was taken as I stood in the doorway. The counter on the left spans 8 feet and is useful as a work surface as well as providing under-counter storage. That black cabinet at the far end housed my craft supplies and doubled as a go-to photography spot.

That chair is an important chair as there is always a 2-footed or 4-footed bottom plopped in that chair. Terry and I ‘made’ the desk from an old door last year, you can see that post here.

My first two projects were to stencil 1 of the walls in my room (see my post on stenciling and 8 tips for successful wall stenciling for details and to enter the Cutting Edge Stencil Giveaway!) and to reupholster that plaid club chair in a simple linen. You can see the post for tips on reupholstering here.

I was a newbie to both of these projects, glad I did them but really glad they are done. And once again, many thanks to Cutting Edge Stencils for providing me the TeaHouse Allover Stencil and Stencil Kit.

That Minted Artwork! That Cutting Edge Stencilled Wall! That Reupholstered Chair! That Counter Surround! That Coral Cabinet! I can't decide which is my favorite element of this finished One Room Challenge Room!

My office easily doubles as my craft room and is packed to the gills with all sorts of craft paraphernalia. As such, I need to keep some storage, but also needed to keep that laminate countertop.

It’s not my favorite countertop finish, but it is clearly the most practical for it’s use. On any given day it has splatters of paint, glue and whatnot stuck to it and can be easily removed. The space under the counter doubles as storage for a variety of canvases and other larger items.

That Minted Artwork! That Cutting Edge Stencilled Wall! That Reupholstered Chair! That Counter Surround! That Coral Cabinet! I can't decide which is my favorite element of this finished One Room Challenge Room! DIY Home Decor

This space definitely needed some sprucing up and I have to tell you that I really do love the finished product that is my new counter. I’ll be back soon to give you the details on this project.

This DIY grommeted skirt around my counter just may be my most favorite feature of my ‘new’ office.

That Minted Artwork! That Cutting Edge Stencilled Wall! That Reupholstered Chair! That Counter Surround! That Coral Cabinet! I can't decide which is my favorite element of this finished One Room Challenge Room! DIY Home Decor

It just really finishes that counter so nicely that you almost don’t notice that it’s laminate. So it fits my desired goal of functional aesthetics…it serves a purpose and looks good while doing it.

And I really must give a HUGE shoutout to my hubby. I was gone for 4 of the past 7 days enjoying a fantastic girl’s weekend at my alma mater, tailgating under the bluest of blue skis and watching a fun football game under the lights.

As I was driving home on Monday, I was getting anxious thinking of all the things I needed to do to finish my room by today. I had cut out the holes for the grommets before I left for the weekend, but the 33 grommets needed to be put on my ‘curtain’. Imagine my sheer giddiness when I arrived home to a finished curtain! What a good egg he is.

I did opt to take down much of the ‘artwork’ and shelves that cluttered this wall above my ribbon spool and I am enjoying the cleaner look. I did keep in my bulletin board showing our Christmas cards throughout the years and one of my favorite ‘from behind’ pictures of my kiddos.

I keep my paint brushes, scissors and some camera gear in those glass containers…I just painted some gold stripes on them to spiff them up.

ribbon on a long rod ove counter.

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I covered 3 Ikea Bits metal bulletin boards with gold paper to keep some favorite photos and inspirations on. It seems Ikea no longer makes them, but these look similar. 

And this coral painted chest to hold some of my craft supplies might just also be one of my favorite pieces of this room redo. I did this and the coral cube during week 5 of my ORC that I called ‘hello coral.’

That Minted Artwork! That Cutting Edge Stencilled Wall! That Reupholstered Chair! That Counter Surround! That Coral Cabinet! I can't decide which is my favorite element of this finished One Room Challenge Room! Home Decor.
This coral chest finished my room perfectly.

I need to work on getting the storage organized inside of it, but that’s for another time. For the time being, I just love the coral-ness that this chest adds to my office.

Along the ‘functional aesthetics’ line, I like my storage and organization to be ‘pretty’.

I am more inclined to keep it organized if I like the way it looks. The silver sugar and creamer which were wedding gifts have stored my crochet hooks, stitch holders and other knit/crochet paraphernalia for several years and easily made the cut when I was deciding what stays and what goes. 

A mirrored tray corrals my silver creamer and sugar pot...perfect for storing my knitting and crochet supplies

Mirrored Tray

Because this room is so long and narrow, I was unable to buy a rug ‘off the rack’.

I found a remnant of what I wanted and was able to get it cut to size and bound for less than I was expecting. Keep that in mind for those odd-sized rooms. I needed something neutral to settle down all the other patterns I had going on in the room.

And while we here, let’s just step back and take a look at that great abstract from Minted that ties the whole room together.

It’s called ‘Red Hots’ and it’s another element of this room that is one of my favorites. It picks up the coral perfectly, works with patterns in the room and just really ads the ‘oomph’ to take the room from ‘finished’ to ‘fantastic’.

If you haven’t shopped for art on Minted, give it a try. They really make it easy to narrow down your choices by type of art (drawing, painting, photography, etc…), style (abstract, landscape, floral, cityscapes, etc…), shape (landscape, portrait or square) and primary color. My painting came matted and framed and ready to hang.

It was a happy day when I drove home from my girl’s weekend to also find a big Minted box on my front porch.

That Minted Artwork! That Cutting Edge Stencilled Wall! That Reupholstered Chair! That Counter Surround! That Coral Cabinet! I can't decide which is my favorite element of this finished One Room Challenge Room!
That Minted Artwork! That Cutting Edge Stencilled Wall! That Reupholstered Chair! That Counter Surround! That Coral Cabinet! I can't decide which is my favorite element of this finished One Room Challenge Room!

So, that’s my final reveal and if you are keeping track, the item(s) that are my favorite

  • the grommeted curtain and rod around my counter
  • the painting from Minted
  • the coral chest
  • the stenciled wall
  • the reupholstered chair.
That Minted Artwork! That Cutting Edge Stencilled Wall! That Reupholstered Chair! That Counter Surround! That Coral Cabinet! I can't decide which is my favorite element of this finished One Room Challenge Room!

I’d say it’s a good day when every element is tied for being my most favorite!

And a little side by side comparison is always handy. I just really like the cleaner look and the windows without curtains. I don’t need them for privacy and the light that comes in is truly lovely.


Thanks again to Linda at Calling it Home for lighting the fire under me to get this room done. For some reason, there does seem to be a wrinkle in time during the 6-week One Room Challenge where time collapses from 6-weeks to 3-weeks. I can’t quite figure out how it happens, but 6-weeks seems like a long period of time…until you’re in it!

Before you leave, make sure you stop by to see all the other Final Reveals from all the other talented bloggers out there.

That Minted Artwork! That Cutting Edge Stencilled Wall! That Reupholstered Chair! That Counter Surround! That Coral Cabinet! I can't decide which is my favorite element of this finished One Room Challenge Room! DIY Home Decor and ORC Final Reveal

So, the only person sad that this crazy 6 weeks is over is my son, who has absolutely loved living off of frozen taquitos and pizza rolls! Sorry dude… the party is over..Mom is back in charge.

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  1. What a gorgeous space! I’m so jealous, I would love to have a space like this all my own! You did a fantastic job, love those grommet curtains for the table, and that chair and art! You did a fantastic job Lynn! And kudos to that man of yours!

      1. Aw thanks my sweet friend! it was a busy 6 weeks, but I’m so glad I did it. Sometimes you just need a kick in the pants to get moving. Right?

        Hope you have a great weekend and looking forward to seeing you soon.

        Hugs, Lynn

  2. Lynn, I can see why you are soooo happy with the results. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Such a bright and cheery space now. Wishing you a cabillion happy hours of creativity there. (P.S. Your hubby rocks for looking after those grommets for you.. he’s a keeper!) Enjoy..and thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Beverly! I know there will be Cabillions and Gazillions of happy and content times in that space. It is just so much less ‘busy’ than it was before…even with that wall! Yup, hubby definitely earned some brownie points for that! I was giddy to see it done.

      I so appreciate you swinging by and for leaving your kind comments.

      Wishing you a lovely weekend and fun holiday preparations!

      Hugs, Lynn

  3. Hi Lynn,

    Your office turned out beautifully!!! I love the art work you selected, that stenciled wall, and the pop of coral you added. Together it all looks amazing!! And a shout out to your hubby…he certainly gets kudos for finishing all those grommets!! Beautiful job my friend!!!

  4. Woohoo! Congrats on making it through <3 this looks like an awesome place to settle in to work. I love the skirt around the table, and the how organized it is! I look forward to seeing what you do in the spring!

    1. Hi Cassie…You’ve hit on some of my favs as well. It’s a much calmer space and now I have no excuse not to be productive! Right?!

      Thanks so much for swinging by today and leaving your kind comments.

      Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  5. Lynn, I LOVE it!!! You made the right decisions on everything you did or bought for your room. What a lovely place to create in and I really enjoy how you did the skirting! 🙂

    1. Aw Thanks Stacy…I am really enjoying my space…and so glad it is DONE.DONE.DONE! My next challenge (it never ends does it?) will be to organize all those spaces I’ve hidden behind closed doors and curtains.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Hugs, LYnn

    1. Thanks Jillian. I’m pretty tickled with it and now I have no excuse not to be uber productive! Thanks for stopping by to visit and hope you have a fantastic weekend.

      Hugs, lynn

    1. Thanks Emy…those are two of my favs too! Now I need to clean out my fridge, take down my Halloween decorations and get ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I know you are as glad to be done as I am!

      Have a great weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  6. Lynn what a great transformation. I love the stenciled wall. It adds drama without being overpowering. The coral is what gives vibrancy to the room along with the artwork. The skirt was also a very pretty touch. Now you will never want to leave your office to go out with the gals.

    1. Aw thanks Mary. I am so very pleased with it, and especially that pop of coral. NOw I just need to get the stuff behind the doors and that beautiful skirt cleaned out and organized. Ugh…But think it will wait for a couple of weeks.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  7. I am so impressed that your husband put in all those grommets for you! My hubby’s pretty handy, but he definitely won’t touch textiles! Your room looks gorgeous, and I bet you’re going to be so much more productive in this beautiful room! Congrats on an awesome makeover, my friend! Oh, and that artwork is stunning by the way!

    1. Hey Robin, How about that hubby of mine. Completely shocked me…to tell you the truth. And you’re right, now I have no excuse not to be productive! Ugh! And that artwork just really brought it all together, didn’t it? Like you though, I am so glad to be done with it.
      Now we need to get busy on Christmas!
      Thanks for stopping by today.

      Hugs, Lynn

  8. I love this room!! You have sold me on stenciling a wall! I have been scared that I would make a big mess but yours looks perfect! Another thing that I am too scared to try is reupholstry. You did a beautiful job.

    1. Aw thanks my sweet friend. There is no doubt in my mind that given your crazy mad skills, you can easily stencil a wall and reupholster a chair or sofa. I am so glad to have my ‘new’ office…it’s been a crazy 6 weeks.

      Now I need to get all my Halloween decorations down, do my laundry, clean out my fridge and buy food. My two boys (husband and son) have absolutely loved living off of frozen taquitos for the past 6 weeks…but that party is over!

      Hugs, Lynn

  9. I believe you did a lovely job, bringing the colours together. It’s cohesive and very cheery. Great job. and i love your humour

    1. Aw, thanks Lori…two wonderful compliments in one comment. The room just feels so much crisper and cleaner. But boy am I glad it’s done. Now I need to get my Halloween decorations down, clean out my fridge and get ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
      I so appreciate you stopping by today and taking the time to leave a sweet comment.
      Wishing you a lovely weekend.

      Hugs, Lynn

    1. Phew…since I know I will never run a Marathon, this is as close as I will get to crossing that finish line…and I’m exhausted! But, I still do a little happy dance when I walk in it…Now I have no excuse to be uber-productive! Right?

      Thanks again for stopping in to visit.

      Hugs, LYnn

    1. Hi Maria, I am so very thrilled and pinch myself each time I walk in my laundry room…much like I imagine you do when you when you walk into your laundry room. And much like I imagine you feel, I am so glad to have it behind me. Man…those were a quick 6 weeks!

      Thanks for coming by to visit.

      Hugs, Lynn

  10. Wow, it’s stunning Lynn, I love your office! I am so jealous, but in a good way, lol, I wish i had a room like this all to myself! Big dream! That craftcounter is amazing, well, eveyrything is really amazing, you probably won’t ever come out of here any more, hey?? Great job, Congratulations my friend!! Hugs!

    1. Hey Katrin…I really do love the way my office came together…but man…getting it done in 6 weeks was way tough.I just had too much going on. But now that it’s done…I do a little happy dance every time I walk in the room. Now it’s time to relax a bit…like that will ever happen, right?
      Thanks so much for coming to visit today.

      Hugs, Lynn

  11. I noticed that it looks like you made your desk using an old door. Do you have any tips or instructions on how you did this or did you buy it?

  12. This just turned out amazing! What an awesome reveal! And how cute is your sweet pup?! Love this – all the heart eyes!

  13. What a gorgeous space! I love that stenciled wall, it could easily pass for wallpaper. I agree, the light from those windows is so great, who needs curtains? 😉 Our healthy meals vanished during the ORC as well, I had to laugh about your son!
    Great job!!!!

    1. Thanks Kari…yup, it’s going to be a rude awakening for him now that ‘mom is back in town’! And I’m very happy with the space now. So much calmer…less busy. And now…no excuse not to be productive right?

      So now I’ve got to get the Halloween decorations down, clean out and fill the fridge and get ready for the holidays! It never ends, right?

      Have a great weekend.

      Hugs, LYnn

  14. The whole space is just perfect! I love the skirt idea as well and I adore the silver utensils holders for the knitting supplies. What a lovely room to create in! Beautiful job Lynn!

    1. Hey Vicki and Jennifer…thanks for swinging by and sharing some love. Like you, I am so glad to have this behind me and loving my space. It’s everything I hoped it would be. Now I just need to catch up on all the other chores that have not been done since September! Have a great week.


  15. Lynn, your office looks beautiful! I love the flood of natural light and the pops of coral you added. They’re so fresh and fun. And you’re right – that Minted print pulls the whole space together. Beautiful job!

    1. Hi Emily, thanks for the props! We have a mutual office admiration society going on here because I think you and your hubby did a fantastic job too. I am so glad to have my office done…I surely feel like I should be more productive! Today will tell.

      Have a great day.

      Hugs, LYnn

  16. Oh Lynn! I’m crazy about this room and totally jealous that you have such a great space to work in. I love love the curtain around the counter too. But I am torn because the coral cabinet and walls are also right up there on the favorite list. Oh and very clever on the gold stripes on the jars. Its all fabulous! But I’m not the least bit surprised, I knew you would make it amazing.

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