Fall One Room Challenge: Week 5

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I can’t believe it’s week five already of the One Room Challenge! Where does the time go? We made unreal progress this last week. As I write this post the paneling is almost complete. I’m still really nervous about completing this on time, and there are so many products that are going to make this project sing. I’ll share everything in real time on instagram stories. Let’s talk about what did happen this week!

New subfloor to help leveling our old, old, never level house. 

Floor right after grouting. can’t wait to see it with the wall color!

Our Floor From New Ravenna

I’m the type of person to get OBSESSED with something. Ever since the Coverings Show, where I saw New Ravenna for the first time, I have been obsessing. They make the most beautiful tile products. I always struggle with wanting something older and hand made looking in our home. I want the humanity and slight imperfectness. New Ravenna’s tile work has so much character and depth, I started spending way too much time on their website. 

I decided on a tumbling block pattern (also called Rhombille) because it’s been in my mind since I was in high school. I originally saw it touring a church in Italy. The pattern while modern looking, goes back to ancient Greece. I’ve seen it used in historical applications since I was in college and always been interested in the pattern. The pattern was very popular for quilting around 1850, which is the year our house might have been built – so yeah – I had to get this in our house. Extra credit reading on the pattern at this article

One of the most common questions I get is: where do I find inspiration for projects? Lots of different places. One tile I’m obsessed with is this black 3-d looking tile.  I’m wondering where I can use this in our house! Or our kitchen floor, I might want to do something it smaller tiles like the kitchens from the 1890s. New Ravenna has the capability to do custom work, so I always look through galleries and note what I get excited about seeing.

Custom Paneling with Metrie

I really wanted wood paneling in this bathroom but had no idea where to start. I was introduced to Metrie during the last One Room Challenge. I noticed they sold moulding that was very similar to what was already in our house. Old home renovators: they are a great resource. I’m always on the hunt for good home renovation resources and we hit the jack pot with Metrie. They sell all the wood you need for interior wood work. Our house has all the historic moulding, except in two rooms. We have to add it back where we don’t have it, and this bathroom is one of the few places that has no detail. 

Our tool village. 

Will is killing it installing all this mill work! He got some new tools and is sawing away on our porch to get this project done. We customized the edge on the paneling so we could match a historic look. It’s our first time doing a project of this sort, and while it took a lot of planning – it’s not as bad as we thought. I say that with 6 days left to complete the bathroom and one day to photograph it. (Someone shake me!) Some late nights happening at our house. 

Same saw we used for the fence. Putting some milage on this puppy!
We used a visual to help imagine how large the boxes would be. 
Will’s favorite laser level. We could not have done the paneling without it!
Getting there! Some details need to be added but you can see we are getting closer to paint. 

A lot is going to happen this next week. The design will come together with the addition of wallpaper, paint and the cabinet. Plus reinstalling the sink with a makeover from Perrin and Rowe. I’m saving a special surprise for you with the cabinet and some pretty fabulous art just arrived that is simply amazing. See you back here next Wednesday for the big reveal. I’ll also list all the resources in next weeks reveal. 

Products mentioned sponsored as part of the One Room Challenge. 

Be sure to check out the other bloggers doing the ORC. Link list below.

At Home with Ashley | Bre Purposed | Dabito | The English Room | Erin Kestenbaum | Harlow & Thistle | House of Brinson | J & J Design | Kelly Golightly | Linda HoltMegan Bachmann | Michelle Gage | Mimosa Lane | Murphy Deesign | Nicole ColeOld Home Love | SG Style | Shay Geyer | Sita Montgomery | Style MPL

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  1. Diane says:

    This is looking so great and I can’t wait to see the finished room. You guys inspire me with what you get done, and your thoughtful approach to old home restoration is the real deal. Go Brinsons!

  2. This a stunning! I absolutely love the “box” panelling (no idea what the official term is, ha). Our last house was old and I remember all those unlevel angles making renovations and updates quite… interesting. I am so excited for your reveal! Good luck this week. Coffee up 😉

  3. jackie says:

    You are both incredible! You are making the needed updates and repairs as you go with LOVE. This looks amazing already. You are keeping things true to the story of Stonyford, while making it your own with the colors and patterns. Take a deep breath. You are almost done. Then you can stand back and just look in AWE at your BEAUTIFUL sink. She is gorgeous. Admire the open room with one toilet paper holder. No shower. Just an absolutely beautiful cabinet that will stand proudly in your newly renovated space. I am in awe of you both. Can’t wait to see your room completed.

  4. Shalonne Luke says:

    Gah! I just discovered you on insta and I’m obsessed! This is beautiful and I love the cabinet. I miss having access to good salvage and antique places (I moved to a smaller town). Anyway, question. We are in the process of doing the same panel molding (full wall though) but I’m struggling with the sizing. How did you come up with h & w? And how big are your boxes?

    • We’re glad you found us. Thanks for following.
      The panels were a little less technical and a bit more visual to figure out for us. We decided where we wanted the top of the moulding to be and started there. If you can, put some painters tape at the top of where you want your moulding and at the bottom/baseboard that will give you your outer box. Next is where it was more visual, we taped up scraps of wood horizontally to see where/how many rows we wanted. We decided to do two rows, which was one horizontal piece. Measure between the top and bottom of your painters tape and make a mark in the center. That is where the center moulding will go. If you have more rows, just divide the space between the painters tape evenly and make your marks.
      The vertical sections are pretty much the same process. For the vertical pieces make sure to add painters tape to each end of the wall. You will have moulding on the ends to complete the box. Next add a few vertical painters tape pieces along the wall until you create the amount of boxes you desire. Once you have the desired boxes, take the amount of vertical strips you made and divide them between the measurements of the two end pieces and make your marks. This will tell you how many boxes you have.
      Do this for each wall. The height of the boxes will always be the same from wall to wall but the width will change slightly depending on how wide the walls are from each other.
      You can draw all this out also, but the painters tape is much more fun and you get to see what it’s actually going to look like. Good luck!

  5. Shalonne says:

    Omg thank you so much! So it is ok if they vary in width per wall, or in our case section of wall since a doorway hits about a quarter through the space. I’m doing the painters tape trick tonight. So I can see if I want bigger or smaller boxes. I can’t thank you enough. Been so scared to pull the trigger, we have no clue what we are doing, but figured this is a good place to start.

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