One Room Challenge: Week 4

24 Oct One Room Challenge: Week 4

The weeks have been flying by!!  This marks week 4 of the One Room Challenge.  Participating in the One Room Challenge has definitely been time consuming, but I’m enjoying it and will be happy to have the dining room finally done.  Here’s what I got accomplished this week:

1. I’ve been a painting maniac…I think the paintbrush has become permanently attached to my left hand! The upper part of the hutch took FOR.EV.ER to paint, and the glass couldn’t be taken out of the doors so I had to tape everything (another time consuming project).  The side panels were glass but we took those out and replace them with wood.

Here’s the before:

Here’s my inspiration photo with the horizontal planks:

And here it is now:

The doors need to be put on, but I’m thrilled at how it turned out!  Love it!  I have to admit, my husband caught me sitting in the dining room just staring at it!  Now comes the fun part- Styling!  I’ve been collecting treasures (some new & some finds from around the house) and will start editing.

2. Here’s a quick project I did with coral…

Some cheap “pet store” coral and a can of spray paint and I ended up with these…

3. The molding got a fresh coat of paint and this weekend will be another painting marathon as I tackle the ceiling, baseboards and walls.

4. The chandelier has been ordered. (No- I’m not going to reveal which one I chose, but thanks to everyone for their imput!)

5. I wanted a painting for above the mantle, and while prowling around Etsy I found a wonderful artist- Linda Donahue – and I love her abstract work!  She had at least ten paintings that would have worked in my dining room, except they weren’t the right size!  I contacted Linda, and she is going to create a piece for me to fit the space above the mantle.  I’m so excited!!  The only issue is that she’s away right now, so she’s not going to have it done in time for the big reveal.  But I’ll give you a peak at some of her work…

Green Landscape Seascape Painting Original Art - Coastal Greens 20 x 20

Green Landscape Seascape Original Painting- Green Landscape 16 x 20

Pretty Sea 8 x 10 Giclee Print, Matted to 11 x 14

Blue Abstract Seascape Landscape Painting in Frame - SB8B95 8 X 8

Awesome, right?!

Looking forward to seeing what everyone else got done this week! You can see the other ORC participants and the progress they’ve made at Calling It Home. 

As always, feel free to leave a comment or ask questions in the comments section below.

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  • Kerry Steele- Design du Monde
    Posted at 11:49h, 24 October

    I love Linda Donahue's work. Its going to be a great addition to the room.

  • Traci Hutton
    Posted at 12:13h, 24 October

    The coral trick is genius!! Can't wait to see your beautiful room finished!

  • Linda {Calling it Home}
    Posted at 12:53h, 24 October

    I love Linda's work. Great choice and so what if it isn't here in time, you are in this home and room for the long-run. FYI, go into 'edit' on your post and click on your pictures, then select "large" or "extra large". I really want to see more of that beautiful hutch you painted. It looks fab.

    Posted at 13:16h, 24 October

    Michelle…you know I am a huge fan of Linda's! She just finished a commission for me to place in a clients home. And dang girl…that coral idea is fabulous! As if the makeover of the hutch….

  • Renee Stephens
    Posted at 14:42h, 24 October

    What beautiful artwork! I love how your buffet turned out too. It's all looking so great!

    Renee @

  • Kimber McGallagher
    Posted at 14:59h, 24 October

    Gorgeous art! And that coral? GENIUS.

  • Rebecca { MyDarlingHouse}
    Posted at 15:46h, 24 October

    The art is gorgeous! Can't wait to see what yours looks like!

  • Michelle Woeller
    Posted at 16:18h, 24 October

    Got the photos fixed! For some reason this morning it wasn't letting me change the size.

  • Michelle Woeller
    Posted at 16:24h, 24 October

    I just saw your post on the piece that Linda did for you…it's lovely! I usually wouldn't consider myself an "abstract art" kind of gal, but she's got me hooked! I can't wait to see what she creates for me.

  • Michelle Woeller
    Posted at 16:25h, 24 October

    Thanks Renee!

  • Michelle Woeller
    Posted at 16:26h, 24 October

    Thanks Kimber! The coral project was easy and under $20- a great alternative to pricier pieces!

  • Eris Wiggins
    Posted at 18:23h, 24 October

    Timeout, is that really pet store coral? Because if so, I'm headed to the pet store after work and totaling borrowing that idea!! Could not love how the hutch turned out any more!

  • Carol
    Posted at 20:32h, 24 October

    OMG – what a beautiful job on that hutch! Love it!!!! Also love the little coral project – you might see something like that turn up in my room too 🙂 .

  • stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs
    Posted at 00:03h, 25 October

    Wow!!!!! – its amazing how much paint transform something… the hutch and pet store coral??? look great and I just love the paintings!

  • Vel Criste
    Posted at 00:21h, 25 October

    aaaaah!! looks fantastic Elle! You should be very proud!!!

  • Elisa of Fancy Free Me
    Posted at 10:45h, 25 October

    I absolutely love how your hutch turned out! The planks look great and painting that coral is brilliant.

  • Michelle Woeller
    Posted at 15:56h, 25 October

    Yes it is! About $20 + a can of spray paint.

  • Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    Posted at 19:07h, 25 October

    Oh wow, you completely transformed that piece of furniture with paint, and I love the planking!! Linda Donahue's work is amazing. How exciting that you are getting a piece of her artwork for your room!

  • Jessica
    Posted at 16:28h, 27 October

    The hutch looks great, I love the blue planks. I'm also a big fan of abstract landscape-type artwork. Bummer that it won't be done for the reveal date, but the piece is going to be beautiful!

  • Jen Gilday
    Posted at 14:29h, 29 October

    What is Linda's etsy store? I can't seem to find her…. Here work is amazing!


  • Michelle Woeller
    Posted at 17:35h, 29 October

    In the etsy search bar, type in Linda Donohue- I spelled her last name incorrectly in my post. Sorry, Linda!

  • willowinteriors
    Posted at 01:17h, 30 October

    Everything is looking so wonderful. The hutch is beautiful! And what a neat idea w/the pet store coral!
    I'm so jealous that you will have your very own Linda Donohue in your room! Can't wait to see it all come together!