I'm so excited to announce that I'll be participating in my first One Room Challenge! It feels like I didn’t have enough stress in my life so I decided to accept the challenge and renovate a season room in our rental house!
If you are not familiar with a One Room Challenge, it's a wildly anticipated biannual event where participants challenged to complete a makeover of one room. It usually goes on for 6 weeks, but considering the events in the world, it was extended to 8 weeks this year. Sounds easy? Well, not so much!
While I'm not one of the featured designers, I'll be joining as a guest participant and will challenge myself to renovate one room from start to finish in 8 weeks. I'll be posting updates on my blog every Thursday so make sure you sign up for my newsletter (below), so you don't miss a thing.
If you are new here (hi!), I'm April and I love to make things myself. I live in Connecticut with my husband and 2 little girls. I love to build furniture for my kids, like this playground, or a sandbox picnic table for my kids. Since we are renting this house, I never tackled a room completely from start to finish, but it is about to change!
My family loves to hang out in the season room during summer. When it's hot outside, the screened patio is a perfect place to eat, drink and entertain.
We had a very rough winter this year and a lot of snow storms. The wind teared down black fiberglass screening and damaged the bead board on the walls. To be fair, bead board isn't a perfect material for an outdoor space. And the fiberglass screening already got damaged by squirrels last summer, when they chewed through it to get to my tomatoes. (I build a raised garden bed last summer and had rather unpleasant encounter with squirrels)
The season room clearly needs some TLC and I'm about to transform it in 8 weeks.
Plans for season room
I plan to change the bead board with siding panels that are meant for an outdoor use. This way it will be more durable towards weather conditions and it won't get damaged as easily. I also plan to replace the fiberglass screen. My research showed that fiberglass screen is the best option. I also would like to change the door and powerwash the floors.
As you can see we have a punching bag in the corner. It will have to stay where it is but I'm thinking to add a rack with weights and make it into a workout corner.
When it comes to furniture, I'm looking at the Facebook Market place if I can get some outdoor furniture. If this won't work, I'll make a sectional myself.
Another thing that I'm excited to make is a coffee table with a mosaic table top. I've seen this trend and really would love to get my hands on it.
I'm not exactly sure how the final room will look like but I created a mood board for you to see a direction of where I'm going.
- Wood siding panels. These are durable to be outside.
- Moulding. I'm planning to add it on the top and bottom.
- Fiberglass screening. Pretty much the same as we have now.
- Fan lamp. I absolutely obsessed with this lamp.
- Wall lamp. This one is so cute but I'd probably get a bronze one.
- Desert mosaic coffee table. Love this one but it's pricey.
- Tomato barrel and greens.
- Lamps for the outdoor. They just make magic.
I'll be posting sneak peaks to Instagram as the weeks progress, so make sure you're following along. You can also sign up for email updates below so that you don't miss any of the action!
Want more swift renovations to follow? Here are the other 20 insanely talented designers in the One Room Challenge to follow! Can’t wait to see where we all end up.