Fall 2016 One Room Challenge [Week 3: All The Things Are Arriving!]

Ok. Seriously. This challenge is half-way over. Say what?! If you’re sitting there wondering what challenge I’m talking about, then let me catch you up a bit!

Today, I’m sharing my week 3 progress post for the Fall 2016 One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling It Home. If you missed the start of this space, here are my Week 1 & Week 2 posts.

The One Room Challenge™ is an event that takes place every April and October, where 20 selected design bloggers transform a space in their home over the course of 6 weeks. But this challenge is not just for the pros! ANY blogger, referred to as a “Guest Participant” can join in the fun as well! By Thursday of each week the internet is roaring with ORC buzz! Ideas, inspiration and so so much support! All of the participants are genuinely encouraging and extremely helpful and motivating. Each week the support system grows stronger and stronger — we’re all in this TOGETHER!

For for me, this challenge is more than just sharing a pretty room at the end. It truly is a challenge. Coming up with a vision and creating a design is only a small milestone in the grand scheme of the challenge. It pushes me to plan, be organized, frugal, thrifty, creative, bold and brave. Of course, I want there to be a pretty room at the end of all of this, but the journey is what makes it fun! The good, the bad and the ugly. And yes, most of us all start with the ugly.

The before right??!

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I just can’t decide which one is worse!

After I shared my before pictures, I showed you my overall vision for the dining room with this mood board I created.

Bold Graphic Glam Dining Room Makeover | One Room Challenge Mood Board & design ideas | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

I still love my plan and I’m working my butt off to make this thing come to life! Last week, I shared with you my favorite lighting options from Lamps Plus and showed you which glam gold fixture I selected. Lighting is key in this space, so a touch of modern glam seemed to be the right direction to take.

Now, this week….I’m waiting. Just waiting for the rest of my pieces to arrive. I’ve been scouring the internet and literally stalking my favorite local thrift store nearly everyday after I drop the boys off at school. Let me tell you. I’ve scored a few times. Like BIG time a few times. Between cardboard boxes arriving on the porch every other day and my white plastic thrift store sacks being snuck in and stashed in the dining room, I’d say I’ve got some loot piling up! T hasn’t said much because he knows I’m doing what I can to find great deals and use things we have. Or the things that I find and can’t live without. He’s become quite used to those times, I guess too 😉

Let’s take a quick peek at the original checklist and see where we’re currently at with each item:

ORC checklist | This is our Bliss

  • pick out paint colors
  • paint walls & repair damage / holes [happened this week!]
  • ceiling feature [I’ve got a few ideas brewing!!]
  • unique wall treatment?  I decided to just go with paint…the walls are eaten up by doorways and windows which would have made it difficult to bring some of the ideas I had to life.
  • replace chandelier [made selection & it arrived!]
  • sconces? [yep, found some!]
  • have lighting installed [next week!]
  • replace blinds
  • find curtain rods / determine how to hang in bay window – working on this…
  • find hutch
  • paint hutch??? [not sure if I’m going to or not]
  • order table
  • determine chair situation — how many? what type(s)?
  • order rug [it came yesterday!]
  • find barcart [& stock it!]
  • find various decor items
  • style, style, style!
  • miscellaneous projects / diy’s:

And oh my goodness! All the things that have arrived so far, I am IN LOVE with every. single. one. I did mull over many of the selections into the wee hours of the night, many nights in a row, but so far I haven’t been disappointed with the quality, coloring, etc. of the pieces. And that isn’t always the case, especially when making online purchases. Admittedly. I am the Queen of “returns” but that is honestly the last thing I want to be doing over the course of the challenge!! Printing return shipping labels and running around town taking things back. No thank you! Now, I’m not saying that won’t happen because I’m pretty confident I will be doing that at some point. But for now, I’m relishing in my *good* decisions thus far!

Want to take a peek a few of the lone rangers hanging out in the [finally!] empty dining room?!

Texture & pattern for the Dining Room space | One Room Challenge Fall 2016 | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

The rug is pretty sweet. And I will say I was suuuper nervous about ordering a rug with flecks of….color. I mean…I tend to stay neutral with my larger decor items, but this funky blue and gray abstract rug was calling my name from the get-go! It just landed on the doorstep yesterday! I showed you the chandelier last week, but here is an up-close shot of a few of the crystal “leaves” on the ends of the spikes.

Gold & crystal leaf chandelier spikes | This is our Bliss

Aren’t they gorgeous?!!

And yes. I DID put that whole thing together. 100 spikes and all!

And for the other biggy in the room right now…

New Dining Room Hutch for the One Room Challenge | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

Um. Can we talk about this hardware for a second?

New Dining Room Hutch | Brass hardware sneak peek before its shined up! | This is our Bliss | www.thsisourbliss.com

So, here is where I could use your help. Should I…

A – paint it?

B – clean it up and leave it?

Please, please tell me your thoughts in the comments section. I am SO torn! I of course will clean it all up and polish the hardware, but I am kinda digging the wood look, but the white in my design board had me leaning that way… THESE are the decisions that stress me out!

Thanks so much for bearing with me through week 3. There wasn’t any earth-shattering updates and I quite frankly, didn’t want to share too much of my new goodies yet!! Next week will be here before we know it and I’ll be sharing more sneak peeks and progress updates with you!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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A big thank you to This is our Bliss’s brand partners!


*[Affiliate links were used below.]

RugsUSA | Lamps Plus | The Bouqs Co. | Cutting Edge Stencils | Minted | Luna Bazaar

One Room Challenge Fall 2016 | Dining Room Makeover | This is our Bliss | www.thisisourbliss.com

Week 1 | Before Pictures + Mood Board
Week 2 | Glam Gold Chandelier Options
Week 3 | All The Things are Arriving! [we are here this week!]
Week 4 | DIY Cornice Boards
Week 5 | Wall Art
Week 6 | The Reveal!

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  • refashionablylate
    November 2, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    I can’t wait to see your crystal chandelier! Those crystal leaves look amazing!

  • rachel621
    October 27, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    I am looking so forward to seeing the reveal! You mood board is perfection!

  • Jenny
    October 26, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    OOO, that chandelier is going to be beautiful! I really think the wood would work well with your design, but I know if you paint it it will look awesome too! The trouble with painting is that the “return” process is much more difficult (coming from another return queen herself!) 😉

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 27, 2016 at 4:03 PM

      haha, yes! That dang return issue! Thankfully this piece was thrifted, so I can’t go wrong either way! Thanks for popping over and weighing in 😉

  • Kyla @HouseOfHipsters
    October 25, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    A glossy black would look amazing!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 27, 2016 at 4:02 PM

      oooo yes! That WOULD look amazing! I feel like I can’t go quite that dark though because of my dark table and dark curtain panels. It might stay the way it is for awhile…

  • meghemm
    October 24, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    Love how your room is coming together, that light fixture is so gorgeous! I can’t decide on painting vs. not – I’m usually all for painting, but it could be so pretty left as wood, too!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 27, 2016 at 4:01 PM

      Thanks, Meg! See that’s the hard part! I think it could look pretty great either way!! uggghh these decisions ha!

  • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things
    October 21, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    love your mood board – the room is going to be fantastic! I love the rug even with the specs of color (I tend to like neutral, too!). I love the natural color of the wood but it would look nice painted too … can’t wait to see what you do!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 27, 2016 at 4:00 PM

      Thanks, Sarah! Neutrals are for sure my go-to, but I’m learning that branching out a bit is FUN!! Thanks for your thoughts on painting vs. leaving it. Hopefully I can pull the trigger on a decision soon!

  • simple nature decor
    October 20, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Your mood board is brilliant, everything works well and its a decorators delight! I think its nice to have a gorgeous piece of furniture that has a beautiful wood along with the gold and white, its my favorite look.

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 27, 2016 at 3:59 PM

      Wow! Thanks so much! I appreciate your thoughts on the piece. I agree that is such a pretty look! I’ve got to decide before too long 😉

  • Jen @ Noting Grace
    October 20, 2016 at 7:59 PM

    That fixture tease is killing me! I can’t wait to see the final reveal!

  • Emily
    October 20, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Love the sneak peeks! I really like the flecks of color in your rug – a dash of something but it doesn’t seem overwhelming. I don’t know what to tell you with the furniture either! I like the wood tone, but white would be so bright and crisp… can’t wait to see what you decide!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 27, 2016 at 3:52 PM

      Thanks, Emily!! The rug was definitely outside of my comfort zone, but like you said its just little flecks of color! The verdict has not been reached yet. Still waiting it out!!

  • Laura J
    October 20, 2016 at 1:42 PM

    I say clean up the hardware first and see how it looks. Maybe even leave it until the room is almost done and then decide — I think if it doesn’t clean up well, a gorgeous hammered gold finish (dull, not shiny) could be perfect with that gorgeous chandelier

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 27, 2016 at 3:50 PM

      Thank you, Laura! I’m cleaning up the hardware soon and then will keep pondering the rest of it! It’s been a tough decision!!

  • Jillian
    October 20, 2016 at 12:03 PM

    I’m in favor of painting it, I think it would have more of a pop. You could let time determine what to do, if you have time paint it, if not clean it. The space is looking great. I can’t wait to see what happens with the hutch.

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 27, 2016 at 3:50 PM

      Thanks, Jillian! I think I’m going to take a little more time to wait and decide. I’m just so torn! Thanks for weighing in 😉

  • Denise
    October 20, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Can’t wait to see the fixture in place! I love the piece as is, but it depends on your table. If it doesn’t go well together then for sure paint it 🙂

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 27, 2016 at 3:49 PM

      Thanks, Denise! The table is really dark, so I think white or the medium wood color would work! SO many decisions yet to make eek!

  • ashley@biggerthanthethreeofus
    October 20, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Love love love the design board!

  • brepurposed
    October 20, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Ah can’t wait to see this all come together! Are you painting the hutch? I kinda love it as is! But if you are painting it I would definitely clean up the hardware or give them a quick coat of spray paint. Gold maybe? 😉

  • Amanda
    October 20, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Ahhh so gorgeous! I think that piece is beautiful as-is, I wouldn’t paint it!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 27, 2016 at 3:43 PM

      Thanks, Amanda!! The votes are split for white vs leave it. I’m kind of leaning your way though. It really is a pretty natural color!!

  • 2beesinapod
    October 20, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    We are so intrigued by the lighting spikes 🙂 and can’t wait to see it hung in your space. We are huge fans of painted furniture – we think it will look amazing. Best wishes with whatever you decide!

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 27, 2016 at 3:42 PM

      Thanks!! I’m so in love with that light AND all of it’s spikes ha! I haven’t decided what to do…white or leave it. I need to hurry up and decide!

  • Cassie Bustamante
    October 20, 2016 at 6:51 AM

    this is going to be sooooo good! i love the rug and the light! you are painting the hutch, right? if you are painting it i would clean the hardware for sure- it will pop against the modern white finish.

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 27, 2016 at 3:41 PM

      Thanks, Cassie!! I’m still torn between white and leaving the natural wood color!! I’ll definitely be zhushing up the hardware though 😉

  • Brittany Goldwyn
    October 20, 2016 at 6:50 AM

    Can’t wait to see all 100 pieces together! P.S.–is that one of the new Ikea place mats under the chandelier pieces? The black and white one (first pic after the checklist)?

  • Melissa @ Polished Habitat
    October 20, 2016 at 12:38 AM

    I can’t wait to see that rug and light fixture! I don’t even know what to tell you with the furniture painting. I think it could work as is, but looking at your mood board I like the idea of it being painte

    • Rachael @ This is our Bliss
      October 27, 2016 at 3:39 PM

      Thanks, Melissa! I’m still struggling with what to do! I love the idea of white, but something is telling me to leave it alone like I did my “indoor bar” piece. We’ll see!!

  • Kathy
    October 19, 2016 at 11:25 PM

    Looks great and love your vision. Can’t wait to see the finished project!

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