Sitting Room Progress Report – week 2

Yo! We’re in full swing of the One Room Challenge over here and well…. like most DIY projects things don’t always go as planned. Last week I announced that we’re taking on the challenge of redoing one room in 6 weeks and shared my plan to change our formal living room into just a sitting area which will make room for phase 2, a much larger dining room.

Yep, we’re just real people, redoing a real room, in real time for this seriesand real it is. My hope is that you can see that progress in any space takes time and life with young kids still has to continue around all of the projects. Yes, it can be a lot to take on, but I so believe that it’s still worth doing cause in the end this room is going to work so much better for my family.

Things always seem to take a little longer than anticipated. A sick kid happens, and the dreaded multiple trips to Home Depot ensue…

But we’ve made progress and I’m still very excited about the plan for the space!

I managed to get all of the walls painted and we started the built-in! (I’ve been sharing daily progress over on my Instagram stories and rounded up the footage for you here at the bottom of this post.)

ORC wk 2 progress report

Here’s what the front room looked like just a few days ago! Bu-bye floating shelves!

front room before

Remember that the big project in here is the built-ins that we’re creating. I think they’ll add so much character to this super boxy room.

The built-ins are going to be part big box store cabinets below, and made from scratch shelving above. We’re also making the bench / window seat from scratch as well.

Of course I’ll be sharing a detailed tutorial for how we did this once it’s done, but for now here’s the plan and some progress shots…

built in plan

So yesterday morning I built the 2 lower Ikea cabinets, we cut holes in the back of each cabinet to be able to access the outlets, we placed the cabinets, leveled them, cut the counter top for each one, and installed them.

Then we had to break for after school adulting duties but got back at it after dinner and created the base structure for what will be the bench seat and attachment for our baseboard.

how to make a built-in using IKEA kitchen cabinets

We wrapped up at about nine o’clock, just in time for me to take on the dish washer, dishes, pack lunches for the next day, fold two loads of laundry, have a glass of wine, and attempt to watch a movie — which I didn’t make it through.

All in a day’s work I guess!

In case you missed my Insta stories, I uploaded them here so you can see in “real time” how all of this is happening and if you want to follow along in REAL real time, be sure to follow me over on Instagram for the raw footage!

I’ll be back next week with another progress report but in the meantime, be sure to check out the other projects happening in the One Room Challenge too!


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Corey is the creative behind Hey There, Home where she shares easy-to-follow and beautiful home decor and entertaining ideas. Her mission? To make home decor accessible to everyone, even if you don't consider yourself crafty, and to empower people to decorate their homes in a way that they can actually be lived in, not just looked at.

0 thoughts on “Sitting Room Progress Report – week 2

  1. Love the plan and your moodboard looks fantastic! looking forward to seeing your plan comes to life in 4 weeks!

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