It’s Flocking Week 4 of the One Room Challenge!
I’m flocking stressed out. Last week I decided to reach out for help to install the green flocked wallpaper because, well, I need to get stuff done and I don’t have the time to deal with it. Ozzy was no help, obviously. He doesn’t appear to like this at all, to be honest. He actually looks quite frightened by it.
This wallpaper is really cool, but really tricky to the inexperienced. First you have to do a good job prepping like I explained HERE. Then you have to paste the wall and put the wallpaper up, being careful to line up the pattern, squeeze out the air bubbles, and not get any paste to leak out at the seams. Due to the flocking, if paste gets on the front, that would ruin the velvet, and it might make the colors run. You can imagine how stressed out that would make me.
Time is money.
That is one of the truest sayings ever. And money saves time. I decided that this was one of the things I’d spend some money on, because in the end, seeing a doctor for my stress and a chiropractor for my neck would probably cost more, even with health insurance! And, even though I am good at figuring out how to do stuff, I am aware my time is better spent doing other things.
Like realizing that I’ve don’t have anything else planned for this room.
OMG, you think I’m kidding. Originally, when we were thinking about buying this house (remember I didn’t see it in person or anything smart like that- read about our adventure HERE), I casually thought I would make over a bedroom. I had a bed, dresser, bedding, etc and I thought it would be easy peasy. Then I saw the house after we bought it and changed my mind. I decided to make it an office. And I have zero furniture for an office. And not really much time to look for, order, and receive it before the One Room Challenge deadline. Or money. Because I have a whole house to set up, roof to fix, bathrooms to remodel, and on and on. I can’t spend a lot of money on this room. And I just spent what money I had on the wallpaper installation. Oof.
What to do?
Second hand shopping, of course. Hello Facebook Marketplace. I have bought and sold many things, or given them away. Like the wall of beautifully custom made, solid wood built-ins that were just way too big in my bedroom. I posted them last week and within 24 hours I had over 200 people inquire about them!
Some really nice people came, dismantled them and took them away to give them a new life. I kept stuff out of a landfill, and that makes me feel better about getting rid of them. Although, I did feel bad that they had to make two trips in the rain to get them out.
Where was I?
Oh yeah, I needed furniture for my new office! I decided to hunt for a big table instead of a desk. I have spent over 15 years using my dining table to lay out fabrics, tiles, accessories and drawings all over it. I like having all that room to work. Creative people need to see everything all over the place!
Of course, trying to find something local and inexpensive are only parts of the hunt. Trying to find a good quality piece that would actually look good with that flocking wallpaper are two bigger parts (I’m never gonna stop with the flocking fun). Somehow the ORC gods were looking out for me. I found this amazing table that has two 18″ leaves so I can keep it small as a desk, or make it a huge conference table and workspace when I get going on all the new projects I know are coming down the pipeline.
And the guy even delivered it! And of course it was raining AGAIN. Here’s a picture showing the ugly foyer too. Like I said, SO MUCH TO DO here.
The good news is I found a table and got it delivered. And that I got someone to help with the wallpaper. The bad news is the wallpaper still isn’t done. Something came up and they couldn’t come back the next day. It will be at least a whole week from start to finish on that. So I have a wall and a half without wallpaper but I scheduled the table delivery thinking it would be all finished. Oh, and of course the big table is now in before I remembered to get a rug for the room. Sigh. Of course this is so ass-backwards from how I work with clients. The rug is usually one of the first things I start with. I am my own worst client!
I need rug to help absorb sound because 1. I’m loud and 2. My husband works from home now and he works right across the hall.
I needed to act fast and I’m not sure if this rug will stay or end up for sale after this ORC.
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I also need it to be low pile if I want to be able to move around easily on it in my desk chair. Oh wait. I need a flocking desk chair too!!
Prime to the flocking rescue.
Ok, this time I just went to Amazon Prime and got a desk chair. I can’t get a Herman Miller chair at this time, but that would be awesome down the road.
I wanted one I can adjust the height, and having arms that flip up and out of the way is a bonus. I didn’t realize I bought the black and white version, so I hope it looks good.
What flocking else?
I have to figure out what the heck to do with the window seat that has an ugly cushion on it. Also have to hang up some drapes. Maybe find some lighting. Hang some art, I suppose. I have to figure out where I’m going to put my STUFF. I have a lot of stuff but I don’t like clutter. Things have to be easily accessible but easy to put away when I don’t need it. You know, everything in it’s place. Right now that place is in the basement.
Am I forgetting anything? Oh I’m sure there’s more but I know I have to finish the wallpaper and finally get this room photographed and show you all. I have two weeks. No biggie. (I’m flocking crazy.)
The One Room Challenge is a bi-annual event hosted by Calling it Home showcasing 20 featured participants and many guest participants as they renovate a single room, documenting all of it over the course of six weeks. The One Room Challenge kindly shares all of the blog entries and the finished spaces at the end of the 6 weeks. You can see them by clicking the image. So many good ones!
Each season there are twenty featured participants. Check them out below.