Hello friends, and welcome to the One Room Challenge Fall 2019 Week 2. To be honest, I made zero progress this past week, and this part you are about to see was done before the challenge started. This round is going to be one of those where I am burning the midnight oil that last week before the reveal. Thoughts and prayers are appreciated. I also decided to do Sober October which may have been a mistake, but we will get through these hard times. Oh, and did I mention I am traveling to Austin, TX next week? Yep. Do you guys remember the game of Hungry Hungry Hippos from when you were a kid? You would smack the lever at the highest speed you could and out would go the hippo’s neck, mouth wide open, trying to gobble up all of the balls. Then because of your rapid fire, the neck would get stuck and you would lose because you tried to bite too much too fast. That is basically how I tend to approach my life, and currently I am sitting here with my neck out, mouth wide open, and I am frozen because I moved too fast. So my hippo might not win. What was I even saying? Oh, yes, One Room Challenge. The big news is that We have a banquette!! I have dreamed of a banquette since we moved into this house, and now it’s here, it’s here!!!! Let’s take a look at it, shall we? Oh, and if you missed the plans for our dining room, you can check them out here. This blog uses affiliate links.
I would love to be able to tell you that Chris and I built this with out own two hands. I could tell you that, but it would be a total lie and I am no liar unless it comes to telling Wilder it’s bedtime and we’re really thirty minutes early. The truth is we hired a contractor to do the work in our kitchen, build this banquette and move the electric (as you can see the outlets are on the ends), and move the light fixture as well as patch the ceiling. We wanted the outlets moved to the ends so that we could easily sit here with laptops and help the kids with homework, etc. As you can see it was built with plywood, and we had them add baseboards to the bottom.
Our plan is to paint it the same white as the trim as I want it just to sort of blend into the wall, but not too much so people walk into it like, “Oh my gosh, I didn’t even see this obstruction!” Although that might be entertaining to watch at times, like when it’s Sober October. We also had them build the banquette so that the top opens up, and we plan to store our millions of gold bars inside of it. (I am trying to manifest here.) Until we are able to fill it up with gold, we’ll probably just store small appliances inside, like the crock pot. The solid gold crock pot.
Obviously this room is not even close to being done, and this isn’t the table that is staying here. However, I cannot tell you how happy I am to be able to sit and eat in this space after eating in the basement or outside with the mosquitoes for about three months. We’ve already been enjoying this space SO much. Actually, we might just keep it like this because it’s totally functional. Ok, One Room Challenge is done and here’s my reveal! I mean, the dog seems pretty content with it.
If only I could sleep like that and just not care what the space around me looked like, but gosh do I really enjoy making things pretty, so I will keep on plugging forward! Also, I will probably not include Wilder’s clip on high chair in the final reveal, but man do we love that thing! It’s such a space saver, and it’s machine washable. I am thinking of getting some larger ones for the rest of us instead of these chairs. I just don’t think I have the flexibility to get in and out and might get stuck in my chair. I guess I need to think about that further.
This weekend we are going to work on some painting, and we’re just painting the walls white so it might not look any different next week. The dog might move, so I will be sure to document that for you.
Are you doing the One Room Challenge, too? Tell me all about your progress and how you stay sane for another 5 weeks!