It’s officially Week 3 of the One Room Challenge! This week we had to focus on how to choose a range hood because we are removing our current hood and cabinets. (If you’re unfamiliar with the One Room Challenge, it’s a biannual design challenge where 20 designers (and even more guests like me) tackle a room makeover in 6 weeks.) For the ORC we are updating our kitchen, which is definitely a daunting task. We are hoping the tight deadline keeps us motivated so we can get our work done and enjoy our refreshed kitchen!
I don’t feel like we have a ton of progress to show for this past week. Along with working on the kitchen we’re chasing a toddler, sleep training a baby, doing post-graduate work and trying to stay on top of the laundry. However, we did learn how to choose a range hood. We will be doing a TON of work this week, including ordering a new range hood. Before I go into those details, let’s review what all needs to be done.
Here’s the plan for our One Room Challenge Kitchen Makeover:
Paint the cabinets
- Replace the outdated hardware
- Replace the current back splash
- Take out a few cabinets
- Add floating shelves
- Repair and repaint ceiling
- Paint walls
Over the weekend we finished painting the cabinet doors and drawers, so they have been curing all weekend. I need to make a final hardware decision this week so that I can put them all back. It will be SO NICE to have the cabinets fully functioning again. Currently, the kitchen is blocked off with baby gates to keep Mara from playing around in the cabinets. It’s amazing how annoying climbing over a baby gate can be after a few days! Along with attaching the hardware and rehanging the doors, I also need to reinstall all of the baby-proof cabinet locks. Those aren’t pretty, but you can’t see them from the outside anyway!
Once the cabinets are out we will move on to the backsplash! Again, we don’t 100% have something picked out, but we have a good idea of what we want. I’m excited to work on the backsplash, but Jesse kind of wants to hire someone so it will take less time. Time is of the essence for us right now, so we are weighing those pros and cons. The biggest factor for me is whether or not we can get someone out in time for the end of the challenge. If we can, I’m all for saving some time! Especially since I’m a novice tiler and the world’s slowest DIYer.
Once the backsplash is done it will be on to painting, installing the floating shelves and then accessorizing! I can’t even begin to express how excited I am to stage and shoot this space when it’s finished! I’ve wanted to update the kitchen for so long, it’s like a dream come true.