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ORC Week 7: I Tried Painting With Color, and This Is What Happened…Plus, The Best Second-Hand Furniture Finds

Week 7 is over, and I can’t believe we are in the final stretch for the One Room Challenge.

For those new here, I’m currently participating in a design challenge that involves designing and renovating one space in my home in just eight weeks!

My room of choice for the 2024 Spring ORC is our two-year-old daughter’s bedroom.

Last week, I installed a charming small print cottage wallpaper, and this week, it’s all about paint color. Plus, I found a few amazing second-hand finds that add to the English cottage style I am going for.

Click the links below to check out the week-by-week progress!

Follow the Progress for Each Week

Second-Hand Vintage Finds

This last week-end was a success for finding the vintage pieces I needed for Avah’s bedroom. It doesn’t happen often that you hit the jack pot, and I am so excited these items popped up just in time!

First, I scored this scrubbed english pine dresser at the Vintage Market Days in Raleigh. English pine is usually quite expensive, but this dresser was more than half the price of anything I could find online, plus, I didn’t have to pay for shipping. This dresser is so sweet with the large bun knobs and scalloped bottom. Absolutely perfect for an English Cottage bedroom.

I’ve been on the hunt for months for an old swivel rocking chair and I scored this on FB Marketplace for $50! These old chairs are insanely comfy and are also built to last. At some point I will reuholster, but the pattern works with the room as is.

The Best Yellow paint

I love my neutrals, but for Avah’s room, I wanted to try a color on the trim. Believe it or not, this is the first time I have painted with a color!

As you can see in the photo above, this was an agonizing decision.

Initially I assumed I would choose a soft green color because I instinctvly use green throughout my home and feel comfortable with it. As the room started coming together I felt that wasn’t the right decision.

The poppy sprig wallpaper incorporates green, blue, and yellow. Blue felt too boyish, so that’s when I thought, what about yellow??

I’m typically not a yellow girl, but I think it can look sweet and inviting for a girl’s room.

The color is Whole Wheat by Sherwin Williams. To me, this rich golden beige-yellow feels warm, cottagey, sweet, and a bit historic too. Perfect for a little girl’s room!

I am so happy I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried something new!

I also installed the crystal knobs on the closest doors and I’m dying. It’s feeling so cottagey and feminine.

What do you think of the yellow? I would love to hear your thoughts!

This coming week I am working hard to get this room ready for the final reveal. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the new cabinet doors arrive in time, and that all the other finishes get here too. There is so much left to do!

If you’d like to check out the design plans of the other participants, you can find them at the One Room Challenge Blog.

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