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Outdoor Living Room and Al Fresco Dining Space 4 of 8

ORC: Week 4

Thanks again for joining me for the Spring 2021 One Room Challenge!

If you’re new to this blog series, start at Week One to see all the initial design plans and follow along each week to see the progress.

Continue to follow along here for weekly blog updates and on Instagram for stories, tutorials, and more!

Well, it’s Week 4 of the challenge which means we are halfway through.

Am I halfway done?

I think, yes, actually. I’m cruising along pretty well but there are always bumps in the road. So, I’m going to keep working at it every day because I don’t want to be rushed once we hit that inevitable snag.

Speaking of cruising along well, I knocked quite a few things off the to-do list this week.

We ended Week 3 still needing to lay edge bricks on the patio and seal the gaps with polymeric sand. I am happy to report that those items went off without a hitch and my dog, Jesse (the self-proclaimed supervisor of this job), even gave her stamp of approval.

We also only had part of a gazebo built last week but we worked up until dark again and now we have the roof on, too.


I am so glad to be done with the patio pavers and the major portions of the gazebo. These were really the two biggest items on the list to get done.

Although the gazebo looks complete there is still roof edging and some other structural support pieces to attach. But all in all, that’s just finish work so we’ll be officially done with it in no time.

I mentioned in Week 2 that I was customizing some cushions from GrandinRoad for our firepit benches. I have only just begun that project but in the meantime I put a fresh coat of stain on the benches themselves.

My husband built these back in 2006! They were just supposed to be a short term solution but they’ve held up really well. We just keep tightening screws and refreshing the stain.

In fact, yesterday was the first time we even discussed the idea of getting new ones some day.

Hey, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Right?

Lastly, I put together a quick tutorial for how to add the DIY accent pieces/tape trim to premade chair cushions that don’t have removable covers. In my case, these are my new dining chair cushions.

A tutorial will be posted on IGTV.

Here’s a brief list of what still needs to be completed in Weeks 5-8:

  • Wire gazebo electrical, install ceiling fan and string lights

  • Build sofa table

  • Detail upholstery pieces

  • Unbox and move furniture into the gazebo

  • Decorate

  • Finish surprise project(s) (To be revealed in the final weeks as they are completed)

This was an incredibly busy week for me (a small birthday celebration for my son, planning a birthday party for my other son, a track meet, Senior Honors Night for my daughter, ordering senior photos, plus all the hullabaloo that goes into the end of a senior year of high school, planning a weekend getaway, planning a Memorial Day party, and planning a graduation party!).

Despite all that, a lot was accomplished on the actual project, although looking back I have no idea how I fit it all in.

That said, we are already halfway through the Spring 2021 One Room Challenge so here's to another busy week ahead!

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