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Spring 2021 ORC: Week Five


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.


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Let's Dig Right In


I got so much work done this week! Which feels so good because it means I'm ahead of schedule.


Gazebo fully built? Check!


Electrical wiring installed? Check!


Ceiling fan installed? Check!


String lights up? Check!


Curtain rods and curtains up? Check!


Furniture unboxed and put together? Check!


Planters filled and placed? Check!


But wait, there's more! Seriously though, there is still so much more to do.


A Few Snags in the Plan


I had a few disappointing moments with the furniture while unboxing. For one, delivery for the lounge chair and ottoman custom cushions has been delayed several times and now I've been notified that it's backordered until mid July.


The standard cushions it comes with are a creamy off-white. The standard arm chair cushion is a beigey off-white. I special ordered bright white sectional cushions.


Do you see my dilemma? Three different shades of white was not part of my design plan.


It's only a temporary setback in the overall scheme of things but I'll have to deal with reveal photos that don't have the correct cushions. As a perfectionist, I find that incredibly irksome. As a woman on a deadline, I'll just have to get over it.


Okay, complaint time over. I did have the furniture out for our Memorial Day party and no one else noticed so I'm sure I'm just being particular.


Here's Where We Stand


From this point forward I'll only be offering sneak-peeks of the space so as not to spoil the big reveal. Here's a little taste...



It may not be obvious from the photos but this Outdoor Living Room is looking fantastic. I also already know from experience that an afternoon nap on the sectional is bliss. 😉


While I did hang the curtains, I need to take them down and lower the hem a little. Which is fine because I'm going to sew weights into the hem to keep them from blowing around in the wind too much.


Other items still on the to-do list:

  • Finish custom-fitting cushions for fire pit benches

  • Build sofa table

  • Detail upholstery pieces

  • Decorate

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

This week I know I'll be building the sofa table, finishing the bench cushions, and starting at least one of the mini projects.


I'd like to do a tutorial for the bench cushions but I'd probably rate the skill level at advanced-intermediate to advanced. I'm not sure it's something I'd recommend to most DIYers or beginner sewers.


That said, I'll post photos of my process. Someone with the right skill level will know what to do and in fact, probably wouldn't need the tutorial. Hence my hesitation to do a full tutorial!


At this point, I am getting really excited for the big reveal in just 3 weeks! This might end up being one of my all time favorite before-and-afters, it looks that good.


Have you checked in with the other participants over at the One Room Challenge website? Lots of great projects happening there.


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