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One Room Challenge- Week 4

Updated: Jun 25, 2021

We are officially halfway through the One Room Challenge and I'm over here feeling like I just got started!!

one room challenge

The first two weeks were all about finalizing my plan and getting all of the major furniture pieces.

chippendale dining room furniture

Last week I did my first mini project and reupholstered the dining chairs.

cobalt blue chippendale dining chairs

And this week....oh this week was a big one! This week I got to paint the walls and hang the wallpaper!!! Yes!! I knew these would be the big game changers in the room and man, I wasn't wrong.

papiers de paris swan lake blue colorway, sherwin williams debonair

But let's rewind a bit. I started testing out a few paint samples last Friday- I decided to test out Sherwin Williams Debonair (the same color I painted Phoenix's room and loved), and then I lightened that color by 25% and 50% to test as well.

sherwin williams debonair

I decided to hang up the wallpaper alongside it so I could get a better feel for what I was going for and man, this got me really excited!

papiers de paris swan lake blue colorway, sherwin williams debonair

After this... I don't even know what happened. Guys, I think I lost my mind. Instead of selecting a paint color from my three very reasonable choices I decided to test more...

the perfect blue paint color

Nine more colors to be exact. I'm usually pretty decisive and don't enjoy spending time hemming and hawing over decisions. I find comfort in the fact that if I make the wrong decision I can either fix it or live with it and learn from my mistake, but the One Room Challenge had me in a tailspin- haha! I had all my paint decks laid out and even pulled in some of the blue paint colors I had tested when we were painting the breakfast nook.

farrow and ball paint deck, sherwin williams paint deck

That's when I wondered if the color we ended up using in the breakfast nook might be "the one" (Farrow and Ball Parma Gray). Kris willingly obliged me and held the wallpaper up in there for me to stand back and take a look.

farrow and ball parma gray, papiers de paris swan lake

It certainly looked pretty with it, but it didn't feel right. That's when I decided I needed to just pull a trigger... any trigger! I could always repaint right?! Funnily enough I ended up going with Debonair lightened by 50%. Yes, one of the original samples I had pulled.

papiers de paris swan lake, blue historical wallpaper

As soon as the color was on I knew it was right. It's a beautiful dusty blue color.

blue mural wallpaper, sherwin williams debonair lightened by 50%

Now it was finally time to wallpaper! We ordered this wallpaper in the blue colorway from Papiers De Paris and it's beautiful! It's a non-woven wallpaper which meant that I could install it myself. I wrote a post a few months back all about the different types of wallpaper and how to install this type of paper and you can check it out right here. Non-woven is extremely forgiving and makes for a great DIY even if you've never wallpapered before. The first thing I did was tack up all of my panels to make sure they were in order and I liked the layout.

blue historical mural wallpaper dining room, chippendale dining furniture, sherwin willisams debonair

After a bit of rolling on adhesive, lining everything up, and trimming off the excess (full tutorial here)...

papiers de paris blue wallpaper

We ended up here!

blue mural wallpaper, grandmillenial dining room inspiration

Gah!! I am so excited with the progress we have made and there are still so many fun details and projects to tackle in here that are going to make this room shine!!

Here's my One Room Challenge schedule! I edited it slightly last week when I realized I wasn't in love with my plan for the coffered ceiling and really wanted more time to think about it (I ordered some samples from Ekena Millwork and I'm love- can't wait to share more!).

Week 1- the plan and the mood board

Week 2- the foundation- find a table, install the chandelier, move the buffet in here

Week 3- reupholster the dining chairs

Week 4- paint and wallpaper

Week 5- window treatments

Week 6- begin coffered ceiling

Week 7- finish coffered ceiling

Week 8- The final reveal!!

Next up are the window treatments! I'll be doing a DIY for pinch pleat curtains with some ready-made panels and my rug may arrive sometime this week too *fingers crossed*!

Want to see the entire One Room Challenge from start to finish? It's all here!


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Hi, I'm Jennifer Laura- you can call me Jenn. My husband and I just bought a house in our dream neighborhood and we are so excited to be here! The house, while already beautiful, NEEDS A LOT OF LOVE and STYLE. Join me, a past interior designer and wedding planner, as I work to make over each room and share the process along the way. 

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