DIY Fixer Upper One Room Challenge

One Room Challenge Week 8: The REVEAL!

We made it!! Wow, you forget the strength it takes to get through a One Room Challenge event at the very end. It takes a lot of late nights, full days of work, being tired etc… BUT it’s so WORTH it. I also enjoy it because it gives you a kick in the butt to get a room done pretty quickly.

Thank you so much for being here and checking out my new office space. I appreciate it and I hope you find some inspiration in this renovation whether it be paint colors or decor. xx Ok, lets do this.

Let’s take a look at where we started: (Week one & two)

This room was a MESS before. We just moved into our new home in July 2021 and it’s a fixer upper for sure. The walls of this room were destroyed. Let’s start with the house being vacant for 5 years before we moved in and then before that the owners used to smoke cigarettes in the house for 20 years so there was nicotine SAP in the walls. yes, gooey sap. Instead of trying to scrape it and clean it off we just gutted the entire room and put up all fresh insulation and sheetrock. It feels amazing knowing the room is fresh again.

The room also had a dead window overlooking the garage. So, they built the garage on after the original house was built but they left the window in. We took that out and the fresh sheetrock filled it in. No more weird portal window!! The room doesn’t get a ton of light because at one point more light was coming in that window but maybe at some point we can add a bigger skylight window.

The window overlooking the garage!

Let me remind you, this is how the room looked BEFORE we started working on it. You can see more of the before in week 1.

office renovation
A view of the window after we gutted the room. Eventually we took the window frame out and covered it.

Work we did:

  1. Gutted the entire room
  2. New insulation and sheetrock
  3. Had the floors redone. We hired a company for this but we couldn’t walk on the floors for a day and we couldn’t move furniture in and put rugs done for almost 7 days!!
  4. Redid both closets. We made one of the closets into an arch (my favorite part)
  5. Painted entire room
  6. Redid my old IKEA cabinet (added feet and handles)
  7. All new molding and doors

Some fun before and afters!

More After Photos:


Wonkey Smiley wallpaper, small brown checkered stool
Kelly-Moore Paints:
1. Wall Color – Top Hat Tan
2. Molding – Top Hat Tan in high gloss
3. Ceiling & Cabinet – Cobblestone Street in high gloss
Delaney Hardware:
Bravura Brass Handles
HVL Lighting:
Florence Chandelier

Decor Sources:

Chandelier / Mint Lampshade / Tan Boucle Chair / Rattan Sconce / Roman Shades / Cabinet / Product Shelves / Rug / Brass Handles / Brown Checkered Blanket / Black Arch Mirror / Small Checkered Stool / Small Wood Stool / Small Black Side Table / Wonky Smiley Wallpaper / The desk, lamps and desk chair are all vintage finds.

Let me know if you have any more questions in the comments~!

I highly suggest going to check out the other blogger’s spaces!! There is some SERIOUS talent happening!

And as always, thank you Linda for having me as a designer, Better Homes and Gardens the media partner and all of the wonderful sponsors that make this possible! 

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