Today is the day! The day that I reveal our finished One Room Challenge space. This time around we took it outdoors. The kitchen and breakfast nook overlooks a motor court area and frankly… it left nothing to the imagination. It was blah, functional (kinda) but boring.
I love homes that have pretty views outside the kitchen windows. We stare out at our sweet neighbors’ brick facade. I have always been a big dreamer. I walk into spaces and I see what they can be – this gets me into trouble because I dream so stinking big. On. Every. Thing. Over the years, I have had to learn to dream big and be flexible. Reach for the moon and grab the stars is what I say to the kids (and to myself).
I am so very happy at what we accomplished with this space. It was a big ol’ blank canvas. Now, when you stare out the windows- you are greeted with all sorts of loveliness. Heads up, I may have gone a bit overboard with pictures. 🙂
I wanted an aged courtyard feel. A place that borders on a secret garden, where you could enjoy a morning cup of coffee and a good read or perhaps a cup of tea with a dear friend and soak up conversation, or maybe you want to gather the kiddos and friends for popcorn and a movie or you have always wanted to host a 15 foot table dinner party under the stars and still allow your son to shoot hoops.
I think we got it…
This space is not only pretty and full of possibilities , it still functions as a motor court. Thanks to the good folks at Sherwin Williams introducing us to the xylene based paint product we covered our boring concrete slab in geometric glory. Seriously can not say enough good things about the effort our local Sherwin Williams managers went to make sure this project was a success. Guess what?!? They do that for EVERYONE. Good old-fashioned customer service and real care about your project. Stay tuned for a step by step tutorial here on the blog so you can be confident to try this yourself.
As we were painting the concrete, I began to ponder on how we will use this space. As I rolled out paint, I realized that this space had already been privy to some special moments. Our oldest daughter’s 13th birthday party was a luau complete with Hula dancers and guess where they performed? Our son learned how to ride a bike with training wheels in this space. High school swim team building fun happened here. This room revamp was blessed with a beautiful foundation of great memories.
There are so many details in this space that I will happily breakdown for you in the coming weeks. Everything from building your own container fountain to creating a 12ft x 8 1/2 ft movie screen for around $50. For now, lets just look at how far we have come!
I love this little bird, it reminds me of my logo. The whole reason I started this blog- I wanted to create a place where everyone could find inspiration and courage to make their house a home, because home is where we find our roots and our wings.
Good stuff, right?!? Many thanks to Linda (Calling It Home) for creating this challenge. Twice a year we are privy to incredible creativity squeezed into 6 very short weeks. This spring challenge brought out the best in the featured designers and guest participants. I have been perusing all the crafty creatives projects and they are worth seeing. Check out the links below:
If you would like to start at the beginning of this adventure, here ya go!
If you would like to see my past One Room Challenges, be my guest! Let me know what you think!
Till Later, Friends!