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Fall One Room Challenge: Week 3: Modern Organic Living

October 22, 2020

I can often be found in the garage working on my next DIY project or creating with my kids and husband who are a daily inspiration and the "why" behind what I do. An avid baker, I am often making a new bread recipe, baking homemade cinnamon rolls, or desperately trying to drink the rest of my coffee while it's hot. My mission? To help others create and cultivate a home that they love!

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A little bit of positivity goes a long way…

This week involved tracking down items that I was waiting to be restocked, orders falling through, but things ultimately working out for the best!

I was able to use a gift card to purchase the curtain clip rings that I needed on Amazon, and I also used a gift card towards the purchase of my curtains! All, in all, not too bad!

The plant stand I needed came back in stock earlier than anticipated (IKEA) and that was a happy surprise. After assembly, it allowed me to move my plants off of the shelves in favor of my future and yet to be determined shelf décor setup. My husband is pretty thrilled .

I assembled the blanket ladder with the help of my husband. We both know I could put it together myself, but we enjoy working on projects together. I sanded the finish by hand, and for now I’m going to leave it natural and will finish it along with the coffee table. If you missed those plans, find them here. This week, while working on another unrelated project, my husband and I discovered that one of us has an affinity for hand tools. I absolutely love using a hand saw! Unbeknownst to me, I have a natural ability to make nice, even cuts with precision. It was sheer bliss! I’ll be making a dovetail bench this week.

After dry-fitting the blanket ladder to be sure everything fit as we intended, we disassembled and glued the ends of the dowel pieces for the rungs and used a mallet to persuade them to fit into the side rails. To ensure an even piece, we used spacers (from some scrap wood) at the top and bottom of the rails and laid it to dry overnight. The next day, I placed the ladder on the workbench and began sanding lightly with a sanding sponge. I normally use an orbital sander, but for this project, I found it best to sand by hand.

Next week, after the plans are complete for the table, I’ll acquire the materials I need and begin working on the tabletop and the base for it. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be making this table! We’ve been using one from Lidl that came in a multi-pack a few years ago and they have served us quite well, however, mama wants a coffee table. Therefore I’m going to build one .

Baking and building is my therapy. During the day, there’s flour on my jeans, and by night it’s sawdust.

Here’s what’s on my running checklist:

✅Order curtain rod & install

✅Ordered wall clock, pillow covers and inserts from IKEA DONE

✅Wall color DONE

✅Window trim DONE

✅ IKEA Satsuma plant stand (it came back in stock!)

✅ Make and install DIY blanket ladder

✅ Get pillow inserts and covers to add some Hygge to existing sofa

✅ Install wall clock

⬜ DIY Coffee table plans

✅ New curtains in white installed on clip rings

⬜ Make coffee table

⬜ New rug? Possibly use existing Ruggable cover

⬜ Decorate shelves

⬜ Caulk and paint baseboards

⬜ Install stools and new storage baskets

⬜ Add soft & cozy lighting for the shelving wall

⬜ Up the cozy and Hygge with new pillows and throws

See you next week for the DIY coffee table!

xo, Catherine

p.s. – if you liked this one, check out the other cool projects going on right now here : One Room Challenge Blog

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