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One Room Challenge: Week 2 - Modern Library/Music Room Makeover

Updated: Apr 20, 2021

It's week 2 of the One Room Challenge Modern Library/Music Room Makeover and I am so pleased with my progress over the past week! To know more about the One Room Challenge and the space I am making over, here is a link to Week One.

The wood for this modern library/music room makeover is here! To be honest, the amount of wood for the slat wall was astonishing - if you don't believe me, come check this out!

Insane right? Well that should give you an idea of the scale of the accent wall. It didn't hit me until I walked around all this wood in the garage - clearly I have my work cut out for me! Over the course of the week, I also got started cutting the slat boards to size. This was also an eye opening experience, as I expected all the boards to be the same height since my home is a new build. That totally wasn't the case! My ceiling heights are totally off by 0.5 - 1 inch in some places. This makes cutting the boards even more tedious. Nevertheless, I worked through 1.5 walls, but there are 9 walls total - YIKES! Come have a look.

If you have followed my other trim projects, you know I love Frog Tape! I always do a dry run with my boards to make sure I like the fit and the spacing is correct. As a novice DIYer (and someone who has OCD about things) this is the only way I can be sure that my trim work comes out exactly how I envisioned it.

The other thing I accomplished this week was figuring out how NOT to stain boards. I took a trip to Lowes and purchased a two in one wood stain that contained polyacrylic. It took me two days to get an even coat on the boards, but there were still drips and it ended up too shiny. So I guess that means back to the drawing board. But that's what DIY is all about right? If any of you reading this post have tips on how to stain wood, please leave me a comment below!

To give you an idea of the look I am going for, here's an inspiration pic.

Source: Pinterest

So what's on the to do list?

1) cut slats (we are about 15% of the way!)

2) stain slats to match kitchen cabinets

3) attach slats to designated walls

4) hang wall sconces

5) hang chandelier

6) assemble and style bookshelf

7) hang musical instruments

8) hang art

Stay tuned to see how much I am able to get done! To check out the other guest participants and their One Room Challenge projects, be sure to visit this page (HERE). So long until next week!

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