Note from the Haroldson’s: Follow along with this post over the next 6 weeks as we participate in the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge! Normally people have multiple posts for each week, but we’ll be updating this single post with our design plans, weekly progress, and the final reveal as we go! Last Update: October 7, 2018.
For years we’ve followed along with so many good One Room Challenges from afar. But all that time we were still living in our apartment in Madison, WI and like a star-crossed couple in a Hallmark Fall Harvest movie…the timing and the circumstances were never quite right for us to participate.
But, like that same Hallmark couple, we eventually moved back to our hometown, bought the house Stasia grew up in and wouldn’t you know, here in the Fall of 2018, the stars have aligned and we’re finally ready to tackle our one room, from start to finish, over the next 6 weeks!!!
What is the One Room Challenge?
Before we get into our project, let’s give a quick rundown of what this One Room Challenge thing is anyway.
You see, way back in 2011 B.I. (Before Instagram), the One Room Challenge was started as a way for designer Linda Weinstein to finally finish a room. And like most things that need to get done having accountability and a deadline is key.
So, she roped in a few designer friends to take on rooms of their own and offer each other encouragement over the course of 6 weeks with the goal of having their rooms ready to reveal at the same time.
Fast forward to today and there have been thousands of rooms transformed in both the Spring and Fall One Room Challenges. And just like in 2011, the rules are still pretty simple…one room, 6 weeks, a bunch of designers, everyone shares their progress and reveals their rooms at the same time.
Who are we? Meet Josh and Stasia
In case you’re new around here, we’re Josh and Stasia Haroldson and after 8.5 years in Madison, WI, we decided to pack up and move back home to Minnesota where we bought the 80’s suburban house that Stasia grew up in.
Along with our cat Basil and zero pre-existing construction skills whatsoever, we’ve been busy figuring out how to add as much character as we can to this suburban stunner…without breaking the bank (Stasia is a CPA after all)!
And top it all off we’re doing this all while working our full time jobs and adjusting to our new life back home. So far it’s been going great and after re-doing our dining room, living room, master bedroom, guest bathroom, and adding a fireplace, it’s time to tackle our next project!
The room we’re taking on…Stasia’s childhood bedroom (AKA our guest room)!
Now that you know who we are and what we’ve signed ourselves up for, it’s time to talk about the room we’re working on.
You see, we’ve been pushing hard to complete a ton of other rooms around the house, but one that keeps getting pushed down the list is our third bedroom…aka the bedroom Stasia called home when she was five…aka our present day guest room.
When it comes to bedrooms, of course we had to get the master bedroom done ASAP (no offense to Stasia’s Mom and Dad, but he needed to make that one our own…quickly!) and since Josh works from home we transformed the other bedroom into a home office.
And over the years Stasia’s old room had already turned into her sister’s room, and then into a guest room when her mom lived here (fun fact: it was the room she spent the night in before we got married!), so today, it’s already several coats of paint removed from Stasia’s heyday in there, so frankly, there wasn’t quite the same sense of urgency for us to update it compared to the other two rooms.
Which is all to say, that’s exactly why this is the perfect One Room Challenge space. It’s small, it’s totally doable, AND without a deadline, there’s no way we’d get this thing done before the winter’s over*!
*Which in Minnesota is like 9 months from now!
Week 1: Our Design Plan
The good news…the bedroom itself is a really simple space. Just four walls, a big window, a ceiling fan, and a standard bi-fold closet door.
The bad news…the bedroom itself is a really simple space. Just four walls, a big window, a ceiling fan, and a standard bi-fold closet door. So, that means we’re going to have to manufacture some character with one big statement and some smaller upgrades to the trim and finishes around the room.
Design Goal #1: Add character and details with new board and batten wainscoting
We absolutely love the classic look of a wainscoting. It’s just one of those things that screams character and craftsmanship in a home. In our bedroom to office reno we added shiplap wainscotting so we figured that it is totally appropriate to follow that up in the guest room which is next door.
However, this time instead of the shiplap and the wainscoting going all the way around the room, this time we’re going to limit it to one wall and a classic board and batten style.
Since the plan is for this to be a kids bedroom eventually we didn’t want to limit any future bed placements or make the room too fussy. But, we think by just adding the board and batten to one wall, it looks amazing now, and will be able to accommodate just about any bedroom layout we might end up with in the future.
Design Goal #2: Replace and update builder grade oak baseboard and window casing
What’s thin, cheap, orange, and ALL OVER the 80’s (and our house)? That’s right, it’s builder-grade golden oak baseboard in a thin, rounded profile!
While we will admit that the oak itself is great, the profile is so unsubstantial and the color is so saturated that we’ve been happily replacing this everywhere in our house with thicker, white painted baseboards in a mission profile. So of course we’ll be updating the baseboards in the guest room too along with all of the window casing in a crips white.
Design Goal #3: Get rid of the yellow paint and add a more modern, bold, rich color (and maybe even a little wallpaper..?)
Design Goal #4: Replace the doors and door hardware
Design Goal #5: Replace the ceiling fan
The Final Reveal (Early November)
Check back in early November for the final reveal! But in the meantime, we’ll be updating this post every Thursday with the past week’s progress! For more instant updates, we hope you’ll follow along with us on Instagram @haroldsonhouse.
And don’t forget to check out some of the AMAZING rooms that are being transformed by the other One Room Challenge participants right now!