ORC Kitchen – Week 3 – Mural and Updates

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A lot has happened in this Week 3 of the One Room Challenge and, also, nothing has happened at the same time. Let me explain.

I had a clear plan of how this dining area was going to look:

I wanted the back wall to have different coral and pink panels to resemble something like this:

But, in the middle of that process, I realized I didn’t want to do a color-panel wall like that, instead, a simple mural in those same tones seemed like a better option. This is what I have so far:

mural

It is not finished yet but you can imagine where I am going. My plan is to paint the mural this weekend. Cross your fingers!!!

This is how those walls look so far, and the reason why I mean nothing much has happened this last week:

I framed the corner with blue tape and will paint the corner of this wall with a light coral paint. I like the idea of the contrast that the white and coral will create. I also like the idea of taking the painting to the ceiling. I am ALL for decorating the ceiling whenever possible because they have so much potential and they are always underutilized, don’t you think?

I also bought this metal wall sculpture by Curtis Jere. I have been after this piece since I saw this photo on Instagram. I mean, how cute is that?

I finally found it on eBay at a  reasonable price and bought it. I absolutely LOVE it. It is big, too: 37″ x 22″. It will go on the left wall of the dining room, below a small shelf that I want for plants.

In some other good news, I found the most beautiful wallpaper I ever saw and I want to use it for the side of the cabinets.

I don’t have the budget to replace all the cabinets, so I am only replacing the front doors. I used to have IKEA cabinets but they are bad quality. The doors have a lot of damage, so we got new ones but we don’t have the money to replace the cabinet frames. Here is a look at some of them:You can see that the sides of the cabinets are white and the radicchio color doors will NOT look good next to white cabinet sides… What to do? Well, the obvious solution was to use wallpaper to cover them but nothing I found looked good! By good, I mean: edgy, fun, different, and cool. That was my reality until I found the shop of Lucy Tiffney. When I say her designs are gorgeous, I really mean it. They are exactly what I was looking for. When I got the sample in the mail, I knew right away that this is what I was looking for:

Talking about budget restrictions, I wanted to mention other things that I would like to change in my kitchen but won’t be able to because we don’t have the money this time around. Here they are:

My husband will sand the countertops so the stains go away. I will also change the current metal faucet to a black faucet. Regarding the floor, I got a runner that I think will work in this space.

Ok, those are my updates so far. Next week the cabinets and tiles should be installed so I will be able to give you a better update of what is going on.

Thanks for stopping by!

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22 replies
  1. Susie says:

    I love your vision for this space. You had me at the coral pop of color. Looking so forward to seeing the reveal. ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

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    • Mila says:

      This week I finally came up with the final vision of how this space is going to look like and I finalized buying almost everything… This coming weekend will be busy! thanks!

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  2. Leslie says:

    Hi Mila! Long time no talk! I was hearing all about this project from G. and it sounds so fun! Curious how are you going to make the wallpaper stick to the smooth finish of the cabinets? The wall paper is so beautiful and what a creative solution!

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    • Mila says:

      Hi Les!!!!! I was wondering the same thing. I am planning to use wallpaper paste but, if that doesn’t work great, I will just glue it because I don’t care about ruining the side of the cabinets. Do you think that should work?

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  3. Emy says:

    That wallpaper is so fantastic! Can’t wait to see how your cabinets look! I would add a layer or 2 of decoupage glue on top of the wallpaper to make them nice and wipeable.

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  4. Brendon says:

    Bold. Interesting. Different. Not my style at all but I can picture your finished look and truly it’s going to be
    very appealing and fantastic. I think that floor is going compliment your design so well, it’ll look like you installed it intentionally for this design. Can’t wait to see the runner you pick. Have you considered moving your benches & table to the other corner under the windows? The space under windows is tiny, wasted and unusable for anything. That would also free up two great walls for extra storage & counter space. Open shelves on the upper walls ( with your wall up onto ceiling mural behind ) and a homemade workbench (budget conscious) below.

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    • Mila says:

      These are all wonderful ideas. At this point, I wish I had the budget to do so much more than I am doing!!! You are right about the floor, I don’t think it is going to be bad… I have two runners for the space and will see what works best when I take photos. I am planning to put a plant next to the windows, but I hate that A/C and I don’t know what to do about it…

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    • Mila says:

      The mural idea has changed so much over the weekend! It will be a little bit different than my original idea. Thanks for stopping by

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  5. Casey says:

    I can’t wait to see your mural! Have you thought about painting your tile floor? I’ve seen a few people that have done it successfully. I’ve been thinking about it for our bathroom where I want a different colour, but don’t wait to pay for new tile lol 🙂

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    • Mila says:

      I thought about painting the tile floor but I kind of like it… If I could change it, I would change it to a colorful Moroccan type of tile and I wouldn’t know how to paint that, would you?

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