ORC – Week 5 – Building And Fixing Furniture

jestcafe.com-orc-wk512One Room Challenge – Week 5 –

For previous weeks, click here: Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4

The most important news this week is that I have done my very first GIF. It is a total fail: I couldn’t keep the camera in one place (Max decided that moving the tripod with the camera on it was his Sunday’s priority), the photos are badly frame (vertical & horizontal lines are not straight), and the color of the pictures don’t match (taken at very different times of the day), but, as much as a bad GIF this one is, it took me forever to learn how to do it and it is my first one, so… ENJOY:


I am already nauseous watching that GIF! Too busy. Let’s look at that last photo instead:

jestcafe.com--ORC-wk5-9As you can see, we built bookshelves this weekend (and by we, I mean George). I was planning to buy a bookcase, but after looking at the space, and listening to Domicile 37‘s advice, I decided to build floating bookshelves instead. This decision opened up the space and helped fitting more books, because I custom built them to fit the space (again, by “I custom built it,” I mean “George custom built it” – love you, George).

I left an open area in the middle of the bookshelves so I could fit a painting I bought in Costa Rica from a painter that lives in Playa Carrillo, right in front of the sea. This man changed a busy life in the US for a quiet and modest life in Costa Rica. A beautiful way of growing old.jestcafe.com---orc-wk5-10The painting is not the obvious choice for this space. It is very colorful and noisy, but it fits just right for my taste. It brings a nice edginess to the bookshelves and it opens them up. It draws your eye and unclutters the shelves with that open space.

Deciding to use this painting was a difficult decision. I loved it, but I was afraid that a lot of readers wouldn’t. It is not the easy choice! A white, neutral, funny quote poster is the easy decision for here, but I have to be true to myself, and appeal to readers that like my aesthetics, so, why cheat? I went with the crazy red/blue girl painting instead.

For the big reveal, I will need to do a better job at styling these bookshelves, which means organizing 500 children’s books in a nice manner – an impossible task – I will probably put some books away for the shoot, but then they will come back to this original, messy position.
jestcafe.com--ORC-wk5--2About the dresser:jestcafe.com--orc-wk5-4 I decided to style it like a campaign dresser. First, I bought these corners at Home Depot:jestcafe.com--ORC-wk5--4 I didn’t want gold hardware, so I sprayed them with Rust Oleum – Antique Brass before installing them. Now I need to do a post on drilling! There are many details on how to drill appropriately. It is not as easy as pressing a button. Tutorial about it coming up in the next couple of weeks.

Here is how the corners look now (there is a general view of the dresser in another photo below):jestcafe.com--ORC-wk5--6I am going to have to repaint some of the details with a small brush  because paint came off when installing them.
jestcafe.com - orc wk5 -7These are the bail pulls I ordered. I am hoping they will get here on time for me to spray and install them before next week. it will suck if they don’t. I don’t love the finish of the pulls, but it doesn’t matter because I will spray them before installing.

And now, about that gallery wall. If you follow this blog, you know what my method of doing gallery walls is not conventional. If you don’t know what I am talking about, here is a post about the topic.

As a reminder, here is how this wall looked before I started the challenge:jestcafe.com---orc-week-20And, here is how it looks right now:
jestcafe.com--ORC-wk5--5(In this photo you can see how the dresser is coming out – I have a lot more drilling to do but I like how it looks)

I want this wall filled with art that I have collected throughout the years (I spoke a little bit about this plan on last week’s post), but I realized I don’t have enough to complete the wall, so, yesterday, I went to IKEA and bought a lot of frames of different sizes, then I made paper dummies of all the art I have and started playing this puzzle call “make a gallery wall that looks decent, if possible.” The photo above is what I ended up with. It is not perfect, there are some frames that I want to move around, but, overall, it looks pretty good! Next week it will look even better, when all that art is hanged where it belongs. I am planning to use of my own photos in some of these frames (cheapest solution), so today I went to Kinkos to get everything printed, and it should be done tomorrow…The clock is ticking. Wish me luck!

Here is my Instagram account, in case you want to follow what I do this upcoming week. Also, I want to thank Linda from Calling It Home for hosting this fun challenge.


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26 replies
    • Mila says:

      haha! GIF fail! but it is SO much harder than it looks. I will get better at it. I promise 🙂 About the room, I have so much to do this weekend. Finish it, style it, shoot it… Hopefully it will look OK next week

  1. Laura Ingalls Gunn says:

    Mila the shelving and wallpaper is fantastic! I can’t wait for the reveal! I love the direction the space is going in. As a fellow ORC participant it’s been wonderful to gather some fantastic inspiration. I’d love for you to share your progress at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. Our readers would love to see it. The gathering is at http://www.decortoadore.net

  2. Carina says:

    Mila! Wow, you have been busy! That room is transforming. I can’t wait to see the art that you hang on the walls (your amazimg photographs!). I like the red lady from Costa Rica because it is a very original piece and has a cool story behind it. Good luck on the home stretch!!

    • Mila says:

      I am happy you like it and, yes, I have been so busy. I am ready for this thing to be over! as much as I have enjoyed myself, I need a break!

  3. Madeline says:

    Gosh, Mila. I’m not much for yellow, but that is an awesome door. This room is coming together so wonderfully and I like its vibes. Can’t wait to see the reveal!

  4. Lizzie @ Living Pretty says:

    I love the painting – I’m not a fan of quote posters either – the painting is so much richer. And that wallpaper is swoonworthy…will be back next week to see how it all comes together for sure. 🙂 Good luck!

    • Mila says:

      These dressers are so easy to make, just takes some time to do all that drilling. The hardest part is to keep the corners straight and aligned… but I am hoping my mistakes don’t show too much!

  5. Nicole Q-Schmitz says:

    I have used so much of that antique brass spray paint in my One Room Challenge room! You mentioned you would be doing some touch-ups; are you thinking of using the spray paint with a brush, or have you found a similar/regular paint to match? LOVE how the space is turning out 🙂

  6. Stacey says:

    I have a sneaking suspicion this is going to be amazing. Love the gallery wall.

    Happy Thoughts of Home. We are so glad you joined us. 🙂

  7. Wendy says:

    What system did you use for the shelving? It looks like an IKEA system but I was unsure.
    I looked through your posts and I might if missed the reference. Please Help.


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