One Room Challenge, Week 2: Inspiration, Plans, and Clean-Out

Welcome back to Week 2 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling It Home. For the background on this Great Garage Overhaul of 2015, check out the before pictures from Week 1.

I admit it. I’ve been gallivanting around Mexico on a belated anniversary getaway with my Main Squeeze this past week, so I haven’t made much exciting progress on my One Room Challenge. Luckily we put the wheels in motion and cleared the space before we left. Thank you grandparents for babysitting! Despite hitting pause, I promise to have some seriously good updates to share next week.

Given that minor (but well worth it) distraction, this seemed the perfect time to share the inspiration and plans for our great garage overhaul – and particularly the sweet little quasi-butler’s pantry I have in mind for the nook up front.

As I mentioned in Week 1, the vision started with one adorable but neglected mint green Smeg we use as a drinks fridge. Add a few gorgeous inspiration shots from the interwebs. . .

Photo: Breathe HappinessPhotos: OneKinDesign; Camille Styles; Aimee Herring/Filipacci

Not hard to see why I’m loving a bright white backdrop + mint + graphic black & white + calming grey + a bright accent color. I got stuck for a while on which accent color to use. A coral/poppy could work, or a lovely lavender, or that bright sunshine yellow.

Photo: Brit + Co

I landed on the yellow. Who doesn’t want to come home to something that cheery?

With the color debate settled, the rest of the plans are falling into place. Given that it’s a garage and not where we want to spend our Benjamins, we’re trying to repurpose as much as possible. We also happen to have a stack of gift cards we’ve been hoarding for about nine years. (No joke. How is that even possible?!) To reward ourselves for being thrifty/forgetful for so long, we’re throwing those into the pot as well. #FreeMoney

Keeping it minimal and visually clean, here is the idea:

Is that a stenciled floor in there?  Why yes it is!  I'm still working out which design to use so that part may change, but I'm super pumped about experimenting with this concept. A little nervous too, but trying to smother that with the anticipation of how awesome it's going to look. Here is where we are today:

Success! Progress! An almost clean slate! Sorry for all the water streaks on the floor, it hadn't dried yet. I don’t want to admit how long this took us to clear & clean, but thanks to Mr. Better Half it went much faster (and with better music) than it otherwise would have. Little #1 thought it made a great scooter rink.  So what’s next? The workplan looks like this:

    Week 1: The sad scene before

    Week 2: Inspiration, plans, and Clearing Of The Stuff (it’s in all caps for a reason)

    Week 3: New paint! New trim! New fixture!

    Week 4: Getting crazy with floor stencils

    Week 5: Let the install begin

    Week 6: The Reveal!

Please be sure to check out all the other amazing projects being tackled by participants in the One Room Challenge. You will not be disappointed - there are some incredibly talented people taking part and I for one can't wait to see what next week brings. Here is the list of official participants, and the link to the linking participants.

One last sneak peak to get you excited for next week's update.  Barn Light Electric in the house!

All uncredited photos by Two Little Limes. 

Comments on this post ( 6 )

  • Oct 21, 2015

    Exciting transformation!! Keep up the good work!

    — lulu

  • Oct 16, 2015

    Love your colors! Can’t WAIT to see the floor stencil.

    — classic casual home

  • Oct 16, 2015

    Thanks so much, ladies! Appreciate your comments, and your humor – laughing out loud over here! :) The floor is starting to come together…can’t wait to see myself. Enjoy the ORC!

    — McKenna@TwoLittleLimes

  • Oct 15, 2015

    Love the color palette! Can’t wait to see the stenciled floor! Enjoy your time in Mexico!

    — JoAnn

  • Oct 15, 2015

    I love where you’re heading with this! And that smeg….I could lick it.

    — erin@whalingcitycottage

  • Oct 15, 2015

    great plan. love the fridge. can’t wait to see it come together!

    — Adrienne

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