One Room Challenge, Week 3: Paint & Trim & Lighting, Oh My!

I can’t believe we've already hit the midpoint of the One Room Challenge. If you’re just now joining us, here’s what happened last week in the Great Garage Overhaul.

This week was all about taking the garage from dark and dreary bleh to beautiful blank canvas. You cannot imagine what a difference additional light and brighter walls make in this space! It feels larger and so much more welcoming. Almost like a whole new garage.

First let’s talk walls. We coated everything we could in Benjamin Moore Misty Gray. It reads white and clean, but without being quite so clinical.

Then we added Thundercloud Gray (also Benjamin Moore) to the walls in the nook, and holy hurricanes Batman, it is TO DIE for. It adds just the hint of sophistication and softness I was looking for to humanize this mechanical feeling space. Score!

The more I look at it, the more I’m thinking of painting the workbench pegboard that lovely gray too. Not only will it balance out the nook, I think it will help soften that huge expanse of Misty Gray (basically, white) that is the workbench wall. It’s overpowering me a bit right now.

Did you notice the new trim? OMG. This just makes me happy inside to see it looking so polished. Let me just remind you how gawd-awful it was before.


But wait -- the horror! Look at what all this gorgeous new trim made me notice? With all the other ugly around I never even registered them before, but now they stick out like sore thumbs. And there are two of them! Note to self: add new doorknobs to the list.

Now, my favorite part. Get a load of this stunning light fixture. Barn Light Electric’s 14” Ashland in Buttery Yellow: I am smitten! The finish is absolutely luminous. I wish my photos could do it justice. It has a ribbed globe and matching yellow guard; the inside is bright white. It turns this nook into its own little room. And it was on sale! Even better? You must check out this fascinating company. They are right down Two Little Limes' alley. (And they didn't even pay me to say that.)

Barn Light Electric brought the art of porcelain enamel lighting manufacturing back to the U.S. after it died out in the 1950s.  Founded and still run by Bryan and Donna Scott, their fixtures are made the old-fashioned way: by metal artists spinning shades on a lathe. These passionate collectors-turned-entrepreneurs took a chance on something they loved, created jobs in their community, reinvigorated a lost art, and delivered unique, high quality products with an inspiring story that we can be proud to display in our homes. Two Little Limes loves nothing better than promoting innovative artisans who are helping preserve their heritage, so please do take a peek at these incredible vintage-inspired fixtures!

OK, back to business. This is going to be a huge week over here as I tackle stenciling the floor. It’s at least cleaned up and painted white now, but this part, I’m afraid, may break me. Plus I still need to finalize the pattern for the floor!  Which do you prefer: the Fish Scales, or the Navajo one?

 Images via Cutting Edge Stencils

I have a super special surprise for you next week related to the floor stencil, so be sure to come back by and take a peek!  You can also follow me on Instagram @2LittleLimes for the play-by-play . . . And don’t forget to check in on the other participants linking in to the ORC. There are some serious A games in this bunch!

All uncredited photos via Two Little Limes.

Comments on this post ( 7 )

  • Nov 05, 2015

    Wow!!! This is a huge project to tackle and it seems like it’s clipping right along. Will you let us know what your final time tally is in your reveal?

    — jennibell

  • Oct 23, 2015

    What a transformation!!!! Can’t wait to see the finished product

    — dave keller

  • Oct 23, 2015

    Love the gray walls with the bright yellow light! So cheerful!

    — Rachel Bauer

  • Oct 22, 2015

    I can’t believe this is your garage! SMEG fridge! Wallpaper! BTDubs, Fish Scales for sure! WOW!

    — Kyla @ House Of Hipsters

  • Oct 22, 2015

    Thanks Amy & Teresa! Really appreciate your comments! Can’t wait to get to next week when we get to talk floor..

    — McKenna

  • Oct 22, 2015

    Your garage looks amazing already! I love that light fixture and have two of Barn Light Electric’s School House lights in my house. They are fantastic lights:) Can’t wait to see the finished project!

    — Teresa

  • Oct 22, 2015

    The downside of cleaning up something awful is it making you notice something else that now looks almost as awful to you!! Great work, looks great!

    — Amy

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