ORC Week 5 of 6
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If this is your first time hearing about the One Room Challenge click here for recaps of: Week 1 // Week 2 // Week 3 // Week 4 You can also check out some of the other participants' progress here.
By now I should be showing you a finished pergola. But it's been raining nonstop for the past 4-5 days. So sadly, I have only this to report... brace yourself.
The emotional side of me is screaming silently, but the my optimism says I still have about 5 or 6 days to complete this. Hmm...
Perhaps fellow blogger Jessica, of The Vanderveen House put it best when she said: "it's not worth stressing over unrealistic goals". I could not have said it better myself. But I still plan to push through until the end, to get as close to my completed vision as possible. As my Mom always says, "Nothing beats a failure but a try". So try I will.
On more positive note, there are many things that I've accomplished which have surprised me. I LOVED the outcome of my rug painting project. And I'm still giddy over the great items I scored second hand. Even my husband - who was a bit pessimistic about my chair hunt - gave me the thumbs up on the final pick. Designing a room is always double the pleasure when the folks you share it with love it too!
This week I'm excited to show you what I did with this chandelier, which I affectionately refer to as "The Octopus".
But first a story...
I have a remarkable friend about 30 years my senior who consistently takes a genuine and loving interest in me. She is ever loyal. And so it was through her that I received this gift- a $5 chandelier she found at a garage sale. She simply told me, "try to use it outdoor somewhere, and if you can't find a place for it, pass it on to someone else who can use it".
It really wasn't my style, and although she gave me permission to pass it on, I didn't want to be ungrateful. So I placed it on a shelf in my basement until I could decide what to do with it. That perhaps wasn't the best place for it. One day I came home to find it on the floor. Every glass lamp shade that came with it was shattered. I felt sick. But one of the glass shades was already missing, so that softened my shame a bit.
I began scouring Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, looking for ideas on how to transform it. After applying some of the left over exterior paint from my rug project, and adding my own twist with beads, solar lights, and braid jewelry, I came up with this:
Can I just tell you that this is the most awesome upgrade ever!!! I can't believe how it turned out. In a later post, I'll dish out all the details. But for now, I'll be watching the weather and hoping that I can showcase it soon on my finished pergola.
Please tell me, what's YOUR best DIY project ever?
Welcome to "my place". I'm Ola, a self-confessed décor addict and DIY think-tank. I love working with small spaces. Make yourself comfortable, and feel free to "shop" my ideas.
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