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Week 6 ORC- All The Progress!



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If you’ve been following along, you realize by now I missed posting for Week 3, 4… and 5!  It’s week 6 now and we were granted a week extension for reveals, which I am oh so thankful for.  I have made notable progress over the past few weeks and am excited for the big reveal next week.

For this week, I want to share with you what I’ve been up in this beautiful space for my little girls.  Alice is 6 and Abigail is 2.  I wanted the space to be fun, but I also wanted to pick pieces and details that will grow with them.  We moved the girls into this room right before Atticus was born and he just turned 6 months over the weekend… 6 months!  We have been busy busy with life as a family of 6.  In regards to our personal life, Chris is an NFL strength coach for the Green Bay Packers so we are in full swing of the NFL season.  In hindsight, trying to tackle 2 rooms (our kids bathroom renovation as well is about 80% complete) in the middle of football season with a newborn was a tad bit aggressive.  But… here we are, and I’m really proud of the work that I have been able to get done and how it is all coming together.  I know that I will not have the room 100% finished by next week… but if I get to 90%, I will call it a win!

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Here are the big things that I worked on over the past few weeks and some are currently still in progress.

  • Removed TV, black sconces, patched and painted walls.
  • Trekked to Ikea (3 hours each way) to pick up a wardrobe to replace the girls “open closet”.
  • Installed the most beautiful removable floral wallpaper from ShopBDarling – (more on that below).
  • Finalizing all the pretty details – including their new bedding from Beddy’z!
  • And my favorite detail yet… the dollhouse makeover!

Here are the details and as a reminder, a few before shots:

Demo (ish).

It’s always the unexciting things that take the longest.  After removing everything around the room, I spent a couple of days patching holes and repainting all the areas that had been neglected the first time around in this room.  Removing the TV from their room was a very good decision and I’m a little upset at myself for not doing it earlier.

The Wardrobe!

This was a big design change that I did not plan at the beginning of this 6 weeks. As I thought about how to make this space both beautiful, fun, AND functional, a few things came up. Creating a proper closet solution to help with organization was on the top of this list.  If you remember from earlier posts, I talked about how this room used to be my office space.  We built out this space in the basement from bare concrete and had to work with the layout we had.  Considering we could never officially classify this room as a bedroom because of the lack of windows, we chose not to build in a closet.  I have gone about 6 months now with the DIY closet solution I created with some 1×12’s and some closet rods, but have decided I really want to create a custom closet look to polish off the room.  I have the Pax system in my sons room and absolutely love the storage it provides.

I knew I wanted drawers and one area of hanging for each girl.  Since I already own this system, I knew that 3 drawers per girl would provide plenty of space.  I also love the pull out shelfs for shoes and added a pull out tray for the girls accessories, something I did not include when I designed my sons wardrobe.  As I am writing this, I am knee deep in building out the wardrobe to make it look very custom and built-in.  Here’s where it stands right now.

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That Wallpaper.

This is what started it all.  I entered a contest on Instagram to work with ShopBDarling and was super excited when I was contacted to work with them.  I chose the Pink Floral print and designed the other components around this design.  In conjunction with the design aspect, I wanted to share HOW EASY it is to install vinyl wallpaper.  This was my first time installing it, but I would compare it to using contact paper, only much more forgiving.  I have a small segment on a local Fox show here in Green Bay called The Better Half, that takes an inside look at life with the wives of NFL players for the Green Bay Packers.  Chris is now past his playing days, so our life in the NFL with him as coach has different challenges, but is equally exciting.  I was invited to host a Gratefully Gizzi segment each episode focusing on home and health.  This week, I asked if we could show how easy it is to hang removable wallpaper!  The crew came to our home and we did a short clip that hopefully inspires anyone watching to tackle a simple DIY like this on their own.  I do not have the video yet because the segment hasn’t aired yet, but I will add it here when it does!

The Details.

One of the biggest design challenges I was debating on was which direction I wanted to go with the bedding… pink or white, pink or white?  I had an extra white twin coverlet that I threw on the bed once the wallpaper went up, and decided that even though I’m a sucker for white on white on white… that was not the right choice for this space.  After way too many hours than I care to admit, I decided on these beauties that I’ve been eyeing for months.  I will write a full post and plan to give a video review on this bedding, but for now, let me just say… GAME CHANGER.  The girls are loving how fun this is to make up their own bed each morning – especially my 2 year old!


I plan to write in more detail about this in it’s own post so here is a quick before and after that was relatively easy to achieve.  I cut off the scalloped edges, painted the frame and roof, installed some wood flooring (thank you contact paper), and of course hung some wallpaper.  I still have some finishing touches left, but this turned out AMAZING and all 3 of the older kids are completely obsessed with it.  #momoftheyear

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  1. This space is looking great and I hear you about doing all this during the NFL season. Fall is always super crazy packed with events and scheduling so it definitely makes participating in the ORC extra challenging. The results are always worth it though. Good luck with the final details for next week’s reveal! The wallpaper looks beautiful, by the way.

  2. I love the wallpaper pattern. Also, I have dreamed of fixing up a dollhouse for some time now…for my son!

    • Jennifer says:

      Thank you! I’m not completely done with the makeover but just a little TLC went a long way making this special for my kiddos!

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