ORC – Office/Sewing Room Makeover – One Room Challenge – Week 2

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Week 2 of the One Room Challenge has come and gone and I have to say I am pretty happy about the progress I have made in this office space. I have narrowed down the design style, the furniture and the hardest part – the paint colour for the feature wall! I am so confident that this office space is going to look amazing.

If you are just tuning in, be sure to check out last weeks post Office/Sewing Room Makeover – One Room Challenge – Week 1 in regards to my first week EVER joining in on the One Room Challenge. In that post I talk about my complete design plan for this room.

Since last week I have slightly changed my design inspo for this office space. After some Pinterest searching, I found a photo that just screamed out at me. Say hello to the new inspo for this office/sewing room makeover!

office inpsoStudio McGee

After completely changing my mind from wanting a dark navy blue feature wall to a green feature wall I found myself confused. I have never painted any walls green before because I never really liked the colour. This all changed after following Alisa from A Glass Of Bovino, she uses greens and always makes them look AMAZING. I realized that while choosing samples for this room I kept gravitating towards green. So, I went with it and I am happy that I did.

The first paint colour that I thought I fell in love with was Salamander by Benjamin Moore. However, the more I stared at it the more I hated it. It was just too dark for this room. This colour really didn’t make a statement, it gave more of a “oh” feeling then an “OH!!”


The second colour I chose was Thermal by Behr. This one had more of a teal undertone to it when I shined the light on it. At first, I wasn’t so sure how I felt about that, but after some time I really started to enjoy it. I also did an Instagram poll where I asked for some help choosing between the two colours, and to my pleasant surprise, Thermal won!


It was so hard to commit to this paint colour because it has been such a gloomy week in Vancouver. Part of me really wanted the sun to come through and shine on Salamander and change my mind. Then, I reminded myself that it’s Vancouver and 80% of the year is raining and gloomy. I needed to just follow my gut and go with the colour that looked best – which was Thermal.


Since my dilemma between the two paint colours, I have purchased the paint and completed my concept design board. I am ready to tackle the paint job this weekend. This part of a project is always so exciting to me because it is when I can finally move from the drawing board to the actual room and be hands on with my design.

Concept ORC Spring 2019 Office Space

Another accomplishment from this week was purchasing the rug for the office space. Ordering a rug online can be scary, but, I am so excited to see this rug in person.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to order the rug because I wanted to see what the paint and the desk looked like before making my final decision. I decided to trust my gut, knowing that I played around with my concept design board about 30 times.

I also quickly realized that because I was ordering this rug online from the United States and I live in Canada, I needed to order it ASAP to ensure it arrived on time. So everyone cross your fingers for me that I get this beautiful rug sooner rather then later!

Rug Office Space

For anyone wondering, I found this rug on Rugs USA for a really good deal! Even during WayFairs WAYDAY sale, and conversion of the USD to CDN dollar, this was cheaper from Rugs USA then it was from WayFair.

Onto the next dilemma I faced this week. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep the current light fixture in the room or not. My grandma just purchased this light about a year ago, so I felt bad getting rid it. This light is actually quite pretty. I saw one almost identical the other day for a pretty hefty price, so I decided it is going to stay.

This light fixture also brings some character to this office space.

Light Fixture Office Space

Now that I have primed the entire room, bought the paint and decided on furniture, I am ready to get the ball rolling on the next steps.

Primer Office Space

My goals for this weekend are to:

  • Paint the walls
  • Purchase and put together the desk
  • Shop for curtains
  • Shop around for chairs for the desk and sewing machine

Thanks for checking in and following along on my One Room Challenge. If you like to follow along on these journeys, be sure to check out all of the talented designers participating in this event.

Be sure to check back next week for another update on this office space!



5 thoughts on “ORC – Office/Sewing Room Makeover – One Room Challenge – Week 2”

  1. Oh my gosh, it was like reading about my own current project! Ha! I am right there with you for green paint. But I really like how other people make it look, so I think we are going to try a dark green in our room. With hints of blue. Because I can’t fully commit. So excited to see how your room comes along!

    1. Haha I totally get it! It is so hard to commit to the green when you’re not use to it! I am super excited to get the ball rolling on it though and see how it turns out. That sounds lovely for your bedroom, I’m sure it will look really good 🙂

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