Thursday, October 23, 2014

One Room Challenge: Fall 2014 - Week 4

One Room Challenge Linking Event....Get Ready!
And now it is…..Week Four.

Time is flying. I can’t believe the One Room Challenge is now in the home stretch.
The library is starting to shape up. I have the furniture positioned where I want it, and just need to add in the accessories now.
The big thing I accomplished was finding something to place behind my couch. The back of the couch is actually the first thing you see when you walk in the room. I hated just looking at that big white expanse, but I wanted to do something a little different than the standard console table.
I kept thinking of this picture that I saw a few years ago.
Rachel Bilson - A bone-color brick veneer fireplace set behind a blue velvet sofa and printed ottoman

It was the perfect look I was going for.

I found a bench at Marshall's that was the right size and shape, but very plain.

A quick trip to the fabric store solved that problem. I made sure to get indoor/outdoor fabric so it would be a little more durable and stain resistant (always a consideration in my house).

I simply lined up the fabric with the bench....

...and started stapling. Once I was done, I trimmed away the excess fabric. No need for making any kind of pattern or taking any measurements….my kind of DIY project!

The only hard part was the corners. I tried a few different ways...

...and finally decided just to fold the fabric like you would wrap a present. It worked very well, and left a smooth looking corner.


This is going to look great in the library! So excited!


As for the other areas of the room...

I also am making progress on finding a table to set my new card catalog on (at least thinking progress which counts…right?) I was trying to decide on either adding hairpin legs like this or making a stand like this. But then I realized the Lack table at Ikea was just the right size and a lot less effort. I will still do a little to dress it up of course. (I mean what Ikea item doesn’t need a good hack?)
I am also thinking about curtains. Of course, after spending all that time painting the window trim, I do not want to completely cover them up! More on that later.

This week I am going to spend organizing the bookshelves. (Stay tune for my tips on styling bookcases in the next ORC post). Can you believe that that will be the last one before the big room revel?!

Now I am off to check out the other One Room Challenge linkingparticipants at Calling it Home. Care to join me?

Also, linking this post up to the Pink Pagoda's Blue and White BashNot Just a Housewife


  1. This is my absolute favorite fabric EVER! I used it when I made over my parents basement last year and it is holding up beautifully! Fantastic job on the bench! Can't wait to see more! :)

  2. The bench is beautiful!! Can't wait to see the final reveal!

  3. Your bench looks great. Those corners can be tricky but yours are perfect!

  4. I love the fabric you chose! It's just the perfect shade of blue {says this blue obsessed gal!}

  5. That bench fabric is fabulous - and I'm all about DIY's that don't require any measuring!

  6. The bench looks fantastic. bravo.

  7. what a perfect alternative to the console table?! and great job covering the bench, can't even tell it didn't come like that. Can't wait for next week!

  8. What an awesome transformation - love your bold fabric choice! Great job!

  9. Bravo! So cute and you made it look so easy. Well done.

  10. What a pretty bench! You can never go wrong with blue and white in my book! I can't wait to the whole library!!! Good luck this week!

  11. Bench looks great! (I always hate trying to figure out those corners when reupholstering!)

  12. Adore your new bench with this fabulous fabric!!
    The Arts by Karena

  13. Looking good Francis and I love seeing that little sneak peek of your living room rug!!

  14. Hairpin gets my vote! Shelia @ House of Highlands

  15. This fabric is gorgeous and you did an amazing job with those corners! Not sure I could manage that! Thank you for linking up to The Bash today!