One Room Challenge Week 3 – Wainscoting is in!

Hi everyone, I’m back with a One Room Challenge update! This week is Week 3 already – can I just say how fast the weeks go by when you’re producing something under a deadline?!

I am pretty excited about what got accomplished over this last week, and I can’t wait to show you! The wainscoting is in! My sweet husband worked over time getting it in, and I think it turned out really well. I’m seriously so thrilled with it that I go in there several times each day and gaze at it!


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I mean, it isn’t even painted and it already looks better than the horrible falling-apart and warped bead board that was on the walls before! I know it will look even prettier once it’s all painted.


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The other main thing I’ve been doing this week is deciding on the upper wall color. The wainscoting will be painted Benjamin Moore Cloud White (my favorite white ever!) and the upper walls a soft greige.

wainscoting paint color choices home office remodel 1 I’ve narrowed it down to basically two shades, with some variances in the formulas of those. The two I’m looking at are Edgecomb Gray and Revere Pewter, both Benjamin Moore.

wainscoting home office remodel benjamin moore paint color choicesI love both colors so I don’t think I could really go wrong. However, I will admit that I change my mind daily! One day I think it’s the Revere Pewter for sure, and then another day, I’m leaning towards Edgecomb Gray!

wainscoting home office remodel paint color choices grey greigeThe funny part is I was rushing to decide on the color, and then for awhile I thought I wouldn’t find a painter at all! I spoke to about five different painters who were all booking six weeks out and it had me in a slight state of panic. However, I think I may have finally found someone yesterday, and he can start next week so that’s such a relief!

Oh, and I have an update on the back-ordered desk situation – I have them! As you may remember from last week’s post, the Printer’s Desk I picked from Pottery Barn was back ordered until June. I ended up calling all around to the stores and finally found two in Orange County. For those of you aren’t from California, that is not close to me! But, I hopped in my car and drove the three-hour round trip and they are now sitting in their boxes waiting to be assembled! Phew! I’m pretty sure an “office reveal” loses some of it’s oomph when there are no desks actually in the office!

Desk Choice!

I absolutely love the desk! I was able to see it in the store, and the finish is perfect. And it’s huge! It will be nice for each of us to have a decent work space and I love the look.
The other thing I worked on this week was finding the office chairs. If you remember from my mood board, I was between this chair from Pottery Barn…


Possible Chair  1

and this one


Possible Chair 2

and though I love both, I think I’m still on the hunt.

My husband thought it should have arms as it’s more comfortable (and I must say, he has a point), so that removed the PB one from the running. And the French one above, though gorgeous and the-most-amazing-price-ever, doesn’t seem quite “office-y” enough to me. There’s no height adjustment or swivel capability so I think I’m going to try to find something a little more appropriate. Hopefully still cute, but with some office bells and whistles. And also, not $600. Not a lot to ask, right?!

So, next week I’ll have paint to show you, hopefully a desk chair choice, and I will also need to be finalizing accessories and artwork as I will only have two more weeks at that point!

Here’s a reminder of the direction I’m going….

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Thanks so much for following along! If you missed any of the previous posts and want to catch up, you can see them here:

Week 1 | Week 2

And, please go check out all the other bloggers participating! You can see the featured designers, as well as everyone else linking up, here.






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  1. Sheila your wainscoting looks so great!! It’s going to be beautiful all painted up. I am a huge fan of both Edgecomb Gray (currently in my basement and formerly in my dining room) and Revere Pewter, which I used in my parents-in-law’s new home. Both winners, can’t wait to see what you end up with and what chairs you use! So glad you found a store with the desks!

    1. Thanks Lisa! It’s amazing how many people have told me that they have both of those colors in their homes. I really think I can’t go wrong – just have to choose! And yes, finding the desks (even with the big drive!) was so lucky!!

      Thanks for checking in my friend:)


  2. You have such style! Will be so pretty when done.
    Can you tell me how you did the wainscoting—wood used, steps involved, etc. Would love to do this in my dining room.

    Thank you so much.

    1. Aww, thank you that is so kind!

      And basically we did plywood and then the casings over that. I’m going to do a full post on it eventually, with the measuring details, etc.,(too much to go into here) so keep your eye out for that!

      Thanks for stopping by!


  3. Looks amazing! Have a look at the Akron chair from Mayfair-Might be just what you are looking for. Good luck!

    1. Hi Pam!
      I will take a look at the chair – thanks so much for the suggestion and for your kind comment! So appreciate you stopping by and the feedback:)


  4. Wow – you are really moving along! I love how the walls turned out and I don’t think you can go wrong with any of those paint colors. The chairs are both very pretty but make sure the arm height isn’t too high if you plan on pulling it under the desk. The only reason I thought of that was because I found two possible head chairs for my dining room table but the arm height listed was too high to pull under the table. I guess it all depends if you need to do that or not. Anyway, I love how the room is coming along!

    1. We are!! I’m practically giddy at the wainscoting and I’m constantly stopping to stare at it, haha! And you’re right about the chairs (and I have been checking!) because I’ve had that happen to me before!

      Thanks so much for checking in Shelley! I’m headed over to you to see your dining room progress:)