One Room Challenge Week 4 - My Kitchen Wallpaper is Up!!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

So here we are at Week 4 of the One Room Challenge, the one where I and 19 other bloggers/designers are making over a room from start to finish in 6 weeks sharing our progress along the way every Wednesday.  All of this fun is courtesy of my hero Linda from Calling It Home .  She's smart like that. Anyway, if you're just joining the series, you can get caught up on Weeks 1 - 3 here.

You may recall that I left you last week with a little tease that arrived in a cardboard box all wrapped in shiny plastic.

Curious about which pattern I chose? Take a look!

 Ha ha.  Just kidding.

Here's the pattern I chose.

Scalamandre's Tabore from here.

I put my own spin on it and had my wallpaper ladies install the paper horizontally. I don't know if it made much difference but it made me feel pretty clever. Here's how it looks on my walls. The color in real life is somewhere between the drabish olive seen above and the what you see below.  It's vibrant without being garish.  And I love it.  Truly.  It's transformed my kitchen!








But wait!  That's not all.  I also got my shelves up!  Those came from Lowe's. Right off the shelf.  They had the perfect size (17.7") to fit the tile where we removed the upper cabinet.  Happy!

Hey, outlet just hanging out there in the middle of the wall between the tile and the window. Why are you there?

So, let's all calm down for a moment and consider the other issues that need to be addressed to make this kitchen worthy of the Dollhouse.

Two issues in this photo.  1.  Lighting.  The overhead lighting does not adequately light the dining area at mealtime. That little lamp sitting on the table is a band-aid.  Obviously I need something better and cuter.  2.  That's a big blank wall that needs some interest.  I've got to figure out what to put there.  Feel free to jump in with your ideas on that.

So that's all I have for this week.  I'm feeling overwhelmed and under prepared because I need to have decisions made and in place to show you a finished kitchen 2 weeks from today.

Dang.

Don't forget to check in with the other participants and offer up your encouragement and kind words. It really does help!


51 comments:

Tiffany Leigh Interior Design said...

LOL that joke wallpaper. I was like 'NO'. Love the real one though!

Kimber McGallagher said...

Holy shit, you scared me and then blew me away. BRAVO

Kim @ Plumberry Pie said...

I did get nervous for a second thinking there was a new trend for that wallpaper that I didn't know about. ;) Love how the pattern is there, but subtle just enough to add a huge impact in the room. And I can't believe how perfectly the shelves fit in that space. That's the kind of stuff that makes me want to do a happy dance when it works out. Look forward to see what you come up w/for above the table. Good luck in the home stretch!

Jessie said...

Ahhh! That is so good.

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

Very pretty green! The Lowe's shelves look great - I love the idea of open shelving in a kitchen.

Beth Connolly said...

I love the wallpaper. Did they have any problems hanging it horizontally? It looks wonderful.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

Good lord. you had me going for a minute there. :) I should have known better. Are you able to hang anything above the table for lighting? I think the wallpaper looks smashing up against that bright white subway tile. And I love your shelves!

Vel Criste said...

Hahaha! you almost got me there kim!!!! In love with your gorgeous wallpaper! Now I think a more subdued art may work here better, but your the magician, so I'll just wait and oggle some more next time!

Leslie Price said...

So funny on that wallpaper joke! I literally spewed my coffee when I got to that and then had a great big laugh! It made my morning! Cheers!

Ashley said...

Oooooooh, that paper is like sexy moire fabric. Love it. And I love that you put your own spin on it by hanging it horizontally. SHOW US MORE!

Erin said...

I was a little skeered for a minute... PHEW. Looks great!

As for lighting, could you swag a petite chandelier over the table?

My Notting Hill said...

I love that paper hung horizontally! Happy you found what you needed it at Lowes, love it when that happens.

willowinteriors said...

Loving the second wallpaper...the first not so much. :-)
Maybe sconces on both sides of the artwork you spoke about yesterday would help shed some light on dinner??
Good luck in the homestretch! - kate

Jessie said...

Love your new wallpaper and your shelves. Can't wait for the big reveal!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

You teaser. I thought at first you really didn't put that first paper up!!
Love the one you choose and love that you added your personal touch.
Clever, girl, clever.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Oh wow, I nearly had a heart attack. What a fun paper... I really want to see it in person!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

Thanks for your kind words, Kim. I'm not sure my daughter would agree with you. That was hilarious about the wallpaper and then brilliant to hang it sideways. I do see the movement is different than vertical. Can you do a sconce on the wall for lighting? Maybe not after wallpapering. I think art is one of the hardest things, good luck.

Fran said...

Wow! Looks great. I love how you're so daring and bold. Wallpaper in the kitchen - love it!! Can't wait to see more!

The Pink Pagoda said...

I was thinking "I KNOW that's not Scalamandre," and them BAM!! Such gorgeousness! I absolutely LOVE your paper!

Nicole said...

Your wallpaper is faux bois fabulousness. Tres chic.

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

GREAT choice on the wall paper! You can do no wrong...I love it.

Heather (love your space) said...

LOVE the wallpaper, and it is totally different horizontal than it would have been vertical. Feels like clouds instead of trees, if that make sense.

pam {simple details} said...

I said to myself, "Oh funny, Kim!"

That wallpaper is SO, SO cool!!! I want some, somewhere! I have total confidence you will pull it out amazingly in the next two weeks!! :)

Anonymous said...

You are so funny and you are clever to hang the paper horizontally! Re your table/lighting, have you considered a large piece of art coupled with a picture light that will highlight the painting/picture but also provide some lighting?

René said...

Lowe's?! Really, they look great - As does the paper. Great progress so far!

SHERRY HART said...

My brain is a little off and for a split second I thought you were serious about the first wallpaper:) The real one looks fabulous and I know I am going to love your finished project.....

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

Loving the paper!! You should totally do some sconces and art above the table to maximize your surface area. Brass would look hot on that green.

Karena Albert said...

Kim I adore your new wallpaper!! Fab !!
Your kitchen is going to be amazing!

xoxo
Karena
New_2013 Designer Series

Stacey said...

Loving the paper and the colour! Love how the Panton chairs pop against it! So fab!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Shoot...you had me worried there! Love the color of your new wallpaper...

Donna Benedetto said...

Love the paper, you made a perfect choice. It feels so fresh now.
Donna
thebeneblog.com

Cathy Wall said...

GORGEOUS paper! Love the fresh green color in your kitchen and you are quite clever to have had it installed horizontally. Things are really coming together!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Wow that is some gorgeous wallpaper, Kim! So excited for you!! Can't wait to see what's next!

Heather@Tatter and Fray said...

You gave me a mini heart attack with the first wallpaper - LOL. The real thing is STUNNING though! Looks so amazing agains the white cabinetry and tile.

charmaine said...

Lol! Too funny! Love the wallpaper and hanging it horizontally is genius!

Kim said...

I nearly spit on my computer!! Truly, that first wallpaper was in my MIL's house many years ago!! You totally hit it by railroading the wallpaper ... who would ever imagine? But YOU!! It looks fab!! xo

Kristen said...

Great wallpaper!

Beth of designPOST Interiors said...

You will get it figured out! I am having the same nerves at this stage too! I love how the room has so many textures going on!

Kate Collins said...

Looking good!! It is all coming together beautifully.

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

I am so late to this party but I really love that happy wallpaper. I think your best bet for the wall is an oversized photo.

Brandy@MAKE+MODEL said...

Love it!! Great idea hanging it horizontally.

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Kim-
You got me on the first wallpaper! Hahaha! Not you.
I love it!!and I love your shelves. I am seeing a sconce maybe?
Things look great.
Teresa
xoxo

therelishedroost said...

Wall covering is really great, I love it hung horizontally !!!
Best
Karolyn

Mary Jo said...

Wow you tackled some major projects! Those white shelves are something I've been wanting to do for the longest time! Can't wait to see how you style your table area!

xo Mary Jo
http://MagicalMined.blogspot.com

Andrea said...

I absolutely LOVE the wallpaper!! Fabulous choice!!

XOXO,
The Glam Pad

Manhattan Image and Style said...

It looks fabulous!! I love the color! :)

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dee and missy said...

Love the color! Great choice. New followers! xd&m

Van said...

Oh damn that wall paper is gooooorgeous. Excellent job on the application, too.

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

That wallpaper is FAB... and it looks better railroaded! Great move! I love the subway tile, and really like how you framed it out with the verticals! Super fun!

Tiffany said...

I love that wallpaper! Second one;). I've really been into greens lately and that is a lovely shade. Can't wait to see the reveal.

Amal -- Sybaritic Spaces said...

Fantastic!! I am partial to chartreuse so I just love it! Also adore the way you hung the paper horizontally -- so clever, but I bet your paper hanger was cursing a blue streak… btw That wall is crying out for a bold graphic print…but i know you will find just the right thing!