ORC Week 7: Window Treatments & Coffee Table

I can’t believe next week is already the final reveal for the One Room Challenge! If you’ve been following along, you know this is my first time joining this challenge to transform our living room. It has inspired and motivated me to make some changes that I have wanted to do for years.

We are now in the home stretch!

I had hoped to accomplish everything on my wish list, but honestly I would have been happy even if I only got half done. I am proud to say almost everything is DONE!!

Here is the original inspiration board and I’ll link all the progress posts below.

Thank you to the ORC and Better Homes and Gardens (the official media sponsor) for organizing this challenge!

I decided to wait on reupholstering the chairs (sorry Eric, they will sit in storage for a little longer lol). The only other thing is that I may have to share two reveals… one next week, and then one later this summer. The mirror that I want for above our fireplace is on backorder and will not arrive in time for next weeks reveal. Such a bummer! But backorders are crazy right now all around so it is what it is. The fireplace is a huge part of this room so the decor above it is kind of like a centerpiece to the overall space.

The other centerpiece though, is the coffee table! I had one custom made by the One Man Woodshop. The design is inspired by a Serena & Lily coffee table and created with salvaged pieces from another table. The glass and the gold accents were used from this old table ~

(this was the first pic I could find of it so don’t mind Danny 😉

I had found it on Facebook marketplace for only $20 when searching for a glass top to use. I loved the scallop edges and design so I am so glad we could use these pieces!

And the AFTER, which is almost done:

We used textured grass cloth like wallpaper on the bottom shelf which was left over from Eric’s office space. The shelf can also be flipped over which is currently white painted wood. We will have this side monogrammed at a later date. I convinced Eric this was our wedding anniversary gift to each other this year so I love the idea of personalizing it 🙂

The One Man Woodshop (a local business and friend) has been my wingman in this challenge. He has made all my ideas come to LIFE from the framed panels, mantel redesign, ceiling beams, and this custom coffee table. If you are local in the western Chicago suburbs and have a project, I highly recommend him!

The stain on the “dipped legs” matches the stain on our ceiling beams.

It was tricky to find the right gold for the gold accent. We tried a few but the end result was a mixture of one layer of Sunlit gold spray paint then sponged with gold leaf paint. My Handy Paint Pail came in handy during this process..

The one thing I didn’t expect, but is a happy surprise, is how stunning the shadows were of the trim on the coffee table. I am hoping even when it is inside we will get to see these shadows 🙂

We also finished the window treatments!

I added a decorative trim border to our IKEA curtains to jazz them up. I have wanted to upgrade our window treatments, but still love the white and worry-free if they get ruined with 4 little kiddos in the house. I know I can always replace a panel if I need to 🙂

I love the heavier fabric (and price!) of the MERTE curtains but do not love the grommet look. Adding trim hides that and adds a beautiful pattern.

I’m sure there is a fancier way to add the trim border but for now, I safety pinned the top (which you can’t tell unless you are up close). Then I cut a very thin slit in the fabric to cover the grommet and slide on to the rod.

This simple DIY gives the curtains a much nicer look.

Woven Shades

The woven shades were also a new addition. I’ve wanted them for so long and finally found some at a price I couldn’t say no too. I was impressed with the quality when the arrived and so glad they are up!

Note: I had planned to use this no-sew hack to attach the border to the curtains. After putting it up, I realized I didn’t need to sew them on since the curtains are now just decorative as we use the woven shades. If we still needed to close the curtains, I would attach the trim to the curtains. Here’s an easy no sew method.

Here are a few links for items shown on this post:

Be sure to check out more designers ORC projects here: One Room Challenge Spring 2021 ~ And here are links to my ORC updates from the past 6 weeks:

Next week will be the reveal so stay tuned! Thank you SO much for following along!

Samantha Regan

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  1. 6.24.21
    maribeth orehovec said:

    Looks wonderful, I love the table.

  2. 12.12.21

    Absolutely love this color pallet, right up my alley. Have had large prints at one time, well that went out after I spent a fortune at Buffums, which I miss that store.
    Want to change up my fireplace mantel, unknown if I’m up to the task or will have to hire someone, my mantel is modern, kind of boring & no class.

  3. 12.26.21
    Lisa said:

    Absolutely love. I am
    Hoping to move in two weeks to a smaller home with an open narrow living room/ kitchen. Love so many things. Great. Beautiful. Open.

  4. 4.14.23

    I love the design board you created, it’s beautiful and inspiring. The room turned out absolutely stunning!