One Room Challenge | Week 4 | The Issues Post

October 23, 2014

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It is week four of the One Room Challenge and it is also the time that I am running into a few issues.  But before I delve into that, let me remind you what the room used to look like and what it looks like now.

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Here is the room BEFORE

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And here it is now, waiting for furniture!

To read about how we got from before to where I am now, check out my previous posts:

Week 1: All Before Photos and The Design Plan

Week 2: Shopping at West Elm

Week 3: Painting, Refinishing vintage Heywood Wakefield pieces, and Reviving some thrift store cantilever chairs

As the title of this post reads “The Issue Post”, I had three distinct as I like to call them “opportunities to be creative”.  Here is what I did to tackle them:

Issue 1

My client purchased a piece of art that she liked without letting me know

Ok, I am not going to go all snobby designer on you, and I actually loved the art she selected.  I had given her an idea of what I was going to put in the space and my heart jumped a bit when she called me all excited saying she had found the perfect piece.  The only issue with the art was that it was way too small to fill the wall I was wanting to put this abstract painting.

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Here is a closeup of the piece she selected

It is only about 18″ x 18″ and I was looking for more of a 42″ x 30″, but I was determined to make this work.

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Since the room needs space for foot traffic on the left, it needs a visually heavy piece to counterbalance the furnishings on the other side.

My Solution

Several years ago I got a very large, very ugly 70’s painting at a garage sale that I painted over.  I painted it during a time in my life where I was going through a rough time and was forcing myself to get back into being creative.  I had been drained from a job that left me devoid of artistic thought and I needed an outlet.  I was pleased with the results, and it hung in my bedroom for many years.  After beginning my own business, I realized that this painting was holding me in a bad place and it needed to be given new energy and a new life.

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The repainted garage sale canvas ready for new energy.

I took this painting outside and spray painted the whole thing white, frame and all, just to give it a fresh start.  As it was drying, my furry daughter, Maggie Mae promptly trotted across it, thankfully not tracking white paw prints along with it.  Little did I know that two weeks later, she would no longer be in my life.  I have not shared this on my blog before because it was too painful, but back in late August, at 13 years old, Maggie Mae was taken to heaven.  She had been with me since she was 4 months old and I cannot express the void that is now left.

That white canvas went into storage with me left not knowing what to do with it, until now!  It was like it was Maggie being involved one more time in one of my design projects like she had been so many times before.  Only now, her mark was going to be left in one of my clients homes.

After hanging the large white canvas on the wall, I thought perhaps I could hang the art my client purchased on a 3M Command Strip Hanger in the middle of the canvas.

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I posted this really EXCITING (ya right) image on my Instagram.

Well, after hanging the art piece and working in the room a bit, the strip let loose and the art went kurplunck on the floor.  No damage done, and I was skeptical about the piece holding on such an uneven surface because the canvas has a lot of texture.  So I bit the bullet and just put a nail and hanger right through the canvas.

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No turning back now!

And, now, drum roll please…a small art piece turned visually larger with wonderful energy provided: (invisible paw prints and all!)

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One issue down, two to go.

Issue 2

The desk lamp has no outlet nearby

Since this sitting room is really a bedroom with a mirrored closet that is not in use, the desk got placed right in front of said closet doors.  With this came the dilemma of not having a nearby outlet to electrify this amazing piece I found at HomeGoods.

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Here is the floor plan so you can get an idea of what I am talking about:

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My Solution

I got an extension cord and ran it around the chair next to the desk and then attached a cord cover to the wall right above the baseboard.

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Thankfully the outlet is going to be covered by the arm chair.

One more solved!

Issue 3

With the desk in front of a mirrored closet, how the heck am I going to hang anything on the wall over it?

I’m jumping right into my solution.  Now this is where the 3M Command Strips redeem themselves.  Why not hang a mirror on a mirror?  The command strip really took hold on the glass much better than the textured canvas and now the sunburst mirror looks amazing over the desk next to the lamp.

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So those were my issues/opportunities to be creative this week and I am getting ready to wrap this room up as my client has family getting ready to come in for the upcoming holidays.  This upcoming week I will be getting the last minute accessories and loading them all in.  Thanks for following along on my journey of creating the Heywood Wakefield Dream.

I will leave you this week with a reminder of my design concept for this room and I hope you can come back to see the end result!

Heywood Wakefield Dream

Be sure to check in on all the other participants in the One Room Challenge hosted by Linda of Calling It Home.


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17 Responses to “One Room Challenge | Week 4 | The Issues Post”

  1. sherry hart Says:

    So sorry to hear about Maggie Mae….it is never easy to go through the loss of a pet. Looks like you tackled a lot this week and handled so major issues!

  2. christinedovey Says:

    That is some creative problem solving right there- well done! I love that lamp so much and excited to see more of your space next week!

  3. Great fixes! Love the solution to the painting dilemna. Where did you find that cord cover? I have to run extension cords all the time and they are so ugly.

    • designwithj9 Says:

      Thanks Alana, I had an ah-ha moment with that one. Thankfully my client trusts me even when she looked a little confused when I brought that big canvas in. I had that cord cover from a previous project and I got it at Home Depot.


  4. That was a genius art fix! Sorry the week had so many problems, but at least it gave you a chance to show off your creative problem solving skills.

  5. Definitely thinking on your feet. Well done.

  6. Carrie Says:

    Hugs to you about Maggie Mae. She looks like a sweet dog. Great solutions! I’m thrilled to know about the 3M command strip working well on the glass…

  7. What a great solution to make the art feel bigger! And I’m living the whole desk space with that lamp and mirror!

  8. I’m so sorry to hear about Maggie Mae. It’s so hard to lose a pet. Thankfully she was by your side for 13 great years though 🙂 Looks like everything is coming along great. Good luck this week!

  9. sdowd39 Says:

    No flipping way! I love, love the art work!
    Shelia @ House of Highlands

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