The One Room Challenge-What Is It?

April 30, 2020

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Have you ever participated in the One Room Challenge? Starting next week, people from all over North America will be tackling a room or a space in their home over the course of the next six weeks. They will be transforming this space into a beautiful creation! In the past, the Spring One Room Challenge (there are two every year-Spring and Fall) has been held in April. However, due to the circumstances of today-a.k.a: Coronavirus-it has been pushed back to May. You may be wondering, what exactly is the One Room Challenge? It’s an opportunity for participants to branch out and overcome their fear of being creative and tackling a project on their own. Through the support and enthusiasm of other participants in the forum, it provides a platform to share the process of transforming a space. And, in short, it’s so much fun!

ORC label

My first ORC was my mudroom makeover. But I’ve also transformed other spaces too. Here are just a few: Kitchen, Lauryn’s room, and my favorite-our fireplace! The before and afters of that one are so worth hopping over to see!

fireplace makeover reveal

Originally, I had planned on completing our master bedroom in the One Room Challenge. However, I decided to move that to the Fall Challenge and transform my master bathroom instead. Primarily, because I’m partnering with a tile company and a countertops makeover company too. Because the challenge was pushed back, I (along with many other participants) was able to get a head start. It has probably been one of my longest projects ever (once again-thank you Coronavirus), but the slow pace of it has been kind of nice too. Can’t wait to start revealing it to you next Thursday! Of course, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen much of the process and progress. 🙂  If not, come follow along in my Stories! Just a quick sneak peak of what’s to come….

Shiplap on ceiling and walls of master bathroom

All of this to say, please come join in the fun!! I would love to share what you’re doing in an upcoming post and/or in my Instagram Stories! To join the challenge, you can sign up here or just follow along. As a side note, don’t let the name fool you…this is not a competition.There are 20 bloggers who have been chosen to show us their spaces in the process. They were chosen based on past ORC’s that they have participated in. So, you may be rewarded in that way come future ORC’s! And/or Better Homes & Gardens (also a sponsor of the Challenge) may use some of your pictures in their magazine or website content. Both of those would be quite amazing to be chosen for, but I just wanted to throw that out there to take away any pressure you may be feeling! Ultimately, it’s a lot of fun and a great way to get a project done!!

So, what space are you going to tackle? Let me know in the comments below. Or feel free to DM me with any questions you may have. Can’t wait to see what you’re working on!


Until next time,

Happy Building, Friend!!

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