{One Room Challenge} Week 4 Progress Update: Argyle Wall

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Four weeks down and two to go in the One Room Challenge! For those visiting for the first time, I am working on a new bedroom for my two year old son, and the plan looks like this...

You can read my prior One Room Challenge updates here:
Week 1 {including the full details of the plan} |  Week 2  |  Week 3

Ok, now that that's out of the way, I am totally, ridiculously excited to share this week's progress update, because the ARGYLE WALL IS DONE! I started working on it shortly after posting my week 3 update, and finished it less than 24 hours ago. Of course, I wasn't working on it nonstop - we took plenty of time this weekend to enjoy the warm weather, had two Easter egg hunts, visited the Easter Bunny, and had two Easter dinners with our families... but when I wasn't working on the wall, it was always in the back of my mind, resulting in a mix of excitement and fear.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you got a few sneak peeks throughout the weekend, including this photo that documented the point of no return!


I've been thinking about this wall for more than six months, and even though I had a really solid plan in place, I was still terrified of each new step. But now that it's done, I can honestly say that it wasn't that difficult! Time consuming yes, but totally doable! Everything came together just as I had planned, and I am so giddy about the outcome that I seriously want to stop people on the street to show them pictures and say "look what I did!"

Rather than just showing you the finished wall, I thought it would be more fun to share a series of photos, creating a time lapse of sorts. For those who are interested all the details, I'll be posting a tutorial some time in the coming week, but for now here is the creation of my argyle wall in nine photos. UPDATE: click here to read the full tutorial on how to paint an argyle wall, as well as my best general painting tips for achieving super crisp lines!


Not only does the wall look great from a distance, it's totally ready for its close up! Check out those crisp lines - even across the skip trowel texture of our walls.



As you can imagine, the argyle wall took up the majority of my week, but I did also manage to finish the chalkboard globe that I started back in Week 2!


While a chalkboard globe is nothing new in the blogosphere, my method for this DIY was a bit non-traditional.  Rather than blue and grey chalkboard paint, I used the same latex paint that's on the argyle wall, and then finished with two coats of a clear chalkboard paint finish. This method also allowed me to add my favorite detail - a gold outline around all of the continents. You can read all the details in yesterday's tutorial blog post here.


That's a wrap on Week 4 of the One Room Challenge. I still have a lot to do, but I feel like a major weight has been lifted from my shoulders now that the argyle wall is complete. That also means that I can start putting furniture in place and even hanging some of the art.


It's getting harder and harder for Beckett to wait patiently for his new room. He loves the diamonds on the wall {although he did ask me when I was going to paint triangles and circles}, and he really wants to read his bedtime stories in his new chairs! I can't wait for the room to be complete so he can move in and enjoy!

There are so many amazing rooms coming together as part of the One Room Challenge, so please be sure to visit our gracious host, Calling it Home, to check out the Week 4 progress of all of the participants here and here.

You can find all of my past One Room Challenge posts here:

FALL 2014 ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: Modern Metro Master Bedroom



SPRING 2014 ONE ROOM CHALLENGE: Vintage Preppy Little Man's Lounge





47 comments :

  1. That is CRAZY CRAZY GOOD! I love the time stamps ;-). Hope you have plenty of coffee today, but it was worth it, it's amazing!

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    1. Thanks so much, Carol! It was worth all the effort!

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  2. Girl, you are killing it with that wall!!! That makes my head spin but it looks SO good! I love the globe too! My son would love that, might have to give it a try :) I can't believe week 4 is coming to an end...aaahhhh! Can't wait to see your post the next two weekds!

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    1. Thanks, Summer! We are getting so close...only one more week to go! We can do it!

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  3. That wall looks amazing! What a lucky boy to have that great focal wall in his room. Can't wait to see how you put it all together.

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    1. Thank you! He is one special little boy and totally deserving of an awesome room!

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  4. Wow that argyle wall is impressive! Loving the chalkboard globe idea as well. Way to go

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    1. Thanks! I think the globe will create family fun for many years to come!

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  5. Seriously fantastic Angela I can't believe you did that! So much work and soooo rewarding! I absolutely love it-bravo!! xo Nancy

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  6. Holy Moly! You knocked that wall out of the park! It looks great! Can't wait to see this one come together!

    XO,
    Krista
    www.goodwillglam.com

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    1. Thanks, Krista! Isn't it fun to watch the progression of all these rooms?!

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  7. The wall looks FABULOUS!! Love it!! And that globe is great as well!! Good job this week :)

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  8. Amazing job on the argyle wall!! The globe DIY is really cute too! :)

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    1. Thanks, Carrie! I am so happy with how things are coming together!

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  9. Whoa, lady. I like to think of myself as ambitious (foolhardy?), but this is quite an undertaking - and your results are off the charts. My hat is off to you.

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    1. Thanks so much!! This totally made me laugh! I think this wall was probably a foolhardy undertaking, but it paid off :) Now to finish the rest of my to do list...

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  10. That wall was an amazing undertaking...well done!!

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    1. Thanks, Krystine! I appreciate you stopping by!

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  12. Holy cow! I can't even believe the work that went into this wall! Nicely done! It looks simply amazing!

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    1. Thanks! I am thrilled with how it turned out!

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  13. That wall is perfect! I love it!! Great job!

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  14. Wow! I can't believe you did this. Looks amazing! I can't even imagine trying to calculate all that and hope that its right...eeek! Great job!

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    1. I managed to come up with a method that only required minimal calculations (I'm all about finding the easy road!} If you are interested in the process, the tutorial is now up at http://www.blueistyle.blogspot.com/2014/05/ArgyleWallTutorialAndGeneralPaintingTips.html

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  15. Angela!!! That wall Rocks!! I am so impressed with your vision and tenacity. Glorious. You can stop now. You are done!!

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    1. Thanks, Kim! That means the world to me!!

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  16. Simply amazing!! I can't wait to see all of this. Good luck this week, it should all be easy compared to that wall.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! My list is definitely getting shorter and I can't wait to see everything come together!

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  17. i've got to echo the sentiment of everyone else... WOW. this is incredible! i can't wait to see the tutorial!

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    1. Thanks, Ivy! I just posted the tutorial if you are interested: http://www.blueistyle.blogspot.com/2014/05/ArgyleWallTutorialAndGeneralPaintingTips.html

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  18. OMG!!!!! That wall is unbelievable!!! I cannot believe how clean your lines are! Tutorial please! WOW!!

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    1. Thanks, Kate! I just posted the tutorial, including my trick for getting perfectly clean lines: http://www.blueistyle.blogspot.com/2014/05/ArgyleWallTutorialAndGeneralPaintingTips.html

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  19. Totally aswesome.. can you come do the argile wall for me... I love it...!!!

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    1. Thanks! I don't think I'm up for another argyle wall for quite some time :)

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  20. Wow you really do have a patient painting hand dont you! This looks amazing, such a huge statement and much cheaper than wallpaper too. Great job :)

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! Patience was definitely a major requirement for this project, but I had a lot of fun along the way!

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  21. Angela!! This is SO incredible, truly a one-of-a-kind statement! Only one more week and you can take a nap! :)

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    1. Thanks, Pam! I am having so much fun, but I am definitely looking forward to that nap!!

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  22. All I can say is wow - how amazing is that?! You room is going to be killer!!

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