{one room challenge} Week 3 - The Rock & Roll Playroom Got a Dose of Not-So-Heavy Metal

Another week of the One Room Challenge has come and gone, and I'm definitely starting to feel the pressure, especially since I'll be out of town for five days next week traveling to and attending the SNAP blogging conference. I am so excited to be headed to SNAP for the first time and for the opportunity to catch up with some of by blogging girlfriends, and to make lots of new friends. But the timing of the conference - during week 4 of a 6 week design challenge - is, shall we say, less than ideal!

The good news, however, is that we had a very productive week 3 and I'm feeling pretty good about where we are at right now!

You can read more about our plans for the under stair playroom {and why this project is extra special to me} in my Week 1 post. One of the most exciting parts of this project is that our boys don't even know this long, thin space under the stairs exists. We've previously only used it to store a few items {mostly some Christmas decor} and the kids have never shown any interest in looking behind that door. However, this also leads to one of the biggest challenges of the project {aside from that pesky six week deadline}.

Since the kids didn't previously know about this space - we really want to continue to keep the secret until we're ready for the big reveal! But that means that our time to work on the room is limited to nap times and after bedtime. Except this past weekend, when my parents took the boys with them to the mountains for the entire weekend! We knew we had to make the most of it, so we worked our tails off to accomplish as much as possible during those 48 free hours. Scott and I both marveled at how ironic it was that we could work that hard for two days straight {until 4 a.m. one night}, and yet the weekend without the kids still felt like a vacation. :)

First and foremost - we installed the sheet metal wall on the right side of the long, thin, soon-to-be playroom. Last week I talked about the challenge of finding large enough sheets of metal to cover the wall, and the need to avoid any sharp edges. We ended up working with a sheet metal fabricator near our house, and they did a fantastic job of creating each of the panels in an interlocking manner that leaves no exposed edges. It all fit in perfectly {something I had been losing sleep over because of the angle of the ceiling}, and the installation process was not difficult, but it was a bit time consuming.

I'll share all the full tutorial on this sheet metal wall in a few weeks, but for now you can get a good laugh at these photos of us working in very tight quarters!

One Room Challenge Week 3

One Room Challenge Week 3

As we worked on the playroom over the weekend, we kept coming up with new ideas to improve upon the design - resulting in numerous trips to Home Depot. On one of those trips, we decided that the white light switch and outlet just wouldn't cut it on the sheet metal wall... so hubs did some light electrical work and now we have a much more rock and roll situation going on!

Once the sheet metal wall was up, we were ready to cut, paint, and install some trim molding.

The black molding might seem out of place now, but once all the records go up on the ceiling - the black will make a lot more sense. The molding I chose even has ridges in it that remind me of the grooves in a record {I'll make sure to give you a better picture of that down the road}.

On a more colorful note, we finally settled on a color palette for the playroom. We wanted it to be bright and fun, so we picked some of the predominant colors from the labels of the vinyl that will be going up on the ceiling. If you follow me on Instagram {you don't? why not?! :)} then you got a look at the colors over the weekend...

There will be a few different elements of the playroom getting the spray paint treatment, but up first were a whole lot of plumping pipe fittings.

All these colorful pipe fittings, together with various lengths of ABS pipe, will ultimately make up a very fun ping pong ball "wall coaster." 

Next up, we'll be adding the magnets so that we can stick all of these pipe pieces up to the sheet metal wall!

We have a handful of other projects in the works, but I'll update you on those next week. One of those projects is the art wall {opposite the sheet metal wall}. I'm thrilled to be partnering with my local Ikea store {Ikea Centennial} on this art wall. Cooper and I spent yesterday afternoon picking up all of the frames and other supplies we needed. His face says it all... we are always happy to be at Ikea!

That's all I got for this week, friends! I'll be sharing more sneak peeks on Instagram, and I'll be back with another progress report next week! But for now, I'm planning to take a little work break to pop over to Calling It Home to check out all the progress on all of the other One Room Challenge rooms, and I hope you'll do the same! 

If you missed last week's post, or you are curious to see my One Room Challenge rooms from last spring or fall, you'll find that all here.

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  1. Wow Angela, you're on a roll! Can't wait to see it all come together :-)

  2. This is such a fun, and creative room! I really can't wait to see it completed!

  3. I'm loving the metal! This is going to be one very cool play area! Can't wait to see it come together! So glad to have found you through the ORC!


  4. I absolutely LOVE what you guys are doing! It's incredible! I kinda wanna come over and play in that space once it's done (need a babysitter?). Your boys are going to LOVE it and I think it's so fun that they don't know a thing about it yet. Have fun at the SNAP conference!

  5. Oh wow! That metal wall is killer Angela! Can't wait to see what you do with that art wall! And have SO much fun at SNAP! Looking forward to hearing all about it girl!

  6. Where do you live that you have an Ikea. I'm in Michigan .

    crystal from pennyloveprojects.com, one room challenge buddy

  7. seriously Angela, you think of every single detail in your ORC projects! i just love your unique style and that every design decision has a meaning for your family. good luck this next week! xoxo

  8. It all looks very cool! That metal wall is fantastic! Can't wait to see the rest.

  9. Can I just say that I love your boys don't even know about this!! So exciting, love seeing how it's coming along and can your parents come take my kid for awhile? LOL

  10. I can't decide which of these projects is my favorite! I love all the thoughtful details like the switch plate. I was eyeing the same ones for the garage!

  11. The metal wall actually makes the space look bigger to me, so cool! Can't wait to hear about SNAP :)

  12. Ok - this is going to be SO cool! I love that you are keeping it a secret - they are going to be thrilled! What kid wouldn't love a colorful ping pong wall coaster? AWESOME!

  13. The wall looks really good! Spray painting inside a box is something that probably should've occurred to me before reading your blog post. Looking forward to seeing the records installed!

  14. so cool - you are doing so much work to the space! LOVE all of the color.