There is nothing I like more than progress. I was born an improvement chick and I love when my ducks are in row, I’m in the control zone and stuff is getting done! Welcome to my ONE ROOM CHALLENGE® week 3.

Week 3 of the One Room Challenge® was outstanding.

One Room Challenge -week 3

My design ducks are in a row:

  1. We put the red walls on the History Channel®
  2. Selected the green wall art from Gold Leaf Design Group
  3. Discovered and speced the organic wood wall from Tricolor Floors
  4. Finalized the lighting from Progress Lighting
  5. Decluttered an adjacent closet to move stuff out of the formerly known as “the dump room”

Here is my recap of ONE ROOM CHALLENGE® week 3:
If you have never painted over a dark color like red. Here are some tips for a nice white wall.

Clean the wall: Before starting the painting process, make sure the wall is clean and free from any dirt or dust. You can use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe the wall and let it dry completely.

Prime the wall: Since red is a strong color, it may bleed through the white paint. To avoid this, apply a coat of primer on the red wall before painting it with white. This will also help the white paint to adhere better to the surface.

Choose the right paint: When selecting white paint, make sure to choose a high-quality paint that will cover the red wall with a few coats. I elected for a mat paint finish as it best hides wall blemishes.

Use a paintbrush and roller: Use a paintbrush to paint the edges of the wall and a roller to cover the larger areas. This will give you a smooth and even finish.

Apply multiple coats: Depending on the quality of your paint, you may need to apply two or three coats of white paint to cover the red wall completely. Allow each coat to dry before applying the next.

Allow the paint to dry: Once you have applied the final coat of paint, allow it to dry completely before removing any masking tape or re-attaching any fixtures to the wall. Bravo!! It looks great!!

My journey to find the perfect organic wood wall.

Now that the walls are Sherwin Williams’ Snowbound white and look crisp and clean. I needed to source and procure my wood wall. I called on my good friend and flooring expert Ian Martin who owns Tricolor Floors in Riverview. Ian was trained in Europe by his father with old-fashion work ethics to do the job right the first time. He has over 30 years of experience and offers hundreds of wood flooring options that are now appearing in the most well-design rooms as accent walls.

A side note on Ian, he is from Ireland and beautiful accent and has done floors for Madonna and tons of other famous and picky high-profile clients too. I’m so proud of him as he just opened a new showroom at 13163 US 301 G1 in Riverview, Florida. This week I went by to select my wood wall.

Talk about option overload, there were so many possibilities to create that rich, organic look I wanted for my newly updated home workout room. I shared my One Room Challenge project details with Ian and I asked what he recommended.

He explained there were many great natural woods that would be nice. But, he said technology advances in floor materials are so innovative and now offer that same high-fashion look in washable, durable products that are actually Vinyl. YIKES, I’m a bit hootie tootie and at first I thought Vinyl, I don’t think so. He showed me samples and I could not believe how amazing they looked and felt. I’m sold!

The product I selected is from a Georgia-based company called Happy Feet International and the line is called Thrive. Love the names. The color is called natural, it has texture and knots just like real wood. And it’s made in America! We are scheduled to install the 2nd week in May. I can not wait. If you need floors and you are in my market Tampa, please connect with Ian. He will exceed your expectations.

I’ve got 5 more weeks of excitement. Here is what you can look forward to.

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Week 4 – April 26th – Plan for the shelf and accessories. Schedule electrician.

Week 5 – May 3rd -Install lighting and the shelf. Update budget.

Week 6 – May 10th – Install the wooden wall

Week 7 – May 17th – Install the green wall and Final touches, “after” photos.

Week 8 – May 24th – 28th -The big reveal, B&A shots, lessons learned.

Check out all of the One Room Challenges here. Till next week, make it an outstanding adventure!

Karen Post interior designer