One Room Challenge Week 3 // Fireplace Makeover + DIY Art

We are to the half way point of the One Room Challenge. If you are unfamiliar, myself, along with dozens of other bloggers are renovating a room in 6 weeks and documenting it as we go. You can see my fellow one room challenge participants here.

I am tackling my basement. My goal is to give it a budget friendly, California cool update. You can see where I started and my plans on my Week 1 post and read how I removed the drop ceiling on Week 2. Since last week I painstakingly painted the entire open ceiling. One coat with a roller and one with a paint sprayer. I highly recommend a paint sprayer if you want to tackle a similar project. I use the Wagner 350 HVLP.

I also painted the walls and the fireplace, all Behr Polar Bear . To deck out the freshly painted fireplace I enlisted the help of my kiddo to create some original art on, pun intended, skateboard decks. I did a similar project last summer and I loved how it turned out so much that I decided to riff of it.

Kid-Friendly DIY Color Block Art

BEFORE


Fireplace Before
DIY Color Block Art
  1. Have your kiddo draw shapes and lines on your canvas (or skateboard).

Kid-Friendly DIY Color Block Art
Kid-Friendly DIY Color Block Art

2. He picked the color and placement and I painted the outlne of the shape, then Oliver filled in the inside.

Kid-Friendly DIY Color Block Art
Kid-Friendly DIY Color Block Art

I just love how it turned out. I should note that I chose the color palette, as to be sure I will love the combos and how it looks in the room.

Kid-Friendly DIY Color Block Art

Now that the major painting is over, I feel like I can breathe for a second.Though there is still plenty to do.

What’s left to do:

  • finish cleaning

  • assemble Ikea storage cabinet

  • paint built in shelf

  • organize toys and styling items

  • hang tv

  • hang art

  • style


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One Room Challenge Week 2 // Removing The Drop Ceiling

I wish I had more pretty to show you this week, but the basement is a construction zone. Thankfully we are on the other side of demolition mountain. In case you missed week 1, I am participating in my forth One Room Challenge. I am tackling my basement, which started as a big, empty box and I am upgrading to a modern, relaxed family space. You can see my plans here. And please follow along in real time on Instagram. Because this is an awesome community event, check out all the other room transformations here.

I quickly discovered that there are some realities of trying to tackle a big DIY project as a new mom. Mainly I am attached to my baby, can’t really find a flow. I feed Monroe, set up, start painting or working and time seems to move ridiculously fast, and before I know it I have to change my clothes and feed the baby again. Normally I would put in several hours, a couple days a week while Ollie is at school, then go hard for a couple hours after bedtime and also on the weekend. But in this current season, I have been waking up early and putting in an hour while everyone is sleeping, possibly squeeze in an hour or two during a day, but way too tired to continue post bedtime. Things are moving along, just very slowly, and since my time is so limited I don’t feel like I’m able to take a day off.

How To Remove A Basement Drop Ceiling

Now that all my excuses are out of the way, he’s what I have tackled so far. I tore down the drop ceiling tiles, the insulation and the drop ceiling frame and have started painting. Since I didn’t find much info on how to remove the drop ceiling tiles and paint, it was a little bit of trial and error. The first few tiles I removed were a little trickier, but sever were removed it was much easier and smoother to remove the tiles without breaking them in to a million little pieces. Speaking of breaking into a million little pieces, I wore a mask because I didn’t know the exact content of my tiles.

Once the actual tiles were out, I moved on to removing the insulation. I should note that if I had more help, I would advise to removing the drop ceiling frame next, but the recessed lighting was being held up by ceiling tiles, so I had leave them in place until my brother could come help me out with the electrical business. If I knew exactly what I was doing I would have removed the tiles, then swap out the lights, then remove the frame, next the insulation, and finally begin painting.




In my situation, I removed the ceiling tiles, then tackled the insulation next. I did a little research on removing fiberglass insulation. There were differing opinions on the dangers, and some recommended spraying exposed fiberglass with hairspray before pulling down. I did not end up doing that, but I did wear a mask, gloves and change my clothes right after working. I carefully pulled down each piece and put it directly into a garbage bag.

How To Remove  A Basement Drop Ceiling

Next my brother helped me replace the old recessed lighting with new can LED can lights. I used the combo of LED and can below.

basement recessed lighting
recessed lighting

My brother also helped me tear down the drop ceiling frame. I have no tips on this, this was a straight up demo, ripping metal down from the ceiling. Then I had to pry the wall pieces off the wall which were attached with finishing nails. Once all the trash was cleared out, I was finally ready to start painting.

So far I have a coat primer on the ceiling. I started using my paint sprayer, which really came in handy for my sunroom makeover, but it wasn’t getting the job done. It’s heavy and clunky and was not giving me the output I wanted. So I grabbed a roller and brush. I plan to use the sprayer on the areas with pipes and wires, but the roller and brush seemed to be more effective and efficient for the moment. I am painting the ceiling and walls with Polar Bear by Behr.

What is still left to do?

  • paint walls

  • second coat on the ceiling

  • paint the fireplace

  • remove the floor covering and clean the carpet

  • create art

  • assemble Ikea furniture

  • paint built in shelving

  • organize toys

  • decorate

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One Room Challenge Week 1 // Basement Plans

It’s One Room Challenge season again! This will be my third consecutive go round and forth total overhaul. Last fall I tackled my mom’s kitchen, this past spring I did our sunroom and at our old house I made over our garage. If you are not familiar with the One Room Challenge it’s an online challenge started by blogger Calling It Home and sponsored by Better Homes And Gardens, where 20 featured bloggers and dozens of others complete a room makeover in 6 weeks and document their progress on their blog and/or social. See all the other rooms here.

This time around I will be tackling my basement. It was previously a big open box with beige textured wallpaper and a drop ceiling. I choose this room because I have a four week old baby, and I thought it would be a relatively “easy” project to tackle. I haven’t even fully completed demo yet, and I’m already feeling like I bit off more than I can chew. But I will press on.

My plan is to transform the 80’s basement/storage dump into an Australian meets California casual hang zone. There will be a family space and a kid zone complete with toy storage.


THE INSPIRATION



BEFORE

Basement Before
Basement Before
Basement Before

TO DO LIST

  • remove drop ceiling

  • paint raw ceiling

  • remove wallpaper

  • paint walls

  • paint fireplace

  • create kid zone

  • storage solution for toys

  • storage solution for styling props


DESIGN PLAN


Lauren Koster Creative One Room Challenge Basement Plans

family space: Article / rug: RugsUSA / coffee table: Eclectic Goods / side table: Urban Outfitters / bean bag chair: Joss & Main / peace flag: Kawaiian Lion

kid zone - play table: All Modern / wood and fabric: Target / white boxes: Ikea / terazzo floor pillow: Target / rug: Coco Carpets


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One Room Challenge Spring 2019 Favorites

The One Room Challenge is kind of like a marathon (I ran one way back 2008), you work really really hard, feel so accomplished when it’s over and come away with feel a real sense of community with your fellow runners at the end. Everyone’s walking around with their medals and you just want to hug them all and tell them they did a great job. So here is my hug to my fellow One Room Challenge participants, a round-up of my very favorite rooms from this season's crop of amazing reveals. Check out my favorite and go take a look at the rest of the rooms here.


MOODY DINING ROOM


SHARED GIRLS’ ROOM


PARLOR UPDATE


RUSTIC INDUSTRIAL KITCHENETTE


MODERN FARMHOUSE LAUNDRY


MID MOD PATIO


MODERN DEN MAKE-OVER


ECLECTIC SIDE PORCH


BLACK AND WHITE STUDIO


COLOR BLOCK BATHROOM


WALK IN PANTRY


One Room Challenge Week 6 // Sunroom Reveal

Here we are! Another One Room Challenge Reveal. I’m equally obsessed with this room and the photographs Collette from The Lipstick Lens took of the space. I have spent the last six weeks taking our sunroom room from woodsy room to a modern space that fits our home and bridges the inside to the outside. And I did all this while in my second trimester! Toot toot! If you haven’t seen the progress, you can check it out here.

A HUGE thank you to Merola Tile for helping out with the tile. This wouldn’t be the space it is without the patterned tile. And a thank you to my favorite Grand Rapids boutique, Modrn GR for outfitting me with some perfect accessories. And of course, thank you to The One Room Challenge team and Better Homes and Gardens for hosting. Don’t forget to check out all the other room reveals here.

Lauren Koster Creative Sunroom Makeover
Lauren Koster Creative - Sunroom Makeover
Lauren Koster Creative - Sunroom Makeover
Lauren Koster Creative - Sunroom Makeover

THE BEFORE

Sunroom Before
Sunroom Before

WHAT WE DID

  • primed

  • painted (Behr - Polar Bear) multiple coats!

  • removed carpet

  • laid sub floor

  • tiled

  • shopped for plants and furniture

  • styled!

Lauren Koster Creative - Sunroom Makeover
Lauren Koster Creative - Sunroom Makeover
Lauren Koster Creative - Sunroom Makeover
Lauren Koster Creative - Sunroom Makeover

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One Room Challenge Week 5 // DIY Table Update

We have made it to the last week of the One Room Challenge! If you haven’t been following along, I’ve spent the last 5 weeks renovating my sunroom from log cabin to modern beach vibes. You can check out my progress from weeks 1-4 here. This time around (shockingly) I am not racing against the clock, I am putting the finishing touches on, and will be photographing the final reveal on Friday!! I am THRILLED with the room and I cannot wait to share it with you.

Today I have a couple sneak peeks to share. Last week I talked light fixtures and rounded up 9 awesome woven light fixtures. I ended up going with this classic Ikea fixture, which I actually bought months ago when this room was only an idea in my mind.

One Room Challenge - Sunroom

I did not buy a whole lot of furniture for this space, just the chair you’ll see in the last photo and this credenza from Target. The other pieces were moved from our old house and were kind of homeless. That is the beauty of buying furniture with similar styles and in the same color family, then you can mix, match, move, style and restyle. The piece that stuck out like a sore thumb to me, was this bright gold table bought at Target circa 2011. I didn’t really have the budget to drop another $100 on the table I really wanted here, so in the words of Tim Gun, I “made it work.” I spray painted it with matte black spray paint I had left over from a previous project. I bought a table top from Hobby Lobby and coated it with polyurethane I had from this daybed project. And glued the top to the base with Liquid Nails. Bam! New table!

DIY side table update

I think it fits the space so much better.

DIY side table update

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One Room Challenge Week 4 // We Tiled and Choosing a Light Fixture

If you are just finding me here, I have been participating in my third One Room Challenge. A bi-annual blogger series where 20 or so featured bloggers and dozens more set out to make-over a room in 6 weeks and document their progress on their blog and social media.

For me these past two weeks have been a marathon! Last week I laid the cement subfloor on Monday, for about 7 hours, I tiled on Friday for 8 hours, started grouting on Saturday and finished yesterday. Did I mention I’m 22 weeks pregnant?

Hallelujah the tile is in, grouted and I scrubbed the floor twice today! The hard part is over, now the fun part! Bringing in the furniture, shopping for accessories and plants, lots of plants! Here is a shot of the room tiled with the fabulous (and affordable) cement-look porcelain tiles from Merola.

One Room Challenge - Tiled Sunroom
One Room Challenge - Sunroom Tile

This week on the docket I will move my furniture back in from scattered around the rest of the house and hang a woven light fixture. I just love the look of these pendants. I think the sunroom is begging for one, but I love how people have been using these type of fixtures in unexpected ways. Below I rounded up 9 awesome woven pendant options of all price points. Can’t wait to share which I chose!

Woven Pendant Round-up

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One Room Challenge Week 3 // Tile Prep

Here we are at the half way point, week 3. If you have not been following along, I’ll quick fill you in. I am tackling my third One Room Challenge, a bi-annual online blogger event where 20 featured bloggers and hundreds of others make-over a room in 6 weeks and document their progress on their blog and social media.

Modern Sunroom Make-over

This week was definitely not the most glamorous or the most satisfying week for the One Room Challenge. This was tile prep week. Last I checked in with you, I was choosing tile. I made my selection, a really well priced porcelain cement-look-a-like by Merola Tile. In fact, I partnered with Merola on this project, but truth be told, this is the tile I would have chosen no matter what.

Back to the prepping, we ripped the carpet up to discover wood subfloors instead of cement, I thought “great, I made the right choice with tile. I will just spread the mortar and start making it look pretty.” WRONG! After consulting with google, I learned that because the wood subfloor expands and contracts, you need to install a cement subfloor, using cement backer sheets.

One Room Challenge Progress

I followed this tutorial to install. I started off by myself, but quickly realized it is not a one person job. You must spread the mortar, lay the cement board, screw it down and get ready for the next board very quickly, before the excess mortar dries. Then as you work your way to the edges you need to score and cut the boards to fit. It was exhausting!! Thankfully my husband was there to help for most of it.

How to prep a wood subfloor for tile

Once you lay the boards, you need to tape and mortar the seams.

How to prep a wood subfloor for tile
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I am not going to go into all the nitty-gritty details of the how-to, the video I linked to is an awesome resource, but I will give you a few tips.

  • you will need cement backer board to cover the area of the room (I used 1/4”), a trowel, backer board screws, a drill, joint tape, a sharp box cutter, mortar

  • I mixed my own mortar, but buy premixed to save a step

  • I repeat this is not a one person job, it’s much easier to keep things moving with at least two people, but honestly, I think three would be ideal

  • be sure your drill and a back up drill are charged. You will be using it A LOT

How to prep a wood subfloor for tile

Here is what the room currently looks like.

How to prep a wood subfloor for tile

What’s still left to do?

  • Tile

  • grout

  • clean the paint off windows

  • hang the awesome fireplace, I cannot wait to show you

  • hang the light fixture

  • assemble and move in furniture

  • hang art

The tile and grout should be done by next week, then the fun part! Shopping, styling, hanging, arranging and rearranging!

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