Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The One Room Challenge- Week 5!

Welcome back to The One Room Challenge, we are now at week 5! If you missed any of my previous posts, you can start catching them up here: Week 1,Week 2, Week 3,Week 4.

Let's get back to business. For this project, I am decorating my son's bedroom from scratch with a very tiny budget. The only two items we didn't buy specifically for this room were the mattress, which was inherited from my husband during his bachelor days and the curtain rod that was inherited from our previous master bedroom. 

Over the last few weeks, I have shown you the painted room and some DIY projects. Last week, we attempted a project but nothing was accomplished but fortunately this week, we are getting back on track.

Remember the branch mobile installation that didn't work because my husband couldn't locate the studs in the ceiling? Well, he bought a new stud finder and it works! Here, I present you my new branch installation!

We used some hooks and clear fish lines for the branch installation. At first, I wanted to make a branch mobile with a few hanging paper airplanes but I felt the small room is getting too busy with all the pieces I am planning to add in later. So, I decided to hang just the branch and call it an art installation instead. I thought it looks kinda cool and I love it so much more without the airplanes.

After moments I hanged the branch installation, my son came into his room. He noticed it immediately and was absolutely in awe and said, "Wow, mommy, the "tree" is BEAU-TI-FUL". I told him it was a branch, not a tree and he told me "the branch is beautiful" a few times in a row. Lol. On the same night, while he was lying on his bed and saw me passed by his room, he said, "Mommy, I can look at the branch". 

A few days later, when I thought he is not interested in the "branch" anymore, he surprised me and said, "Good job, mommy. The branch is so beautiful and colorful" while I was previewing the "branch pictures" on my computer today. (He saw me working on the branch project earlier.) He is truly a sweet little guy and his words made the 4 1/2 hours of work I put into this DIY project truly worthwhile. Honestly, I never thought he would love the "branch" this much so I am really thrilled! :)

Anyway, another project I have completed over the weekend involved the Ikea puppy hooks.

While these puppy hooks look fun and adorable, you might be wondering what else needs to be done, right? Well, my husband thought these hooks will not secure to the wall properly so we will need to mount them to a wood plank first before hanging it on a wall. 

So, on our trip to Home Depot earlier, we bought a wood plank for this purpose. I brought in my measurements and was ready to ask one of the Home Depot associate to help cut a wood plank according to the dimensions I wanted. Luckily for us, we found a wood plank close to the size I needed for about $2, so we bought it. It was in its raw state so I painted it in a glossy white using the leftover paint we had in the garage. I didn't sand or prime it but it worked fine. I did paint over it a few times (not for coverage reasons) but to get the brush strokes as straight as possible. I will admit, I am quite the perfectionist. :)

Dried, painted and ready to go!

The screws are in!

All done, exactly the way I wanted!

Let's take a look at my check list again!

1. Put together an art decal project. Check! (Need to fix the peeling parts.)

2. Make a branch mobile. Check!

3. Find fun hooks for Isaac's clothes and backpack. Check!

4. Buy art frames and hang artwork. (Art frames bought, artwork haven't been hung yet.)

5. Shop for DIY project materials. Check!

6. Shop for toy storage. Check!

7. Shop for more accessories. Check!

For the big reveal next week, I will need to clean up my son's room (it's very messy), hang stuffs (artwork, curtain wire and clock), fix the art decal problem, style and photograph his bedroom. It's a lot of work but still doable, I think. Hopefully, nothing crazy comes up at the very last minute and mess up my plans in the process. Fingers crossed. 

Remember to check out the rest of the participants from The One Room Challenge below. I am sure they are making a wonderful progress in their rooms as well!


  1. Aw, your son is just the sweetest! He knows great design when he sees it, even at his young age.

  2. That branch looks like it is floating in mid-air. Love how magical it feels, and even better that he loves it. Good luck this week.

  3. Your son is so cute. He's going to love his special room.

  4. What a sweet little guy ~ makes it worth all the trouble! :)

  5. That branch is so fun! Can't wait for the big reveal.

  6. The branch mobile looks so cool Jessie! love those puppy hooks and have a couple in our pool house too! Can't wait til next week!

  7. How fun Jessie, I love all color! I'm excited to see the finished space, I'm sure it's going to look amazing!

  8. So sweet that your son appreciates what you are doing. Looking forward to next week.

  9. Your son sounds adorable! Fun color choices...looking froward to next week!

  10. That branch is so creative! I absolutely love it, you did a great job and so touched it means so much to him! What a good role model for your son! Love the hooks. Good luck on the final push.
    xo Nancy

  11. Those puppy hangers are the cutest.

    It is looking so great! I have loads to do before I rest. Cannot wait to see the final reveals next week!

  12. Your son sounds adorable, Jessie! How awesome that he really appreciates something you made for his room.

  13. What a good boy to recognize all of Mommy's hard work:) Those hooks are so cute Jessie....he is going to love those.

  14. So great for your son Jessie I love it all! He does too!

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  15. The branch mobile was a fun idea, Jessie! Look forward to seeing it all come together.

  16. Great job, Jessie! Your son's reaction was so sweet and priceless! Can't wait for the reveal. :)

  17. The branch is perfect ... and what a perfect client your son is!! I know it thrills you he is so happy! Looking forward to the final reveal from you ... I know it will be perfect! xo

  18. I love how the branch looks hanging! and those pegs mounted on the wood plank, genius. it's coming together so wonderfully!

  19. You're being a good mom to have your son already be showing appreciation so sweetly! I'm dying over the navy and white stripes!


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