Okay, so I’m a week late at posting the Week 3 update. Sometimes, life gets crazy. I’m sure some of you can relate to that. This week was a doozy to say the least and we ran in to some complications with that chandelier. To start off, the chandelier arrived to Home Depot damaged, I looked through the box to see if it was salvageable and it all looked okay, so I decided to take it home and give it a go. The instructions were super vague so I was on my own with this one. The first problem came about with the wiring, every wire nut they sent with the fixture was made cheap and didn’t bite onto the wires appropriately. The second problem was the parallel wiring, which I had to phone a friend on because I had never heard this term before. But, it was simple, all of the black wires connect to the black wires, and all of the white wires connect to the white wires. The next step was to connect it to the power source….. This is where we struggled. The screws that came with the fixture to connect to the bracket were too short, so the nuts didn’t even come into contact with the screws. I think we made three different trips to Lowes as we were working on this to find better quality supplies. After three days of both my husband and I working on this light fixture, we finally got it up and working, except not all of the lights worked. Remember all of those loose fitting wire nuts? This is where they shined. Even after replacing the wire nuts that connected to each and every candle light, there were still five lights that did not work (Pictured below). This is where I finally came to terms with the fact that this fixture was junk and I should exchange it for something else. After all of the blood, sweat, and tears that went into this fixture, I just took it down and returned it. It ended up being too big for the room as well. In the end, I wanted to be in love with every detail in this room, and I just wasn’t loving it. We will try again with something else that hopefully we will LOVE!
Okay, so aside from the chandelier fiasco, Josh helped me finish and fine tune that GORGEOUS faux cement accent wall that you see there! It was not as difficult as you would think, time consuming, but not difficult.
Faux Cement Wall
You want to get three buckets to work from, joint compound, cement dye (Pictured Below) and a drywall taping knife. It mixes best with a mortar mixer attachment for your drill.
Divide the joint compound between the three buckets. You are going to want to have a light, medium, and dark color to blend. I reserved more joint compound for the darker color. It all depends on what look you are going for, I wanted a darker wall, so I used more dark than light. Important tip to remember, it will dry far lighter than you expect! Mix the joint compound with water and SLOWLY add small amounts of color until you get the desired color you are looking for. Mix each bucket for about five minutes. Now you are ready to tackle that wall! Start with your darkest color first and then blend in your medium and light coats before allowing it all to dry. This is where I made a mistake, I allowed my first coat to dry and then tried blending the other two colors… this did not work (Pictured below) It came out WAY lighter than I wanted, so I had to start over! The second time around, my husband Josh came in to help as he could see that I was VERY frustrated. Minimal light and medium were used to blend in with the dark coat to get a more natural look. You will want to keep your rough ridges, it adds to the effect.
Patience comes in handy with this project because you really have to wait 24 hours to allow this wall to completely dry before you know what you have. But after two days and two tries later, we ended up with something we truly love now. Just look at the detail below!! The picture is unfortunately not doing this wall justice.
Other projects completed this week:
- Replaced all of the brown electrical outlets and switches with white
- Replaced all doorknobs and hinges
- Started painting the bed using matte venetian bronze and building the arms for the poster build up
- Installed the sconces
- Put together the new nightstands
- Finished painting the walls
- Finished repairing the wall with the TV mount with joint compound and knockdown
I think that’s plenty for one week, don’t you?!? Please be sure to check out all of the other incredible men and women participating in the One Room Challenge! http://www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog