One Room Challenge: Week 2


So we are in week two for those of you following along on the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge hosted by Linda@Calling It Home and House Beautiful. 

Weekly Recap:

Week 1      Week 2      Week 3     Week 4     Week 5   Week 6



 To bring you up speed, we are updated a basic screened in porch, into a southern style sleeping porch.  This is the inspiration board for this project: 

This week was all about procuring the necessary items to build the pallet day bed, and get the porch sealed up ready for upgrade. So I am know for alway talking about my “7 P’s” which is, ” Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.” (I must call out my friend Karen, that taught me this valuable information at an early age!!!) Well welcome to the “prior proper planning phase”  of this project. 
We were able to obtain 15 pallets, 6 of which will be used for the bed base and the other 9 will be deconstructed for wood to create the pattern for the arms and back of the day bed. When picking pallets to utilize for furniture or wall treatments, you really want to make sure of two things. 1. What are the pallets are made out of and 2. What did the pallets originally transport. Some pallets have housed potential poisonous substances, while others are made out of wood treated with poisonous substances, and these are not suitable for reuse. 1001 pallets is a great resource for looking up this information and has a great article available at this (article link). I have included a copy of the pallet codes below from 1001 pallets, these are for the wood type used to make the pallets.  All of our pallets are HT and were originally used to ship concrete pavers……bet you can’t guess where I got those from….maybe the patio paver project?

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So as I mention above we had to deconstruct the 9 of the pallets to reuse the pallet wood for the side arm and back of the day bed. The easiest way to do this is to is by cutting directly through the nails that hold the pallets together. We used a reciprocating saw with a Diablo metal cutting blade, which I highly recommend and made quick work this project. The other project we decided to tackle this week was to seal up the screen porch a little bit better, so no creepy crawlers get in.  I am sure many of you know, when a screen porch meet up to the siding on your house a little bitty gap is left which can allow bugs to get in. Now that we are making this a sleeping porch, I have no desire to deal with any kind of bugs getting inside. So we decide to add weather stripping, commonly used on doors and windows, to the seal the  gap. 
Once installed we caulked the remaining opening to insure that no bugs we be able to get through this gap. I don’t know about you, but I feel much better about sleeping in an area that is all sealed up. I know it will not keep all the bugs out, since it is an outdoor space… but it will keep most of the bugs out.
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EXTERIOR WALL PAINT- Dorian Gray Sherwin Williams TRIM PAINT- City Loft Sherwin Williams FLOORS- Thompson Water Sealer Acorn CEILING FAN-52″ White Ceiling Fan Home Depot CEILING PAINT-DCR075 Piazza Blue Sherwin William CURTAINS- Outdoor Weighted Panels White Ballard Designs MATTRESS- Hampton & Rhodes 6.5″ HR100 Firm Mattress Firm of Cumming (see Aaron) MEMORY FOAM MATTRESS- 4″ Gel Foam Mattress Wayfair  MATTRESS COVER- Waterproof/Bed Bug Blocker Hypoallergenic Wayfair  MATTERESS TOPPER- Waterproof Mattress Topper Wayfair EURO SHAMS WHITE & NAVY- Clairebella 200 Thread Count Wayfair BEDDING/QUILT- Cynthia Rowley Blue Green Medallion, HomeGoods HELLO HANDSOME/GORGEOUS PILLOW CASES- Wayfair  END TABLE BASKET- Jacquelyne Lidded Barrel Basket Pottery Barn  WALL MIRROR- Wall Mounted Votive Holder Pottery Barn LARGE GLASS URNS-HomeGoods DRIFTWOOD VASES-HomeGoods  CHEVRON THROW PILLOWS- Wayfair,  ROUND THROW PILLOW HomeGoods, TASSELED THROW- Anthropology (similar) EMBROIDERED THROW PILLOW- Pier 1 (similar), BLUE & WHITE TICKED THROW PILLOWS- HomeGoods AQUA THROW PILLOWS-Overstock. EURO SHAMS QUILTED TURQUOISE- Overstock RUG- Ross 



  1. Having so much fun catching up on posts that I have missed but seeing all the project you took on this year is great.

  2. Thanks for the great pallet information and all the great links. We are looking at doing a nursery so this information really is very vital. I am not familiar with the ORC or One Room Challenge but I will go and check out more on your site. I really like the idea your are presenting about a sleeping porch, sounds dreamy.

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  23. Great article, I love the plan for your sleeping porch. I will continue to read the series on the blog! Great post.

  24. I like all the information for your sleeping porch and the pallet crafts. Pallet diy furniture and crafts are so big right now. Great article and beautiful blog page as well.

  25. I do agree with all of the ideas you have presented in your porch post. They are very informative and will certainly work. Still, the posts are very short for newbies. Could you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

  26. Great read, I love the ORC challenge. I am just getting around to viewing all the participants and your sleeping porch is a show stopper. Great job!

  27. Hi my friend! I wish to say that this post is awesome, nice written and include almost all important info. I’d like to see more posts like this.

  28. Thanks for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research about patios and porches when this popped up on Stumbleupon. I am very glad to see such fantastic info being shared freely out there, the blueprints are great!!!

  29. great information on the pallet codes, most people do not know about these. also really like the plan for a pallet day bed.

  30. I just found the ORC challenge on Calling it Home and I have been checking out the participants. I am total swooning over your sleeping porch. I live in Mississippi and I totally love this idea for sleeping out on the water. I will be implementing the idea very soon 🙂

  31. I love a good pallet project, there are so many out there these days. Who knew we as society would take old musty pallets and create so many fun rustic things with them!

  32. Interesting read, I never knew that information about the pallets. Good to know.

  33. Calling it Home and House Beautiful are the host and they invited designer and advertise in the magazines as well. Next one will be this fall.

  34. How did you find out about his challenge? I love the article great job so far!

  35. Great pallet discussion on Stumbleupon, love your site. The sleeping porch looks enchanting. Nice job 🙂

  36. I found you on Stumbleupon, but I am not sure why I am only getting week 2. Apparently it has gone viral. I will link over from your post to the see the other weeks since I want to see the finished product.

  37. I love this space and it is coming together nicely. I can’t wait to read the reveal but I am only on Week 2 out 6. I will get there soon.

  38. I love a good pallet project and it is so helpful that you linked the pallet codes here. I am pretty sure most people do not even think about this.

  39. I just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed your One Room Challenge, and the links to other designers as well. This is a one stop shop site. Thanks!

  40. The project looks great, we like that you showed the planning and process. Nice job on the pallet information too. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Thank You for sharing such a informative post. The pallet information alone is pure gold.

  42. The pallet information is excellent I did not know about the different kinds and potential hazards. It makes me wonder about all the projects you see on pinterest in kids rooms, and nurseries.

  43. There are 20 feature designer that are pre selected for this event, to be featured by House Beautiful Magazine. Then it is opened up to guest participants, which we had approx. 250 this year. It is a great platform to get your design work out there 🙂

  44. How did I miss this Decorating Challenge? Can anyone do it or are you selected? This is a great idea to do a sleeping porch.

  45. I never knew pallets had codes. Such great information since it seems to be a hot trend to re use them right now. It is nice you want to keep people safe. Can’t wait to see how it turn out.

  46. I am not sure how I missed the One Room Challenge this year. Do they feature it in the House Beautiful Magazine? I seem to remember a issue with this theme last year. I can certainly stay yours would be one to feature, such a unique idea to do a Southern Style Sleeping Porch. Great blog adding you to my bookmarks 🙂

  47. Now, I want a sleeping porch. I do miss the summer nights in GA, need to get down there to visit the family soon. Here in NYC we have car horns instead of crickets. Keep up the good work, you superstar!

  48. This is great information on the pallets I had no idea that they were coded for safety. I guess with the current pallet craze, people found out it could cause problems. Great work by the way, I will continue to read on about your challenge.

  49. I am so glad you found the codes useful, I actually found them on a great site about pallet safety, (link in blog). It seemed like something people should know about prior to making all these Pinterest style projects.

  50. Thanks for sharing . Always good to find a real expert.

  51. This is a neat contest and room idea. Thanks for sharing!

  52. Yeah…. that’s what I’m talking about….. bab-iyn-ce work!

  53. Thanks for your thoughts. It’s helped me a lot. Great inspirations 🙂

  54. Arictles like this just make me want to visit your website even more.

  55. Thank you we are working hard right now to get it finished, we appreciate your support and following our process.

  56. Oh what I would give for a sleeping porch. Maybe when the kids are grown…lol! I love the colors you chose. Can’t wait to see the finished project!

  57. Hi, I am truly impressed, since I have never seen nice quality blog than yours. Keep up the good work!

  58. Yes I am really looking forward to being able to read out there, while listening to crickets and tree frogs

  59. Yeah we are making a lot of headway into Week 3. Lot of stuff starting to come together!!!! Getting excited now!!!

  60. Sounds good so far! Though, I must say, having seen some of your creations, the result should be nothing short of stupendous! Looking forward to the next weeks article!

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