ORC Spring 2020: Craft Room


ORC Spring 2020: Craft Room

Hello my friends, it is time for the ORC Spring 2020: Craft Room edition. Can you believe this spring will be our seventh time as a guest participant in the ORC? This season we are super excited to be featuring our very own basement where we will be adding a craft room or my workshop.

This season for the Spring 2020 ORC we will be completing my craft room in the basement. Last spring we completely updated the entire Master Bathroom followed by the Master Closet in the Fall. This year we vowed to get a jump on finishing out our basement as part of our New Year’s resolutions.   However this season is going to be run a little different with a 8 week turn around after receiving this email:


WEEK 1     WEEK 2     WEEK 3   WEEK 4    WEEK 5/6      WEEK 7   REVEAL

Just in case you maybe wondering exactly what The One Room Challenge is, here is the link, and the scoop. This event was started by Linda Weinstein @ Calling It Home and is hosted twice a year, in April and October for the past 15 seasons. The ORC has hosted over 500 interior designers & home decor bloggers, that have joined together in this challenge to makeover one room in their own homes.  The participants normally have a total of six weeks, from start to finish, this season will be eight weeks to complete a full room transformation. Over 3,800 rooms have been transformed through the One Room Challenge to date, and many spaces have been recognized and featured by several prestigious sites, such as Better Homes and Gardens.

JENRON DESIGNS Previous One Room Challenge Projects:

Just so you know what to look forward to, since today is all about planning the next 6 weeks. Here is some eye candy from the Reveals of our previous four challenges:

ORC Fall 2019 Master Bedroom ClosetORC Master Bedroom Closet JENRON DESIGNS

ORC Spring 2019 Master Bathroom

ORC Fall 2018: The Rustic Guest Room Retreat

ORC Spring 2018 Challenge: The JENRON Office

ORC Fall 2017 Challenge: The Jack & Jill Guest Bath

ORC Spring 2017 Challenge: The Sleeping Porch 


As you can see we have one big open space, no walls, no sub-divided rooms in our basement at all. This has been why we really have been waiting on finishing out this space. We wanted to make sure that we chose to finish the space with the most useable square footage, while keeping the spaces large enough for future resale value. What I mean by that is my craft room shop space is the size that could easily be converted into a tech gaming room or billiard room for the resale value going forward.  These are things we always try to keep in mind when finishing spaces within our homes.

Designer Tip- While we love to create a custom look for us we always keep in mind what will increase the value and sell our home going forward. It has proven us right so far in previous homes that have all sold in under 2 weeks in the hardest of markets. 

Please keep in mind that we are only doing a  single room at this point in our entire basement project. So we are probably not going to have the flooring or ceiling completed at the time of the reveal. Yes there are reasons for this which are:

  1. The HVAC will not be run at this point so the duct work in the ceiling will not be complete, therefore we will need leave this part open until we have this portion completed with the rest of the spaces.
  2. We also want the flooring to be cohesive though out the entire space, therefore we will not be installing the final flooring until all the spaces are, again, completed. This will in turn save our floors from damage during the remainder of the construction process. We are thinking that we will paint the concrete floors for now with a fun painting technique if time allows.

JENRON DESIGNS BASEMENT BEFORE PICTURESI know this may seem a bit odd but since this is not our main living space we can afford to do the rooms a few a time, as we have the time, budget and energy to complete the projects. For many I know this is not always the case, so I do understand that this plan may seem a little unorthodox, however it is just a workshop/craft room space. So what can you expect to see this season? Well I am hoping to show you how build an entire space and then how to turn faux brick panels into a pretty German Schmear. Turning nothing, into something pretty.


WEEK 1: Introduction & Inspirations 

WEEK 2:  BLUEPRINTS: Figuring up the amount of supplies needed for all DIY builds

WEEK 3: Building Walls Pulling Wire & Running Electrical

WEEK 4: Insulating & Adding Brick Panels

WEEK 5: The German Schmear

WEEK 6: Casing Trim Out & Doors

WEEK 7: Painting the Floor



  1. Here is the seminar I was looking for to take care of and renovate my home to the fullest!

  2. Wow – I can’t wait to see the final reveal. The rest of your work is amazing so I’m sure this room will turn out beautifully as well!

  3. Bhagyashree

    I am sure it’s gonna be wonderful

  4. Dayana

    Really an amazing idea to transform our house to be in the way we love .waiting for your final reveal .

  5. Oooh looks good. Cannot wait for the final reveal. Great post!

  6. I can’t wait to see how it turns out! You all need to come and work on my house!

  7. Oh wow what a project! I can’t wait to follow along!

  8. Nice – what a fun space to work on – a true blank slate!

  9. Libbie

    OOOH! A blank slate to start from is going to be amazing. I cannot wait to see how it all comes together.

  10. Can’t wait to see the final reveal!! looks fantastic.

  11. Your other spaces are gorgeous so I’m sure the basement will be too! Can’t wait to see!

  12. So exciting! Also, I love that you are going to do all of the floors at the same time. Long term goals!

  13. It sounds like a very beautiful space to be creative! Excited to follow along!

  14. It looks like a massive space which I know is going to look awesome when you’re done! I can’t wait to follow along!

  15. I can’t wait to follow along with your space, this is my first time participating and I am so excited to be part of the ORC. Good luck with your space.

  16. Looks like a fun project! Looking forward to following along!

  17. I would absolutely love a room like this Jen! Looking forward to following your construction process and seeing it all come together!

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