One Room Challenge Room Redos

Office Makeover | ORC: Week 2

April 9, 2015

It’s week two of the One Room Challenge, so we wanted to catch you guys up on what’s been happening lately with the office to playroom conversion. If you remember, this is where we started:


And here is where we are currently:



Not a whole lot of visual progress. We haven’t been able to do as much as we’ve wanted, to due to the fact that we haven’t been able to decide on a couch. In our last post, we showed you two couches we were considering. (We’re set on having one that double as a bed for when we have guests over.) The Ikea couch was a budget buster, and we had a reader, Dana, let us know that it wasn’t that comfortable and the fabric didn’t hold up very well. Ixnay on that one! The other couch was doable price-wise, but it was the wrong color. It’s blue + our rug is blue = too much blue. Then we decided to go the daybed route. Many people had great images online of daybeds that functioned as couches. It also seemed like it would be the best investment comfort-wise. We were about to purchase this one, but we decided to measure first; that’s always a good idea, if you were wondering.


Nope. It wouldn’t work. The problem? It was too deep. It took up nearly half of the room. The kids would have only a small place to play, pretty much guaranteeing they would not stay in there, and we would have them in the living room with all their toys again. So we went back through the Ikea website (a few other ones, too). We looked again at this one:


The $179 price seemed too good to be true. It’s not much to look at, but we thought maybe we could change out the legs or even add nailhead trim to the arms. So off we went to Ikea last night. Just FYI, if you need to go to Ikea, Wednesday night around 6 pm is the time to go. There were, maybe, 10 other customers there. The sofa bed was small. The top of the arm only came to our 8-year-old’s hip.


It was better suited for our 1 year old and pretty much no one else. It was just too small to make it a viable option for sleeping on when we had friends or relatives staying with us. Blair and the kids had fun trying out the other sofa beds there.


However, they were either too big or too expensive. Just a tip for fellow parents: The couches that have the beds that pull out-and-up (like in the picture above) are really easy to set up. So much so, Emerson was playing with it and it closed on his hand! Luckily, he wasn’t hurt, but he couldn’t get his hand out without help. So… Ikea was a bust.

We are currently looking at this couch on It’s a little more expensive, and we wish it had real sofa arms (don’t want the kids flipping off the sides), but with the way things turned out at Ikea it might be what we go with.

Here’s what we have done: We listed the shelves for sale on a local Facebook page, and they got picked up the same day.


We also took the guitars out and moved them to our bedroom, which we talked about on this post. Lastly, we took all of the books off the shelves and put them in The Library upstairs. It’s actually starting to look like a library now that it has books; not just some sad place having a going out of business sale.

The rug we ordered from One King’s Lane arrived on Tuesday. We like the pattern and colors a lot. It’s also pretty soft for a flatweave rug. Thank you, 100% cotton. It also seems like it could be reversible.



Some of the white trim had dirt marks on it when we got it. We called One King’s Lane and they are working on sending us a discount / refund to pay to have it cleaned. Top notch customer service, right there!

We also purchased the red desk from We got a great deal when we combined our 5% off from our Target Red card + 15% off $150 purchase + 10% off promo code. We did the pick-up-at-store option, and we were able to pick it up the next morning. We had wanted to do dual desks side-by-side, but there isn’t enough room to put two of them and the shelves we are going to build. We could move the desk to the wall next to the door, but I think it looks great in front of the window. We’ll see if that changes.


So what are our next steps?

  • Get a couch – one way or another
  • Raise the light fixture / possibly change it all together (I feel like one ball thrown from the kids will completely destroy it.)
  • Finalize and then build the long shelves for toy storage
  • Replace the window ledge (condensation has cause some rotting)
  • Make pillows for the couch
  • Make / buy toy storage to be used on the shelves
  • Figure out what to do with our filing cabinet / printer / sewing machine
  • Sell the Ikea Expedit shelf unit – supposed to happen today!

Hopefully, by next Thursday we have a little more progress to show you.

Psst! Click to read Weeek 1 >> Week 3 >> Week 4 >> Week 5 >> Week 6: The Big Reveal!

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  • Reply Rachael @ This is our Bliss April 9, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I can’t wait to see what you do with this new kids’ space! What a fun transition! We converted our dining room into a playroom last year…Priorities change sometimes 🙂 Looking forward to seeing more!! ~Rachael

    • Reply Blair April 9, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      Thanks so much Rachael! I’m looking forward to seeing how your guestroom turns out! And yes, priorities do change! 🙂 -Blair

  • Reply Rachel April 9, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Glad you ditched that Ikea couch. Derek had it. When he moved out of his place we took it to the dump. A few years’ use and it wasn’t even in good enough shape to donate.

    • Reply Blair April 9, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      I’m not surprised to hear that. It reminded me of the foam chair that unfolded into a “bed” that I owned in the 90s. -Blair

  • Reply Erin Meyer April 13, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Love that rug and really LOVE that desk. I just opened the Target ad yesterday and I am beginning to really love their furnishing (fun colors). Good luck with the couch shopping. Hard when things don’t just work out perfect the first time around, but I guess that’s why this is called a “challenge”.

    • Reply Blair April 13, 2015 at 6:42 pm

      Thank you, Erin. And yes, I agree. Target is really stepping it up lately in the home goods department!

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