It’s Week 5 for the One Room Challenge where I am making over our lake house outdoor space.
What is the One Room Challenge?
The One Room Challenge or the ORC is a challenge where participants get to show how they transform a space in a few weeks. Apartment Therapy is the media partner for the ORC. It is a bi-yearly challenge that will last 8 weeks. This will be my 3rd time participating in this challenge. You can see Week One with all of the before pictures and my inspiration for the space. I have chosen to do a space at our lake which makes it a little harder since it is 40 minutes from our home.
We only worked on the space one day last weekend. Even though it was only a day, we feel like we got a lot accomplished.
The evening we arrived at the lake house, we assembled all of the outdoor furniture.
I did not take a picture but we hung all of the outdoor lights and they are beautiful. We used 4 boxes of hanging lights and we may add 2 more.
Lately, we having of trouble getting paint where I live. I have had to make a lot of calls to find the paint we need. My inspiration for the outdoor kitchen is for the wood to be stained black. I had to drive 40 minutes to get the black stain. All of the boards that I am using on the outdoor kitchen got one coat of stain. I am not happy at all with how it looks.
The only black stain that I could find was PolyShade. I figured this stain would be perfect for outdoors because it has polyurethane already in it. It was not easy to apply and I could not get the shiny spots wiped out. I will be painting all of the boards next weekend with exterior black paint.
Here is a post showing the method I use to clean and soften paint brushes that have dried with paint.
I have a DIY coffee table that I am creating but I do not want to show pictures of it until it is done. I don’t think anyone would get my vision yet.
THE TO-DO LIST
Finished staining all of the new wood. Plant Grass and move pea gravel Clean, caulk, and paint windows and trim New fans Make a wreath Caulk and paint door and trim
- Build outdoor kitchen
- 3 large outdoor rugs
Assemble new outdoor seating set
- Outdoor dining table, seating, and dishes
- Gas firepit
- DIY a concrete coffee table
- DIY outdoor pillows
- Possibly add a bar table and bar stools if we have the space
Add plants and planters Redo the landscaping in front String lights
- Hang TV
Check back next week to see more progress!