dining room makeover

ORC Week 2: The Built In

 

Every interior designer needs a reliable contractor - and luckily I married mine. Well, that’s not entirely true. Alex and I were together long before we starting renovating homes. We met in a college dorm freshman year and have been inseparable ever since (10 years together, baby). While in college, we volunteered for Habitat for Humanity and an organization that went to Mississippi to rebuild homes after Hurricane Katrina. Once we graduated, we lived in apartments for two years before we purchased our first fixer upper together (which we’ve since sold). Now, we’re in what we hope is our “forever home” and are taking extreme care and consideration with every renovation.

Alex is the best executer I know. I create all the design plans - based on my wildest dreams - and Alex is the one to make them happen. I do not hide the fact that I am not the one swinging the hammer. It’s not that I’m against getting my hands dirty, it’s just that Alex and I have different focuses. I’m the designer and project manager. He is the contractor. We play to our strengths and make a good team.

Now onto the FUN STUFF…the built in!!

Next week, I will share the full design plan with you. It’s maaaaaybe 92% done and I don’t want to share it until it’s at 100% - BUT one thing we know for sure is that we’re creating a massive built in along the back wall. As I mentioned in last week’s post, this was our jumping off point. We have another time lapse video to share some additional insights - as well as photos that capture the step by step process.

Michelle Gage // ORC Week 2: The Built In
Michelle Gage // ORC Week 2: The Built In
Michelle Gage // ORC Week 2: The Built In
Michelle Gage // ORC Week 2: The Built In
Michelle Gage // ORC Week 2: The Built In
Michelle Gage // ORC Week 2: The Built In
Michelle Gage // ORC Week 2: The Built In

YEA yea yea, Alex is amazing - I can’t argue that. Moving on. We purchased a trio of inset cabinets for the base of this built in and Alex turned a pile of wood into the top shelving. We’re building it into the wall and making it look original to the house by applying uniform moldings throughout. Metrie is supplying us with the trim and we couldn’t be more excited. I have seen many bloggers and designers create wonderful rooms with their products; we’re pumped to join that “dream team.”

So what’s the trim plan? Metrie is providing us with chair rail, crown molding, picture mold and panel mold. You can see the intention for the what the wall trim will look like in the middle image below. Underneath that, you can see that we (Alex) already got started applying the crown molding. We are SUPER SUPER EXCITED to get all this trim work up on the walls. This room is pretty open to the rest of the house and it’s going to be amazing to have it be such a showstopper.

Michelle Gage // ORC Week 2: The Built In
Michelle Gage // ORC Week 2: The Built In
Michelle Gage // ORC Week 2: The Built In

As of now, we can happily say we’re on track with this challenge. That said, it’s a reeeally tight schedule and becoming increasingly stressful with every passing day - especially with all of the work traveling happening this month. I feel so lucky to have many partners in this. Not only do I have Alex, but I also have some wonderful sponsors coming through with some amazing products that I can’t wait to talk about. Linda (who is also a huge help) organizes a great challenge and keeps us all on track. While there is a tight timeline, we are left with wonderful rooms at the end of this six weeks to enjoy.

The talented line up below knows exactly what I’m talking about. If you’ve been following along with their posts, you’ve seen that they are all designing some super excited space. Personally, I’m watching Kelly Golightly’s ORC closely. I’m itching to design a teenage girl’s room - especially decked out the way I know Kelly will. Her style is super fun, bold and bright and I’m DYING to see how she transforms the existing space for her niece. Which rooms are you most excited to see unfold?

At Home with Ashley | Bre Purposed | Dabito | The English Room | Erin Kestenbaum

Harlow & Thistle | House of Brinson | J & J Design | Kelly Golightly | Linda Holt

Megan Bachmann | Michelle Gage | Mimosa Lane | Murphy Deesign | Nicole Cole

Old Home Love | SG Style | Shay Geyer | Sita Montgomery | Style MPL

Media Partner Better Homes & Gardens | TM by ORC

 

ORC Week 1: Meet My Dining Room

 

Can you believe it, baby, we’re back at it again. The Fall 2018 One Room Challenge is in full swing, with a killer lineup of amazing designers and bloggers. This challenge is going to be unlike any other. Why you ask? Well, normally we have six weeks to transform one room of our choosing. However, this season, I’m practically gone for the whole month of October aka the whole ORC. I’m traveling A TON for work this month and have lots of (exciting) client projects to tend to in between trips. THE PRESSURE IS ON!!

Luckily, I have an amazing husband to tend to the home front. It’s no secret that Alex is the muscle behind my designs. He is my #1 contractor. I feel so lucky to have someone by my side who can add and remove walls at my whim. I meeeeeean, did you see our last challenge? The man turned a hallway into a closet, which makes him a hero in my eyes.

So what room are we working on? Well, I’m glad you asked - we’re making over our dining room!! If you’ve been checking in on Instagram, you would have seen that Alex started doing some framing for the killer built-in he’s making. That piece is going to be EPIC and totally transform the space. As of now, the room is pretty square. Usually, dining rooms are a little long and narrow - or at the very least obviously rectangular. Our dining room is square, which is proving challenging to design - but we’ll make it work.

Alright, the moment you’ve all been waiting for - THE BEFORE PHOTOS (& a video)!!

Disclaimer: This is what the space looked like when we moved in and we’ve done next to nothing to it (just refinished the floors) and it’s what the room looks like now. For the last few months, we’ve been eating at a folding table. While that sounds terrible, currently we have no table to eat at so I miss that folding table very much. AND NO, your eyes don’t deceive you, these walls are in fact a terrible butter yellow, accented with a ripe ketchup color. The previous homeowners had interesting taste.

Alex created a time lapse video of the work he started on this weekend. He did all the work, but I uploaded in to Youtube, which no joke, has me wondering if you’re reading the blog of the world’s next big Youtube star. First Youtube video here and BAM your girl nailed the upload.

Michelle Gage // ORC Week 1: Meet My Dining Room
Michelle Gage // ORC Week 1: Meet My Dining Room

Well, that’s all she wrote. Be sure to check out each featured designer’s blog post today and the participant’s tomorrow. I always feel jazzed and inspired when The ORC rolls around - people creating all around the world and web…ahhh magical!!

At Home with Ashley | Bre Purposed | Dabito | The English Room | Erin Kestenbaum

Harlow & Thistle | House of Brinson | J & J Design | Kelly Golightly | Linda Holt

Megan Bachmann | Michelle Gage | Mimosa Lane | Murphy Deesign | Nicole Cole

Old Home Love | SG Style | Shay Geyer | Sita Montgomery | Style MPL

Media Partner Better Homes & Gardens | TM by ORC