One Room Challenge Kitchen Reno

My love for creating started with Clothing and quickly moved to an equal if not greater love when I moved into my new Studio Apt when I was 18. I loved that it was my own space and if was to be clean and organized was all up to me. I oddly did not want to throw my clothes on the floor as if it were an extension of my closet anymore (sorry mom) and dishes in the sink was no longer ok with as well. I wanted to feel good about the space I was in and as my rooms grew larger over time the creative wheel grew in me as well.

My first true remodel was in my downtown 1920’s Portland, Oregon home. This renovation was more due to the pricing market and and what I could afford..a true fixer upper. I learned so much because I made a ton of mistakes and was pushed to be creative on a shoe string budget. I painted walls and ceilings…every single one to be exact. I stenciled a Japanese print in gold on pink walls and made a thrift store chandelier. This was all before I ever heard for DIY and Pinterest did not exist. Quite frankly everything in my life was DO IT YOURSELF!

So now on to why I decided to start this blog and I don’t want to sound that professional about it as well. This is a page I decided to document my One Room Challenge (www.oneroomchallenge) of my kitchen. It is a challenge to start with because I its actually turning three rooms into one. The kitchen was small of 10x12 for a 3100 sq ft home. The separate dining was just that…separate and that made it one of the most unused rooms unless we had dinner parties.

Ok! Here it goes....

Hello y’all! If you have stumbled on to here it’s because you know about my Art Journey that started 4 years ago BUT my love for creating started with clothing and thrift shopping as a young teen that quickly moved to an equal, if not greater love when I moved into my new (ok not new, actually really old) Studio Apt when I was 18. I loved that it was my own space and if it was to be clean and organized it was all up to me. I oddly did not want to throw my clothes on the floor as if it were an extension of my closet anymore (sorry mom) and dishes in the sink was no longer ok with me as well. I wanted to feel good about the space I was in and as my rooms grew larger over time the creative wheel grew in me as well.

My first true remodel was in my downtown 1920’s Portland, Oregon home. This renovation was more due to the pricing market and what I could afford..a necessary true fixer upper. I learned so much because I made a ton of mistakes and was pushed to be creative on a shoe string budget. I painted walls and ceilings…every single one to be exact. I stenciled a Japanese print to look like wallpaper in gold on pink walls and made a thrift store chandelier. This was all before I ever heard of DIY and Pinterest did not exist. Quite frankly everything in my life was DO IT YOURSELF!

Every home and piece of furniture was a major decision…as you may or may not know.. I was a stay at home mom of three and quickly turned single mom, full time worker with only Thrift Shopping on 50% off days. I saved tables lives by adding new legs if needed and repainted ugly dining sets to resale to buy a new fix-it up item (again I did not know the term up-cycle) Back to the 1920’s Portland home, I found a place called The Rebuilding Center and would get lost in the aisles of old ripped out trim moldings, doors and hardware for fun. But it was on one blessed excursion that I found a 100 year old church pew that was puke green. I LOVED IT! I had a tiny dining nook that was too small for chairs and children but I thought “what if I cut this in half to fit and make it a booth seating nook.” Brilliant! It worked. First, I had to remove the green with Paint Stripper that found its way into my gloves and burned the bejezzus off my skin…so I stopped mid stripping and decided like most projects I started “That’s Good Enough!” (by the way that is my official title by my husband The Good Enough Queen and my blog haha)

Notice the Green Paint still lives!

Notice the Green Paint still lives!

So moving on to why I decided to start this blog.. I do not want to sound that professional about it, because it is not. I am not professing to be a designer either, because I am not. But I do have love for creating and being inventive in my home and still be on a budget. This is a page I decided to document my One Room Challenge https://www.oneroomchallenge.com/ of my kitchen.

Stay tuned till next Thursday, April 4th for the first posts of the One Room Challenge and the craziness begins (because I am told Good Enough will not exists in this Dojo!)

Melissa Remmers